Haymarket Bookstore Cafe

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 9 Reviews
Cafe with comfy couches and '60s atmosphere. Serve coffee, pastries, vegetarian roll-ups. Note that doorway on Main St is easy to miss, so look for it. Reported to use milk in some items so vegans confirm. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Organic
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First Review by Jaxxy13
HappyGardener123
HappyGardener123
  • vegan
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+46

the soup!!

4 Posted on 04 / 16 / 2014

I go here for the soup and the soy chai. Perfect on a chilly day or any time of year! Just ask which soups are vegan (and gf for me as well) and the staff will be able to help.


Sarah P
Sarah P
  • vegan
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+281

cosy, fun, comfortable with good food

2 Posted on 06 / 20 / 2013

It's true, several people I know (as well as myself) have been informed by staff that certain seemingly-vegan items contain milk. The tempeh in the tempeh tacos, as mentioned in an earlier listing, as well as one of the tofu dishes have been reported by staff to contain milk. Nobody I've known for all the years we've gone to Haymarket ever knew about that. I found out after I saw a newspaper article published about the owner, and included was a recipe for tempeh that called for cow milk. I then asked staff about items on the menu items and was informed about the items many of us assumed were vegan that actually contained dairy. I believe these items should be better labeled or presented on the menus.

YOU HAVE TO ASK ABOUT EVERYTHING ON THE MENU, INCLUDING DRESSINGS, BREADS, SOUPS, TOFU AND TEMPEH.

Pros: Cozy atmosphere, fair price, helpful staff
Cons: not 100% vegan, sometimes crowded, items that appear vegan contain milk
ranchboy
ranchboy
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+17

ask for the (KO) Kale Octopus!

5 Posted on 06 / 18 / 2013

It's not on the menu. Wonderful drink with lots of kale.

Pros: great food , healthy
Cons: loud upstairs , busy

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sglcklch
sglcklch
  • vegan
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+758

OK place

3 Posted on 08 / 29 / 2011

I've been to this place twice so far. First time was for dinner in the dining area downstairs a long time ago. It wasn't at all memorable; I vaguely remember the setting being a little dingy and the food just OK. Yesterday I came here again and grabbed a vegan banana chocolate chip cookie. Was yummy, very banana-ey with loads of chocolate chips. Couldln't find any seat since everybody was on laptop and seemed to be there to stay.

Pros: location, good price
Cons: hard to find seats
vegman444
vegman444
  • vegan
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+56

WARNING--TEMPEH TACOS NOT VEGAN!

3 Posted on 07 / 21 / 2011

I've eaten at Haymarket for years, and for the most part the food is good, the staff downstairs is nice, and the atmosphere is cozy. For some reason the staff upstairs in the juice bar/bakery seems to always have an attitude. It's so odd, but try it out for yourself and see what I mean. It never fails. So a week ago I went in and ordered the tempeh taco plate with no sour cream. I reiterated to the order taker that I wanted it vegan. She said without the sour cream it would be vegan. I ate them. 2 days ago I go in and order them again, and again reaffirm that I want the plate to be vegan. This time, a different counterperson tells me, "Oh, these tacos are not vegan. The tempeh is battered in milk. I know. We make them here. We use milk." WTF?! So thank you Haymarket...I am no longer vegan. I ate milk. I'm sorry, but why on earth would a place go to the trouble of preparing tempeh tacos, ostensibly to appeal to the veg crowd, only to then engorge them with the pus of a cow?! I was not a happy camper, but the counterperson was very nice and apologetic, so I just quietly stewed and had the supposedly vegan baked tofu sandwich. Please spread the word re. the tempeh tacos!

Pros: Lots of food for low price(not@breakfst), Many vegan choices, Free wifi
Cons: Vegan doesn't always mean Vegan!, Snotty attitude of upstairs staff, Juice bar closes too early
conniex721
conniex721
  • vegan
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+93

Great Spot

4 Posted on 04 / 15 / 2011

I love the atmosphere of Haymarket. I find the food to be a bit hit or miss. I've gotten a vegan cookie that was bland and way too salty. However, I've also gotten the vegan chocolate cake, which was delicious. My tempeh burger had too much bread and unseasoned tempeh, but the curried soup I got was amazing. So there's some really good stuff it you don't mind sorting through the not so good stuff. And, as usual, I appreciate the soy milk!

Pros: Atmosphere, Wifi
Cons: Some Bland Food
davidmartiste
davidmartiste
  • vegan
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+31

Good Food

4 Posted on 08 / 25 / 2008

The salad with grilled tempeh was an excellent lunch. Very much enjoyed the vegan scrambled tofu breakfast but, had hoped for a little more tofu... still, delicious and the amount of other food on the plate made up for any lack of tofu. The fresh squeezed OJ was a nice touch. I've been to Haymarket before and will make it a stop on any visit in the area.

Pros: good vibe, good grub, good value
Cons: bring on the tofu! ;)
will-travel-for-food
will-travel-for-food
  • vegan
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+512

Great place for coffee and vegan desserts

5 Posted on 05 / 09 / 2008

I'm not the biggest fan of the "entrees" served at Haymarket, but I can't deny that they have great dark roast coffees and vegan desserts. The chocolate chip and lemon poppyseed cookies are especially delicious, and the cupcakes and brownies are great, too! I've yet to have a sweet treat at Haymarket that wasn't good.

Pros: good coffee, good vegan desserts
Cons: entrees are just okay
Jaxxy13
Jaxxy13
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+22

Loved it !

5 Posted on 03 / 09 / 2007

The tempeh burger was the best ever! I also tried the Kukicha twig tea,and loved it so much I ran right out to buy some from the Cornucopia market located right across the street in Thorns market .

Pros: informative staff, awesome menu variety, cozy spot
Cons: tends to get very busy

 

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