The Simple Life: City Farms to Visit Around the World

Searching for a hit of rural life in the city? We’ve rounded up our favourite urban farms, from a rooftop garden in Copenhagen to Amsterdam’s most under-the-radar vineyard.

It's a well-known fact that being a plant parent comes with more responsibility than your average nine-to-five. There's light to consider, watering schedules and nailing that ideal temperature. If, like us, you're looking for some fresh inspiration for your vegetable patch, here are five of the best under-the-radar urban farms to visit.

Green fingers: the five best city farms to visit

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Stepney City Farm

London, UK

Back in 1979, the residents of East London came together to create a community farm for Tower Hamlets. Built on a derelict site that had been bombed during the Second World War, Stepney Farm sprawls across three acres of luscious green space. Home to the likes of donkeys, pigs, rabbits and sheep, the farm invites visitors to interact with its four-legged inhabitants. We suggest visiting on a Saturday from 10am to 3pm, when the weekly farmers' market draws a crowd for its locally sourced produce. Alternatively, book a spot at one of its volunteering events, where you'll discover a vast range of environmentally sustainable green-fingered practices.


Stepney Way, Stepney Green, London E1 3DG


Vineyard Amsteltuin

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is often recognised for three things: canals, cannabis and stag dos. But there are plenty of other reasons to fall head over heels for the city. Starting with Amsteltuin. A lesser-trodden vineyard nestled on the outskirts of Amstelveen, its 3,500 vines - principally Pinotin, Solaris and Cabernet Cortis - are fringed by thousand-year-old oak trees. Time your visit for a weekend, when the property's much-loved "high wine" afternoons take place (think "high tea", but better). Expect inviting tables between the trailing vines, where baskets bearing all the ingredients for a picnic in paradise await.


Langs de Akker 5, 1186 WA Amstelveen, Netherlands

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TriBeCa Farm by Farm.One

New York, US

Okay, so this place doesn't exactly scream serene urban farm. In fact, its lab-like interior looks more like an episode of Grey's Anatomy than a rural retreat in the city. But what it lacks in style, it makes up for in culinary education. A hydroponic farm, it is home to 250 different crops. If, like us, you struggle to keep your herbs alive, head here on a Tuesday or Thursday evening, when weekly tasting tours, indoor farming and plant-care classes take place. Keep your eyes peeled for its new joint, The Neighbourhood Farm, too, which is set to open its doors in Brooklyn in 2022.


77 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013, US




Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark's first rooftop farm, ØsterGRO has been harvesting organic greens and edible flowers since 2014. To enjoy its greenhouse, henhouse and three bustling bee hives at your leisure, you'll need to become a member. Or, if you're not planning on staying in Copenhagen long enough to reap the VIP benefits, visit on a Wednesday (from April to mid-December), when volunteers are encouraged to come down and get their hands dirty. Hungry? Reserve a table at the farm's Gro Spiseri restaurant, where fairy lights hover over beds of sunflowers and fragrant spices tickle your nose, and super-fresh cocktails and nibbles are on the menu. Insider tip: those planning a get-together should note that the roof is available to hire for parties.


Aebeløgade 4, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark



Fleur House


A feast for the senses, Singapore's Fleur House offers a farm tour well worth making time for. Taking place on the first and third Sunday of every month, the 90-minute stroll includes gliding through great swathes of orchids and a pit-stop refuel in the microgreens garden. Afterwards, swing by one of Fleur House's popular workshops, where you'll discover the principles of all things soil-care. Ready to apply your newly learned skills? Remember to pick up one of the complimentary herb kits before you leave.


21 Marsiling Lane, Singapore 730021

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