Karma Kitchen Is Back: The Remarkable Restaurant Where You Don’t Pay For Your Meal

Behold, Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity... And it's back in London on 12th August

Here is how they describe it: ‘Imagine a restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads $0.00 with only this footnote: “Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those who dine after you.” That’s Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity.’

Karma Kitchen has now served over 64,000 meals through its outposts all over the world and yes, there has been one in London. Here it was hosted by Canvas Cafe and the Museum of Happiness to celebrate the International Day of Happiness and the launch was pretty cool… Check out this write-up.

This gift-economy restaurant is the brainchild of Service Space: a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to using technology to encourage people around the world to do small acts of service. Karma Kitchen is just one of a number of projects, which also include a daily positive news service, an acts-of-kindness portal and KarmTube – a YouTube-style service showcasing inspirational be-the-change videos.

When we originally wrote this post back in June, we implored you to contact our friends at Service Space to get them back over here for another night of food-inspired generosity. And we’re pleased to report that your hard work has thoroughly paid off. Karma Kitchen will be making a reappearance at the Canvas Cafe on the 12th August as part of the happy cafe’s Summer of Change Festival. There will be two sittings on the evening: at 6:15pm and 8pm – if you want to sign-up to either, just register on the website.

The ‘pay-it-forward’ approach seems to be growing across London: cafes, restaurants… even private member’s clubs and barbers shops. Where would you like to see it go next? Comments in comments… and why not join our ever expanding community of ethical city explorers over on Facebook?


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