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Contact 313-832-0008

422 W Willis St (at near Wayne St University), Detroit, Michigan, USA, 48201

Serves meat, vegan options available. Bakery cafe and sandwich shop. Makes freshly baked assorted breads and pastries using organic flour. Also offers soups and sandwiches Open Mon-Sat 6:00am-6:00pm, Sun 8:00am-4:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Take-out, Bakery, Non-veg

Reviews (9)

First Review by mdethier

Great local business - Edit

I enjoy Avalon a lot. Their bread is healthy and made from few ingredients- they don't sneak preservatives and unnecessary ingredients in. They always have a wide variety of vegan desserts and sometimes vegan foccacia. On top of it, they treat their employees well and pay them a living wage. Last, the atmosphere of the Midtown location is on point. Totally adorable.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday July 29, 2014

Pros: Friendly staff, Simple ingredients

Cons: Long waits sometime

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Fun vegan pastries - Edit

as others have noted, it's mostly a bakery. When I visited this week they had half a dozen or so vegan pastries, all on the sweet side. I had the apple pie pastry, the granola bar (which was so sweet it was mostly like dessert), a chocolate chip cookie, and a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.

Unfortunately it was breakfast, and I would have liked to see more savory vegan options. (In fairness, I don't like sweets much.) So I got the stuff to go, and ate it on the train later on. The one vegan

What I had was delicious, but both the apple pie and the granola were a huge mess, and totally fell apart. Not easy to eat with your hands (at least without making a big mess of it.) The one vegan foccacia available was, in a word, boring: just a vegetable foccacia without cheese. So I passed.

Several of the things I got were 16% off to celebrate their 16th anniversary, so the total price for four pastries was very reasonable: just under $6.

I'd definitely go back, just with a clearer sense of what might be available for non-sweet breakfast food.

Pros: friendly, tasty, numerous vegan options

Cons: too many sweets, not enough savories

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Must visit this coffee shop/bakery! - Edit

Avalon is a Detroit institution and a great place for a quick breakfast or lunch or snack. Most ingredients are organic. There are many many vegan cakes, cookies, muffins, soup and foccacia. Everything else is pretty much vegetarian. Most of the bread is vegan - only the brioche and challah is made with eggs. Excellent baguettes. Full coffee bar. There are often lines and a wait, especially on Saturday, Sunday and lunches. Pricier than a standard bakery, but you are paying for quality ingredients.

Pros: Huge selection, Friendly service, Delicious

Cons: Long lines

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Love it - Edit

What a find! This place has a great vibe. Outdoor seating and a few small tables inside. It's a true bakery, so it's mostly cookies, muffins, brownies, all sorts of loafs of bread. They offer a few sandwiches and usually have a pizza or flatbread offered. The smoothies are outstanding as are their espresso drinks. Not to be missed are the vegan cookies. They taste better than their non-vegan cookies.

It's on a small side street. Limited free parking right in front, but plenty of metered parking on the main street (Cass).

Avalon is less than a mile from the Detroit Institute of Art. So if you're going to DIA or any of the museums, stop at Avalon! Take Woodward or Cass to Willis St.

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worth a visit - Edit

This is a bakery/cafe which service a wide range of pre-made sandwiches, cookies, brownies and muffins - some of which are vegan. Everything is clearly labelled. All drinks can be made with soya milk in place of dairy milk.

Everything I tried was good (but not spectacular). I paid $3.50 for a sandwich, which I thought was reasonable value for money. It can get very busy at weekends.

Pros: wide range of products, vegan options, central location

Cons: very busy

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Great find - Edit

I went here today for the first time since becoming vegan and got a cookie and a muffin for under $3 which isn't bad. I would pay more than that for a organic vegan goodies! tried the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie and the mixed berry muffin and both were amazing! It was well worth the walk and the price and I will definitely be back with friends!

Also they had a nice selection of vegan friendly products all well labeled in a vegan section.

Pros: Inner city location, organic, company values

Cons: price, small

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One of the best places in Detroit - Edit

They have a decent selection of vegan baked goods. Most of their breads are vegan. The vegan baked goods are well labeled as such and are in their own little section. They have a decent variety: cookies, muffins, granola bars and more.
They have excellent quality ingredients so their prices reflect that but are worth it.
p.s. You may or may not find some bread in the dumpster ;)

They are closed on Sunday and Monday. However they are open early and somewhat later Tues-Saturday 6am-6pm.
I'd also say that they are more of a bakery than a cafe, if you are looking for vegan sandwiches and soups check out Goodwells next door.

Indoor seating is limited but weather permitting outdoor seating is available.

Pros: quality, bike rack, dumpster

Cons: small

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Vegan (non-bread) options come and go - Edit

This is the bakery that supplies the vegan cookies and muffins you see at all the suburban Detroit coffee shops. They are strictly organic, so be prepared to spend about $6 for a loaf of bread, $2 for a cookie or muffin. A couple years ago they used to have some great vegan ready-made sandwiches and soups, but they slowly disappeared. For vegan lunch options, you can usually find a ready-made peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but I miss the vegan avacado, sunflower and pesto sandwich they used to make regularly. Maybe I was the only person who ever bought it? Anyways, there is often one vegan veggie focaccia bread available by the slice. They are first and foremost a bakery, so it remains a great place to buy organic bread. They usually have one or two types, each, of vegan cookies and muffins. Last time I checked, they are closed on Sundays and Mondays, and offered a 10% discount if you showed a Wayne State student ID on Wednesdays. They have a cooler stocked with drinks such as Odwalla juices and have their own coffee bar. If you are in the area and need a quick lunch, you might be able to get something decent if you are vegan, no guarantee though. The staff will gladly heat up anything you buy in the oven, if you want.
My favorite breads are the farm bread (aka sourdough) for making sandwiches at home, and the cherry walnut for something sweet to snack on.
If you're not familiar with the neighborhood, look for the nearby "Spiral Collective" which is easier to spot ... Avalon is only a couple doors down from them.

Pros: organic, they know what "vegan" means

Cons: inconsistent vegan selections, homeless people hound you for change

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Best Bread and Pastries - Edit

Avalon is the place in Detroit to buy bread, pastries, grab a latte or soup or a delicious and warm foccia (bread, veggie toppings). Vegan hot foods, cookies and soymilk lattes are offered. Inner city Detroit is changing, and Avalon is one of the best things to happen here. In a funky neighbourhood near Wayne St Univ. No evenings, but Sunday brunch has just started.

Pros: Fresh baked goods, organic flour, great coffee

Cons: limited hours, limited parking

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