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The Greenest Restaurants & Cafés In Melbourne

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Melbourne has a lot on offer when it comes to green cuisine, and many restaurants are now making a conscious effort to source local produce, support the ethical treatment of animals, reduce food miles and style their establishments with environmentally friendly interiors. At these eight eco-friendly eateries, you can enjoy a guilt-free meal that is both nutritious and sustainable. From solar cafés to super-food shops, worm farms, urban gardens, and upscale restaurants fitted with planet saving interior technology – these are the best green restaurants and cafés in Melbourne.

Vue De Monde

Shannon Bennett’s Vue De Monde might be an upscale restaurant, but it certainly isn’t environmentally ignorant. Located in the Rialto Towers, the restaurant presents classical European cuisine while accentuating native ingredients. The venue has also been carefully considered, and Bennett has taken every step to ensure sustainable practices including the use of ventilation ceilings, LED lighting and cold kitchen technology to reduce emissions. The furniture and fittings are all recycled or second-hand, the timber veneers are from eco-forests, and the eWater system helps monitor and reduce water usage.

Vue de Monde, 55, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9691 3888

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Mesa Verde

Many diners flock to Mesa Verde for the tequila and tacos; however, the Mexican cantina is also home to Melbourne’s only rooftop worm farm. Translating to green table, Mesa Verde takes a green approach to waste management by turning vegetable scraps into fertiliser, which is then used to nurture the growth of rare Mexican herbs and chillies. In total, 30 vegetables and herbs are produced on-site, ensuring that the menu, which features plenty of gluten-free options, is as fresh as possible. Mesa Verde also collects and uses rainwater which helps in reducing their water usage.

Mesa Verde, Level 6, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9654 4417

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Combi

Since 2008, Combi has been serving super food to customers in both Melbourne and Adelaide, and with an Instagram following of 63.9 thousand, it’s clear that more and more Australians are going green. At their Elwood store, you’ll find organic cold pressed juices, nut mylk, raw organic super-food smoothies, super bowls packed with chia seeds, coconut, Medjool dates, Goji berries, granola, yoghurt and other yummy, guilt-free ingredients. Even the coffee is organic fair trade, and the herbal tea is 100 percent organic and locally sourced.

Combi, Shop 1 / 140 Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9531 0084

Attica

Renowned as one of the best restaurants in Australia, Ben Shewry’s Attica is an award winner with an eco-friendly conscience. Inspired by New Zealand’s diverse landscape as well as native Australian cuisine, Shewry has curated an evocative menu which portrays volcanos, rivers, bushland and the sea. Using sustainable seafood and ensuring the ethical treatment of animals and livestock, the menu is contemporary and earthy. Try the salted red kangaroo and bunya bunya, wattleseed bread and Gazza’s Vegemite pie.

Attica, 74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9530 0111

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The Grain Store

Located on Flinders Lane, the Grain Store is a throwback to a time when many inner city buildings were used as shipping storage. With strong traditional values, head chef Ingo Meissner has created a seasonal menu which is simple yet skilful. Inspired by Mother Nature, Meissner sources locally harvested fruit and vegetables that are grown without harmful chemicals to create breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch menus that are nutritious and full of flavour. From the spring pea potato gnocchi and halloumi to the chorizo and manchego omelette, each dish is surprising and memorable.

The Grain Store, 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9972 6993

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South of Johnston

Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian, $$$
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Before you even walk into South of Johnston, you’ll notice the eco details with fruit trees, including lemon and kumquat, planted in recycled wooden crates out front, which invite passers-by to pick from the orchard. The factory conversion in Collingwood features 40 solar panels which were installed in 2014 and generate 60 percent of SOJO’s electricity. The lengthy menu at Stuart McKenzie’s solar café changes seasonally and highlights local and ethical ingredients to produce meals which are not only yummy but are also considerate of any dietary requirements you might have.
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Taxi Kitchen

Restaurant, Australian, $$$
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Taxi Kitchen, Melbourne
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Taxi Kitchen not only champions Melbourne’s skyline with 180-degree views but its executive chef, Tony Twitchett, also supports Victorian businesses by sourcing local produce, including free range beef, pork, chicken and fish, as well as red and white wine exclusively from Victorian wineries. This approach not only reduces food miles, but it also guarantees fresh cuisine. Creating ‘generous, simple, rustic and playful’ dishes, Taxi Kitchen also uses local herbs from Federation Square’s pop-up patch, situated within walking distance of the restaurant.
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Pope Joan

Chef Matt Wilkinson takes Pope Joan’s paddock-to-plate philosophy very seriously, sourcing locally grown produce from farmers dedicated to organic and biodynamic practices and animal welfare. The Brunswick East café also has an on-site veggie patch in the outdoor dining area which echoes the seasonal menu. The daytime menu offers all-day breakfast, sandwiches and sweets, while the night-time menu features a suite of sharing platters and snacks and main meals which highlight the produce.

Pope Joan, 77-79 Nicholson St, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9388 8858

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