Alpine Coffee Shop and Gallery

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Station Approach, Betws-y-coed, Wales, LL24 0AE

Serves meat, vegan options available. Little chunk of eclectic fun situated right in front of Betws-y-Coed train station. A subtly rainforest-themed cafe marking the vegan and vegetarian items. Vegan choices include flapjacks and sweet treats, burgers, Mediterranean sharing platters with vegan cheese and chutney. Offers organic coffee. Supports an endangered-ape charity in Cameroon through profits raised and donations made at the shop. Open Mon-Sun 8:30am-5:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, Take-out, British, Welsh, Non-veg

18 Reviews

First Review by mitzi

A great find! - Edit

A lovely place that welcomes dogs!

Pros: Lovely vegan cake!

Cons: Not all vegan!

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Great - Edit

Great vegan options, I like the ethos of the place, they don't do takeaway cups so as to cut down on waste, and no straws either for the same reason, I like that they educate their customers as well as feed them.

What i did find confusing is how they still serve meat when they speak about deforestation for palm oil and they clearly are trying to make a difference. I just found it a little conflicting.

Pros: Great ethos, Cutting down on waste, Great location for walks

Cons: Conflicting views

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Tons of vegan option - Edit

This palce has an extensive menu of options for both vegetarians and vegans which are clearly marked! The food is amazing, and the staff and location are also lovely.

Pros: Friendly staff, Gorgeous location, Excellent food

Cons: Can be busy

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Impressed - Edit

Even though this appears like a regular café in a very busy area (seasonal) it has a vegan page in the menu. I enjoyed the club sandwich and desert.

Pros: Nice interior, Freindly staff

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VEGAN CAKE! - Edit

We are local to Alpine cafe, yet I have never got around to writing a review. My husband is vegetarian and I am vegan, and we enjoy eating at Alpline cafe. It has a great ethical approach to palm oil, which is uses the cafe to raise awareness with the brilliant orangutan and monkey theme. There are numerous vegan options, which are clearly labeled in the menu. MOST IMPORTANTLY there is ALWAYS vegan cake. Vegan cake is not so easy to come by in the area, so this is a winner for me. The food is good, but certain items are average. The chips always seem to let the meal down, but otherwise the mains are good. This cafe is also dog-friendly, they even give dogs a free sausage! Be aware, it does get busy and you won't always find a table. In peak season, the prices can become a little unreasonable too. Oh, and the tea menu is EPIC. So good too! If you're in the area, it is worth a visit.

Pros: Cake! , Ethical standards on palm oil, Monkeys!

Cons: Can be very busy

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Great vegan breakfast ! - Edit

I visited the cafe on a rainy morning and it was really busy, but still got a nice seat outside the back. The vegan breakfast was delicious and totally worth visiting for. There weren't many vegan cake options that I could see whilst I was there, but the menu had loads of clearly marked vegan options so I would recommend visiting if you're in the area. :)

Pros: lively cafe in good location, lots of vegan options of the menu

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Awesome vegan-friendly haven - Edit

Pros: Lovely food, Plenty of choice, Promotes ethical choices

Cons: Can be busy, Long queues

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love it - Edit

Love this place is their conservation ethics. They have shed loads of veggie and vegan options on the menu. I have had the vegan cake yummy and also the vegan breakfast which is huge. Would highly recommend

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excellent food at good prices - Edit

Went there today for lunch. I had the hummous and chutney sandwich with salad and a smoothie. it was very busy and it took a long time to get served, but the food was absolutely excellent and all the staff were lovely. I think we just hit them on a busy holiday weekend! the vegan cakes were also delicious, I got two to take away. there were at least 3 vegan cake or bake options. a lovely surprise!

Updated from previous review on 2016-07-23

Pros: delicious , cheap , cake!!

Cons: just the busyness but this is understandable

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Five star Fry UP - Edit

After a big day previously in the hills i was leaving town and stumbled on this place.

what a great find it was. Great cafe with a full vegan breakfast on offer.

Loads of ethical and environmental messages all over a real gem i had no idea was there. Highly recommended.

