Dalat Eco Map

Dalat Eco Map

A map with eco-friendly businesses in Dalat, Vietnam

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Food providers engaging either in food waste programs and/or ban single-use plastic and plastic bags and/or source organic food for their meals.
Hotels, homestays and dorms engaging in food waste programs and/or banning plastic drinking bottles and shampoo bottles and/or using eco-friendly detergents.
Farms banning synthetic substances from their farms such as inorganic pesticides, herbicides and in some cases even synthetic fertilizers.
Eco-friendly trekking tours, second-hand shops, handmade cosmetics, handicraft and more. Find an eco-friendly gift for your friends and family.

Eco-friendly Restaurants and Cafés

An cafe ↓

Biodegradable take-away items, bamboo straws, food waste/garbage recycling, upcycled interior

Guest article by Jonah Estanislao, founder of Nomad Ecoplate

An cafe and An garden - an iconic oasis of peace in the heart of Dalat

 

An cafe is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Dalat tucked in between two busy streets.

You can enjoy the city view from the garden while sitting in swinging seats that transport you back to childhood days. It has a one of a kind design creating a positive vibe and a calm ambiance.

From the rustic wooden style, upcycled furniture to greenery on every corner and every table makes it an exceptional place to relax, work or read a book. There are WiFi and plugs in each table for charging laptops and phones. Need a place to work remotely and stay healthy? There you are!

 

Cold-pressed juices by An cafe

 

Speaking of food...

An cafe always uses fresh ingredients every day and uses clean food supplied directly by farmers. Some of those farmers work as the staff themselves at An cafe! Moreover, they don't use MSG in any of their dishes. For them, the food they serve has to be clean as they also want to enjoy it themselves. The standard of providing clean food to customers is therefore naturally high.

You can find tasty Western and Vietnamese dishes. The menu includes salads, smoothies, home-made yogurt, desserts, locally produced tea, and high-quality coffee.

What I like the most is the cold-pressed juice! With their slow juicer, the real, natural ingredients are extracted, which retain essential nutrients and antioxidants, making it a healthy juice drink! No added water, sugar, or any artificial flavor. A true heaven for health-conscious people!

An cafe is vegan and vegetarian-friendly too!

PRICE RANGE

Drinks and yogurt - 29,000 to 59,000 VND

Food and desserts -  31,000 to 75,000 VND

They have reasonable prices considering the green ambiance and quality services (such as serving all-natural food and using eco-friendly items).

Enjoy the MSG-free Vietnamese dishes like these ones here!

What makes An cafe so eco-friendly?

When it comes to biodegradable items, they are supplied by La Xanh company (a sustainable company that manufactures eco-friendly take-away-items).

For takeaway:

  • Paper cups for hot drinks
  • Glass bottles for cold-press juice
  • Paper bags for takeaway
  • Paper sachet for sugar.
  • They use a single-use bamboo straw for hygienic reasons. Customers can take the straw with them if they want to.

They donate items such as bamboo straws, Vietnamese coffee filters, and other items on the FREECYCLE Dalat Facebook group or message regular collectors who recycle it.

The management believes that bamboo straw, despite more expensive than plastic straw, doesn't cause more damage to nature.

They use recycled materials in the garden area, such as glass doors. Then for the main cafe, they used high-quality woods for tables and chairs, making them sturdy.

Reconnect with nature in the middle of a buzzing city!

 

One of Eco Maps favorite topics: food waste

Food waste is not a problem. Leftovers will become feed for farm animals or composted at the staff's farms.

They also found a solution for old cooking and frying oil: donating it to local soap makers.

The management educates the staff to be conscious when it comes to food waste.

 

Happy staff at An cafe

 

Giving back...

Every year, the management visits a pagoda with orphans and donates food. They also give food and excess milk to poor people or lottery sellers who pass by the cafe. For them, doing good deeds to poor people will bring them more blessings in life and business.

 

Google link:

An Cafe, 93-63 Ba Tháng Hai, Phường 1, Thành phố Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng

Opening hours:

Every day 7:00-22:00

Website:

http://ancafe.vn/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ancafedalat/

 

Learn more about the writer, Jonah Estanislao, and read more inspiring articles on her blog Nomad Ecoplate.

 

 

 

 

Vĩ Tuyến Số Sáu - Tea, Cafe, Garden, Dalat ↓

No straws, no plastic take-away, garbage recycling, upcycled interior

 

 

We met Ms. Trang Bui, the owner of this garden café, the first time at the local community garden, where she kindly helped us plant the first seeds <3.  Now we went to visit her little paradise. Vĩ Tuyến Số Sáu means the 6th parallel and it is a small tea house in the middle of the pine forest.

 

The front side - inside lovely Ms. Trang Bui

 

Sustainablity is very important to her, so she decided that building materials for the tea house should be second hand. And so she did: 80% of the tea house's interior has been discarded by other people and was destined to finish their life cycle, but Trang saved these items and put them together to a beautiful mosaic, a tea house with a relaxing and mysterious forest ambiance.

But Trang wanted more than that - her goal is to live in the highest possible harmony with nature.

When we asked her about take-away containers for beverages, she chuckled and indicated I should form a bowl with my hands - meaning that if people really want to take away stuff, they must bring their own container. Thumbs up!  Let's educate people, Trang!

 

Ms. Trang Bui

 

Obviously, the tea house also doesn't use straws or any single-use-plastic. They sort waste and recycle food waste in the vegetable gardens of the Clover Homestay.

Another nice gesture of this place? Customers are allowed to pick and eat vegetables at the organic vegetable garden! And whenever there is a fruit surplus, Trang shares it with her tea house guests for free.

Her wish is to create a community that engages with nature and respects the earth.

Are we dreaming or awake? Go find out yourself with this Google Maps link:

Vĩ Tuyến Số Sáu - Tea, Cafe, Garden, Dalat, 1b Đường Hoàng Văn Thụ, Phường 4, Đà Lạt

Otherwise you can also find the café on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/vituyensosau/

 

R House (vegan restaurant and dog rescue) ↓

Dog rescue station and locally sourced, vegan food, paper bags and paper boxes, garbage sorting

 

Article coming soon...

 

Meanwhile visit:

 

https://www.facebook.com/RHouseDalat

 

 

The Choco (chocolate and café) ↓

Local chocolate production, paper straws, paper bags, and paper boxes, garbage sorting

Guest article by Jonah Estanislao, founder of Nomad Ecoplate

 

Come in! And enter the delicious world of The Choco...

 

If you are a chocolate lover, one place you shouldn't miss when visiting Dalat is The Choco Station next to the iconic Dalat's Railway station!

A perfect spot to chill while drinking their signature Bailey's chocolate served in an elegant cup. The place has a European vibe with a warm color tone wall that brings a pleasant feeling to the customers in this cozy weather.

It’s a local artisanal chocolate brand that supports disadvantaged people in Dalat through live bands.

They specialized in making Nama chocolate that has a smooth and rich texture, it melts in your mouth! You can eat it or give away as a gift to your friends and loved ones!

You can't resist trying all Nama chocolates, since it’s free! They have 9 flavors such as sweet, lime, Irish whiskey, mint, matcha, berry, durian, bitter, and coconut. My favorites are mint, Irish whiskey, and Durian!

 

Finely crafted cream chocolate. A must-try when you are in Dalat!

 

The Choco started in January 2017. At first, they are a small group of friends who made the chocolate and sold it online via the Facebook page. They decided to open the first store in December 2018.

It is located in an old building built in the early 20th century made from brick and uses recycled woods for decorations and shelves.

 

This is how they make The Choco chocolate!

 

What foods they offer

PASTRIES or DESSERTS:

Cakes and cookies - 36,000 - 45,000 VND
Nama Chocolate - 90,000 - 170,000 VND

DRINKS:

Chocolate variety - 40,000 - 75,000 VND
Fresh juice - 29,000 - 45, 000 VND
Coffee - 30,000 - 45,000 VND
Tea variety - 45,000 VND

GIFTS OR TAKEAWAY PRODUCTS:

Cookies, Cocoa powder, oatmeal bites and chocolate almond

 

Live Music

They have a live English acoustic music show every Saturday night at the main branch, with monetary contributions going to the disadvantaged people in Dalat.

Singer: Tommy from Wasabi
Band time: 8pm - 9.30pm, Saturday night
Location: The Choco Station (inside of the Dalat Old Train Station)01 Quang Trung st., Ward 10, Dalat city.
Surcharge: 50,000 vnd/ person (children are FREE)
Note: the surcharge does not include drinks.

 

From cocoa to ... The Choco.

 

The Choco's efforts for the environment

They use paper straws, paper bag, and paper box, instead of plastic take away items. They are trying to reduce the plastic as much as possible and would like to use a canvas bag for people to carry things.

They sort waste and rubbish and classify them paper boxes and plastic, send them to the people who can recycle them.

 

BRANCHES: 

The Choco Station (Main branch)
01 Quang Trung, Phuong 9, Thanh pho Da Lat, Lam Dong
Opens from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm

The Choco Mini store
19 Truong Cong Dinh, Ward 1, Dalat City
Opens from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

 

The Choco on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/thechoco.vn/photos

 

Learn more about the writer, Jonah Estanislao, and read more inspiring articles on her blog Nomad Ecoplate.

 

 

Piccolo Coffee and Funny ↓

Homemade ingredients,  take-away-items in paper, bamboo straws

Guest article by Jonah Estanislao, founder of Nomad Ecoplate

 

A front yard full of flowers and beauty at the Piccolo coffee

 

A small quirky coffee shop that has so much to offer!

