Krokodile Pear puts organic juice and vegan food on tap in Kitsilano

Cypress

The Cypress contains cucumber, carrot, beet, and other juices. (Stephen Hui)

Is it just me, or are there a lot of juice bars in Vancouver? Karmavore even has a pop-up in New West’s River Market, there’s the Juice Truck in Gastown, and so on.

Krokodile Pear (1867 West 1st Avenue) is the newest such establishment in Kitsilano. Opened on August 9, it serves cold-pressed, organic juices and smoothies. Of course, what’s most interesting to us about Krokodile Pear is that all of the food and beverages it sells are vegan.

Owners Nick Lewis and Mike Bryde are “mostly vegan” for the health benefits, and have confirmed they plan to keep everything plant-based and free of dairy and honey. Raw products they stock include locally made Tao Organics kale chips and Zimt Artisan Chocolates macaroons, as well as Nūd Fūd crackers from Toronto. Gluten-free salads from Culver City Salads will also be available.

Culver City Salads

Culver City Salads is coming to Krokodile Pear. (Krokodile Pear on Instagram)

As for the (pricey) juice, it’ll set you back $7 to $8.50 a cup. I’ve tried the Cypress, which contains cucumber, carrot, beet, apple, lime, and ginger. (I subbed out the ginger for more lime.)

Smoothies go for $7.50 to $8.50, and are blended with ingredients such as avocado, mint, and spinach. Fruit and veggie shots cost $2.50 each or $6 for four. You can pay extra to add seeds, spirulina, and Warrior Blend protein powder to your drink.

If you don’t like any of the juice blends on the menu, you can customize your order. All of the juice is on tap, so the wait is brief.

Krokodile Pear is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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