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A guide to Adelaide’s most sustainable cafes and eateries

Whether they’re reducing food waste, using solar to power their business or by saying no to single-use plastics, these are some of Adelaide’s greenest eateries.


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People are becoming drastically more conscious of how they can reduce their carbon footprint within their everyday lives. Naturally, many local cafes and eateries have followed suit by taking on a more sustainable approach to how they do business.

Whether it’s by reducing food waste, using solar to power their business or by saying no to single-use plastics; these are some of Adelaide’s most sustainable cafes and eateries.


Pronounced i-key-guy-e, this coffee shop and eatery recently opened in the burgeoning suburb of Lightsview. Specialising in your favourite brunch staples made from Organic and ethically sourced produce, Ikigai is committed to sending zero waste to landfill.

This waste-free eatery sorts all their food scraps into chook food, home compost and commercial compost, which customers can come and collect for free. The business also supplies glass takeaway cups and meal containers through a return system.

Open 6 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday and 7 am – 3 pm on weekdays
191-193 Hampstead Road, Lightsview
P: 0416 457 618

The Banksia Tree

Offering local, seasonal and sustainable all-day brunch, The Banksia Tree lowers their environmental impact by sourcing their produce from local suppliers such as Monastery Coffee, Finniss Eggs and Kangaroo Island Oats.

The Port Adelaide based cafe which specialises in contemporary brunch items such as a mouthwatering truffled mushroom toast and much more is also a fully licensed venue and offers an array of SA-made beer and wine.

Open 8 am – 3 pm, Wednesday to Sunday
147 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide
P: 08 7006 2624

My Grandma Ben

Located in Plant 4 Bowden, My Grandma Ben offers an exciting selection of seasonally inspired dishes that’ll satisfy your appetite for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

With a commitment to creating zero waste, the Bowden based eatery’s menu has been adapted to ensure that their food is used appropriately and creates minimal waste. My Grandma Ben also offers a delicious selection of housemade pickles, jams and chutneys to delight your tastebuds with.

Plant 4 Bowden, 5 Third Street, Bowden
P: 0431 122 760

The Walker’s Arms

Located just five kilometres from Adelaide’s CBD, The Walker’s Arms Hotel offers those classic Aussie pub staples such as porterhouse schnitzel, lamb shanks, burgers and much more.

The Walkerville based pub could also be the site of your next stay-cation with twenty contemporary designed, eco-friendly suites and a bar with a wide range of delicious cocktails on offer.

Open 10 am – 2 am, Monday to Sunday
36 North East Road, Walkerville
P: 08 8344 8022


Nestled amongst the tranquil greenery of Newman’s Nursery in Tea Tree Gully, Topiary will have you feeling like you’re dining in a treehouse.

With some of the prettiest meals we have ever seen, Topiary will have your tastebuds dancing for breakfast, lunch and dinner with their multiple-course tasting menu.

A majority of Topiary’s produce is from the venue’s very own edible garden and whatever food cannot be picked from there is sourced from local SA suppliers.

Open 9 am – 2:30 pm Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Friday to Saturday for dinner
1361 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully
P: 08 8263 0818

Leonards Mill

Situated in a 162-year-old repurposed flour mill in Second Valley, Leonards Mill celebrates the vibrant flavours of the Fleurieu Peninsula with mouthwatering eats such as Yankalilla Lamb, Cape Jervis Squid, Second Valley Beef tartare and much more available in a two-course, three-course or even a five-course meal.

As a family-owned restaurant, Topiary supports other family-owned businesses by using them to supply produce. The eatery even visits each of their suppliers to see first-hand how the animals are cared for, how the produce is grown and to see how hard to farmers work to produce their offerings.

Open 11:30 am – 2 pm for lunch, Wednesday to Sunday and 5:30 pm – til late for Dinner, Friday and Saturday
7869 Main South Road, Second Valley
P: 08 8598 4184

Hubba Hubba Hummus

Located in the University of Adelaide’s Schulz Building, Hubba Hubba Hummus is a go-to spot for many to get their-you guessed it-hummus fix.

With an ethos that hummus is a meal and not a dip, Hubba Hubba Hummus offers salads that are bursting with flavour from Middle Eastern staples such as Moroccon chicken, tabouli salad, tahini lentils, couscous and much more.

Open 8 am – 3 pm, Monday to Friday
The University of Adelaide, Schulz Building, Adelaide

Karma & Crow

Part cafe, part retail space, at Karma & Crow not only will you be able to come in and indulge in a hearty breakfast or a coffee but you’ll also have the chance to browse an impressive selection of indoor plants and some amazing bespoke gifts made by some seriously talented local artists.

Using only locally sourced produce and ethically sourced meat, the Richmond Road business also has a strong stance on inclusivity and have even run a campaign to help educate people and businesses on how to achieve equality in the workplace.

Open 7:30 am – 3:30 am, Monday to Sunday
251 Richmond Road, Richmond
P: 08 8352 5104 

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An intimate little cafe located in the heart of Henley Square, Acacia provides a sophisticated dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whether it’s the classic avo on toast you fancy or something new to dazzle your tastebuds with, like their pork belly gnocchi.

Much like their sister restaurant, Topiary, Acacia only uses locally sourced produce, which allows them to lower their carbon footprint by cutting down the travel time of their suppliers.

Open 8 am – 2pm Tuesday to Sunday and 6 pm – 9 pm on Weekends
3/269 Seaview Road, Henley Beach
P: 08 8221 6502

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