Can you believe Whole Foods has been around for 30 years? It started out in 1980 with one small store in Austin, Texas. Today, they are the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, with more than 270 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. It sure took them awhile to come to Vancouver, but I’m glad they did.
Whole Foods Market on Cambie and West 8th has changed their store since the last time we were here. They now have booths along the wall, free wi-fi, and a juice bar closer to the entrance. I think I could live here.
The soup + sandwich combo ($10) comes with a choice of 5 different soups that change daily. The ‘Langley’ sandwich had turkey, bacon, and avocado – ask for it grilled. The corn chowder was delectable, creamy and super fresh. It had that homemade taste and even still had the potato skins on the potatoes for added nutrients. The combo saves you $3! If purchased separately, a small soup is $3.99 and the ‘Langley’ sandwich is $8.99.
Kiju Organic Lemonade ($1.69) has no sugar and is made in Canada. Really refreshing and not too sweet.
I’m on a health quest recently, so I ordered a soy latte ($3.25 + 50 cents for soy) and banana rice muffin ($2.49) from their coffee/gelato bar. The muffin had brown rice flour instead of regular wheat, which gave it a nutty-ish flavor.
I would also highly recommend the burrito bowl from their burrito bar and their pizza is very good as well. You really can’t go wrong here. Salad bar and hot food stations are also amazing.
The store is super clean, items are arranged perfectly in each aisle, they have biodegradable cutlery and take out containers, and composting bins to dispose of your waste when you eat-in.
Open 8am – 10pm, 7 days a week. They offer ample underground parking and validate your parking upon purchase. Don’t forget to do your grocery shopping after you eat, you can find some great deals on natural and organic products when items are on sale. Yes, if you do all your grocery shopping here it can end up becoming ‘Whole Paycheck’ as certain Yelpers call it, but shop the sales and alternate with less expensive stores like Save-On-Foods.
As I sit at one of their booths typing this post, I love the vibe here – it’s really laid back and pleasant. The service is amazing. Workers really seem to enjoy their jobs, take care when assisting customers and go above and beyond to make your experience the best it can possibly be.