At Black Sheep customers can pay for an extra coffee that will be given to someone who can't afford to pay for one.
At Black Sheep customers can pay for an extra coffee that will be given to someone who can't afford to pay for one.

Food & Drink

5 conscience friendly restaurants

Eating a good meal or having a cup of coffee is much more enjoyable when you do it with a good conscience because you know the restaurant is environmentally friendly or the coffee shop helps disadvantaged people. Like these five.

Tataki, San Francisco

For many, sushi isn’t sushi without tuna or salmon, but Casson Trenor, co-founder of Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar in San Francisco, says, “If you want to be really traditional, serve the fish that’s right in front of you.” Tataki uses responsibly sourced, environmentally friendly seafood and was the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the United States when it opened in 2008. Now there are three Tataki restaurants in the city.

Tataki sushi & sake bar

2827 California Street, San Francisco

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Black Sheep, London

Founded by four university friends, among them a couple of Norwegians, Black Sheep wants to do things its own way. Its “Free Coffee Board” is just one visible example. Customers can pay for an extra coffee and the baristas will post a sticker on their board to be used by homeless people in the area. “Sometimes, ordering a coffee and chatting with a barista who knows you by your first name feels even better than the coffee itself,” they say.

Black Sheep

63 Charlotte Street, London

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The Truscott Arms, London

Yes, pub food can be sustainable and healthy. Truscott Arms, close to London’s Paddington Station, is the winner of 2015 Sustainable Pub award presented by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) to the pub that ranks highest in its rigorous rating system. They use only the very best from smaller, local suppliers – “like our ‘royal seal of approval’ butcher who sources the Wagyu beef for our burgers, or the bespoke 100% pork for our gluten-­free Truscott sausages.”

The Truscott Arms

55 Shirland Rd, London

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Relæ, Copenhagen

Five years ago, Noma alumnus Christian F. Puglisi opened his own restaurant, Relæ ­(“Relay”). They like to keep their cards, or rather menus, close to the chest so they don’t even publicize their daily fare, except that it’s vegetable heavy. The world’s only organic-­certified Michelin-starred restaurant aims “to have sustainable practices in all areas, from the food and drinks we serve to the resources we use and actions we employ.”


Jægersborggade 41, Copenhagen

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Coffeed, New York

Founded by a former Wall Street trader who left his job after the 2008 crash to show that traders have hearts, too, Coffeed gives 10% of its coffee and beverage revenues and 5% of its food revenue to local charities, such as the New York Foundling, City Growers, Community Mainstreaming Associates, and the Refugee and Immigrant Fund. It also employs people connected to the charities.


37-18 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City

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