Most ETG experiences include a lunch, and we design the experience to ensure you steer clear of ordinary tourist buffets and focus on flavours of the local cuisine. We also like to ensure at least one such meal during your holiday is taken at a social enterprise restaurant. Typically, establishments that collaborate with local community programs, offering vocational training that creating life-changing employment opportunities for marginalised youth. Beyond the skills they teach their trainees, these restaurants serve lovely home-cooked food and are a platform for cultural exchange - where you can chat with staff members and learn about local customs.
In Sri Lanka, we support a local hospitality school near Bandarawela. This is a great place to stop during a day exploring this part of the hill country. We incorporate a lunch here as part of various experiences in the region, such as a trek along section 16 of the Pekoe Trail. Your visit is invaluable for the trainees and a unique (delicious!) way to contribute towards the local community. A win-win.
We began including social enterprise restaurants as part of an initiative we call “One Meal At A Time”. We started this in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar and have since expanded it to include restaurants in Sri Lanka, Laos, India, Indonesia and Thailand. We are confident of the positive local impact these restaurants have and of the way in which they can also enhance your experience of our destinations.
Map centered on Lunch at A Social Enterprise Restaurant Bandarawela . Zoom out to view other hotels (H) and experiences (E) in the area.