Brother Baba Budan, Melbourne

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This “hole-in-the-wall” café might well be the smallest in the city, so here’s a tip: look out for the one with chairs hanging from the ceiling.

That’s right – an entire ceiling of wooden chairs floats above your head as you join the line of suits and ties waiting for their coffees to go at Brother Baba Budan. From the fading, peeling wallpaper to the name (the same 17th-century Sufi mentioned earlier), this café exudes a vintage coffee bar aura.


The small space means Brother Baba Budan is designed for takeaway cuppas; you’d be lucky to grab a seat at the communal table or the small bar. Coffees are similarly back-to-basics, using excellent beans from Seven Seeds; definitely no syrup-drenched chai lattes here. Our V60-brewed Colombia Carlos Diaz Majin has a clean, bright taste with notes of grapefruit.

There are nibbles such as carrot cake and banana bread available, but really, with coffee this good, you’d want to fully immerse yourself in your brew. Sip slowly and enjoy.

說墨爾本是咖啡之城,一點也不為過,
咖啡館在城中處處可見,大街上、小巷子里;有的大器、有的小巧;各自精彩。
整個城市仿佛都瀰漫著咖啡香。
Brother Baba Budan是一家朋友們都極力推薦的咖啡館,
雖然有點低調的設在Little Bourke St的巷弄里,
可是卻無損來朝聖的咖啡迷的興致。

Brother Baba Budan所用的豆子來自Seven Seeds。
這裡沒有調味或甜品咖啡;有的只是基本的意式和單品手沖;
而兩者都極具水準,是許多咖啡客的心頭好。
由V60所沖泡的Colombia Carlos Diaz Majin,
口感明亮,再帶點葡萄柚清香,非常的對味,深得我們的喜愛。
Brother Baba Budan的店面空間不大,
客人以外帶的居多,但願意窩在這小地方喝咖啡的人卻也不少,
有的坐在公用長桌那高談闊論,有的靜靜地坐在一角看書,
有的乾脆站在吧檯那和咖啡師聊天,一切都是那麼的隨性、自在。
而墻上斑駁的壁紙和天花板上懸掛著的椅子,
更是這家咖啡館一抹獨特的印記。


Brother Baba Budan
359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Mon-Sat 7am-5pm / Sun 8am-5pm
+61-3-9606-0449
sevenseeds.com.au

Kenny is a writer. CK is a photographer. Together they café-hop around the world and have contributed to The Malay Mail Online, Time Out, and other cool publications. Read more of Kenny’s stories at Life for Beginners and check out CK’s photography at Devil's Tales 胡思亂想.

13 thoughts on “Brother Baba Budan, Melbourne

  1. 我在韩国也见过类似反地心引力的椅子,印象中泰国也是有!
    不过我会有点怕怕,不敢在下面喝咖啡…哈哈哈!

    1. I’m sure they test to make sure the chairs don’t fall down. A nice, surreal feeling drinking coffee beneath chair legs instead of stars, eh? 😉

  2. wah, managed to grab some really nice photos to capture the feel of this place even though it was so crowded, ya. heheh, the chairs on the ceiling … the true inspiration for plan b in publika, yes … i wanna see a cafe someday with motor-cycles hanging from the ceiling 😀

    1. Thanks thanks, I think the pics are not that great lah. The place was too crowded and I a bit paiseh to take pics. Hope can revisit BBB again to take nicer photos, hehe.
      Motorcycles? No thanks, that’s a bit scary! Hahaha.

  3. CK 你的愛人 真的很浪漫一下 哈哈
    浪漫的人 看的東西就是不一樣
    我在 publika 的 plan b 一直覺得那些椅子在空中 很 …. 😛

    對囉 ~~ 老外很普遍將咖啡帶走
    我們這裡 比較喜歡窩在咖啡館 或許 是享受那個氛圍

    1. 是咯,浪漫的人看法是很不同的,什麼東西都可以亂浪漫一通!哈哈。
      據說Plan B的靈感來自這裡呢,呵呵。
      有一些地方像意大利,他們也喜歡站著喝,坐著和站著的價錢有所不同呢。

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