The restaurants, cafes and stores in this guide are all social enterprise businesses. Some operate on a pay-what-you-want model, while others donate their profits to different causes. Many of these establishments give people from disadvantaged backgrounds the skills and opportunity to enter the workforce.

But aside from the good they do around Sydney, these businesses all stand on their own as slickly-run venues with tasty menus and high-quality products. They’re worthy of your attention.

Four Brave Women

This restaurant takes in recently arrived refugees, and gives them the skills and experience to kickstart their hospitality careers. Each intake features chefs from a variety of cultural backgrounds, so expect a delicious new menu every eight weeks or so.

26 Lackey Street, Summer Hill

Heart Cafe

This cafe is part of Wayside's Wingspan program, which places young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into the workforce; and gives them the structure and mentorship they need to stay there.

95 Roscoe Street, Bondi

OzHarvest Market

OzHarvest Market is a pay-what-you-can-afford supermarket, which salvages produce and wares from over 2500 donors. Its mission is to give a second chance to mislabeled, blemished and misshapen foods which would ordinarily be thrown out – and help nourish its local community, too.

147 Anzac Parade, Kensington

Gratia and Folonomo

At this cafe and restaurant, 100 percent of all profits are donated to charity. At the end of your meal, half of your spend will go towards a charity of your choice (there's a rotating selection). The other half goes to Gratia and Folonomo's own not-for-profit, The Pure Foundation.

Gratia 372 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Lentil as Anything

At Lentil as Anything, customers eat what they need and pay what they can afford. It's about food at a community level. Staff comprises of volunteers, long-term unemployed and refugees. And around 70 percent of food comes directly from farmers and growers.

391 King Street, Newtown