Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is | Ethical Finds In Sydney

By Simone Jovel
17th Mar 2016

Gratia cafe surry hills

Sydney is a pretty darn brilliant place and it isn’t just because it’s the prettiest city in Australia (yep, I went there). It is because there are some seriously awesome humans in this great city of ours making it possible for us to combine our love of dining, trying new things and taking care of ourselves with helping those who need it most, bringing all the feels to doing what you already love to do.

Here are some places in Sydney that are doing some great things for the community.

Two Wolves Community Cantina


Tasty eats from across the globe are on the menu at Two Wolves. The team of volunteers share their passion with diners, dishing up creations from the countries where they run their projects—we’re talking Mexico, Cambodia, Ecuador and Nepal, just to name a few. And what this means for you, my friend, is that you need at least two serves of empanadas and a minimum of three tacos.

Urban Yoga


Every time you take a class at Urban Yoga $1 will be donated to the Human Kind Project. This project works with One Disease to support Indigenous communities and The Hunger Project to end world hunger. This is the type of place where you’re sure to find your inner yogi and feel like a pretty darn good human when you emerge from your shavasana. 

Parliament on King 


If you’re looking for a home cooked meal you’ve come to the right place. At Parliament on King you are literally in Della and Ravi’s front room, surrounded by all the comforts of home, as you tuck into their Local Family Dinner, served up every Saturday night and celebrating the culture and food of asylum seekers, refugees and recent arrivals. The team here are committed to up-skilling the newest members of Sydney’s community and giving them a better chance at a great future… and the food’s pretty damn good in case you were wondering.

Lentil As Anything 


Pay as you feel is a beautiful thing and Lentil As Anything bring that beauty to King Street along with ALL the feels to eating out. They run on a volunteer team, give a chance to those that are having a rough go, and serve up seriously good food. Lentil As Anything is also an official non-for-profit, which means that anything you spend over $2 is a tax deduction, like you needed another reason to eat all the things.

Bourke Street Bakery

Multiple locations

Oh Bourke Street Bakery, you are always so delicious and then you go and add another bit of awesome to your repertoire. These guys have buns worth travelling for and they are also behind The Bread & Butter Project, which is Australia’s first social enterprise bakery. They sell wholesale baked goods and return all the profits to improving the lives of those who need it most through a range of training, job opportunities and support.


Surry Hills

Sydney’s first profit for purpose café with 100% of all profits raised donated to charities chosen by Gratia staff and their customers. The ethos here is one which celebrates all the diversity that makes Australia wonderful while dishing up one pretty stellar menu. It’s a garden bowl you’ll come back for and a close to life changing fritter, both served with the right dose of care and compassion.  

Mazi Mas

Locations vary

This pop-up restaurant project literally pops up across Sydney numerous times throughout the year and always brings it’s food A-game. A not-for-profit social enterprise with a focus on developing and empowering women along with celebrating cultures from across the world, Mazi Mas always has something new planned. You can check out their event calendar online here for their next event.

PepperTree Cafe


These guys serve up some serious coffee, delish food and also catering with their team in South Western Sydney. A social enterprise café, the team here give young people a shot at a career in hospitality and create a hub for the community, and with eats including panko crumbed chicken schnitzel and a Philly cheese steak you’ll be well on your way to your happy full place. 

Modo Yoga Sydney


Do something that’s not only good for yourself but for others by getting your sweat on at Modo Yoga Sydney’s Karma Classes. These are run by donation only, ranging from an affordable $5-10, with proceeds going direct to a local charity each month.

Want to find out more about great eats in Sydney? Check out the 50 Breakfast You Should Have Eaten here.

Image credit: Jackielyn Powell at Gratia 

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