Dalat Eco Map

Dalat Eco Map

A map with Dalat businesses who care about the environment

Engaging either in food waste programs and/or ban plastic straws and plastic bags and/or source organic food for their meals.
Engaging either in food waste programs and/or ban plastic drinking bottles and shampoo bottles and/or using eco-friendly detergents.
Banning chemical pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers.

Eco-friendly Restaurants and Cafés

Café 1 Mô Hình ↓

garbage sorting and recycling, no plastic water bottles, no plastic straws, reducing plastic bags

Café 1 Mô Hình Dalat

The Café features an interesting interior made by the owner and artist himself. Engraved lamps made from local dried gourds and paintings make this place a special place to be. The owner does not only care about art though. He introduced alternatives to plastic straws and recycles the food waste of the café in the local community garden.

Local ingredients are his favourite and the signature serving of the house is the locally sourced dense yoghurt with freshly cut fruit. Try it!

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Café 1 Mô Hình, 2A Đường Bà Triệu, Đà Lạt

One More Café ↓

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

One More Café Dalat

Craving western cuisine or a quiet place to write important e-mails?
This is the address to go to. 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. 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.

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!

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

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 of fitting a lot of people in and providing a beautiful green space for bigger events attracted also 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 farmer's in Dalat. Big thumbs up from our side here.

Moreover, they show their love for nature by restricting plastig bags, banning plastic straws and by 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 you to swap the empty bottle afterwards with a home-grown vegetable from Green Box!

Come discover an exceptional place in Dalat!

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

Brew and Breakfast ↓

no single-use-plastic of any kind, food waste program, 100% plant-based cuisine

Brew and Breakfast Dalat

Brew and Breakfast is a restaurant and café with accomodations for travellers.

It is owned by Nick and Briana, a friendly couple from the UK who are in love with the world of coffee and the environment.
You can feel it the moment you step in... a pleasant scent of fresh coffee will delight your nose and your eyes will admire the elegant artwork of upcycled second-hand-material which has become the interior design and furniture in Brew and Breakfast.

The passion for coffee culminated in their own coffee brand "London Saigon Coffee Company". This also means that you can see a fancy roasting machine, right in the restaurant!
Still, Nick and Briana don't only care about coffee.

Home-Roasted Coffee, 100% plant based and upcycled interior...

If you are vegan or want to lower your meat consumption, here you will find a 100% plant-based menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner! We especially recommend the burritos and avocado toast, so yummy! The ingredients for the dishes are almost all local and the chefs swap imported food for local whenever possible.

In addition, Brew and Breakfast, doesn't sell any single-use-plastic and doesn't provide single-use items like straws or cutlery. For their guests, they provide free filtered water and buy things like soap and other supplies in bulk to limit the amount of packaging.
When it comes to recycling garbage, the restaurant is a leading example in Dalat. Plastics and metals are recycled locally and food waste is donated to Eco-Dream Farmstay, an organic farm in Dalat which is also on the Dalat Eco-Map.

It's coffee time!

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Brew and Breakfast, 2 Trần Hưng Đạo, Đà Lạt

Quán Cà Rem Bông Bông ↓

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

Quán Cà Rem Bông Bông, the hidden gem for ice cream in Dalat.

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 icream with delicious waffles, right from the waffle iron?

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 flavours: Did you ever try ice cream made of durian? Or passion fruit? Or matcha? Or coconut? Besides the common flavour like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry you can find these more exotic flavours. When possible, the ingredients are sourced locally.

When it comes to 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!

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Quán Cà Rem Bông Bông, 2 Trần Hưng Đạo, Đà Lạt

La Viet Coffee ↓

stainless steel drinking straws, coffee ground recycling at University, garbage sorting

La Viet Coffee Dalat

When it comes to coffee, coffeshop ambiance, coffee education, brewing and tasting, these guys really take it seriously. Why? Well, in La Viet the concept is from farm to cup. And they master every single step in this process. The best part? You can be part of this too, just walk in! Once inside, you feel the coffee vibe in every corner. This is also because only part of the La Viet area is used for coffee guests. The other and visibile part of the area is dedicated to the coffee processing, from sorting, roasting, tasting and selling coffee beans. In harvest time, you can see how people sort Arabica coffee cherries by hand on long trays! The staff is very welcoming and shows you around whenever you wish. You can also book the full tour and visit their coffee farm and learn everything you always wanted to know about coffee! As far as we know, the tours are offered in English, Vietnamese and even in Russian.

Arabica coffee from farm to cup in a special ambiance

Now you might think that La Viet Coffee is a busy place. Yes, many guests enjoy this special ambiance every day. Still, the staff manages it somehow to always smile and make everything look organized, special and peaceful. Well done, friends.