It has a retro design with a cozy ambiance where you can chill, read some books, play the guitar, or just listen to relaxing music.
Be ready to be greeted by a cute kitty cat and dog that loves to play around the cafe.

The foods of Piccolo coffee:

European style breakfast such as Eggs Benedict, French toast, and English breakfast. - 25K- 95K VND
Kombucha bottle- 65k VND
Kefir jar - 80k VND
Signature drinks - 39k - 45k VND
Tea - 29- 45k VND
Ice cream - 39K- 45K VND
Coffee 20k - 55k VND

 

What makes them eco-friendly:

Food source - half of the ingredients they used are bought from convenient stores and used self-produced items such as coffee, tea, green vegetables, and fruits
They limit the use of plastic bags. Instead, they use cloth bags to store things, plant trees, and flowers that attract bees and butterflies that attract nectars.
They don't have a takeaway at the moment, if customers need a take away they provide paper cups and paper straws. At the shop, they use bamboo straws or do not use it if not necessary.
Most leftovers are mainly fruit peels or coffee grounds. Coffee grounds will usually be dried as a desiccant, deodorize the room, change cat sand, for those who need to use fermentation to fertilize the plants.
They use old woods for the furniture.

 

In-house produced coffee at the Piccolo coffee

 

Services at Piccolo coffee:

Jane visa (SNVI) branch - that provides visa, work permit, TRC
Sell handmade products: embroidered tote bags, macrame bags, bracelets, necklaces
Sell homegrown products such as honey, cashew nuts, and coffee
Sell second-hand books and ceramics
Workshop for children: making macrame, bracelet, necklace, earrings, flower making, miniature making, bag making, embroidery
Time: 90 minutes per session
Price: 150,000 - 300,000 per person depending on the material

 

Piccolo coffee and funny
Address: 62 Đường Hai Bà Trưng, Phường 6, Thành phố Đà Lạt
Opens from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Phone number: +84901444867
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Piccolocoffeeandfunny

 

Learn more about the writer, Jonah Estanislao, and read more inspiring articles on her blog Nomad Ecoplate.

 

 

Biang Dalat Garden Restaurant ↓

Food waste-reducing starting in the kitchen, no single-use plastic, metal and paper straws, local ingredient sourcing

 

Fine dining at Biang Dalat Garden Restaurant

 

Are you looking for eco-friendly fine dining? Finally, you found your place to be!

At Biang Garden Restaurant, Jorge, a chef from Spain will prepare high-quality Mediterranean dishes in a particular, classy atmosphere. The dishes are inspired by original Spanish recipes and brought into life with mostly local ingredients from Dalat!

With its generous space, this restaurant is also your first choice to celebrate memorable special events, like birthdays, ceremonies, or anniversaries.

 

Elegant fine dining at Biang Restaurant

 

Or why not book an epic bonfire evening at the fireplace of Biang Dalat Garden Restaurant?

 

The fireplace, available for private events.

 

The eco-friendly efforts of Biang Dalat Garden Restaurant

The restaurant introduces some interesting features of an eco-minded business that we would like to highlight.

First of all, food waste is reduced at its source - meaning in the kitchen.

Mohamed, the manager, carefully explains that even some sorts of vegetable skins can be reused as decoration or added in another form as appetizers or puree. This reduces the total amount of wasted food right at the beginning. For example, asparagus skin shreds can be fried and used as decor, whereas chickpea peels can become cleverly prepared chip-like snacks. In the opinion of Mohamed and his chef Jorge, we all need to rethink food scraps as they are and make them become resources rather than waste. Truly a zero-waste kitchen approach we all can learn from.

 

The Chef Jorge at Biang Garden Restaurant

 

Then there is a topic, for which Mohamed decided to go the extra mile for the environment: water bottles. In many restaurants, you will be served water in the standard plastic bottle. However, plastic bottles are polluting our oceans and waterways. Mohamed didn't agree!

He is ordering bottled water in glass bottles to serve his guests. He hopes that in the future he can find other restaurant owners who follow him with this policy to organize the transport of those bottles together.

Moreover, the restaurant doesn't offer delivery or take-away, meaning there is no need for take-away-containers. Drinks are served with paper or glass straws, depending on the kind of drink.

Wow! We are inspired. And we hope you are inspired too.

Come visit Biang Dalat Garden Restaurant!

 

Find the Google Maps link here:
Biang Dalat Garden Restaurant94 Đường Lý Tự Trọng, Phường 2, Thành phố Đà Lạ
 

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/biangdalat/

 
 

K'Be Wood Fired Pizza and BBQ ↓

Garbage sorting, in-house food waste recycling (feed for ducks), recycled building materials, local ingredient sourcing

 

Delicious pizza by K'Be Restaurant. Photo by Mervin Lee, www.surrephoto.com

 

Do you plan to hike Langbiang Mountain? Then you should also plan a lunch break or dinner with flavour-rich, wood fired pizza and a big glass of fresh, home-brewed beer.

Where? At K'BE Restaurant, right on the road to Langbiang parking lot, literally only a few minutes away.

It's great even for vegetarians because the pizza can be served totally meat-free. Your palate will be delighted by locally-grown vegetables and home-made cheese!

You wonder, who had this idea to bring Italian pizza in a remote village in the Central Highlands of Vietnam?

His name is James Reelick, who runs K'BE Restaurant, together with his wife and his two children. Indeed, James praises his 12-year-old son for being a great helping hand in the restaurant. And his little girl, Trung, brought as proudly our drinks with the same ease and skill she displays as she does when speaking three different languages: English, Vietnamese and K'Ho. What a lovely family!

 

Three out of four members of the K'Be family. Where is James? 😉

 

There he is with his daughter Trung. James Reelick from Connecticut, USA. Photo by Mervin Lee, www.surrephoto.com

 

James has very high standards and only wants THE BEST available ingredients for his dishes. Once we asked him about food and he said:

"If you make food, why don't you make the best food?"

This sums up his goals when it comes to food quality.

In fact, the pizza is wood-fired pizza made in a pizza oven, not in a conventional oven. The ingredients are as local as possible. For example, he buys vegetables only from his village, which happens to be a center for agriculture. The pizza dough is freshly prepared, every single day.

Are you getting hungry? There is more you should know.

 

Pizza with fresh, local ingredients, ready to go in the wood fired pizza oven. Photo by Mervin Lee, www.surrephoto.com

 

On top of excellent food quality, James wanted to assure an outstanding beer quality.

If you still think that pizza should be enjoyed together with red wine, go for a walk in Italy. Italian people will be happy to show you that for pizza, there is no better match than beer. 🙂 

Therefore, he invested in a professional beer brewing system! Filled with - again - high-quality ingredients, he makes his own craft beer.

Don't forget to try it!

The beer brewhouse (!)

 

For James, everything must be as sustainable as possible. Usually, when it comes to sustainability, people talk about "Reuse, Reduce, Recycle".

Well, James is an expert in reusing things. He uses discarded coffee trees as wood fire material. This means that your pizza is fired with material, that coffee farmers throw away anyway. For them, old coffee trees don't yield as much as young trees.

Also, whenever James builds something, whatever that might be - a kitchen, a shed, a beer brewing factory - he uses second-hand materials.

What else is special? There is no food waste at K'Be Restaurant. Why? First of all, it rarely happens, that someone doesn't finish his or her plate. 🙂 And other food scraps fill other bellies because the family raises ducks.

Something that we found very interesting in particular is the following: James tries to avoid concrete floors and concrete pavement, because "the earth needs to breathe". Let's all be inspired for our future building projects.

For take-away, he uses aluminum foil. In this way, customers can reuse the foil or recycle it through the local scavenger ladies.

We hope you enjoy your stay at K'Be Restaurant. Say hello to James. 🙂

Find the Google Maps link here:

K'BE Wood Fired Pizza & BBQ, Lạc Dương, Lạc Dương District, Lâm Đồng

James loves it when you make a reservation a day before your visit to the restaurant. So he can plan the kitchen supplies better and nothing goes to waste.

Contact him through Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/KBE-Wood-Fired-Pizza-and-BBQ-277632769095188/

Le Alpi Italian restaurant & cheese production ↓

Locally sourced milk and meat for cheese production, biodegradable takeaway boxes

 

Are you craving Italian cheese? Ricotta, Tomino, Gorgonzola - all freshly produced with local milk and waiting for you at Le Alpi Restaurant!

 

Find the Google Maps link here:

Le Alpi Dalat Restaurant, 87 Đường An Dương Vương, Phường 2, Thành phố Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng

Or check out the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/LeAlpiDaLatRestaurant

 

One More Café ↓

No plastic straws, no plastic water bottles, reducing plastic bags, garbage recycling

 

The cozy first floor of the 3 floor One More Café

 

Craving western cuisine or a quiet place to write important e-mails?

This is the address to go to! Here you can find not only cinnamon buns that taste like home, but also bread with different kinds of seeds, eggs Benedict, English Breakfast, Granola bowls and much more.

 

The tasty, home-made seed bread loaves of One More Café Dalat.

 

And if you need healthy food ingredients to make your own dishes at home, on One More Café's snack shelf you can find many product options. Upgrade your life with all kinds of nuts, seeds, lentils, chickpeas, oats, nut milks, but also home-made jams, chutneys and pickles.

 

The snack shelf at One More Café

 

The friendly and welcoming owner, Lorelle from Australia, created a space where expats, locals and tourists meet and greet and enjoy delicious food that tastes like home.

 

Soups and sandwiches at One More Café

 

On the top floor of the café a co-working space is waiting for you, where you can get the work done that has been on your to-do-list for too long.

 

The coworking space on the third floor

 

Speaking of which, Lorelle has lived in Dalat for a long time and knows pretty much everything about this city and cares for Dalat in her own, green way.

