By Natalie Penn & Debbie Kertesz
Consume with Care
Sydney has many fantastic places to eat out where the high quality of the food is matched with high ethical standards.
To start with, you don’t have to go out of your way to find fantastic coffee that is Rainforest Alliance Certified. This certification means that farms and forests where the coffee beans come from are managed according to rigorous environmental, social and economic criteria that ensure the conservation of wildlife, safeguarding of soils and waterways and the protection of workers, their families and local communities. Mainstream brands such as Grinders, Byron Bay Coffee, Belaroma, Gloria Jeans, Single Origin Roasters and Tobys Estate are all certified. Knowing that your morning cuppa didn’t contribute to habitat loss certainly leaves a much better taste in your mouth!
Many cafes and restaurants around Sydney offer free range chicken and eggs and free range pork and grass fed beef are also becoming more available. If you don’t see free range or organic options on the menu, don’t be shy to ask. Establishments want to keep their customers happy and although many places are already committing to more ethically sourced produce, there can always be more.
Agapé Organic Restaurant - Australia's largest organic licensed restaurant serving tapas, spelt pizza, mains and dessert. Proudly supporting Australian farmers using the best certified organic, sustainable and natural produce.
1385 Botany Rd, Botany NSW 2019
Bread and Circus - Great atmosphere and a dedication to free-range and organics. Lots of vegetarian options too.
21 Fountain St, Alexandria NSW 2015
Nourishing Quarter - Beautifully presented and delicious vegan food. Feel free to take your carnivorous friends along – they won’t be disappointed!
315 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016
Ruby’s Diner – Serving up true free range eggs, grass fed meat and organic produce. Their menu includes a wonderful combination of original dishes and classic café fare.
1/173-179 Bronte Rd, Queens Park NSW 2022
Henley’s Wholefoods - Their menu is choc-full of healthy, paleo-style options with a focus on organic produce sourced from local farmers. All menu items are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free.
310-330 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
IKU Wholefoods – Their motto ‘Eat Well-Be Well’ pretty much sums them up. IKU serves a healthy type of fast food that is natural, wholesome, authentic, freshly prepared and tasty. They use organic ingredients and all foods are dairy free, additive free, preservative free, animal free and free from genetic modification.
What's your favourite ethical eating restaurant/cafe in Sydney?