We thought, such a visionary place is surely also role model when it comes to environment. And we were right! La Viet banned plastic straws and provides stainless steel straws for drinks instead. They sort waste in 3 different categories (food waste, plastic and paper), whereas plastic and paper gets recycled by the local scavenger ladies. If you have a coffeeshop too, you can start sorting now! It makes a big difference, because once plastic and paper isn't contaminated by food waste, it is much easier to recycle it and keep away from landfills. The food waste, which consists mostly of coffee grounds, is given to Dalat University and transformed into fertilizer. When people ask for take-away, they introduced a biodegradable lid on the coffee cup.
La Viet also is strongly rooted to its origins, the country of Vietnam, and loves emphasizing their national pride through the choice of ingredients in the menu. For example, coffee is all local, it’s exclusively Arabica coffee from the surroundings of Dalat. Signature drinks are the combination of local fruits such as lemon, kumquat, strawberry, mulberry, banana and beetroot.

Doesn't it sound mouth-watering? Come and see yourself! 🙂

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La Viet Coffee, 200 Nguyễn Công Trứ, Đà Lạt

Eco-friendly Accommodation

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.

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.

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? 🙂

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The Lake House Dalat, Phường 3, Đà Lạt

Khe Sanh Homestay ↓

food waste recycling, quitting plastic shampoo bags, garbage sorting,

The terrace view at Khe Sanh Homestay

Khe Sanh Homestay is located in a quiet and privileged residential area without greenhouses. It features a fantastic view on the Elephant Mountain from the terrace. Still, these are only the outlines, you will be amazed to get to know to the kind-hearted owner and mother of 2, Toàn, who runs the homestay and truly cares for the well-being of her guests. Since she speaks fluent English and Vietnamese, she is happy to communicate with people from all over the world and makes them feel the most welcome in her hometown, Dalat.

Love for flowers and the environment

Toàn loves flowers and nature and wants to make a positive change, also when it comes to hotel business. She does garbage sorting and recycles food waste from the homestay in the compost of the nearby community garden, called Bee Garden. The garden is one-year-long social and environmental project that came to life and existance also thanks to the constant support of Toàn and her Khe Sanh Homestay. Moreover, she found a way to quit the little plastic shampoo bags and her plan is to quit single-use-plastic bottles as well. The environmental story is to be continued here...

Til then, enjoy your stay!

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Khe Sanh Homestay Dalat, Phường 10, Đà Lạt

A little house ↓

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

A Little House Dalat

There is a woman in Dalat who is a real ambassador, when it comes to environmental choices in personal and business life. And her homestay is a place where you can actually learn how to be more environmentally-conscious, since Ms. Phuong will be happy to inspire you. If you want to get a glimpse of that, you can read her posts on her Facebook page about quitting plastic here, here and here.

Here is her list of sustainability efforts:

1. We refill glass water bottles, instead of providing single-use-plastic bottles.
2. We don't provide plastic toothbrushes (even if in Vietnam, usually hotels do so). Guests are invited to bring their own toothbrushes. In case you don't have a toothbrush, we will give you a wooden toothbrush under the condition to take it with you and use it again:) ;
3. The homestay doesn not have any single-use-plastic-items. Even cotton buds are made of wood, not plastic;
4. Guests are encouraged not to take food to the house in single-use-boxes and plastic bags. Especially beware of the hot soymilk that is served in plastic cups, those are very unhealthy.
5. We do garbage sorting and have also a box for plastic material collection outside of the house;
6. Since the homestay is a B&B, we prepare breakfast for the guest but we use reusable boxes and reusable bags to buy food so we don’t have to take the plastic bags home.

If you look for a very clean and luminous place in the northern part of Dalat close to Langbiang mountain and the Valley of Love, this is is certainly an interesting option. Enjoy!

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A little house, 12 Đường Ngô Tất Tố, Phường 8, Đà Lạt

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 accomodations in SEA by the Escape Magazine. The upcycled interior includes even a real tree growing through the roof of each private suite!

When we visited Kadupul, which by the way is the name of a flower, also called 'Queen of the night' or Epiphyllum oxypetalum, the owner 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: These days she is indeed installing a composting unit made of upcycled pallets to recycle all the food waste of the property. We really celebrate her tenacity!

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 accomodation 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!

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

The Clover's Home ↓

food waste composting, reused building materials, permaculture farming

The Clover's Home Dalat with backyard permaculture farming

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.  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. Come and enjoy some tea 🙂

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

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

Eco-friendly Farms

Happy Garden ↓

farming without chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, food waste recycling, plastic-free veggie-bag delivery

Fresh, organic produce from Happy Garden Dalat

Happy Garden is run by two dear gardener souls who truly care for nature. Not only do they love nature, plants and flowers, we also consider them walking plant-encyclopedias, they literally know every plant and taught us even about edible weeds. They grow so much food, so they even share it and deliver it to customers in Dalat and Saigon in reusable veggie bags, so everybody can enjoy their tasty cherry tomatoes, leaf greens, cucumbers, potatoes and many other seasonal vegetables. When you visit them, you will also find many different kinds of flowers, especially rare kinds of roses and also.... a beehive. We can only be grateful to have them in Dalat.

Check out Dalat Eco-Map and go see their little paradise!

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Happy Garden, Phường 7, Đà Lạt

Midori Coffee Farm ↓

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

View from the coffeeshop at Midori Coffee Farm

 

Mr. Huy, manager and farmer at Midori Coffee Farm

When 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 favourite natural laundry detergent recipe 🙂

Currently they are building a café and a farmstay, to accomodate guests and more volunteers.

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 guest or volunteer!

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

 

 

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