She introduced a "Commitment to the Environment" which is displayed on every table: You learn that One More Café recycles all plastic, metal, paper and food waste. They use stainless steel straws instead of plastic straws. They take their own shopping bags to buy supplies at the market to reduce the use of plastic bags. If you need a bag, they also offer Bees4life cotton bags for sale.

Moreover, single-use-plastic bottles are banned here and table water and take-away water is offered in glass bottles instead, for a very reasonable price. How? They buy water in huge refillable tanks that each save 40 small single use plastic bottles!
Cheers, friends!

Find the Google Maps link here:

One More Café, 77 Đường Hai Bà Trưng, Đà Lạt

Or check out the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/onemorecafe77/

 

Green Box Café ↓

No plastic straws, food waste becomes fertilizer for their own farm, single-use-bottles and cans swap

 

Green Box Café Dalat

 

Smoothies, juices, greens, coffee & drinks! Green Box Café is all about having a nice time in a very special ambiance, matching the local vibe of the omnipresent agriculture in Dalat.

You literally sit in between plants, tomatoes, salads, and other ornamental plants that blossom, flourish, and live around you when you enjoy a delicious drink in good company. You can invite all your friends because Green Box has a lot of space!

Green Box Café is hosting the monthly local & plastic-free Organic Farmer's Market...

The ability to fit a lot of people and provide a beautiful, green space for bigger events also attracted the local Organic Farmer's Market, which is held monthly at Green Box Café. The owners provide the space for the market on the first floor free of charge because of their support and friendship with the local organic farmers in Dalat. Big thumbs up from our side here.

More information about the Organic Farmer's Market Dalat.

Moreover, they show their love for nature by restricting plastic bags, banning plastic straws, and recycling the leftover food waste of the café on their farm. And, if you really want to buy a drink in a plastic bottle, then the Café gives you the possibility to swap the empty bottle afterward with a home-grown vegetable from Green Box!

Come discover an exceptional place in Dalat!

Find the Google Maps link here:

Green Box Café, 42 Xô Viết Nghệ Tĩnh, Đà Lạt

Find the Facebook Page of Green Box Café here:

https://www.facebook.com/greenboxdlvn/

 

Quán Cà Rem Bông Bông ↓

Zero packaging discounts, delivery in paper bags, local sourcing when possible

 

The elegant shop front of Quan Ca Rem Bong Bong. Ready for a romantic ice cream place?

 

It's a hot day and the only thought in your mind is ice cream? Or is it a regular day and you just want to hang out with your friends in a charming, hidden alley of Dalat and enjoy home-made icecream with delicious waffles, right from the waffle iron?

 

Waffles.... Tasty! Share a waffle or two with your friend or lover...

 

Then this place is exactly for you! The Bông Bông ice cream shop will delight you with a thoughtful interior and very tasty and surprising ice cream flavors: Did you ever try ice cream made of durian? Or passion fruit? Or matcha? Or coconut? Besides the common flavor like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry you can find these more exotic flavors. When possible, the ingredients are sourced locally.

 

Get creative! Mix your favorite ice cream flavors and take them home. Pro tip: bring your own container! 🙂

 

When it comes to the environment, Ms. Hoa, the owner, decided to offer a discount of 20% to any customer who brings their own take-away-box. That is great news, if you want to eat your ice cream at home or later. Moreover, in case of home delivery, ice cream is delivered exclusively in paper bags!

We love it, when hidden gems are eco-friendly. Thank you Bông Bông for making Dalat a better place!

Find the Google Maps link here:

Quán Cà Rem Bông Bông, 202 Phan Đình Phùng, Phường 2, Đà Lạt

Or find them on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/quancarembongbong/

 

Yummy! Not only a pleasure for the palate, but also for the eye. Enjoy!

 

 

Eco-friendly Accommodation

SANY Hostel (close to Phuong Trang Bus Station) ↓

Food waste recycling at a nearby farm, strict garbage sorting, no single-use plastic

 

SANY Hostel in walking distance to FUTABUS station.

 

SANY Hostel was a real surprise. When we usually imagine hostels, we think of simple, sometimes untidy places. Here, we stepped into the wonderworld of An and Sunny, the founders of SANY Hostel. (Did you see? Sunny + An = SANY 🙂 )

This place will amaze you with flawless cleanliness, neat design, and minimalistic corners.

Everything at SANY Hostel is clean, neat, and comfy!

 

A clean place to sleep close to FUTABUS station Dalat

After a long bus ride and arriving at Dalat Phuong Trang Bus station (FUTABUS) I was first recommended this place by another friend, because of the short walking distance. Indeed, I just walked a few minutes once I hopped off the bus and found the hostel easily.

If you ask Sunny about his vision for the hostel, he wants it to be a lightful and open space where intercultural meetings and sharing are essential. He emphasizes: "Our place is a house of love, of creations and ideas. It is also yours and it can welcome any suggestions, passions, or projects. Please, come inside and feel home!"

We discovered also that the hostel also offers private accommodation, which can be interesting when traveling as a couple or family.

 

One of the spacious double rooms.

 

In total there are 6 rooms:

- 2 spacious dorms with 5 single beds. They can become private rooms if people are traveling by group (friends, family) and the single beds can be moved to become 2 double beds + 1 single bed). One dorm is on the first level and has an open view on the street and a small balcony. The second dorm is on the last floor (third level): it has a big balcony with a view on the city and the mountains.

- 3 double rooms. One with an open view and a balcony. One without an open window (unfortunately). Another one with a small window.

- 1 family room with a window, 2 single beds, and one double bed.

 

The double room with open view and balcony at SANY Hostel.

 

Another big plus is that all rooms feature a private bathroom providing towels, toilet paper, shampoo, and soap for showering + hairdryer. 

 

Sunny's and An's care for the environment

SANY Hostel is a peacefull and respectfull place as well. Good emotions, enjoyable atmosphere and respect are very important to us. Also, they are engaged in environment protection: fighting waste and trying to leave as less trash as possible behind us. You will see that SANY Hostel is going strong and motivated and even educating their guests.
Single-use plastic toiletry is completely banned, even if this means sometimes upsetting guests who are used to plastic toothbrushes. SANY wants people to bring their own toothbrush and toothpaste. He also reminds guests to turn off the lights when they leave the rooms. 🙂

Any other sold items, such as homemade jam from organic passion fruits and mangos (grown by An's family farm in Tan Ha), are also sold in glass jars.
Drinks are not sold in plastic bottles and there is free refill water for everyone, in order to help guests not having to buy plastic bottles outside.

When it comes to garbage recycling, An and Sunny go the extra mile and bring their food waste once a week to a nearby permaculture farm. Other kinds of garbage are strictly sorted and given to local scavenger ladies.

 

Motivated eco-hosts: An (left) and Sunny (right) at their beloved SANY Hostel

 

Good to know that there are hostels like this in Dalat!
Thank you, Sunny and An for being you <3

 

Find the Google Maps link here:

SANY Hostel, A29 Tô Hiến Thành, P.3, T.p. Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng, Viêt Nam

 

Or find them on Facebook -> see many more pictures on the Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/SANYhostel

 

Instagram: 

https://www.instagram.com/sanyhostel/

 

 

The Lake House Dalat ↓

Food waste recycling, quitting plastic, garbage sorting

 

The Lake House Dalat

 

The Lake House offers quiet accomodations at Tuyen Lam Lake in proximity to the famous Truc Lam pagoda. People who want to take a rest from stressful daily life and relax come here to enjoy the silence and the wonderful presence of the peaceful lake. They have private bungalows and single/double rooms and dorm rooms available - a place for all budgets and privacy wishes.

 

View on the lake from the private double room at the Lake House.

 

Apart from serving only vegetarian food to guests, the owner is environmentally-conscious and installed a no-plastic-bottle policy.

Instead, they serve free hot tea and filter the water for the guests. They separate the trash as follows: cans & bottles to be recycled, organic material for composting, and non-recyclable trash.

 

View from one of the wooden private bungalows.

 

The organic material goes to their own compost, which is then transformed into fertilizer for their garden. They use reusable bags for shopping, and even try to reuse plastic bags, instead of throwing them away.

Again, in their own garden they exclusively use organic fertilizer and compost from the kitchen, no chemical products. The owner is willing to switch also to home-made detergents and washing liquids. Who wants to teach her? 🙂

Find the Google Maps link here:

The Lake House Dalat, Phường 3, Đà Lạt

 

Or find them on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Thelakehousedalat

 

Pine Hill Nhà Trên Cây Homestay Đà Lạt ↓

No single-use plastic, water refill, food waste recycling in compost structure on site, garbage sorting

 

Private bungalows at Pine Hill Homestay surrounded by pine trees for the true Dalat experience...

 

Look at this picture, breathe and smile. This is the motto of Pine Hill Homestay.

And yes, this place looks like an imaginary scene of a fairy tale but we guarantee you, it is real.

If you are looking for iconic Dalat accomodation with gorgeous views on the typical pine forest and an extraordinary peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, here at Pine Hill Homestay you are in the right place

 

Breathe and smile... You are in Dalat now.

 

Take a moment to absorb the gorgeous look and scent of the pine trees...

 

For over 30 years, the area has been built in harmony with nature by the parents of Vy, who is now the proud manager.

And yes she can be proud. Not only because of the many beautiful private bungalows and also dorms she can offer to her guests but also because of the way she is conducting her business...

You name it. Because of Vy, Pine Hill Homestay has become one of the strongest eco warriors of the Dalat Eco Map.

They even organize mindfulness retreats where they introduce and share about the wisdom of composting, using their own compost structure as an example!

