Responsible Cafes – Save Money, Waste Less | Greater Parramatta District

Join the war on waste and visit responsible local cafes. UPDATED: 28th April 2018


There’s no doubting parents love their caffeine hit. But it doesn’t have to come with such a huge toll on the environment. Did you know that in Australia over 3 billion takeaway cups and lids are wasted every year? There’s a simple way to reduce your impact…Responsible Cafes

Bring a reusable cup to your favourite cafe and say “no” to single-use cups ending up in landfill. Plus, as an added bonus, you might even get a small discount off your coffee!

And remember, it is not just coffee that gets served in a take away cup. The discounts listed below should apply to all drinks that are served in a takeaway cup. Yes that means hot chocolates, milkshakes and smoothies too!

FREE Coffee

To encourage more people to use reusable cups instead of disposable cups for their coffee, City of Parramatta has partnered with five local cafes in the Parramatta CBD to provide a free coffee when you bring your own reusable cups on:

  • Monday 30th April 2018
  • Monday 7th May 2018
  • Monday 14th May 2018

Responsible Cafes

The five cafes are:

  • Bourke Street Bakery Parramatta (Centenary Square, 1/186 Church St, Parramatta)
  • Eastern Concourse Bakery Cafe (Parramatta Train Station, Shop 5)
  • Esquire Cafe (2/103 George St, Parramatta)
  • Red Mango Cafe (Centenary Square, 5/186 Church St, Parramatta)
  • Valentine Ave Cafe (20 Wentworth St, Parramatta)

Local Responsible Cafes and Venues

Here is a map of cafes and venues in and around Parramatta who offer a discount or incentive for bringing your own reusable cup. And you will find the list below.

Cafes and Venues in the Parramatta Area (alphabetical order)

When we first wrote this article, there were 10 local responsible cafes. Almost a year later there are over 20 (including multiple locations for some cafes). It is slow progress but progress all the same. Make sure to chat with your local barista today about becoming a responsible cafe!

Address: Corner Charles and Union Street, Parramatta | Review | Regular coffee prices: REG $4.40 (8oz)*, LRG $4.90 (12oz)* | Discount: $0.40 (*includes a handmade chocolate)

2Armory Wharf Cafe | Newington

View of Parramatta River from the Armory Wharf Cafe

Address: Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson Street, Newington | WebsiteReview | Regular coffee prices: REG $3.80 (8oz), LRG $4.30 (12oz) | Discount: $0.20-$0.60

3Big Tree House Cafe | Rydalmere

Address: 88 Calder Road, Rydalmere | WebsiteReview | Regular coffee prices: SML(8oz) $3.50, LRG (12oz) $4.00 | Discount: double stamp on coffee loyalty card

4BP Service Stations | Various Locations

Address: Carlingford, Parramatta, Rosehill, Seven Hills, Silverwater | Discount: $0.50-$0.80

5Chambers Fine Coffee | Parramatta

Address: 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta | Discount: $0.30

Address: 267 Victoria Road, Rydalmere | Regular coffee prices: SML $3.50, LRG $4.00, JUMBO $4.50 | Discount: $0.50

7Darcy St Project | Parramatta

Address: City Center Carpark Shop 4, 4/71 George Street, Parramatta | Discount: $0.50

8GG espresso + wine bar | Sydney Olympic Park

Photo credit: Weekend Notes

Address: 1/11 Australia Ave, Sydney Olympic Park | Review | Discount: $0.20

Address: Centenary Square, Church Street, Parramatta | Review | Regular coffee prices: REG $4.00 (8oz), LRG $4.50 (12oz) | Discount: $1.00

10Lollipops Parramatta | Camellia

Address: 3/175 James Ruse Dr, Camellia | Review | Regular coffee prices: S $4.00 M $4.50 L $5:00 | Discount: $0.50

11Mulberry Tree Cafe | Parramatta

Address: Shop 5/20-22 Maquarie st, Parramatta | Discount: $0.50

12Pronto Rocks Cafe | North Rocks

Address: North Rocks Shopping Centre (next to play area), 328-336 North Rocks Rd, North Rocks | Discount: $0.20

13Riverside Theatres | Parramatta

Address: Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta | Discount: $0.50

14Soul Origin | Various Locations

Address: Westfield Parramatta, Stockland Merrylands, Carlingford Court | Discount: 10%

Address: 1 Bells Road, Oatlands | Review | Regular coffee prices: R $3.50 L $4.50 | Discount: $0.30

16The Container Cafe | Dundas Valley

Address: Shop 3, 28-36 Yates Ave Dundas Valley | Review | Regular coffee prices: SML $3.80, LRG $4.30 | Discount: $0.10

17The Grounds Keeper Cafe | Parramatta, Ryde, Blacktown

Parramatta Park

Address: Parramatta Park – George Street Gatehouse, Ryde Park – 30 Argyle Avenue Ryde, Blacktown Showground – 49 Richmond Road Blacktown | Review ParramattaRyde, Blacktown | Regular coffee prices: REG $3.50 (8oz), LRG $4.00 (12oz) | Discount: $0.50

18Watch Your Fingers Patisserie | Constitution Hill

Address: 5 Emma Crescent, Wentworthville | Regular coffee prices: SML $3.50, LRG $4.00, EXTRA LRG $5.00 | Discount: $0.50

Some Favourites Just Outside the Area

The awesome 5 for Ryde team have been very busy signing up cafes in the Ryde area to be Responsible Cafes. For a full list of Responsible Cafes in the Ryde area, head to their website.

Address: 78 Charles Street, Putney | Review | Regular coffee prices: SML (6oz) $3.00, MED (8oz) $3.50, LRG (12oz) $4.00 | Discount: $0.50

Address: Rhodes Park, Killoola Street, Concord West | Review | Regular coffee prices: MED $4.50 (12oz) | Discount: $0.50

Address: 109A Kent Rd, North Ryde | Every Saturday and Sunday when the canteen is open | Discount: $0.50

Missing a Cafe or Venue?

Is your favourite coffee pit stop not listed? If they offer a discount or incentive for using reusable cups, then let us know. We can add them to this list of “responsible cafes“. And if they’re not on board yet, start the conversation and inspire them to join the #reuserevolution and war on waste.  Remember, there is no provision under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code that prevents a customer from using their own container for storage of food purchased.

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Reusable Cups

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Star Wards keep cup anyone?

So where can you grab a reusable cup from? A number of the cafes listed here actually sell reusable cups – perfect if you forget to take one with you.

You can generally buy a reusable cup from major retailers and a travel mug does the trick. There are also a few Aussie companies manufacturing and selling reusable coffee cups that you can buy online. They comes in a number of shapes, sizes and designs to suit a range of tastes and preferences. Keep Cup is one example and another is Frank Green.