Opened in 2016 on the site of a rundown newsagency on the main drag of Coledale, a village popular with young families, Earth Walker & Co arrived in a burst of energy and ideas. Night yoga sessions, exhibitions of local artists, workshops on weaving and photography, and a steadfast commitment to local suppliers and produce have turned Earth Walker into a community hub. Its signature sweet-potato burger with peanut sauce comes on an activated charcoal bun; the popular Earthbowl features locally grown greens and heirloom beetroot, black tahini and native succulents including seaspray and karkalla. Look for baked goods by Arthurs Baker in Port Kembla (visit the baker's stall at the Coledale Markets at Coledale Public School on the fourth Sunday of the month); the fruit for house-made tarts, meanwhile, is supplied by nearby Darkes Forest orchards, where visitors can pick their own. Store co-owners Ciara Kulmar and Bianca Poscoliero have teamed up with Warrawong unemployed youth and refugee scheme Green Connect to offer "fair food" vegetable boxes - ideal for a holiday rental pantry along with one of Daniel Watts' Bread Circle loaves.
Open daily 7am-4pm and for dinner Fridays and Saturdays in summer. 749 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Coledale, NSW, (02) 4622 1684