But let me tell you all about the eco-friendly efforts here...

 

The love for the environment of Pine Hill Homestay

Vy's ambition is to become as waste-free as possible. Indeed, she stopped providing plastic toothbrushes and notified all the guests to bring their own.
She introduced a water filter machine and guests can come refill a glass bottle in their room.Guests are kindly encouraged to sort their garbages.

Get to know Vy, the inspiring manager of Pine Hill Homestay

 

The homestay management leads the best example by sorting all kitchen waste (food for the compost!) and collecting plastic bags who are recycled by a local. This person presses plastic into tiles and poles, it's called Barefoot Village.

Moreover, Vy is actively building a permaculture garden to supply the family with safe and clean food.

When will you meet Vy?
We hope you do soon.

Until then, breathe and smile. 🙂

 

Find the Google Maps link here:

Pine Hill Homestay Dalat, Đường Triệu Việt Vương, Phường 4, Đà Lạt

 

Or find them on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pinehilldalat/

 

Or the website:

pinehillhomestay.com

 

 

Komori House & Foods ↓

Eco-friendly building materials, kitchen waste composting, organic garden

Komori House - with bamboo as building material.

 

Komori House & Foods has been built by a group of young people who love the Japanese movie “Little Forest”. Komori is the name of a village in this movie and translates to "Little Garden". It is about a dream to have a house with a garden, live a sustainable life, and go back to nature.

The best part? All this happens for real in less than 3 km to the city center of Dalat.

 

The open space at Komori house. Everybody is included - if you want to 🙂

 

The house’s design features open spaces and leaves room to connect with the surrounding nature. It is built with a typical Japanese minimalistic style. One very remarkable building material is visible right when you get there: the beautiful bamboo.  All rooms were placed in a way that connects them to the open space as much as possible, community life is a very important aspect at Komori House.

There are 2 single rooms with garden view and private bathroom and one dormitory room with 10 beds, each bed featuring a curtain and a private shelf.

The luminous dormitory room at Komori House.

 

There is the garden behind the house, where no synthetic chemicals are allowed. To fertilize the garden, Komori prepares compost out of kitchen waste.

 

Happy gardeners at Komori House

 

Komori has an open-air community kitchen, where guests can join the cooking activities, share their stories and enjoy the warmth of the fire. This is especially then appealing when in it's rainy and cold.

Next to Komori is the peaceful & majestic Church named Du Sinh. You also can explore the Du Sinh Hills nearby the Homestay and enjoy wonderful sunsets or just go for a good run in the foggy Dalat morning.

You can find the Google Maps link here:

Komori House & Foods, Hẻm 40 Huyền Trân Công Chúa, Phường 4, Đà Lạt

You can also contact Komori house via Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Komoridalat/

 

The Komori Team is happy to meet you! 🙂

 

 

Firefly Garden Homestay Dalat (Vườn đom đóm) ↓

Systemic water harvesting, bio-architecture, garbage sorting & food waste recycling, green guest education

 

Firefly Garden Homestay Dalat (Vườn đom đóm)

 

What if you wanted to get a good night's sleep close to nature, but with the conveniences of a city center? Well, then you probably need to go to a garden homestay. A very good option is the Firefly Garden Homestay Dalat by the freshly married couple Ms. Minh Tam and Mr. Minh Toan. They love their homestay so much, that they decided to throw the party directly in there, as you can see from the Facebook page of Firefly Garden Homestay Dalat.

 

The owners of Firefly Garden Homestay Dalat (freshly married, congrats!)

 

What's so special about fireflies, we wondered. The owners explain to us that they love fireflies not only because of their shining beauty in the night but also for their character and needs. The tiny insect thrives in wet conditions without pollution, suffers from the presence of chemical pesticides, needs water, and produces light even in the darkest nights.

 

This is a firefly.

 

Let's find out how this passion for fireflies impacted the creation of the homestay... In fact, Ms. Minh Tam and her husband designed this homestay and garden to reduce as much as possible the impact on the environment:

On the base of every garden lies the availability of water - so, the house was designed to collect rainwater and greywater for garden irrigation. We are sure that fireflies would love that!

At the same time, water shouldn't be wasted: Toilets feature a double mode to save the amount of used water and guests get their linen and towels changed upon request, otherwise, those are changed once a week, to reduce the water used for cleaning them. And speaking of cleaning: the Firefly Garden Homestay uses eco-friendly cleaning products, which also makes the greywater safe to be applied in irrigation.

Concerning the energy consumption, the couple opted for wide windows in all the rooms, including the living rooms and toilets. In this way, less electricity is used for lighting and airflow. Lamps are eco-friendly and have energy-saving LED-bulbs.

All the rooms have been equipped with furniture, here she used recycled materials. When it comes to recycling of garbage, the garden homestay provides baskets in the public area to sort newspapers, paper, glass, aluminum, cardboard, metal, and plastic. Food waste is collected separately and used as compost in the garden.

Sustainability by design - a garden homestay in the heart of Dalat

The garden itself is a way of green living. Where there are plants, there is beauty for the eye and soul. So the hosts planted an abundance of flowers, vegetables, and trees in the garden and even in the rooms!

You may wonder how a day as a guest feels like at the Firefly Garden Homestay? Let me take you there...

In the morning you wake up and hear the birds sing a song. You take a sip from the refreshing drinking water provided by your host in a refillable glass bottle. Time to brush your teeth and get ready for the day... Your host provides a bamboo toothbrush that you can take home and use again many times, instead of using a single-use plastic toothbrush. Now you are ready. Before you leave your room, you turn off the lights to save energy. Remember, neither fireflies wouldn't light up during day time. 🙂

Your host is happy to provide you a bicycle for rent to explore the beautiful city of Dalat. She will also encourage you to take a reusable bag with you, so you don't need a plastic bag for souvenirs and purchases. When you come home, because this is your home in Dalat now, you can join the host and plant a tree together in the garden.

 

Bamboo Toothbrush by Firefly Garden Homestay

 

If you turn out to be a particularly eco-friendly guest, the Firefly Homestay even offers you a discount!

Are you the eco-friendly guest entitled to a discount? Go to find out with this Google Maps link:

Homestay Vườn Đom Đóm - Firefly garden Đà Lạt, 95 Đường Nguyễn An Ninh, Phường 6, Đà Lạt

 

A Little House ↓

Plastic ban in place, garbage sorting, plastic-free food shopping, environmental education

 

A Little House Đà Lạt

 

At A Little House, everything is about Green Living and respecting nature and the environment. Ms. Phuong, the owner of A Little House sums it up as follows:

🍀The love for plants: My house is surrounded by plenty of plants and trees. Trees are my friends, my kids. I love them as much as I love my cats and Bonnie, my dog. When you open the window blinds, the sunlight will pour into your room through thousands of leaves. While walking around the yard, you walk in between trees. At every step, you will be immersed in fragrances of different plants and flowers - a tea tree, ylang ylang, pines and five of white roses, climbing up the bamboo are just some of the fragrance dispensers.

I have raised beds, where I grow a little veggie garden. My homestay is a bed and breakfast, which means I cook breakfasts for my guests. For example, I harvest the veggies from my garden to make a salad. Actually, you also should have a veggie garden, it brings you joy, health, and happiness.

 

View from the private rooms at A Little House

 

🍀 No to plastic: I am a bit extreme with restricting single-use plastic and plastic bags. I myself choose not to use any single-use plastic and propose to my guests alternative solutions so we can all go plastic-free. In this way we all can protect our beloved Mother Earth. Sometimes, guests propose that plastic garbage can be recycled, but we all know that it is only a little percentage of all plastic garbage, that can be recycled.

When I cook breakfast for guests, I take my reusable boxes to market to buy meat and fish, and a basket to buy veggies. In my motorbike I keep some boxes, so I can refuse plastic bags easily and every day. Even when I buy salt, pepper, dried chili... I will take some glass jars to buy. The shopper will scale my jar first, and pour the seasoning on, and rescale, deduct the jar weight. Very simple, no waste, no plastic. 🙂 You can do it too!

 

The kitchen at A Little House

 

🍀 I join the save our planet groups: We complain too much about the pollution and the heat everywhere, but never ever admit that with many of our actions we contribute to all of this.

I am open to share about living a green life and have conversations about this, not only in Da Lat, but everywhere, whether you are traveling or back home. We don’t have to surrender to pollution and can make conscious choices together. Together we can live a green life! 🙂

A Little House has different room sizes available with private toilet and bathroom.

You can book through Booking, there it is listed as "A Little House HomeSweetHome".

 

Google Maps link here:

A Little House, 12 Đường Ngô Tất Tố, Phường 8, Đà Lạt

 

Banyan House Eco Hotel ↓

No plastic water bottles, no single-use bathroom products, toothpaste eco-tablets, and bamboo toothbrushes

 

One of the lounges at Banyan House

 

Banyan House welcomes guests as a boutique eco-hotel, guest house, and home. Likewise, it is also a point of connection between people and nature.

We wondered, what does Banyan mean? And the manager Mohamed was glad we asked.

The huge tree in front of the main villa is a Banyan tree. You can't miss the massive and calming presence of the tree when you arrive at the villa accommodations. According to the Banyan house website, in 1634, English writers began to mention the Banyan tree, under which Hindu merchants conducted their business. The tree provided a shaded place for village meetings or for merchants to sell their goods.

Today, this tree is still providing a meeting place and a relaxing atmosphere.

 

 

When we visit the many different hotel rooms and cottages we are amazed by the minimalistic, yet very elegant style of the interior. We also notice that there are many accommodations available. So why call it simply Banyan "house"?

