Babajan has opened a new store at the top of the CBD

Published on 21 June 2022

Photo: Babajan's roast chicken sandwich with pine nuts, preserved lemon and stuffing (photo: Pete Dillon).

Kirsty Chiaplias’s hit Middle Eastern bakery has made landfall at the top of Little Collins Street. 

Do you work or live near Spring Street? Do you enjoy the Turkish-inspired stylings and sandwich savvy of Babajan owner Kirsty Chiaplias? Do you know where this is going? 

In great news for office lunchers, Babajan has opened a new store on the corner of Spring and Little Collins streets. You’ll find everything that made Chiaplias’s flagship Carlton North outlet a Nicholson Street favourite, including fresh pastries, housemade boreks and simits – a sesame-seeded, ring-shaped Turkish bread – alongside Babajan's salads, sandwiches and desserts, coffee, and plenty of excellent Babajan pantry goods.

The CBD outpost is takeaway only. “Many think that takeaway is quick and easy, when really it allows us to focus on the food more," says Chiaplias. "The pressure on plating and presentation is eased, and we get more time to focus on what we’re creating. There’s a real craft and beauty to take away.” 

That craft and beauty is front and centre in the new sandwiches: roast chicken with pine nuts, preserved lemon and stuffing; field mushroom and oregano with Kayseri and harissa; and confit ocean trout with mustard seed, turmeric, green zoug dressing and pickled cucumber – all available at the new shop.

“Babajan is so much more than just a cafe and eatery, it’s a family,” says Chiaplias. “In Carlton North, we have a beautiful relationship with all our customers, and I can see this same sense of community being emulated at the top end of the city and at our new home in 1 Little Collins Street.”

Babajan, shop 5, 1 Little Collins St, Melbourne, open 7am-3pm Mon-Fri,, @babajan_eatery 

By Frank Sweet 

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