Last week we covered Juice Bars in Toronto, this week Angie Adventure spent some time sippin' on juice in her home city of Vancouver. Here are five stops she made plus a few recommendations.
Ange: My juicer broke right in time to clean up my act after an indulgent vacation. I could have thrown my hands into the air shouting, “Yes! More pizza! More wine!”, but instead I went on a juice scout around Vancouver. Here are my discoveries:
The Juice Truck
Located on the corner of Abbott and Water in Gastown, this watermelon coloured truck is hard to miss. I’ve heard many people comment that it’s the only place they get their juice! They have an interesting and extensive menu using local and organic produce whenever possible, and each juice is pressed at time of order. The owners are bananas about juice and have even added a juice cleanse to their business.
The Juice Truck, Corner of Abbot Street and Water Street in Gastown.
This place is a great go-to for delicious gluten-free (and often dairy-free) fare! They really go out of their way to be green, both with local ingredients, and compostible containers. Their juice is more like a green smoothie and better for people who are getting into a healthy lifestyle, but whose tastebuds aren’t up for a strong veggie taste…yet.
Smak, 1139 W. Pender Street.
Tucked into a little shop on Davie Street, this cold-pressed juice bar is lively and quite informative! One of the owners made menu suggestions based on my level of experience with juicing and also explained in detail their cold-pressing process and how it differs from my juicer at home. (Coles notes version: slower with less heat so less enzymes destroyed, lasts longer). Pre-pressed to save time, they use glass bottles with pour spouts & shot glasses for measuring, making me felt like I was getting a bad-ass health cocktail!
Just Juice, 1107 Davie Street.
Fraser Valley Juice and Salad
Fraser Valley Juice and Salad has been amongst all the fresh produce on Granville Island since the opening of the market! Their fresh squeezed juices come in a variety of sizes and blends, including my favourite, the V3, and also a winter warm-up, Hot Ginger Apple. Being surrounded by all the Island has to offer will make you crave a good juice!
Fraser Valley Juice and Salad, 113 - 1689 Johnston Street in the Public Market on Granville Island.
WholeFoods on Cambie
WholeFoods has always been a convenient place for me to grab a juice while I shop for my groceries, and it also keeps me from the 'I’m-so-hungry-I-want-to-buy-everything' syndrome. On my last visit, they were promoting their easy-grab store-made blends, right next to their juicing counter. As always, they had me at hello when I discovered a juice fountain full to the brim with samples of fresh pressed varieties. Of course I tried them all, and bought two to go...
WholeFoods on Cambie, 510 West 8th Avenue.
Others to check out: Krokodile Pear, Sejuiced, The People’s Juicery
Images by Angie Adventure and Madeline Althammer.