We’ve been on a mission over the last few months, scouring the country in search of the best green spaces and hideaways. Our search has uncovered Australia’s greenest bars, cafes and retail spaces – and we’ve begun plotting our findings on localised maps, so you can go and enjoy these spaces too.
Why are we doing this? Because we believe that Plant Life Balance can, and should, extend beyond the walls of home and out into the rest of the world. We hope that by exploring these spaces for yourself, you will enjoy cleaner air and increased wellbeing wherever you go.
Our first map is set in Sydney’s Inner West, full of leafy parks, green eateries and lush watering holes…
- The Oxford Tavern – this undercover beer garden makes you forget that you are in the middle of a bustling metropolis and features all our favourite hanging plants, ferns, a classic fiddle leaf fig and tonnes more.
- Poor Tom’s Gin Hall – Poor Toms Gin Hall is the home of one of Sydney’s tastiest gins, but we love it because it also has some really spectacular greenery.
- The Erko Hotel – the backyard courtyard at the Erko is filled with lush trees, hardy palms, fast-growing vines and big group tables made for big groups of mates. Or take a seat out the front among the thick hedges and giant trees and spend a few hours watching the world pass you by.
- A Loft Story – opened in 2014 by hairdresser Jane Wei, A Loft Story is far from your average salon. The sprawling, two-storey warehouse space feels more like a little lush jungle with plants literally packed to the rafters.
- Acre Eatery – with the Camperdown Commons urban farm as a backdrop, you know this dining experience will seriously up your Plant Life Balance. Acre prioritise sustainable produce from the on-site all season farm run by Pocket City Farms.
- Camperdown Commons – once a dilapidated bowling club, Camperdown Commons is now a thriving fully operational urban farm where locals gather to bond over common interests.
- Mini Mart, Petersham – better than your average convenience store, Mini Mart is a concept shop based in Sydney’s inner-west. Curated by INSACIOUS and Microcosm, the store provides a green paradise where creatives can showcase their goods in a relaxed environment.
- Queen Chow, Enmore – Queen Chow in Enmore serves up amazing Hong Kong street food and your favourite Chinese classics in a greenery-filled, imperial tea house-esque venue.
- Concrete Jungle Cafe – an eco-conscious cafe in the heart of Chippendale, Sydney is bringing the fern back from the 70’s and straight into our plant-loving hearts.
- The Grounds of Alexandria – The Grounds of Alexandria is royalty in the Plant Life Balance Places catalogue, winning the award of most instagrammed greenery at any cafe, restaurant or bar in New South Wales.
- St Helens Community Garden – a community garden in Glebe has brought the residents together and offered an opportunity to enjoy food with little to no mileage.
- Reconciliation Park – Reconciliation Park was named in 1997 in recognition of the special place and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians. Redfern has long been Sydney’s modern home to Indigenous Australians, and continues to value its connection to the land and sense of place.
Do you know of a place that should be on our map? Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it in!