We learn that the creators intentionally chose to call the structure "house" and not resort, in order to conserve the feeling of a place where guests can feel at home and relax. Banyan house wants you to feel at home and treat you like family, from the moment you step through the door.

Truly a boutique hotel "house" offering high quality, comfort, relaxation, and minimalism.

 

A room at Banyan House.

 

Banyan House is located in the very heart of the city center and you will be surprised: It's quiet here. The area is surrounded by trees and it feels almost like walking through a forest. From here it's easy to walk to many hot spots in Dalat city, without even bothering for transport. Just walk out and explore!

And yes, if you are hungry, the elegant @Biang Dalat Garden Restaurant is not far. 🙂 In fact, it's on the same property.

Apart from delicious food, you can book a fireplace evening at the same restaurant.

 

The fireplace at Biang Garden Restaurant. An unforgettable experience...

 

Banyan House is the first hotel on the Eco Map with the official title "eco-hotel".

Let us explore what this means for Banyan House:

  • They are committed to a sustainable future and to improving the social, economic, and environmental well-being of the community, and the planet.
  • They offer natural air circulation and fans; no air conditioning.
  • The change of linen and towels happens only upon request.
  • Lost property that has been unclaimed after 6 months is taken to charity shops.
  • There is no TV, telephone or docking station in the rooms.
  • Guests are reminded to switch off lights when not used.
  • The house actively re-cycles, and re-uses, and we rarely wastes

What we really liked, in particular, are the toothpaste tablets and bamboo toothbrushes provided in the rooms.

Banyan House has everything you need for an unforgettable eco-holiday in Dalat.

 

Find the Google Maps link here:

94 Đường Lý Tự Trọng, Phường 2, Thành phố Đà Lat

 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/banyanhousedalat

Website: http://www.banyanhouse.com.vn/

 

 

The Kadupul Homecation ↓

No plastic water bottles, no single-use bathroom products, food waste composting

 

The Kadupul Homecation Dalat

Have you seen such an interesting style before? No? In fact, it is so unique that this place has been featured among the extraordinary Airbnb accommodations in SEA by the Escape Magazine. The upcycled interior includes even a real tree growing through the roof of each private suite!

 

A glimpse into one of the private suites. Can you spot the tree growing in the bathroom?

 

You might think that Kadupul is the name of a city in the Middle East, but you couldn't be more wrong. 😉 Kadupul is the name of a very special flower, also called 'Queen of the night' or Epiphyllum oxypetalum. It blossoms only a few times a year and only in the night.

That sounds like a promise for a good night's sleep!

 

Kadupul. The flower that blossoms only at night.

The owner, Mrs. Truc, who chose that name also had more ideas in mind to make Kadupul a place you will never forget.

First, she was upset about the amount of food waste thrown away each day, while the many flowers, trees, and plants on the property need constantly fresh fertilizer.

Filling two needs with one deed at Kadupul Homecation...

She needed to fill two needs with one deed: Together with volunteers and her brother the team built a recycling collection point on the property. Food waste becomes compost, plastic gets sold to local scavenger ladies and only a tiny fraction ends up at unrecyclable waste. We really celebrate her tenacity!

 

The recycling area at Kadupul Homecation

 

What else is cool about her? She buys eco-friendly liquid soap from a local supplier in bulk and gets food locally, whenever possible.

The accommodation doesn't provide single-use bathroom products and there are no plastic water bottles in the rooms. Instead, guests can refill their water bottles with free drinking water.

But Kadapul goes even further and saves on electricity, too. They installed an electricity-saving card that turns off all the power once the guests leave the rooms and use solarpower-heated water.

Well done... May Kadupul be the Queen of Environmental Efforts, too!

 

Find the Google Maps link here:

The Kadupul Homecation, 4/36 Đường Đào Duy Từ, Phường 3, Đà Lạt

You can contact the Facebook Page to make a reservation:

https://www.facebook.com/thekadupulhomecation/

 

The Clover's Home ↓

Food waste composting, reused building materials, permaculture farming

 

Entrance of the Clover's Home, Dalat

 

The Clover's Home is a quiet place. To get there, you cross a little forest road that leads to the enchanted farmstay. Farmstay? Yes, because around the house, people planted vegetables and fruits of all kinds in beautiful garden beds.

 

Accomodations at the Clover's Home, dorms and private rooms available

 

That is because Tung, the owner, got inspired by the permaculture way of farming and living. He says that he doesn't use chemical fertilizer on the land, instead helps build up the soil by composting food waste, giving room for the soil to breath and grow different plants to support each other. The new garden café on the property named Vĩ Tuyến Số Sáu - Tea, Cafe, Garden, Dalat named has been built almost entirely with reused materials, we write about this café in the restaurant & café section of this map.

The farmstay offers private room and dorm accomodation and you can book either through their Facebook Page The Clover's Home or throught Airbnb.

Find the Google Maps link here:

The Clover's Home, 27 Vạn Thành, Đà Lạt

Facebook Page of the Clover's Home Dalat:

https://www.facebook.com/theclovershome/

 

Pick veggies at the Clover's Home 🙂

Eco-friendly Farms

Bees4life Garden (fresh aromatic herbs, environmental workshops) ↓

Farming without chemical pesticides and herbicides, plastic-free shipping, permaculture sharing

 

Fresh herbs such as sweet basil, parsley, thyme, mint available at Bees4life Garden Dalat.

 

For more information kindly refer to our article about Bees4life Garden.

 

And find Bees4life Garden Dalat on Facebook.

 

Bui Farm (coffee, fruits, vegetables) ↓

Coffee farming without chemical pesticides and herbicides, coffee shipping in reusable containers

 

Mr. Bui Anh Tuan, farmer and organizer of the Organic Farmer's Market Dalat in the picture with health coach Ms. Nam Phuong

 

There is a lot to say about a person who is a friend, permaculture mentor, coffee farmer, coffee roaster, organic farmer's market manager, Bees4life translator, and inestimable source of inspiration to us.

In fact, Bui Anh Tuan, the owner of Bui Farm, co-organized the organic farmer's market in Dalat, translated many of our workshops and speeches simultaneously to the Vietnamese language, and is one of our favorite conversation partners for topics like bees, pollinators, permaculture, farming and many more... How come Mr. Tuan knows about farming? Well...

He owns a visionary coffee farm and coffee brand, called Rin Coffee. Robusta coffee trees grow without synthetic pesticides or herbicides. Here is a picture of a small part of Bui Farm:

 

Bui Farm - a permaculture coffee farm

 

If you are a Bees4life reader, you probably remember our post Coffee without bees? in which we explain the importance of bees and pollinators for everyone's daily dose of the brown liquid gold - coffee.

In the post we basically describe how Bui Farm grows coffee - in a bee-friendly and likewise eco-friendly way. In the picture of the farm above, you can see 2 factors of this kind of farming:

Coffee trees are intercropped with fruit trees (in the picture you see a banana palm in the back, but on the farm, there are also macadamia, jackfruit, and persimmon trees. In this way, not only the farm has more biodiversity, which lowers the risk of pest epidemics, but also features extended flowering periods. When the coffee flowering season is over, bees can continue living on the farm and feed on other fruit tree nectar.

Flowering weeds are allowed and embraced for at least 2 reasons: Firstly they also provide food sources for bees. Secondly, they deliver the organic matter to the soil through the chop and drop method.

Moreover, what you cannot see in the picture is that close to the farm is a pine forest area, where bees and other insects can withdraw and nest.

Bees choose Bui Farm too...

Mr. Tuan reported that due to the presence of bees his coffee harvest increased up to 40%!

Once harvested, he does all the processing in-house and then proceeds to roast. There would be a lot to say about roasting too! Robusta coffee has the image to be a very bitter kind of coffee, which is due to the common practice of roasting Robusta coffee until it's black. Mr. Tuan reverses this infamous Robusta image! He does light and medium roasting and creates a tender, mouth-watering Robusta coffee. The coffee is available as beans or powder, in reusable coffee bags.

If you are interested to meet Mr. Tuan or try his coffee, meet him at the organic farmer's market or contact him through this Google Maps link

Bui Farm, Thôn 7, Đức Trọng District, Lâm Đồng

 

Tùng Hạ Farm (essential oils, dried flowers) ↓

Essential oil production without chemical pesticides and herbicides

 

Article coming soon...

Meanwhile visit:

https://www.facebook.com/TungHaFarm

 

 

 

Midori Coffee Farm (coffee) ↓

Coffee farming without chemical pesticides and herbicides, coffee shipping in reusable containers

 

Mr. Huy, manager at Midori Coffee Farm

 

Mr. Huy, manager and farmer at Midori Coffee FarmWhen we first met Mr. Huy, we immediately noticed his friendly smile and peaceful attitude. It makes sense. When you live far away from the city chaos, you probably find a lot of peace within, just like Mr. Huy. It was coffee harvesting time, so he took us to the coffee trees to pick coffee cherries first hand. On the way there he described everything about coffee processing and answered all the million questions we had patiently. Turns out they apply a coffee processing method that reduces the impact on the environment and the use of water resources. Thumbs up! Also, coffee waste products, such as coffee skins/husks are reused on the farm - nothing gets wasted. And another great plus: for regular customers who order larger quantities (5 kg and more) the coffee gets delivered in reusable jars, so the packaging is cut down to almost zero, too.

Sustainable coffee farming and passion for the environment...

There is more: His exciting plan is to make the coffee farm become a real food forest! That's why he is planting many fruit trees among the coffee trees. We obviously love this, because this means a lot of biodiversity for the bee-loved bees and pollinators. It means more nectar sources all year round! He also helps pollinators by not using any kind of herbicides and pesticides. For all the permaculture lovers out there, Mr. Huy has a banana circle, if you are curious to find out what that means, read more here.

