When we were in North Vancouver on the weekend, looking at potential properties, we noticed Buddha-Full and immediately recognized the cafe from Twitter. We’re big smoothie fans, going so far as to purchase a Blendtec last year–and yes it’s worth every penny–so we popped into Buddha-Full for an impromptu visit to see what it was all about. Look who we spotted: Our very own Vancouver Yoga Review author, Sarah Jamieson! An avid Buddha-Full customer, her favourite juice is Ganesha’s Greens ($6.50) – This 14-ounce beverage contains healthy doses of spinach, kale, parsley, cucumber, lemon, apple, celery, and romaine.
All smoothies are 20 ounces, juices are 14 ounces, and hot elixirs & lattes are 12 ounces. Add a Buddha-Full boost such as protein or protection for only fifty cents extra. We ordered a Vibrance C ($6.50) – Served in a biodegradable plant-based cup, the fantastic drink included ginger, mango, orange juice, pineapple, and banana. Delicious and nutritious! Sorry, we were so enthralled with our smoothie that we forgot to snap a pic. But it was thick and perfectly smooth like a Jamba Juice smoothie, with zero chunks of ice, yet considerably healthier of course.
We appreciate local establishments like Buddha-Full doing good for their community and the environment. Similar to Vancouver’s Organic Lives, Buddha-Full is an organic, vegan, and raw cafe serving not only smoothies and juices, but wraps, soups, gluten free pasta salads, vegan grilled cheese sandwiches, and raw nut burgers.
So who’s behind North Vancouver’s Buddha-Full? Since September, 2010, artists Geremie Voigt & Kyla Rawlyns made their dreams a reality by being the first Organic, Vegan, Raw Cafe on the North Shore. Both originally from Vancouver Island (yay the VI representin!), they wanted to create a space where everyone could relax and enjoy a laid back west coast environment. They have pieced together natural elements, developed an overall theme and collected various re-claimed items. An inspiring eco oasis in Lower Lonsdale, Buddha-Full is an eclectic mix of salvaged pieces including church pews, stained glass, and industrial spools.
Check out Buddha-Full cafe on West 1st Street in North Vancouver (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm/ Sat 10am-5pm/ closed Sundays). You might even catch a concert: Kyla is also a singer and plays frequently at Buddha-Full with her full band.
We’ll certainly return soon!