Serendipities Café inspires social change and paves the way for equality in Dundee

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Did you know there is a cafe in Dundee that is inspiring social change and leading the way to equality across the city?

No, neither was Dundee Live until we discovered Serendipities – a hugely popular local business in the form of a ‘cosy, quirky cafe’ that believes in equality for all.

Everything they do is aimed at creating socially and environmentally sustainable communities.

Serving delicious homemade sweet and savory vegan meals as well as responsibly sourced hot drinks, they reuse as much as they can to reduce any negative impact on the environment.



As well as producing great food, Serendipities is a training cafe and a registered social enterprise.

The Union Street cafe uses excess food from supermarkets, through the Fareshare program, and turns it into ready meals to avoid unnecessary waste in landfills.

They have a very varied set menu, as well as a special board with meals that change daily.

Danielle du Plooy, Founder and Manager, is justifiably proud of her team’s achievements.

She told us, “In addition to producing good food, we are a training café and a registered social enterprise.

“We offer an inclusive training program for people with additional needs, learning disabilities, autism and mental health barriers, developing life skills and gaining practical hospitality knowledge and skills.

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“Serendipities is a positive, alternative way of thinking, where people develop the confidence to be the change.

“This space is a story: a story of strength, a story of community, a story of growth.

“It shows how to work in an inclusive way, raising awareness of people’s roles in this world and showing that anyone can achieve amazing things.



All meals come with a side salad while their soup is paid for throughout the week, to ensure that all individuals can access a hot meal.

“Clients embrace a lifestyle, helping to develop the professional skills of our members and providing a safe workspace.”

The food at Serendipities is outstanding with people coming from all over Tayside to sample it.

All meals come with a side salad while their soup is paid for throughout the week, to ensure that all individuals can access a hot meal.

The cafe also offers a pay-as-you-go system on hot drinks every Tuesday, and free fruit is available at the counter.

All dishes are Serendipities own recipes, with the two most popular savory dishes being their Salty French Toast and Breakfast.

Quesadilla which is a grilled tortilla with scrambled tofu, beans, breakfast chutney and 2 meat fillings.



The cafe also offers a pay-as-you-go system on hot drinks every Tuesday, and free fruit is available at the counter.

Danielle also has incredible plans for 2022.

She explained, “We plan to hold evening workshops and events starting in March in the café space, including creative workshops, food-related workshops, mindfulness and music evenings.

“We are currently looking for artists to use our exhibition space from May. We don’t charge for this usage, we just want to give an opportunity to local artists.

“We are also currently opening a third branch, ReBoutique! – an upcycle shop, selling clothing, furniture, homewares and plants, all recycled and grown by us and our customers.”

And she added: “We plan to continue to fight waste and reduce our footprint even further by removing more single-use plastic.

“We will provide additional training and skills opportunities for our volunteers and continue to spread the love and good vibes.”

-For more information on Serendipities and their incredible impact on Dundee, visit the Facebook page here and their website here.

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