Social Enterprise in Summer Hill


Nestled in the heart of Summer Hill is a café like no other. At Four Brave Women the kitchen team and menu change every 8 weeks, the food is served as a buffet and as a significant point of difference the café is run by refugees and volunteers.

The original concept was that every 8 weeks a new group of refugees take over the kitchen and cook delicious meals from their country. They serve customers both lunch and dinner which gives diners the opportunity to meet face to face with new refugees, learn about their cultures and taste their different cuisines.

The brainchild of The Trading Circle CEO, Bindi Lea, it provides an opportunity for refugees who wish to run their own small business to earn a sustainable and independent income whilst being mentored.


Since its debut in April 2018, Four Brave Women has expanded from their original buffet style dinners and coffee cart to include a bakery collaboration with The Bread and Butter Project, a social enterprise bakery based in Marrickville which also aims to give refugees and asylum seekers the capacity to enhance their employment prospects and to feel a sense of belonging in their adopted country.

And a more recent innovation is a bar run by near neighbour, The Temperance Society.

The café has also played host to a number of events including barbecues, spit roasts and live music in the courtyard, traditional Ethiopian coffee making ceremonies, and more recently, a sourdough-making class run by The Bread and Butter Project.

Over the past year, Four Brave Women has served up food from Syria, Ethiopia, Russia, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Georgia, Sri Lanka and India. During May they will be hosting a series of special events every weekend leading up to their 1 year birthday celebrations at the end of the month.


Coming Up in May

May will have a strong Syrian flavour beginning with a “weekend in Damascus” buffet on May 3rd and 4th. Thereafter you can expect to see:

  • May 10/11 - a Syrian Dessert Bar and Buffet

  • May 24/25 - Syrian Vegan Buffet

  • May 31/June 1 - a “weekend in Aleppo”.

And look out for Afghan cuisine as we move into winter.

Four Brave Women can be found at 24-26 Lackey St, Summer Hill


Bartholomeusz, R. (2018). Four Brave Women brings new flavours to refugee-run cafe in Sydney. SBS Food.
The Trading Circle. Instagram.

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