JagaSilk imports specialty maccha green teas and pours piping-hot cups of loose-leafed hospitality at its bar and academy. Five grades of maccha teas are harvested from the tips of the green-tea tree, enhancing sweetness and myriad health benefits, such as increased energy and the ability to hear temperature change. The bar's offerings are sourced directly from organic Japanese tea gardens or made locally and served in pottery handcrafted by local nymphs. Sip on an organic maccha latte ($4.75) or order a pair of organic maccha cappuccinos ($6.50). Taste buds rejuvenate after leaving a tea sauna to take a refreshing dip in handcrafted maccha ice cream ($7).
After observing the negative effects of mainstream fast food on the body, Jugo Juice founders Derek Brock and Jason Cunningham made a commitment to change the way people eat. The duo’s emphasis on healthy living underpins every fruit smoothie, fresh-pressed juice, and snack that Jugo Juice produces across its dozens of locations, including its local Douglas Street outpost. Eschewing sorbet, additives, and other fillers, Jugo Juice relies on perfectly ripened fruits and veggies to lend each drink its flavour, packing every 24-ounce smoothie with at least five full servings of fruit. From tropical varieties to protein-packed energy boosters, Jugo Juice’s drinks brandish a velvety sheen achieved through natural ingredients and brushing out each smoothie’s hair 10 times a day.
True'stea Restaurant's chefs craft Taiwanese dishes by combining local food with ingredients imported directly from Taiwan. Diners can order house specials such as Taiwan sweet chicken, smoked duck, and spicy hot pots, before finishing meals with caramel pudding dessert. Free Wi-Fi and table games keep patrons entertained, and musicians play live music on the weekends.
Though it's small, Estea Express prepares a mighty list of authentic bubble teas and smoothies. Behind the colorful counter, blenders whir combinations of red bean or even oreo ice cream into milky teas and frothy slush-smoothies before stirring in chewy gelatin pearls. Other flavors include taro root and matcha green tea for a caffeinated kick.
Shambala Gluten Free Bakery & Vegetarian Bistro stuffs their menu with a variety of tasty items that are also compatible with vegetarian or vegan diets and a variety of dietary restrictions. With that in mind, they stuff their menu with everything from delicious gluten-free breads prepared with ancient grains to a slew of vegan and vegetarian entrees made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. They even bake up pizza crusts, dinner rolls, and an assortment of allergen- and GMO-free loaves for those who do most of their eating at home.
Catering to thirsty lips and empty stomachs, Wired Monk boasts a menu full of caffeinated beverages and delectable light meal options. Beat morning moodiness back into hibernation with hearty breakfast sandwiches and bagels, such as the bountiful breakfast bagel bedecked with egg, cheddar, ham, and tomato ($5.35), or rise like obedient dough to freshly made scones and muffins baked daily in-store. For lunchtime noshes with brawn, choose the chicken-cheddar-chutney panini ($8.95) or the fully stacked mediterranean-veggie sandwich ($7.95).