5 Coffee places to check out in Melbourne
A heads up: there’s no food beyond small cakes and pastries – it’s all about the coffee here. The space is small, with a single communal table, a tiny bar and a total of about 15 seats (not including the ones on the ceiling); Budan is, predominately, a takeaway spot
When it comes to the fit-out, the crew was extremely hands-on, sourcing a beautiful location with plenty of natural light and greenery. Like many venues these days, it's tried to minimise its carbon footprint by using as many recycled materials as possible. There’s certainly a sense of homeliness, inviting Richmond locals in and encouraging them to stay a while.
The menu is small and simple (and features some excellent bagels), but with a cafe; it’s the coffee that must matter most.
There’s no menu, just a small selection of excellent Noisettepastries, and the flaky almond croissant makes a superb breakfast when partnered with a French-style bowl of coffee – one of their signatures.
The Seven Seeds house blend is superb, but the cafe also offers a selection of carefully sourced single origins and guest blends, often from top international roasters. There's also a small menu of simple food, such as sandwiches and muesli, all made with notably high-quality produce.
The place is regularly busy and always humming with energy. It’s not uncommon to have to wait for a table – Melbourne University is only a block away so students often drop by while they kill time between classes.