The Organic Food and Wine Deli CBD
Despite the CBD’s glut of cafes, it can be difficult to find something catering to every nutritional or ethical constraint. The Organic Food and Wine Deli covers all bases. It’s 100 per cent organic and fairtrade, providing all customers a wholesome meal regardless of diet.
Owner Jeanette Taylor first opened the cafe in 1999, motivated by her weekly shop in Queen Victoria Market’s organic section. Soon after, she moved from Little Collins Street to this old photography shop on Degraves. Hers is now the longest-running cafe on the strip.
The space is small, but packs in a huge amount of food. Roughly 95 per cent is vegan, with extensive gluten-, refined sugar- and wheat-free choices. Get pies, burgers, cakes and more ready-to-go, or shop for ingredients to take home. Coffee is from Clark Street Roasters, while Organic Empire supply the seasonal fruit and veg. Catering and hamper services are also available.
The venue is dedicated to decreasing its environmental footprint wherever possible. Sugarcane packaging is used for takeaway alongside certified organic bio plates, straws and paper bags. Local growers and suppliers are used where feasible to avoid unnecessary miles. All leftover food is given to the homeless.
A second location in Prahran shares the same values, but stocks more animal products.