Pros: VEGAN options ( - :

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Nearly great - Edit

This place is eclectic and has a great look and feel to it, with maybe 6 or 7 vegan options for lunch - various curries and burger options. I went for the club sandwich, which was made with hoummous and was delicious - although the accompanying salad was a bit basic (iceberg lettuce, two quarters of tomato, a few slices of cucumber and slivers of carrot) and tasted mostly of chlorine. The black-eyed bean burger was also good but the chips were a bit flaccid and underdone.

There are plenty of vegan cakes available, and three choices of non-dairy milk - coconut, almond and oat. A massive range of teas too, and I have to say that the assam I got with oat milk was probably one of the best brews I've ever had.

There's a lot going for this place - they're very proudly palm oil-free, for example, and it's great that there's a cafe with so many vegan options in a tourist hotspot - but just a couple of things mean it's not as brilliant as it could easily be.

Pros: Great selection of options, Nice building and setting, Assam tea with oat milk!

Cons: Slow service when busy, Boring chlorinated salad

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Great find in an unlikely place - Edit

I was visiting the station as part of a work project and was expecting to have to have chips or another vegan fallback during my lunch break, so was very pleased to see "vegan options" written on the Alpine's board!
I had a really nice and filling all-day vegan breakfast for £6.50, and they had half a page in the menu entitled "vegan options", as well as a vegan cake on the coffee counter.

Pros: Lucky find in a tourist area, Good food

Cons: A tad expensive

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Caketastic! - Edit

Large selection of cakes, including several vegan cakes and at least four types of vegan flapjack. Freshly squeezed orange juice went well with the cakes. There's a nice view of the train station too, so you can watch the kids riding the miniature train :) Staff were friendly and helpful.

Pros: Lots of choice of vegan cakes, Reasonably priced

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Alpine, Betws y Coed - Edit

This place isn't all vego but is vegan friendly and seems to be the best (only) such choice in betws at present. I had a very nice carrot and orange soup with some bread and a soya latte as a coffee. Both were great and not over priced. I really liked the staff who worked here who were good when shooting the breeze.

I would defo rate this place higher if it was all vego.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Nice staff

Cons: Not 100% vego

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Very happy to unexpectedly find this place - Edit

I was rather excited to find this place whilst camping near to Betws y coed recently. As a vegan it's very rare to find vegan items on a menu but there was a selection and the food was good and the service was friendly if a little slow. There was not only a special vegan section on the menu but a range of vegan cakes and biscuits available.

Pros: Vegan section on menu, Pleasant environment

Cons: Slow service, Wasps!

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NOT BAD FOR LOCAL AREA - BUT COULD BE GREAT! - Edit

Firstly, not used this cafe for a year or so, but round here, things don't often change much! In a glorious village, in the heart of Snowdonia, a mecca for coach parties, and busy almost all year, this cafe stands out as one of the very few that offers a genuine vegetarian alternative to fish, chips, and dead cows on plates! When we first visited some years ago, it offered a substantial vegetarian biased choice, with even larger portions, and fabulous take-out sandwiches. It also offered a wide choice of flavoured coffees, and I think it still does? On our last couple of visits, the veg choice seemed less, the portions were smaller, and the preponderance of teenage staff made one wonder whether vegetarian principles were being adhered to in the kitchen?
Last time we ordered take-out sandwiches, they were still good, and if you can bag yourself a seat in the conservatory overlooking the miniature train running around on the opposite platform,(Summer only), we think you will enjoy the experience! This cafe is crying out to be vegetarian only, but don't think it's likely!

Pros: Reasonable veggy selection, Cute location when quiet, Take out Sandwiches good

Cons: Portions seem smaller, Less veg choice than before, Staff trained in veggy ethos?

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Great vegan breakfasts and packed lunches too - Edit

I've been coming here for Sunday breakfast a couple of times a month for the last year. I love it. Having the dedicated vegan / veggie menu is such a treat in this part of the world. They will make you a fantastic sandwich to take with you on your hike in the hills as well.

Pros: vegan menu, lovely location, fry up!

Cons: omni menu, can be busy with tourists, gotta use the public loo as none on site

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Not Bad - Edit

It was nice to see more than one vegan choice, but I thought the meal I ordered was a little expensive, and it came with a very oily potato filler. Cash only.

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