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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.
191-193 Hampstead Road, Lightsview
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 6am – 4pm, Monday to Friday and 7am – 3pm on weekdays
P: 0416 457 618
147 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide
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 8am – 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday
P: 08 7006 2624
Plant 4 Bowden, 5 Third Street, Bowden
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.
Open 9am – 3pm, Tuesday to Sunday (open 8:30am on Saturday)
P: 0431 122 760
1361 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully
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 9am – 2:30pm Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and 6:30pm – 8:30pm Friday to Saturday for dinner
P: 08 8263 0818
7869 Main South Road, Second Valley
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 11:30am – 2pm for lunch, Wednesday to Sunday and 5:30pm – ’til late for Dinner, Friday and Saturday
P: 08 8598 4184
251 Richmond Road, Richmond
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 7:30am – 3:30pm, Monday to Sunday
P: 08 8352 5104
3/269 Seaview Road, Henley Beach
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 8am – 2pm Tuesday to Sunday and 6pm – 9pm on weekends
P: 08 8221 6502
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