Sydney’s Best Self-serve Health Food Stores
Organic produce has cemented itself in the lives of Sydneysiders, with the latest uptake across the city being a slew of whole food stores boasting self-serveries. You can now choose the quantity of chia, cacao or coconut flour you desire, scoop it up and take it home. Not only is it a more enthralling shop, but you reduce waste and unnecessary packaging. Here’s where to go.
Newtown’s best kept secret is Alfalfa House, a not-for-profit organic food cooperative providing affordable and ethical food to its customers in minimal packaging. Supporting local sustainable providores and producers, the store has an endless supply of whole foods. Bring your own containers and bags, scoop up the goodies you desire, weigh and then pay. Shopping for a good cause never felt so good.
113 Enmore Road, Newtown
What began as a small Byron health food store has blossomed into one of the nation’s biggest food retailers, and for good reason. The Source Bulk Foods has all your health food needs, including as little or as much as you want. The stores are built around the idea of reducing waste and unnecessary packaging, so you can go home knowing you’ve done some good for the world, as well as your temple.
Balmain, Bowral, Crows Nest, Zetland, Glebe, Lane Cove, Warriewood, Willoughby
With conservation at the heart of their business, a husband and wife duo have built Scoop Wholefoods into a retailer delivering sustainable organic foods with personalised quantities. Pop into any of their stores scattered throughout Sydney for spices, cereals, grains and nut butters. Packaged up in environmentally conscious packaging, produce is not only waste-conscious but an aesthetically pleasing addition to the kitchen.
Mosman, Mona Vale, Bondi, Newcastle
Now a Sydney institution, About Life is the queen of health food stores and its self-serve section never disappoints. There’s a range of self-serve berries, yoghurts and sweets but the main game comes at lunch and dinner. From curries and roast meats to exotic salads of kale and cauliflower you’ll struggle not to overfill your takeaway box and make time to squeeze in a post meal shop.
Bondi Junction, Cammeray, Crows Nest, Double Bay, Lane Cove, Rozelle, Surry Hills
A bright addition to Bondi Road, The Health Emporium is filled with organic goodness, from vitamins and herbal supplements to bulk foods and sourdough breads. Those who seek out gluten free and raw additions to their kitchen will find comfort here, while bulk food shoppers will find organic herbs, grains, beans and cereals. If you can escape without one of their cafe’s smoothies, we salute you. If not, order the Nutella Crunch.
263-265 Bondi Road, Bondi
A wholefood haven, The Farm is a store that endeavours to educate its customers as well as stock them up with whole foods. The Potts Point and Cammeray stores are as aesthetically pleasing as they are approachable, with helpful stuff guiding you through the self-serve wholefoods available. They have legumes, nuts, seeds, grains, specialty flours and even a cafe for the turmeric latte fiend.
Potts Point, Cammeray
The brown paper bags coming out of Naked Foods signify the store’s philosophy which is to reduce waste and unnecessary clutter in the home. With high quality organic whole foods including grains, cereals, lentils, seeds and nuts available in huge tubs open for self-serving, customers won’t leave empty handed. Produce is surprisingly affordable and we highly recommend the dark chocolate coated super berries and almond carob clusters.
Bondi Junction, Bondi, Newtown, Cronulla, Double Bay, Warringah