Music & Arts
Music in Exile
Australian record label that promotes musicians from migrant and refugee backgrounds
Phone: 0403 287 844
Hala Sekak Art
Palestinian Melbourne-based artist creating works inspired by nature, her roots, heritage and culture – and the hope of freedom and happiness.
Iranian-born, classically-trained multi-instrumentalist. Contact him for gigs. He also does tutoring. Instagram:@misaghzamani
Retail & Fashion
African-inspired jewellery and accessories, proudly WOC-owned
This Melbourne-based design company offers bespoke tailored suits for women of all shapes and sizes, for all occasions.
Preserved flowers and candles, 5% of the profits from the candles goes to Sisterworks, a social enterprise that supports refugees
Phone: 0430 050 647
Social enterprise that provides employment to Karen women refugees living in Nhill, Victoria
Phone: 0421 586 664
Textile enterprise that operates out of New Futures Creative in Coburg, offering clothing alterations, products & workshops
Phone: 03 9354 2193
Handsewn wool rugs sold instore at SisterWorks in Richmond, Victoria
Store and social enterprise providing employment to women from disadvantaged backgrounds through selling crafts
Phone: 03 9972 5039
Ethically and sustainably made kids clothing line based in Melbourne. Supports tailors from refugee backgrounds
The Beautiful Bunch
A floral enterprise supporting women from refugee backgrounds to bloom
Handmade homewares and fashion accessories combining upcycled textiles with vibrant Ankara wax cloth
Bath and body products that give back to the community. Paraben-free and sulfate-free
Social Enterprise manufacturing jobs & textiles. Australian made, ethical, natural fibre homewares
Food & Beverage
Cafe Sunshine & SalamaTea
Cafe by day, restaurant by night in western Melbourne. Run by a refugee himself, also hires other refugees and people seeking asylum
Phone: 0401 034 959
Family-owned restaurant offering authentic Syrian cuisine located in Melbourne’s Northcote
Phone: 03 9486 4458
East African Sisters
Melbourne-based catering company specialising in authentic East African cuisines. Now selling spices via their website below.
Trio Sweets & Takeaway
Syrian sweets, pastry & takeaway and catering in Carlton & Pascoe Vale (Melbourne). Email: email@example.com
Palestinian-owned vegan falafel food truck at 31 St Georges Road, Preston (North Melbourne)
Persian cook, caterer and cooking instructor. For enquiries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org IG:@mahshidtaste
Huda’s Kitchen Rules
Palestinian caterer in Melbourne, famous for her lamb mandi, msakhan chicken and maamools.
For enquiries: email@example.com
Palestinian-owned Melbourne dessert haven featuring the original kunafeh style – made with cheese and pastry baked fresh daily.
Visit: 1 Dobell Place, DALLAS, VIC
Scarf Community Dinners
Social enterprise in Melbourne that provides hospitality training to young people from refugees and people seeking asylum background through community dinners.
Syrian cafe owned by mother and son duo. Serving up sweets, pistachio coffee, and their famous “Levantine” – a breakfast platter featuring 10 small dishes.
Visit: 298 Carlisle Street, Balaclava (MELB)
Caribbean Colombian caterer in Melbourne, sells food at markets too. Cooking classes through Free to Feed (freetofeed.org.au)
Afghan Marco Polo Restaurant
Afghan family-owned restaurant, established in 2000 in Mornington Peninsula, serving Chicken Bamiyan and Kabuli Palow.
Visit: 11 Main Street, Mornington Peninsula
Munificent Wines is a Melbourne-based social enterprise that donates 50% of profits from the sales of their wines to Sisterworks. Melbourne stockists in website below.
Buy in person at Sisterworks store at: 296 Bridge Road, Richmond
Free to Feed
Social enterprise creating empowering employment opportunities for people seeking asylum and refugees through the creation of shared food experiences.
Flavours of Syria
Syrian cafe & caterer. Nayran shares her stories and flavours with Australians and hopes that in doing so, she can show them an aspect to her country they may not have otherwise known. Nayran believes that food can connect us and has a passion for feeding those around her. There is no way she will ever let you leave the table until you have sampled some of her food! She runs cooking classes too.
Visit: Laneway, 144 Chapel Street,
St. Kilda. Open Tues- Sat 8am-2pm
Melbourne dessert institution. People from all over town drive to this place for its delicious knafeh.
Address: 442 Sydney Road, Coburg
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 10am-8pm
Duc Nga Tofu
Duc Nga Tofu is quickly becoming known as the best place to purchase your fresh artisanal tofu. Their delicious soy products are a great addition to your favourite dish and won’t fail to delight your taste taste buds.
Address: Unit 1/24-28 Hampstead Rd, Midstone
Caterer & cooking instructor living in Melbourne, bringing authentic Palestinian cuisine. Her dream is to start the first Palestinian food truck in Melbourne. Her GoFundMe link is below.
Tuka Tuka KothuRoti Man
Serving up Sri Lankan street food at a market in Melbourne near you. Event catering too. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Pot of Courage
*CLOSED in March 2023*
Ballarat-based social enterprise.
Cafe, catering, cooking classes, events and crafts.
Phone: 0401 354 638
Afghan Rahimi Restaurant
Traditional Afghan food in Dandenong
Phone: 03 9793 9981
Trades & Services
MADCOW Cleaning Enterprise
Offers training and ongoing employment for Karen refugees from Myanmar in Bendigo
Phone: 03 5441 4747
MJ Painting Services
Professional residential and commercial painting
Phone: 0406 033 400
Rendering specialist based in Sunshine West
Phone: 0450 330 900
Dream Flooring Installation
Melbourne-based flooring company
Phone: 0423 886 272
Melbourne-based social enterprise providing quality domestic and commercial cleaning services to Melbourne
Phone: 03 9274 9880
This inclusive Melbourne-based construction company offer jobs to underestimated individuals
Phone: 0451 165 277
TP Driving School
West Melbourne-based driving school. Lessons around Melton, Sunshine, Deer Park, Sunbury.
Phone: 0469 929 029