‘Rustic’ is probably one of the first words that come to mind when entering Surry Hills’ Gratia Cafe. Matching greenery with exposed bricks and weathered wooden doors, the cafe feels homely, if not a bit rural.
Gratia is the first profit for purpose cafe in Sydney, giving its customers the ability to choose which charity the cafe will donate its profits to. Here’s how it works:
I ordered the panini, which haspita bread with roasted chicken, sprouts and harrisa mayo. It was pretty filling, and looked stunning on the plate. Two of the girls had the flat bread with steak, bbq mushrooms, rocket, and jack cheese, while one had the Dirty Rice, with sobrasada (cured pork sausage), crispy eggs, and roasted chilli.
For every $5 you spend at Gratia, you get a colourful ball. You can then choose which charities to put your individual balls into, with 50% of the cafe’s profits going to the cause of choice by its customers. The other 50% profit goes to The Pure Foundation, a foundation which raises money for several different charities.
Gratia can be found in Surry Hills at 372 Bourke Street.