Midori Coffee Farm produces very little trash since all organic waste is recycled on the farm - in the vegetable garden, which again doesn't receive chemicals! Ducks and chicken serve eggs and precious fertilizer. When it comes to water pollution, the farm uses exclusively natural detergents, except for the laundry detergent. We think that we can fix that one. Please share with Mr. Huy your favorite natural laundry detergent recipe 🙂

Recently, they also built a café, where you can try the coffee from farm to cup with a great view of the valley and the stream.

 

Scenic view from the new café at Midori Coffee Farm

 

Moreover, the farm now has rooms available, so you can come and stay overnight. During your stay, you may enjoy simple meals with home-grown vegetables from the garden and have certainly a quiet good night's sleep.

What else is left to say? A lot. Go see yourself and experience coffee farming with an authentic and passionate coffee farmer.
Visit Midori Coffee Farm as a guest or volunteer!

Find the Google Maps link here:

Midori Coffee Farm, 235 Thôn 3, Xóm 4, Lâm Hà District, Lâm Đồng

 

Happy volunteers at Midori Coffee Farm

 

 

The Story Coffee (coffee) ↓

Organic coffee farming and supporting the local ethnic minority community

 

The Story Coffee house surrounded by nature

 

Located in Ta Nung village, overlooking a valley of coffee with a stream running through, The Story Coffee is an ideal place to relax and enjoy coffee for tourists in Dalat. The owner, Trung,  is a passionate person about specialty coffee and organic farming.

When he took the land over, Trung has gradually converted the coffee farm to organic cultivation. He also owns a nearby coffee farm with the goal of planting a food forest with a variety of trees.

In the backyard of the coffee shop, he grows vegetables that receive compost made of the kitchen waste. During harvest season, the ripe coffee beans are carefully selected and roasted to bring the best quality cups of coffee to visitors.

 

Ripe coffee cherries at The Story Coffee

 

If you are lucky enough to meet Trung, you will be welcomed by his charm and a very interesting coffee story.

Not only serving coffee at the cafe, The Story Coffee also sells coffee bean or grain coffee with high quality in beautiful packaging. So you can take home a precious souvenir and feel the love of this coffee farm, even if you are back home.

 

The Story Coffee: drink and take it home with you

 

With the desire to enhance the value of coffee in the area, The Story Coffee hopes to spread this new way of farming to the neighborhood and help the local K’ho community to have a stable income.

 

Find the Google Maps link here:

The Story Coffee, Tà Nung Village, Lâm Đồng

 

Find the Facebook page of The Story Coffee here:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/thestorycoffeedl/

 

Dalat Bee Farm (honey and bees) ↓

Bee exhibition farm with a broad range of bee-friendly flowers, inhouse honey production, honey available in glass jars

 

The garden of the bees at Dalat Bee Farm - khu vườn ong mật.

 

Are you planning a trip to the Elephant waterfalls, Me Linh Coffee Garden, Midori coffee farm, or the Story coffee? Then you will naturally pass by Dalat Bee Farm!

When driving to Ta Nung village from Da Lat, you will see the bee exhibition farm on your left once you enter the village (anyway, you can use the Google Maps link provided below ;).

 

The true "beexperience": here you can learn and experience the life of a honey bee firsthand!

 

Maybe you are afraid to be stung? Don't worry, the docile Italian bees of Dalat Bee Farm are less prone to sting than other bee races of the honey bee species Apis Mellifera. If you are interested in bee races and want more details about the different traits and characteristics you can also read our Complete Guide to Honey Bee Races.

 

Mr. Hai, the second generation of the beekeeper family with a child visiting Dalat Bee Farm.

 

Anyhow, this is the place to also test different kinds of honey. Why?

Well, it is an exhibition farm of the beekeeper family hosting Dalat Bee Farm and they travel from farm to farm, following the flowering seasons in Vietnam. You can even taste the famous mint honey produced by the bees of Dalat Bee Farm in the area of Ha Giang province in the North of Vietnam. Or the sunflower honey from the Central Highlands, and many others more.

What is important to mention at this point is that they avoid bringing their bees to crops that are sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. So for example, they don't go to let their bees pollinate cashew plants (yes they have flowers too ;). To make it short, they care about the health of their bees, not only to ensure a high quality of honey but also because they want their bees to be healthy and happy.

You will taste the delicious flavor of the honey yourself!

And if you want to purchase it, we can appreciate the fact that honey is available for sale in glass jars. Also here, we can observe people quitting plastics one step at the time!

 

Honey by Dalat Bee Farm in hexagonal glass jars. Maybe your next birthday present for a friend? 🙂

 

Find the Google Maps link here:

 

Find the Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/N%C3%B4ng-Tr%E1%BA%A1i-Ong-Dalat-Bee-Farm-2729839093753452

 

Gates of Dawn Garden (goat milk) ↓

Holistic, small-scale goat farming, transporting milk in reusable glass bottles

 

Happy goats at Gates of Dawn Garden

 

Are you not vegan but still frightened of large-scale milk farming?

Are you vegan, but do you still accept holistic animal milk in your diet?

Then Gates of Dawn Garden is definitely an amazingly enjoyable and suitable place to visit and experience.

Ms. An Vuong, the owner of 13 cheerful goats - each with its own name and personality - will show you how she raises animals without exhausting them, yet still receiving goat milk.

First you have to find the farm, and this will be much simpler if you follow the instructions to Ms. An Vuong's parents strawberry farm (just check out the link at the end of this article).

Upon arrival, you'll meet a herd of less than 20 happy goats of all ages - in a place where there can't be any better place on earth.
 

Ms. An Vuong and one of her goats

 

From 7-8 am, adult goats are milked by Ms. An Vuong or members of the farm (already familiar with the goats). Watch the milk progress video below.

From around 9 to 10 a.m., the goats are ready for a stroll around the nearby hill to enjoy the fresh grass every day. After that, the herd returns to its usual grazing area near the strawberry farm, where a different grass could be tasted to change the diet.

Is the farm following ethical standards when getting goat milk from mother goats? Will the baby goat be separated?

Don't worry, we will answer all of your questions.

In fact, the mother goat gives milk for up to 6 months after the baby goat is born. However, young goats can eat sturdy grass at 1.5 months of age. So we can use the remaining months' milk.

In addition, on this farm, the mother goat is not forced to become pregnant. The mother goat is only pregnant when it feels the time is right. No one forces artificial insemination or does anything weird.

Normally, the mother wants to get pregnant again after 3 weeks, and according to An Vuong "it's not good for their health", so she separates the father goat from the herd to avoid getting pregnant regularly.

Gates of Dawn Garden allows the goat mother to relax for at least 2 months. In fact, the garden keeps the mother goat as a "single mother" for about 3-4 months. So sometimes the farm does not have any milk for sale. In addition, they separated the male goats (of course, only after 1.5 months) from the herd to avoid inbreeding.

Another interesting fact on this goat farm is that a goat gives between 0.5 and 2 liters of milk per day, depending on their age. We are talking about small milk yield, meaning you should appreciate every drop of this milk. 🙂

The best part? You can buy milk in reusable glass bottles. When you return the bottle, you will be refunded a small amount. No plastic involved here! 🙂

 

 

 

The goat herd at Gates of Dawn Garden. Watch video!

 

 

To visit the farm and buy milk, look for the Google Maps link here, which has the same address as Japan Strawberry Farm (operated by An Vuong's parents):

https://goo.gl/maps/XfjSuuzUfgFpp6MFA

 

Find the Gates of Dawn Garden Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/vuondausachtunhien/

 

Nhà Cười - Smile Garden (vegetables) ↓

Forest garden with fruits and vegetables, chemical-free farm, veggie picking


A corner of the forest garden of Nhà Cười - Smile Garden


Did you ever wonder how resistance looks like?

It's probably difficult to imagine but the picture above has been taken on a slot of land which is enclosed completely by the greenhouses of other farms. Miles and miles of greenhouses as far as you can see.

And one man had enough of that.


Mr. Nguyễn Thanh Tân, owner of Nhà Cười - Smile Garden


In September 2019 Mr. Nguyễn Thanh Tân announced a public event to take down the greenhouse on his land and return it to nature. That time he wrote: "We are all aware that over the years, Da Lat’s agriculture has been attacked by greenhouses and chemical products. These actions for only short-term profits have distorted the purpose of agricultural development, shattered city development plans, and especially impacted climate change. [...]

Smile Garden’s short-term purpose is to become a clean farm with pure natural farming techniques, using organic fertilizer, and producing seasonal fruit trees. In the future, our farm will become the space for the weekly agricultural fair with expanded stalls, workshops, free dialogues on agriculture, environment, and recycling, etc. We are looking forward to seeing all people who are interested in improving Da Lat’s agriculture to act together, and to share ideas and discussion with us."

Said....and done! Together with visitors and volunteers they took down the greenhouse, recycled the large pieces of plastic on the farm, and started growing food in harmony with nature.

Today, on the upper part of the farm you will find all sorts of vegetables growing almost wildly together. They are planted close enough to prevent weeds in a natural way. The more you go further and reach the lower part of the farm with the house, kitchen facility, and living spaces, the higher the vegetation grows. When you reach the house you stand in something that permaculturists might call a "Food Forest". It is a nature-oriented way of planting which mimics a real forest with the difference that all plants are edible for humans.

The best part?

You can experience how such fruits and vegetables taste like. Upon appointment, you can go to the farm and meet. Mr. Nguyễn Thanh Tân, who will show you around his little paradise. If you are into gardening, you can also help him with the harvest or organize an alternative afternoon there with your friends. If you just want to buy fresh veggies, you can go down to the house and use the pick and pay box (if it's your first time, send a message first to arrange with Mr. Tân).


