Over the weekend I visited Southampton with one of my friends. Having never visited the city before, whilst we wined and dined to our heart’s content, over the few days, I happened to notice a few sustainability-friendly places in amongst the shops and sea. Including a zero waste shop, vegan cafe as well as lots of green space.
I thought I’d put all this eco-friendliness I discovered into a post to show, in case you were planning a trip to Southampton! Having googled places beforehand, I did notice a few other places we could have visited, but they were a little bit out of the city centre. Making them too tricky to visit. But, for a sustainability tour of Southampton city centre, look no further!
20 Hanover Buildings, SO14 1JH.
Rice Up is a combination of a zero-waste and wholefoods store. Selling aisle upon aisle of organic, gluten-free and vegan foods. They had loose fruits and vegetables too as well as a very large selection of dried foods in refill dispensers. They had a lot of choice and am rather jealous the town I live in doesn’t have a shop similar!
Cafe Thrive – Vegan Cafe
18 Hanover Buildings, SO14 1JX.
The vegan cafe, situated seconds from Rice Up, served a generous menu of burgers, sandwiches and salads (with most being able to be made gluten-free). We had brunch there on the Saturday of our trip and I tried the delicious mushroom and ‘cheese’ bap – it didn’t disappoint! Being a plant-based cafe, they believe ‘good food shouldn’t cost the earth’. Their coffee too is Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified.
The Parks of Southampton
Despite the city being quite built up, what I noticed most was how many parks it had. All very close together. We walked lots through East Park, Watts Park and Palmerston Park with the benches being lovely to sit in the evenings!
It’s clear to see how much the city is trying to do to be as green as possible. The amount of signage I saw, the one above as an example, showed their green mission. Their ‘GreenCity’ aim is to create a “cleaner, greener, healthier, more sustainable and attractive place to live, work and visit”. They have a list of goals to develop the city and be fully sustainable by 2030, which is fabulous to read!
I hope you enjoyed my sustainability tour! I have previously written a similar post for Brighton if you’d like to read further.