Urban farms - the food trend taking the world by storm

Enjoy freshly picked ingredients in delicious dishes as plot-to-plate dining comes to the city with the rise of urban farms.

A man picking produce at a farm
  • Kaitlyn Palmer-Allen
  • March 2020

As the paddock-to-plate movement breaks new ground, these are the restaurants bringing a pastoral taste to cities.

Acre Farm & Eatery, Melbourne

It’s Melbourne’s newest urban oasis and the crown atop Burwood Brickworks, the city’s brand-new sustainable shopping centre. Wander the sprawling gardens of Acre Farm & Eatery’s 2500-square metre rooftop space or wine, dine and unwind in the greenhouse café, restaurant and bar. The farm food menu includes crudo of local snapper with chilli, horseradish and flowers from the garden.


Top shot of a crudo of snapper dish at Acre Farm & Eatery
Many ingredients at Acre Farm & Eatery come straight from the on-site gardens.

Pialligo Estate, Canberra

This famed Canberra dining destination is not only home to a farm which facilitates plot-to-plate dining, it has its own vineyard and smokehouse. Feast on the charcuterie board packed with the farm’s produce or bring the estate to you and order gourmet takeaway from Pialligo Urban in Braddon, the estate’s city outpost.


Top shot of a charcuterie board at Pialligo Estate, Canberra
The best thing to do with freshly sourced produce is to keep it simple.

Open Farm Community, Singapore

Enjoy a garden respite in a buzzy city. Less than a five-minute drive from the shopping malls of Singapore’s glitzy Orchard Road, Open Farm Community champions sustainable growing methods, recycling and minimal waste. Order from a menu of innovative dishes, including golden snapper ceviche with buah keluak, ginger and barley.