The pick and pay corner of Nhà Cười - Smile Garden: come in, pick what you like, weigh it, pay 50K VND/kg, take it home, ENJOY! 🙂


Smile Garden is also a very open and welcoming place, accepting volunteers from all over the world.

Just drop Mr. Tân a message and make an appointment through the Facebook Page of Smile Garden.

Here is the Google Maps link to find the farm:

Nhà Cười - Smile Garden, 8 Vòng Lâm Viên, Phường 8, Đà Lạt


The Seed Garden (essential oils) ↓

Organic essential oils from farm to bottle

Rosemary garden intercropped with 3-year-old coffee trees

 

For many years, Lam Dong Province and Dalat City were known as the "city of flowers", "city of fog" to "city of greenhouses". Not only that, agricultural products are no longer trusted because of chemicals that have found their way into the food and even into the minds of the modern, conventional farmers. Therefore, The Seed Garden re-embraced the traditional farming approach, by applying contemporarily the knowledge of the future of clean agriculture.

 

Some essential oils of The Seed Garden

 

The members of The Seed Garden are all passionate about the scent of plants. Therefore, our small garden hosts mostly fragrant herb plants. Stepping into the garden, feeling peaceful, you will be awakened to six senses when you lightly touch the fresh rose petals and feel the gentle scent of rosemary, the eye-catching colors of chrysanthemum pure and pure white, haughty lavender and beautiful pea flower frame, along with the sound of nature. The Seed Garden experience not only helps you relax, but also helps you understand how to grow clean and safe plants. If you come to the right occasion, you will be able to experience the harvest of roses, rosemary, mint ... to be then distilled as essential oils.

 

A small corner at the rose garden and the process of distilling rose water

 

With enough knowledge and thinking accumulated, in 2017 we started to build a small natural garden in Lam Ha - Lam Dong for ourselves. A garden with seedlings of fresh green herbs such as rosemary, rose, mint, thyme, tea tree, wind, lavender ... to use for research purposes, making tea, essential oils, hydrosol with high quality and food safety. Why? To offer a natural product to our customers, to spread the mindset of clean agriculture and clean application and to grow a variety of vegetables for our family.

 

Rose garden and nursery plants of herbs

 

All the processes from seed preparation, tending to harvesting are directed towards safe, pure natural methods, without the use of synthetic pesticides. Although the garden area is small, the cultivation method is aiming to build an natural area with a variety of crops in terms of function and size so that they can mutually protect each other. We intercrop aromatic plants such as rosemary, peppermint, tea tree, wind cajuput into flowering plants such as rose, butterfly pea, jasmine & more which then helps with repelling insects.

 

Different types of aromatic plants (rosemary, silver dollar)

 

We fertilize the garden plants with fertilizer from silkworms - a safe and nutritious source of organic nutrients collected from silkworm that are building cocoons.

Our pest control is made of secondary products from our essential oil production, such as neem oil, Melaleuca, tea tree, copper, trichoderma probiotics .... to prevent and treat plant diseases.

If you are interested in the scent of aromatic plants, visit our small garden. We invite you to enjoy flower tea from the garden, collect herbs, and have the opportunity to personally distill essential oils and also bring them home with a special price.
The Seed Garden also thanks Bees4life for connecting and bringing nature lovers closer together.

Find The Seed Garden with this Google Maps link:

The Seed Garden,  72 Văn Hà, Đinh Văn, Lâm Hà, Lâm Đồng 

Or call Mrs. Loan directly, she speaks excellent English, Phone: 0916078146)

Facebook Page of the Seed Garden:

https://www.facebook.com/TheSeedGarden/

Mrs. Loan, The Seed Garden

Eco-friendly Shops & more

Xuân Trường Farm store (organically grown vegetables and fruits) ↓

A store selling organically grown vegetables and fruits, paper bags available

The shop of Xuân Trường Farm

 

This store is a dream coming true for many people in Dalat. Finally, we have a place where residents and visitors can shop for clean fruits and vegetables and .... just every day of the week.

In fact, before the shop opened people had to find and contact organic farmers directly or go to the Organic Farmer's market which takes place only once a month.

Now, everyone can find organic fruits and vegetables... EVERY DAY!

Ah, and if you don't like vegetables, they also have durian ice cream 😉

The Golden Hours on Wednesday and Saturday

Xuân Trường Farm store offers special discounts on all product during their "Golden Hours": Enjoy 20% off on all products every Wednesday from 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm and Saturday 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm.

The project behind Xuân Trường Farm encloses several operations, the shop being at the very forefront of the business, which is rotating around the world of clean food production.

Moreover, Xuân Trường Farm runs also an organic coffee farm (coffee available for sale at their store) and their own roastery, just a few steps away from the organic shop.

The other products, such as fruits and vegetables at the shop are grown by hand-selected and trusted farmers. Each farmer selling at the store had been carefully audited by the team of Xuân Trường Farm and is only allowed to sell if he or she meets the strict requirements for organically grown fruits and vegetables.

 

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Only strictly audited farmers are allowed to sell at the store.

 

If a farmer is willing to embark on the journey to clean food production but not there yet, the shop is also willing to support him/her by selling their products. In this case, the products are marked at the shop with the label of "produced by a farm being in transition to become organic". To Xuân Trường Farm, transparency is very important, and at the core of their values.

What we specifically like about this shop is their personal ambition to improve every single day. In fact, they asked us our opinion on how they could even more improve.

 

Colorful veggies at Xuân Trường Farm store

 

In the beginning, some vegetables were wrapped in plastic, upon our recommendation the use of plastic was drastically reduced! Moreover, we asked them if they could consider packing vegetables in paper bags when customers forget to bring their reusable bags.  The next thing we know is that now there are paper bags available!

Let's all celebrate their tenacity to make change happen!

Thank you Xuân Trường Farm for coming to Da Lat <3.

 

Find the Google Maps link here:

 

Find the Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/xuantruongfarm

 

 

 

Black Cat Secondhand clothing for women, babies & men ↓

Secondhand clothing stores, 3 different stores in Dalat for women, men and babies

 

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A glance into the Black Cat Women and Baby store on 39 Hai Ba Trung, Da Lat

 

When we first walked randomly into the Black Cat store on Hai Ba Trung, we were surprised.

We felt like being in a normal store - the clothing seemed to be super clean, not smelly, and most importantly, well selected. We didn't have to sort through 100 items just to find that one piece that you actually try on. The opposite!

Indeed, we had never seed such a high-level second-hand store in Dalat before. So we asked the manager of Black Cat some questions and here we share the replies with you! =)

 

Why did you decide to sell secondhand clothing?

There are 3 reasons for me to sell secondhand clothing.

Firstly, like any other woman in this world, I love clothes. Yet, for me, no other fashion shops have more various designs available than a secondhand clothing shop! You can almost find "whatever you want" - unique and gorgeous items with an incredibly good price. I want to inspire people to focus on style, not price-tag. ^^.

Secondly, in the time of fast-fashion, the fashion industry is the second biggest industry after the petroleum industry to harm the environment. I can give a hand to reduce garbage by having my business selling reusable items.

Last but not least, I have a place to share my interest in dressing well. I believe that wearing beautiful clothes can change the way we behave in a certain way, more positively.

 

Black Cat store on 160 Phan Dinh Phung

Is there anything else that is eco-friendly about your stores, besides the fact that you sell second-hand clothing?

Before we met the Eco Map team, we were offering our customers plastic bags to carry the products for their convenience (easy to buy, many sizes available, cheap); however, I am ready to change them into paper bags. These days, I am looking for a paper bag supplier for all our shops.

 

Isn't this response amazing? We love the instant reaction to our proposal to change! =)
We will keep you updated about the paper bag switch.
Till then, hope you enjoy shopping gorgeous secondhand clothing at Black Cat!

 

Black Cat Secondhand clothing for Men on Phan Dinh Phung 255B, Da Lat

 

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Secondhand Men clothing by Black Cat

 

Find the Google Maps links of all shops here:

Black Cat (women) 160 Phan Dinh Phung, ward 2, Da Lat

Black Cat (women & babies) 39 Hai Ba Trung, ward 6, Da Lat

Black Cat (men) 255B Phan Dinh Phung, ward 2, Da Lat 

 

Find the Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/blackcatsituyen/

 

 

Labata handcrafted notebooks, accessories, purses and bags ↓

Local handicraft, eco-friendly packaging, no plastic bags

Handcrafted notebooks, jewelry, accessories, natural soaps & more - the best place for your souvenirs made in Da Lat

 

The Labata shop sign. Can you see the friendly dragonfly?

 

When you arrive at the street number, remember to look up a little, the shop is not at the street level... there you see it.

Nestled next on the second floor, of the house on the famous Phan Dinh Phung Street (at the end of Truong Cong Dinh), you will spot a small shop with a very large window.

At first sight, it looks like a mysterious, little coffee shop. To go there you climb a few stairs. While you climb those stairs, you will be guided by the lovely logo of Labata shop, a red dragonfly.

Be prepared, you'll enter a parallel universe, once you go through the shop door of Labata Handmade...

The shop's décor will catapult you in something similar to Diagon Alley from Harry Potter (remember, that's where Harry bought his magic wand in the famous magic wand shop "Ollivander"). OK, let's get you settled.

If you are lucky, you will meet Thu, the owner, or her sister in person, who will spontaneously invite you for a cup of tea.

