We’re loving how many amazing cafes in Perth are offering discounts on coffee when you BYO your own cup—it really feels like the #waronwaste is gaining momentum in P-town. But there are a few Perth cafes and restaurants that have taken things to the next level. From fermenting and composting to BYO tiffins, plastic free kitchens and buzzing bees on rooftops—we are pretty gosh darn impressed with the focus on sustainability in Perth.
Here are 12 of the most environmentally friendly cafes and restaurants in Perth, so you can feel good about eating out.
Dunn & Walton
From their organic kitchen and homemade almond milk to the beeswax wraps you can pick up to replace glad wrap in your own kitchen, Dunn & Walton is enviro friendly in just about every way. But our favourite waste free initiative of theirs has to be the BYO tiffins. Offering a takeaway dinner menu every Thursday, all you have to do is bring in your own takeaway container (or buy one of their super gorgeous tiffins to re-use) and they’ll fill it right up! In case you needed another reason to visit, Dunn & Walton have all of their organic cows' milk delivered in bulk to eliminate the need for plastic milk containers.
Young George is about more than their incredible charcuterie menu, epic craft beer selection and artisanal wines. Did you know that their kitchen is also 100% plastic free. That means all those plastic takeaway containers and cling film: goneski! Co-owner and head chef Melissa Palinkas invested a huge amount in making the move earlier this year and they're still going strong. The team is also fully committed to cutting down on waste by working nose to nail with not just their proteins but also the veggies. 10/10.
Bib & Tucker
Bib & Tucker has gone beyond their special toilets that allow you to wash your hands in recycled water and donating their coffee grounds to be used on urban mushroom farms. And when we say beyond, we mean up. Up to the roof that is. In case you weren't aware, when you're at Bib & Tucker, you’re sitting below one hundred and fifty thousand bees buzzing around their hives producing honey! Mind. Blown.
Haynes Street Larder And Jack & Jill
It was Haynes Street Larder that started the recycling trend along Haynes Street in the hills, but their sister store, Jack & Jill followed suit shortly after when they realised Haynes Street Larder had saved over 20,000 plastic milk bottles from going to landfill. Both the teams have switched from milk supplied in plastic to glass, and as an added bonus: they haven’t increased their prices!
OK OK, so this isn’t a cafe or a restaurant but ease up, these guys have definitely earned the mention! Perth food delivery service Dinner Twist re-uses the esky they deliver your food in, but they'll also recycle all that annoying soft plastic that can't go in your recycle bin. Just chuck it back in the box and they will sort it out for you. Easy. On top of that, they only work with producers of deliciousness who share the same passion for sustainability. Perfect.
Having been disheartened by the number of straws washing up along the Perth coast line and hundreds of single use pieces of plastic winding up in their bins each night, Strange Company owner, Greg Leaver took matters into his own hands. Rage against the (plastic) straws! It’s all about the 100% biodegradable, compostable straws now at this Freo hot spot.
No one can fault Steam Haus for doing everything they can to be more environmentally friendly. From the Keep Cups on offer to the paper straws in use, the flourishing garden out the back growing herbs to the who gives a crap 100% recycled toilet paper donned in their loos. In the kitchen, the team uses Kooda buckets for composting food waste and on the floor, 80% of their furniture is upcycled or second hand!
May Street Larder
May Street Larder reduces waste by pickling, fermenting, curing, smoking and preserving wherever possible—it is a larder after all! The team also runs workshops to inspire us to adopt their wholesome approach at home. As if we could love them any more, they also welcome the community to bring in any unwanted fruit and veg from our gardens for them to find a use for.
With sustainability at the forefront of Raw Kitchen’s ethos, you knew it was going to feature on this list, didn't you? But it’s not just their plant-based restaurant or kombucha microbrewery that has got us talking. Their cute little store tucked away in the corner is Perth’s largest stockist of zero waste and plastic free products, so if you're trying to go plastic free at home, head here for a bit of inspo. Turns out plastic free doesn’t mean option free!
Manna Wholefoods And Cafe
Manna Wholefoods is all about sustainability, with eco-friendly products lining the shelves and bulk foods galore so you can bring your own containers and completely avoid unnecessary packaging, but they're also doing all sorts of sustainable magic in their kitchen. They whip up plenty of delicious vegan eats using only what's in season and are big supporters of fair trade products at a fair price, so you don't have to pay through the roof to feel good about helping the environment!
New Normal Bar & Kitchen
New Normal in Subiaco stands by its motto—local content, less waste. The community based restaurant is all about showcasing WA produce in every glass, plate and bowl, focusing on zero waste and eliminating plastic and paper in the kitchen and on the floor wherever possible. Whether you head to the restaurant for dinner or the rooftop bar for a drink, it's all guilt free!
From recycled eskies to supporting WA growers that don't use chemicals, Perth Organics does it all. They also support WA growers who produce produce that are no only chemical free, but also either maintains or imrpoves the ecosytem within which it's produced - say whaaa?! But it doesn't stop there. Perth Organics stocks a variety of products such as organic fruits and vegetables, food storage, quick meals and so much more!
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Manna Wholefoods And Cafe | Image credit: Elle Borgward