From Belly Bao to Bakedown Cakery, it’s a beautiful thing when a nomadic food business becomes so ridiculously popular they can open up their first brick-and-mortar shop. The latest is the market-famous Donut Papi, who have been slinging some of the city’s best donuts for the past two years at various spots around town; they’ve reached the point where they have now opened up their very first shop in Redfern and so far, to no one’s surprise, the donuts are selling like hotcakes.
Co-founders Kenneth and Karen Rodrigueza have built a distinctive brand on the crowded scene, with most of their popularity stemming from the infusion of Asian flavours inspired by their Filipino heritage. Think purple yam and pandan doughnuts, sitting alongside more traditional flavours, indulgent flavours (like nutella and peanut butter), and the occasional special, like handmade pop-tarts. There’s no shortage of imagination here, and we expect the Redfern store to be full of regular experiments – and shakes, lots of shakes (ube-flavoured shakes).
The sibling owners are also focusing on a wholesale business with particular designs on spreading their donuts around Western Sydney, with online orders also on the cards.
Address: 34A Redfern Street, Redfern
Hours: Wed-Fri 9am-3pm; Sat 11am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Image: Donut Papi