Foodies are spoilt for choice when it comes to sustainable dining spots in Melbourne. Many restaurants are now making a conscious effort to adopt a more sustainable approach, from the sourcing of local produce to waste minimisation and fair trade practices.
Check out the top sustainable dining spots in Melbourne that are doing their part for people and the planet:
South of Johnston
So much more than a café, South of Johnston is a community hub that believes wholeheartedly in sustainability. Their seasonal menu is crafted to support local suppliers and residents are encouraged to pick fruit from the urban orchard. To reduce their carbon footprint, the café sources 60% of its electricity from solar panels installed on the rooftop.
The café serves delicious brunch options and free trade coffee, and the best part? Your pup can come, too.
Located on Bourke Street, Kinfolk is a social enterprise that serves up Small Batch coffee and generous helpings of social inclusion. The seasonal menu champions locally grown, organic, biodynamic and fair-trade products.
Every visit counts towards reducing social inequality, with 100% of their profits redistributed to local charities.
When it comes to the top sustainable eateries in Melbourne, Attica is culinary experience like no other. Owned and operated by Ben Shewry, Attica has won several awards in Australia. It’s current position on the list places it as the top restaurant in the country.
The evocative and sustainably sourced menu embraces often overlooked native Australian ingredients. On the menu you’ll find dishes including Emu Liver Bagel, Saltwater Croc Ribs, and Black Ant Lamington.
Translating to green table, Mesa Verde is a Mexican-inspired cantina with a green conscience. Not only does the cocktail bar boast one of Australia’s largest collections of tequila and mezcal, but they’re also home to Melbourne’s only rooftop worm farm.
Their sustainable approach to waste management allows them to grow herbs and vegetables onsite ensuring the menu is always fresh.
Blurring the lines between café and restaurant, Higher Ground is one of the sustainable dining spots in Melbourne where sustainability and interior aesthetics’ coexist.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Executive Chef Paul Bongiovanni’s menu features locally grown produce designed to surprise and delight. In addition to the impressive menu, Higher Ground is also home to the largest worm farm in Melbourne’s CBD.
Pope Joan has recently been resurrected on Collins Street after the beloved café closed its doors in Brunswick East last year. Just like the original, there’s a strong emphasis on Chef Matt Wilkinson’s paddock to plate philosophy.
The all-day menu has kept old favourites like the signature Cornish roll stuffed with Milawa chicken and jalapenos. The locals still flock for the famed Reuben, stacked with beef pastrami, horseradish mayo, smoked mozzarella and sauerkraut.
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