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Five Hot Trends for Restaurants and Cafes from 2023

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The restaurant and cafe scene is always buzzing with new trends, and 2023 is no different. Whether you're a cafe owner or run a bustling restaurant, keeping your finger on the pulse of what's happening is essential. Here are five cool trends that are shaking things up this year:

Trend One: Going Green and Loving It

Sustainability is the name of the game. It's not just about recycling; it's about making a positive impact. You'll see more restaurants and cafes ditching plastic straws, cutting down on food waste, and sourcing local, eco-friendly ingredients. It's not just good for the planet; it's good for business.

If you haven't already heard of Cercle. Cercle provides office buildings and nearby cafes with a simple circular economy solution: Offering takeaway customers free reusable cups to enjoy their coffee that can then be returned to Drop Pods in their workspace. This unique end-to-end service is available to building & workspace managers looking to reduce their single-use waste. Corporate buildings leading the way with Cercle Cups in their onsite venues have significantly decreased the number of single-use cups thrown out daily.

Trend Two: Tech Magic on the Menu 


Technology is making dining out even more exciting. Say hello to digital menus, touchless ordering and payment systems, and apps that know your favourite dish. Restaurants and cafes use tech to give you a hassle-free and personalised experience. No more waiting in line; just tap, order, and enjoy.

Trend Three: Plant-Powered Goodness

The plant-based revolution is sizzling hot. More places are adding creative and delicious plant-based options to their menus. Whether you're a dedicated vegan or just looking to try something new, you'll find mouthwatering choices that are good for you and the planet. Burgers, pizzas, and tacos are all getting a plant-based makeover.

Take a look at Ovolo Hotels. Their unique hotels offer plant-based goodness for their onsite restaurants and hotels. They’ve also helped other businesses shape offerings, lending a hand to others and leading the way with their hatted vegan restaurant, Lona Misa, in South Yarra, Melbourne.

Trend Four: Eat Well, Feel Well

Healthy eating is in, and restaurants and cafes are raising the plate. You'll notice menus packed with nutritious and tasty options. Clear nutritional info, allergy-friendly dishes, and trendy superfoods are all on the menu. Eating out can be guilt-free and yummy at the same time.

Trend Five: Community Vibes and Local Flavors

It's all about being part of the neighbourhood. Restaurants and cafes partner with local suppliers and artisans to bring you the freshest ingredients and unique flavours. You might even catch them hosting fun community events and collaborating with nearby businesses. It's all about supporting the local scene.

In a nutshell, 2023 serves sustainability, tech-savvy menus, plant-based delights, health-conscious choices, and a strong sense of community. These trends are all about making your dining experience delicious and memorable. So, whether you're a foodie or a cafe hopper, watch for these trends and savour the year's flavours!


How can HungryHungry help? 

Embrace the digital revolution and contribute to a greener planet with our cutting-edge digital menus. Our innovative solution empowers venues like Ovolo, allowing their customers to effortlessly peruse and order their preferred dishes through a simple scan. This not only enhances the overall dining experience but also eliminates the environmental impact associated with traditional paper menus, significantly reducing wastage. Explore more about our transformative product on our website:

Tia Kelly - Enterprise Customer Success Manager at HungryHungry