Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? Here at VegOut, we take ours with a little non-dairy milk. We are constantly finding new cafe favorites with inclusive coffee menus and vegan treats to boot. Here’s the scoop on the Kalamazoo vegan-friendly cafe scene.
1. Walnut and Park - 322 W Walnut St.
You’ll never guess where our new favorite coffee joint is located. That’s right! At the corner of Walnut and Park. In addition to delicious almond milk and coconut milk lattes, W&P offers a few vegan gems including lemon scones, berry crumb bars, fruit cups, and our favorite, the Tofu and Black Bean vegan burrito. Stop by and see what this new-to-Kalamazoo cafe has to offer.
2. Caffe Casa - 128 S Kalamazoo Mall
Coffee is the heart of this cafe, and lucky for us, Caffe Casa offers both soy milk and almond milk. In addition to coffee, this cafe offers a variety of other naturally vegan drinks like tea and frozen lemonade too. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, veggie wraps can be customized as the tortillas are totally vegan, and salads can be ordered vegan by omitting the meat, cheese, and croutons.
3. MacKenzie’s Bakery - Multiple Locations (527 Harrison, 4426 West Main, 7083 S Westnedge)
We love the availability of soy milk and almond milk to be used in delicious coffee creations. Note, though, that the vegetable wraps and smoothies are vegetarian, not vegan. MacKenzie’s does, however, offer many vegan friendly breads. See what they have to offer here.
4. Bagel Beanery - 812 S Westnedge (plus 3 Grand Rapids locations)
This cafe and bagel shop offers plenty of vegan options. Lattes can be created with soymilk, just make sure to ask for no whipped cream. Many of the bagels are vegan too, including the blueberry and black bean varieties, two of our favorites. Bagels can be topped with peanut butter or hummus instead of cream cheese. Bagel Beanery also offers bagel sandwiches. We like to order the Santa Fe Veggie by substituting hummus for the cream cheese and omitting the Monterey Jack.
5. Brite Eyes Brewing Co. - 1156 S Burdick St.
Brite Eyes, where beer for breakfast and vegan lattes for dinner are not only allowed but encouraged. This coffeehouse brewery offers both soy milk and almond milk for coffees along with many vegan-friendly syrups. If beer sounds more appealing, Brite Eyes has plenty of vegan-friendly brews available too. Both beverages pair perfectly with the casual atmosphere and live music that often frequents the space.
6. Tudor House Tea & Spice - 352 S Kalamazoo Mall
This shop offers loose leaf teas, spices, made-to-order drinks, and now almond milk. Stop in and thank them for supporting the vegan community and make sure to check out their hilarious sidewalk displays with funny tea jokes, “Can’t we all just get oolong?”
Photo: Brite Eyes Brewing Co.