Animal Place's Vegan Republic

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1624 University Ave, Berkeley, California, USA, 94703

Vegan boutique and specialty food shop stocking a variety of food and products, including hard-to-find items. Has mock meats and vegan cheeses, snacks and sweets, plus fashion accessories as well as pet food. Open since Feb 2014 and changed ownership in 2015 to Animal Place animal sanctuary. Proceeds now go to benefit the sanctuary. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-7:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm.

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First Review by rwalker

Really Nice - All Vegan Selection - Edit

I like the selection here. In every section there seems to be something you get nowhere else, but you can also find your favorites. Every time I go, I get something I've never seen/tried before.
Scored a cruelty free wallet here and I recall they do have some clothing, makeup, and jewelry in addition to groceries.
Great place to grab and go and to get something for meals at home.

Pros: Near home, Glad they exist, Folks behind the counter have been cool

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For all your vegan needs - Edit

This place has EVERYTHING. Seriously. Even vegan pet food. Besides food they also sell some apparel and accessories. Definitely come check it out; I am positive you'll find your favorite vegan products as well as something new to try!

Pros: Quantity of products

Cons: Location might not be convenient for some

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The best ethical store, all profits go to Animal Place Sanctuary - Edit

The shop is bigger than I expected and sells a lot of products including sweets and chocolates (also rice milk chocolates, the best), snacks, spreads&pates, vegan meats and milks, frozen products, vegan apparel.
The prices for some products are a bit higher that at bigger stores, but as I said, you shop here for a good cause, and with your purchase you're supporting a great organisation in helping the animals.

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Great Place to Check Out - Edit

All items are vegan. Lot's of hard-to-find items like Butler's Soy Curls, Upton's seasoned jackfruit, and VeganEgg. There is no produce such as greens, carrots, etc. They stock vegan packaged items like meat substitutes, cheese substitutes, etc. It's fun place check out and proceeds help an animal sanctuary.

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Awesome ALL VEGAN everything store - Edit

What a great concept! I will definitely be looking for any excuse I can make to get to Berkeley to support this store. All profits go to support a farm animal sanctuary in Grass Valley, California. It's like a vegan's dream playground with both common food items available in large chain grocery stores plus many unique items that I've never seen. The prices are a bit cheaper at the big chain stores, but I felt really good paying a little extra to support this store and the animal sanctuary rather than supporting mega-corporation profits. And the selection is WAY better here. Staff can steer you in the right direction if you are overwhelmed by all the unfamiliar products. Thank you Vegan Republic!

Pros: you don't have to ask--EVERYTHING is vegan, supports a great cause, easy neighborhood parking/public transportation ac

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All-vegan junk-food-lover's paradise - Edit

This store was actually overwhelming for me. There were so many novelty items I'd never seen or heard of before, and I had a hard time choosing.

It's really cool, but attempting to try everything they have would take forever and cost a fortune. I settled on some imitation cheez-its and some jerkey. Very surreal experience.

Pros: All vegan

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Lots of great things here - Edit

Lots of great new vegan things here. Some I have never seen before, either, including Miyoko's cheese and Booda Butter. Loved it. Prices served ok and even support an animal sanctuary. Definitely stop by if possible.

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vegan boutique - Edit

We stopped in to check out Vegan Republic and it's definitely a specialty item boutique as opposed to a grocery store. There were lots of snack items and refrigerated/frozen items like cheese, meats and convenience foods. They also had some beauty and clothing merchandise as well. It was great buying some hard to find vegan items while supporting a wonderful sanctuary. Definitely stop by to support them.

Pros: vegan speciality items , friendly staff

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Awesome!! - Edit

What can I say?? Everything here is vegan! The store is stocked with everything from vegan t-shirts, vegan stickers, chapsticks, documentaries, etc. you name it. The owner is also super chill and nice. I'm pretty sure if there was something you wanted he would probably order it. I have no negative things to say, other than I wish it was bigger.

Pros: vegan macaroons, activist t-shirts, vegan m&m's

Cons: not big enough

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A must-stop for vegans! - Edit

A nice surprise as we were walking down University Ave! There was too much to buy and not enough room in the car. The salted caramel so delicious ice cream with salted caramel sauce was amazing. It has a good selection of vegan classics and new treats to try. The so delicious cool whip is so good.

Pros: Great selection, New goodies

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Great little shop! - Edit

As a sign at Republic of V will tell you, they're 1 of only 8 all-vegan stores in the US. That's pretty sad, but it means you should take the time to stop by if you're in Berkeley, support them and discover a fun new product!

It's metered street parking for this small shop with an appealing variety of dry and refrigerated/frozen vegan food staples as well as a small lifestyle section with things like vegan slogan T-shirts, pins and bumper stickers, and animal-free belts, wallets, purses, and skincare. They also have a pets rack with food and treats for dogs and cats. Featured are both local products like Miyoko's cheeses, fresh S+M sandwiches, Califia Farms almond milks, as well as specialty products imported from around the world.

Although it's definitely not a replacement for shopping elsewhere (no produce, etc.), it's worth it to add Republic of V to your routine to discover vegan products at competitive prices in a really positive atmosphere. Also a go for shopping for a vegan if you're unfamiliar with the products, new/transitioning people to discover a lot of excellent resources, or anyone who might normally resort to order specialty products online (Matt+Nat bags, vegan fish oil, bulk nutritional yeast...) to check out in person.

Pros: Competitive prices, Good selection, Fun snarky shelf labels

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We need more stores like this - Edit

I was so overwhelmed walking into this store, as EVERYTHING is vegan! They have almost every specialty vegan item you could think of. I would live in this store if I could, it's literally a vegan's dream.

Pros: friendly staff, reasonably priced

Cons: small

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So grateful for this place! - Edit

First of all, wow! To go into a grocery store and have everything be vegan, first of all, is amazing. Second, they have all the products you were hoping to find and more. They have food, accesories, t-shirts, some make-up/beauty care stuff, treats and food for dogs and cats, among other things. Everyone there is always super nice and helpful. I always go with Whiskey, my dog, and they give him treats and he's even been in a photo on their page! I go there at least once a month, to stock up on stuff for me, and buy stuff to send in my monthly vegan swap box! Their selection is perfect to send my swap box friends, since there are local things that some people don't know about yet! :)

Pros: That I don't live close by! :P

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This is the greatest store ever!!! - Edit

This place is fantastic!!! They have everything I ever dreamed of, and it's all VEGAN!!!!! So many specialty foods with tons of variety. I Love this place!!!

Pros: Variety, Price, Location

Cons: I Wish It Was Bigger!!!

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