Three Blue Ducks. Photo credit- Monica Buscarino
Three Blue Ducks. Photo credit- Nikki To
Fish & Co
The Grounds of Alexandria
Three Blue Ducks
Fish & Co
Sustainability is much more than a trend – it’s a movement that’s sweeping the city. Along with supporting our farmers by buying local, organic produce, Sydneysiders are going one step further, choosing to dine at places that not only source their food ethically, but also give back to the environment. There’s a lot going on behind-the-scenes of ‘green’ cafes – for the true paddock to plate experience, finding farmers and working out what to do with food waste is just the beginning.
Here, we give a shout out to the local cafes that are walking the walk to serve eco-friendly eats everyday.
Cornersmith’s menu features seasonal, local produce, and often, the source is closer than you think: there’s a beehive on the roof for fresh honey, and locals can trade in their homegrown veggies for a jar of jam, pickles or coffee. The café then uses those goodies in their cooking, or turns them into preserves at their picklery up the road. Finally, the origin of every ingredient is scrawled on the blackboard behind the counter.
314 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
This former farmhouse in Darlinghurst is rustic, chic and charming thanks to a crackling fireplace, a cobblestoned cellar and sandstone walls. Looks aside, the restaurant is also a ‘locavore’ – the kitchen proudly displays where every item of produce was sourced, and most of the time, it’s from a local farmer. On Wednesdays, you can also pop in to collect a box of organic fruits and veggies.
32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
A foodie favourite, Three Blue Ducks proves that going green doesn’t mean compromising on taste (and the line of people waiting on weekends can attest to that!). The café is as eco-friendly as it gets: it sources produce from its farm in Byron Bay, generates power from solar panels, and sends all organic waste to community gardens for compost. Plus, it supports Grow it Local, an initiative that encourages urban farming.
Bronte, Rosebery, Byron Bay
Buddha Bowl Café
Poke bowls, burrito bowls, power bowls… Bowl eating is here to stay, and Buddha Bowl Café is one of the best places to get your fix. The café uses plant-based, organic and ethically-sourced ingredients to create bowls that are nutritionally balanced and bursting with flavour. There’s minimal waste, and they’ll also slash 50 cents off your coffee if you bring your own ‘keep cup.’ Try the Tamari Noodle Bowl and thank us later.
Flourmill Studios, 100/3 Gladstone Street, Newtown
This Rozelle venue says it’s a “fish bar with a green heart,” and that’s on point. The origin of every fish is listed on the menu, and the eatery works with eco-friendly fishers in Australia and New Zealand so only the freshest fare lands on your plate. They also use green energy, recycle packaging, and give all leftovers to Earth Power, a company that converts food scraps into compost and fertiliser. How amazing is that?
580 Darling Street, Rozelle
Revitalising 1200 square metres of the old Camperdown Bowling Greens, this inner-city farmhouse-style eatery is all about minimising their food mileage waste. They serve up wholesome dishes, all of which are made from fresh produce sourced from their on-site partner, Pocket City Farms. What they don’t supply Acre sources from a collection of small to medium sized farms within the Sydney basin. Now that’s keeping it local.
31A Mallett Street, Camperdown
For coffee with a feel-good factor, you can’t go past this cafe-slash-roaster. Whenever you sip on a Single O coffee, you know it was roasted at their Botany HQ by solar power. The beans come from small, ethical growers, and are served in biodegradable coffee cups (or ceramic ones at Carriageworks). Even more impressively, the team played a role in inventing The Juggler Café Milk Tap System, a design allows for a massive 80% reduction in plastic when compared to 2 litre milk bottles and improves workflow for baristas.
Surry Hills, Eveleigh, Sydney
Fish & Co
Sustainability is a buzzword that’s bandied about a lot, but Fish & Co gets a gold star for its effort. Located at Tramsheds, it dishes up fish straight from the fisherman – minus the help of middlemen and fish farms. Along with serving only the highest quality wild-caught seafood, the staff run a zero-waste kitchen. Oh, and did we mention the fish and chips is delicious?
Tramsheds Harold Park, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
This Instagram sensation is more than a foodie destination – it’s also building a green empire from the ground up. The café grows many of its own heirloom veggies, edible flowers, herbs and fruits in its garden (in recycled sleeper boxes, of course), and the on-site composter means all scraps go back into the garden. Also, if you rock up on a bike or carpool with four people, you’ll score a free coffee as a reward.
7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria