A big part of travel (well for me at least!) is trying food from different places, but the good news is that you don’t have to skimp on sustainability when you’re looking for a local bite. Most big cities around the world have some great options and here are just a few unique – and sustainable – spaces to seek out.
1. Skip Garden Kitchen – London
This is a cafe that truly commits to sustainable principles. Not only is the delicious food from the Skip Garden Kitchen organic and meat free, the cafe and garden structures around it are created from recycled materials. Skip Garden is also a true community effort, with many local volunteer hands behind its creation. The food focus is on locally grown, seasonal and organic ingredients. In fact, quite a few of the ingredients come from the cafe gardens.
1 Tapper Walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AQ, United Kingdom
2. Pope Joan – Melbourne
Pope Joan is all about the seasons and letting Mother Nature guide what’s on the menu. Tucked away in the Brunswick East area of Melbourne, Pope Joan is also committed to organic and biodynamic produce. There’s even an on-site veggie patch to pick fresh ingredients from. And in case you’re wondering, Pope Joan is a reference to the supposedly secretly female pope from the Middle Ages.
77-79 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East, Victoria 3057, Australia
3. The Plant Cafe Organic – San Francisco
San Francisco is a city well known for its green credentials. The small chain of The Plant Cafe Organic cafes based in San Fran and the Bay area shows that ethical isn’t just about being meat free. Everything on the menu, including the meat, is 100% organic and locally sourced. There are plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
3352 Steiner Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 USA
101 California Street (corner of Front & Pine), San Francisco, CA 94111 USA
250 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, 94111 USA
2335 Third Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107
4. Uoharu – Tokyo
Uoharu is more a pub than a cafe (technically it’s an izakaya), but is included here because of the role it plays around some very common food eaten in Japan: sushi and sashimi. Uoharu is connected to the famous Tsukiji Market. Its fish is sourced entirely from the 20,000 tons of entirely edible seafood thrown out each year at the market due to “imperfections”, such as irregular size. The partnership behind Uoharu wants to highlight the issue of this delicious, but normally wasted, food. This includes notes on the menu about why each ingredient was deemed not good enough to sell or eat.
Shin-Tokyo Bldg B1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, Japan
5. Prinzessinnengärten – Berlin
Many of the ingredients served in the Prinzessinnengarten Garden Cafe are picked straight from the surrounding community gardens. The Prinzessinnengarten project reclaimed wasteland in Berlin, converting it into portable organic vegetable plots. The menu for this lush green cafe is based on local and regional organic food and drink. It supports small-scale organic producers in and around Berlin. And what’s more, all the revenue from the bar and the kitchen contributes to non-profit education activities run by Prinzessinnengarten.
Prinzessinnengärten Gartencafé, Forster Straße 5, 10999 Berlin, Germany