• Le Frigo Vert

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  • Health-food-store Health Store

A collectively run food co-operative store offering selections in organic fruits and vegetables, bulk staples, natural household and body care products, alternative and organic women's products, grocery, and vegan-friendly foods. Previously at 2130 Mackay. Open Mon-Thu 12:00pm-4:00pm.

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4 Reviews

First Review by bete_noire


Points +120

11 Jun 2023

Never open

As a longtime Concordia student (9 years between my B.Sc. and Ph.D.), I used to love Le Frigo Vert. Years ago, it was my go-to place for an affordable and tasty vegan lunch (the injera wraps were the best). Nowadays, Le Frigo Vert is open all of 16 hours per week and is completely closed on Fridays. Even though all Concordia students pay a fee levy for Le Frigo Vert, its terrible opening hours mean that it is completely inaccessible to students based at the Loyola campus. I couldn't help but laugh when the one time that I had the chance to visit during regular opening hours, the place was shuttered for May Day (does 16 hours/week of customer service qualify as labour?). The last time I actually made it inside the door, I was dismayed at how the prices had gotten out of control for the vegan prepared food.

One thing that's great about Le Frigo Vert (if you can make it there) is the bathroom: it's private, clean, and stocked with an assortment of free safe sex and drug-use products, if that's what you need. Too bad they don't extend this type of thoughtfulness to providing their products and services to the entire Concordia student body.

Pros: Great bathroom

Cons: Terrible hours (to the point of inaccessible), Expensive, Inaccessible to Loyola campus students



Points +122

25 Apr 2018

Meh is all I can say

First, let's start by the good things: this is a fairly cheap vegetarian and vegan health store with a lot of nice products. They are well-located, right beside the Concordia library building, which makes for a good go-and-grab lunch place.

Unfortunately, because they seem very concerned with profits and cutting prices, they often sell spoiled food. It has happened to me numerous times, where I come home and the bread I just bought has green or black spots, and other products taste or smell rancid. When I go back, they simply shrug and tell me to grab something else. But this is important; it is a health concern and it is important to care for customers.

Otherwise, I do not find the staff particularly helpful at times. They are not rude, but they are not especially welcoming either.

They sell some good things, especially things that sell well, such as falafel wraps and almond-cheese puffs, but just be wary of expiry dates of your food so you don't get any bad surprises.

Pros: Cheap food, Cheap natural products, Good location

Cons: Not so nice staff, Old products and food is still sold


Points +384

01 Nov 2009

Concordia Gem

As a Concordia student I love le Frigo Vert. Once I graduate I'm sure that I will continue to love it.

As other reviewers have mentioned it is small so don't expect the same selection you'd find at larger health food stores. What you will find is a quaint, well-operated and well-staffed co-op which offers very reasonable prices on organic food, baked goods, personal hygiene products and the best quinoa I've found in Montreal - so few bad grains! As a full time Concordia student you can take advantage of a 15% discount on all purchases which is also offered to members of the co-op.

The all-volunteer staff is well trained, very helpful and always friendly.

The lounge in the back, while not a place I typically hang out, is a nice place to retreat to and enjoy the company of like-minded people.

Pros: Great red and white quinoa, Concordia student discount, Great volunteer staff

Cons: Limited selection


Points +36

09 Nov 2008

"nice concept"

i got introduced to le frigo vert when i first enrolled at concordia back in 2005. i was a regular visitor, the coffee was great and they had a backroom where you could just sit, study or chill out. the selection of products is not that impressive (it's a very small store), but you'll find your basics. they also have a nice variety of ready-to-go meals like wraps and sandwiches in the fridge section and delicious samosas (used to be only 50 cents a piece). although i don't hang out there as frequently as i used to i still drop by sometimes for a quick snack.

Pros: ethics, ready-to-go meals, student-run service

Cons: limited selection, higer prices for grad students

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