 

Thu, creator of Labata Handmade at her shop on Phan Dinh Phung street

 

You learn that Labata (Made by hand - Made by heart) as the name and slogan of the store. Thus, each product from Labata such as notebooks, recycled sack handbags, and jewelry items has its own signature and uniqueness.

Each item is made with passionate dedication by a real craftswoman or craftsman!

The shop is small but the handmade products here are extremely diverse in types, colors as well as styles.

 

Handmade purses, notebooks, jewelry, accessories at Labata

 

Sometimes people spend hours 'deep diving' to satisfy your hobby of crafts, from pretty notebooks bound entirely by hand to recycling bags, purses, shirts, unique jewelry, soap, essential oils, or typical souvenirs.

At Labata, you also easily find eco-friendly products with high quality to reuse many times so as to limit the use of plastic and one-time plastic for environmental protection.

 

Handmade notebooks at Labata

 

Thu and Labata got famous all over Vietnam because of her homemade notebooks. She also offers bookbinding workshops, yes, she teaches you how to make your own notebook! The best part? If you miss the workshop you can request her to open a private workshop (at least 4 people).

Joining this Workshop, you would feel that this is not just a boring teaching and learning session but interspersed with interesting sharing with the shop owner that you will forget the time and making a notebook for yourself becomes much easier and more interesting.

After the workshop, you will really enjoy your artwork and be more satisfied with the time you have spent here.

Whoever you are, a long-time resident or a tourist who only visits Dalat city for a few days, this is the place you should visit, not only because of the products, but the people at Labata are friendly, fun, and kind.

What else is fantastic? Well, if you wish to give gifts to your loved ones, you can ask the owner to wrap your presents, she will to it free of charge.

Yet, everything will happen in an eco-friendly way. She will wrap the gift in old newspapers and arranges few dried flowers as decoration. Lovely and sustainable at the same time!

The recipient will be surprised and much happier by the rustic and warm from the gifts wrapped with so much love.

Whether you want to shop or not, you are always welcomed, Labata always has a place to sit and chat, tea & cake free of charge. All you need is to come and bring your smile. Labata will make your memory of Dalat special and unique.

 

Find the Google Maps link here:

Labat Handmade Shop, 64 Phan Đình Phùng, Phường 2, Đà Lạt

Find the Facebook Page of Labata Handmade shop:

https://www.facebook.com/labatahandmadeshop/

 

Locally crafted soap bars wrapped in individual packaging at Labata.

 

Litterless - zero waste refill shop (FOOD:) ) ↓

Refill shop for grains, nuts, teas & more, bring your own container to shop here

 

Litterless Dalat

 

The aim of Litterless is to reduce the plastic packaging around bulk foods such as the following available options.

You can either go to the physical location at 34 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh, Dalat or order through the Facebook page, see links below.

Litterless product list:

1. Bột ca cao / UTZ Premium Cocoa Powder
2. Ca cao ngòi / UTZ Cacao Nibs
3. Bơ hạt điều nguyên chất / Homemade Cashew Butter
4. Bơ hạnh nhân nguyên chất / Homemade Almond Butter

 

🌽 ĐẬU - NGŨ CỐC / DRIED BEANS - GRAINS

1. Yến mạch cán dẹp (Australia) / Old Fashioned Oats
2. Yến mạch cán vỡ (Australia) / Quick Cooking Oát
3. Đậu gà (Argentina) / Chickpeas
4. Đậu lăng xanh (Canada) / Green Lentils
5. Đậu lăng nâu (India) / Brown Lentils
6. Đậu lăng đỏ tách đôi (Canada) / Split Red Lentils
7. Đậu Hà Lan (USA) /Dried Peas
8. Diêm mạch trắng (Peru) / White Quinoa
9. Diêm mạch đỏ (Peru) / Red Quinoa

 

🥜 HẠT / NUTS - SEEDS

1. Hạt Chia hữu cơ (Absolute Organic) / Organic Chia Seeds
2. Quả óc chó (Chandler) / Walnuts
3. Nhân óc chó (Chandler) / Walnuts (Shelled)
4. Nhân hướng dương sống (Ukraine) / Raw Sunflower Seeds (Shelled)
5. Hạnh nhân sống (Gizzly) / Raw Almonds
6. Hạnh nhân rang / Roasted Almonds
7. Mắc ca sấy nứt Lâm Đồng (size 23+) / Macadamia Nuts
8. Điều bể sống / Raw Cashew Bits (Large)
9. Điều vỏ lụa rang muối / Roasted Cashew with skin (Salted)
10. Hạt Sachi sấy / Inca Nuts:

 

🍇 DRIED FRUITS

1. Việt Quất (USA) / Blueberries:
2. Nam Việt Quất (USA) / Cranberries:
3. Mơ (Turkey) / Apricots:
4. Nho vàng (Iran) / Golden Raisins:
5. Kỷ tử hữu cơ / Organic Goji Berry:

 

🍵 TRÀ / TEAS

1. Bột trà xanh hữu cơ / Premium Organic Haru Matcha:
2. Hoa hòe / Sophora Flower Bud:
3. Cúc trắng / White Chrysanthemum:
4. Cúc chi / Yellow Chrysanthemum:
5. Hoa nhài / Jasmine:
6. Bạch trà Shan tuyết / Organic White Tea:
7. Hồng trà Shan tuyết / Organic Black Tea:
8. Lục trà Shan tuyết / Organic Green Tea:

 

Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/litterlessDaLat/

Google Maps:

Litterless Refillery & Coffee, D19 KQH Hoàng Diệu, Phường 5, Thành phố Đà Lạt

 

 

 

 

Monom Adventures, Camping, Trekking Tours ↓

Eco-friendly trekking tours and K'Ho culture trips

 

 

Contact information:

Trekking, camping,  Koho Culture

Mr. Mull K Vang

Phone number +840969214071

Email: kohovang@gmail.com

 

 

Đồ Si Đà Lạt Sỉ Lẻ secondhand clothing, bags & backpacks ↓

Secondhand store for women's clothing

 

Store front of Đồ Si Đà Lạt Sỉ Lẻ Second Hand Store

 

Go for it, it is a very well sorted, nice shop with precious findings. Looks like made by ladies for ladies. <3

Careful, currently the Google Maps link is not correct when you search with the shop name on Google.

Please go to La Viet Coffee, face the entrance and then walk to your left continuing on the same side of the road as La Viet Coffee. After a few houses, you will see the very big frontside and the entrance of Do Si Da Lat Si Le Shop.

We also checked and put you here the approximate location in Google Maps:

Update 21st July 2020: more pictures 🙂

 

 

Quán Của Thời Thanh Xuân, soap bars and essential oils ↓

Eco-friendly soap bars and essential oil production employing people with hearing losses

 

Quán Của Thời Thanh Xuân

The soap bar production at Quán Của Thời Thanh Xuân

 

Quán Của Thời Thanh Xuân... these are a lot of curious words for an English speaker. Since the name is essential to the particular story of this place, let's have little Vietnamese class first ;). Quán means "booth, kiosk or coffeeshop", Của means "of" and Thời Thanh Xuân means "youth" - together that makes something like the coffeeshop of the youth.

What might sound a little unusual at first, bears a very inspiring manifesto. The initial mission of the founders was to create an initiative that brings people together who want to do something meaningful in their youth, the time of life when we are full of energy and ideas.

So they established a place where young people come together to help the poor, sick, jobless, and disadvantaged people. With time, it became a place that also directly created jobs for disadvantaged people, more precisely, people with hearing losses.

 

In fact, today, people with hearing losses can get a job and be trained as baristas at the coffeeshop (see Google Link below) or as employees in the soap bar laboratory. There are also coffeeshops in other cities, such as in HCMC and Hoi An with the same concept, belonging to the same founders.

Store, coffeeshop, lab and also.... a farm!

Comprised in the concept is now also their own farm, where they grow mostly lemongrass (organically!). The lemongrass serves various purposes. First, it prevents erosion and preserves the land. Secondly, being a grass it is easy to grow and doesn't require any synthetic input in terms of pesticides or fertilizers. Thirdly, it serves to make essential oils and also natural fragrances for the soaps. Some fragrant herbs are purchased from other farms and processed into soap and essential oils at the lab of Quán Của Thời Thanh Xuân. You can visit the farm every day from 9 am to 2 pm, and there is even a coffeeshop on the farm to enjoy refreshing drinks.

We love their soap bars because they are not only free from unnecessary chemicals, but also very eco-friendly. They are packaged without plastic and you can use the soap to wash your hands and body, even wash your dishes and use the soap bars to produce your own liquid soap. After washing, you can even collect the soap wastewater, dilute it with more water and use it to water your plants in the garden.

Speaking of the soap bars, there is obviously a lot to say and learn. If you are interested, you can follow Quán Của Thời Thanh Xuân on Facebook, because they regularly organize workshops of soap making and essential oil production!

The triple bottom line: a social, environmental and economical success story

Quán Của Thời Thanh Xuân is ticking all the boxes. Not only do they fulfill a social mission by training and employing people with hearing losses, but they also tackle environmental mission with the production of eco-friendly products while being economically sustainable.

A place that you can easily feel good about and support with a full heart.

 

Find the Google Maps link here

Quán Của Thời Thanh Xuân, 9 Đường Triệu Việt Vương, Phường 4, Đà Lạt

 

Find the Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/quancuathoithanhxuan/

 

 

 

One more suggestion... instead of renting a bike, you can explore Dalat on foot!

Simply book a Dalat walking tour with DalatWalks! 🙂

 

If you wonder why Bees4life created an eco map read more here and find out why eco maps are bee-friendly too!

Step by step 🙂 we are working every day on the Dalat Eco Map to tell you the inspiring stories of more eco-friendly businesses. Stay tuned!