Give the gift of delicious Middle Eastern fare this Christmas at Babajan

Carlton North café favourite releases three hampers for the silly season.

Carlton North hotspot Babajan has curated three special hampers to celebrate the silly season this year. To suit all types, the Christmas hampers range from $55–$145 and are the perfect gift for friends, family, colleagues and everyone in between.

Since opening in 2016, Babajan has become a cult classic café to locals, tourists and foodies alike, slinging delicious Turkish and Middle Eastern dishes to the masses. During the COVID crisis, owner Kirsty Chiaplias made the leap to transforming the space into a takeaway haven, filled with bread, pastries, Turkish cheese, fresh produce and even a bottle shop section.

The first hamper, ‘Festive Feast’ at $145 is the perfect addition to a work Christmas break-up or get-together. The Babajan branded items include za’atar-spiced simit crumb, house-made dukkah, air-dried pastirma and house-made pickled vegetables. It also features Barossa triple cream brie, Olympus fetta, Pepus sardines, Mount Zero olives and the all-important bottle of Payten & Jones Chardonnay.

“The Festive Feast hamper is my Middle Eastern take of everyone’s ideal cheese and wine night, filled to the brim of the house-made products my customers have been taking away and loving throughout this year,” says owner Kirsty.

The second hamper, ‘Afternoon Delight’ at $135 is a well-suited gift for a grandparent, teacher or tea lover, filled to the brim with delicious treats. There’s Hey Tiger chocolate, Proud Mary coffee, Calmer Sutra chai, Tea Drop honeydew green tea, and a Babajan branded keep cup, house-made rose & rhubarb jam and Turkish delight.

The final hamper, ‘Tis the Season’, is great for a Kris Kringle gift or addition to a picnic get-together with friends. At only $55, the hamper includes a bottle of Indented Head rosé, white chocolate-covered raspberries, Milawa blue cheese, house-made simit crumbs and a bag of 10 mini Babajan rose and pistachio meringue kisses.

Babajan will also be your best port of call for the last-minute Christmas rush, offering up their delicious salads for catering, with pick-up available on Christmas Eve – meaning you won’t need to lift a finger on the day. Simply place an order on (03) 9388 9814 or online at

713 Nicholson St, Carlton North VIC 3054
(03) 9388 9814
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