Ethical cafes – creating meaning through your café visit

Freedom Hub Café

It is a place where trafficked survivors are trained, encouraged and prepared for the workforce. A place where, through one-to-one mentoring, supported learning, and practical application; survivors can learn faster than in a large group, feel valued, and trust is re-established. They have a café operating on weekends where 100% of profits go towards supporting survivors of modern slavery. They sell coffees and Australian sourced teas; the food is healthy, ethically sourced and supports local Australian business. They also rent an event space and host weddings too!

Song Kitchen

Song kitchen, located in Surry Hills, has a social conscience, offering 100% of their profits to support the YWCA NSW – an organisation that helps women experiencing domestic violence, we were there in a heartbeat.

Symbol Café

They are a social business, which donates 100% of profits to a range of “not for profit” causes. Diners can select to support ‘Give a sandwich to a hungry Australian student’, plant trees to offset carbon or feed the homeless with rescued food through Oz Harvest.

Darcy St Project

Their mission is to increase the employability of young people so they can gain experience and skills. They assist a wide range of people including aboriginal people, early migrants / refugees, homeless, and mature aged workers. There is practical barista and hospitality based training.

Pepper Tree Bankstown

Pepper tree café  is a Social Enterprise café, food and catering service, offering training and helping young people in South Western Sydney. It provides an employment readiness program for disadvantaged young people facing multiple barriers to long term stable employment.

Two Good Co

Order a two good salad or soup and the same meal will be sent to someone in domestic violence. Women from the refuges and shelters are also employed to make the lunches. Order the Friday and your food will be delivered the following Tuesday. There’s a minimum order of ten, so perfect for an office.

Lentil as Anything

Pay as you feel café – a non-profit organisation that relies solely on the work of volunteers. It is the power of humanity to create change. Guests pay what they believe the meal is worth, and according to financial ability. There are also training programs on site.

Two wolves cantina

Not for profit cantina is staffed by volunteers with all profits going to youths in developing nations. They provide continuing service opportunities for Australia’s youth in disadvantaged communities overseas


For love not money’. Restaurant established in Surry hills by philanthropist Matthew Byrne. 100% of the profits go to not for profit organisations. Pure Foundation. Lunch/Dinner


Surry Hills café and 50% of profits goes to the Pure Foundation.

The Bread and Butter project

A social enterprise that offers 12 month TAFE accredited apprenticeships in baking for asylum seekers. As Australia’s first social enterprise bakery, 100% of our profits are reinvested into baker training and employment pathways for refugees and asylum seekers.

Parliament on King

An international shift training program, which provides hospitality training to asylum seekers and refugees. Social enterprise catering by them. They are trained and given the chance to showcase dishes from their home countries. They run the ‘Deaf Café’ on Wednesdays from 10 am until 3pm. Learn to sign for your coffee, or just have coffee and hang out.

Taste Food Tours

A not for profit social enterprise that promotes racial and social inclusion, giving neighbourhoods the chance to show off unique food cultures.

Four Brave Women

This is opening later this month in Summer Hill and is a cafe run by refugee women that will serve cultural foods from their heritage. Every 8 weeks a new group of refugee women will take over the kitchen. The Trading Circle is affiliated with the “Good shepherd organization”.

By visiting a café on this list, you can feel confident knowing you’re helping someone in need.


3 thoughts on “Ethical cafes – creating meaning through your café visit

  1. atasteofhaven says:

    GREAT POST!! These cafes are so awesome and it is important to spread the word about the great work they are doing in throughout Sydney. Places like this are providing opportunities for members of our refugee and migrant communities that are helping them attain useful industry experience. Even more than this they are creating a space for people to share different flavours, cultures and experiences. We also share lots of articles similar to this on our blog. We’d love you to check it out!

    Let’s keep sharing the good news!!

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