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Juicing in Vancouver

Over the past few years juice bars have been cropping up in neighborhoods throughout the city, some specializing in fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, others organic, and others that are cold-pressed. I visited a selection of these places throughout the city, here are some of these neighborhood juicers who are making life easier for us busy people.

Jill Forster (owner on right) & Michal Urbanek

Jill Forster (owner on right) & Michal Urbanek

Chasers Juice started 10 years ago in Toronto by Richard Chase, this Vancouver location is the 2nd for the company and it’s run by Jill Forster and her husband. They are 3rd generation restaurateurs, previously owned a chain of their own restaurants in the Interior after 25 years in the business they both retired and moved to Mexico. Retirement wasn’t for them, returning to Vancouver, they opened Chaser’s Juice in Yaletown.

Raw juices (unpasteurized) is the focus, they sell in their juice bar and they also sell to a growing list of hotels and restaurants in the Vancouver area including The Shangri-La, Rosewood Hotel Georgia and Homer Street Café, The Distillery, The Refinery, Burdock & Co.

Unique products: Cashew Milk, almond milk, Cocktail juices, health juices, juice cleanses, juice detox

Chasers Fresh Juice

1026 Mainland

Neighborhood: Yaletown

Twitter: @FreshJill


Tommy Cao (owner)

Tommy Cao (owner)

Dharma Kitchen is a fully vegan restaurant which offers a selection of freshly made smoothies along with a line-up of fruit & vegetable cocktails.

Unique products: organic juices

Dharma Kitchen

3667 W Broadway

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

Twitter: @dharmakitchen

Reza & TJ (co-owners)

Reza Ghafori and TJ Cooke (co-owners)

Just Juice was co-founded by Reza Ghafori and TJ Cooke who have backgrounds in kinesiology, health and fitness along with bartending experience. They opened in August 2013 serving a loyal clientele from the neighborhood as well as people that trek across town. I have enjoyed many of their smoothies and juices including the “Pina-Ava-Coco-Gaga” (coconut water, milk & meat, Avocado, vanilla & pineapple) and, “Choco-Awesome” (almond milk, peanut & apple butter, raw cocoa, honey, banana, apple & VEGA Protein).

Unique products: Organic smoothies with creative names and wholesome ingredients

Just Juice

1107 Davie Street

Neighborhood: West End

Twitter: @justjuicebar

Nick Lewis (owner)

Nick Lewis (owner)

Krokodile Pear was founded by Nick Lewis who has a background in HR and after some time working for some large companies, he left his career and started another by getting into juicing, specifically Cold-Pressed Juices opening in the summer of 2013.

One thing that struck me in this juice bar, is that they have their juices on tap. Similar to wine on tap, now there is juice on tap. Cold pressed juicing creates the highest quality juice, however it is quite labour intensive which is why typical juice bars don’t use this method.  By storing their juice on tap, they are able to pre-press their juices in small batches, and serve it to customers in a fraction of the time it would take to press it in front of them.  Additionally, cold press juicing introduces less oxygen into juice than a typically juicer which extends the shelf life to 72 hours with minimal nutritional loss.  By serving it on tap in a system without any oxygen exposure, they can serve the freshest juice possible.  They also serve juice on tap so customers can customize their juice or smoothie.

Unique products: Cold-Pressed juices, the juice bar along with their smoothies which are made using their juice.

Krokodile Pear

1867 W 1st Ave

Neighborhood: Kitislano

Twitter: @krokodilepear

There are many other juicing companies around the city, some of the others which I have visited previously worth checking out are:

The Juice Truck

Abbott and Water Street (on the corner), Vancouver


Twitter: @juicetruck

Mobile juice and smoothies truck

The Juice Box


Home and office delivery service

By: Richard Wolak


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1139 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel:  604-559-7625


Twitter: @smakfood

AdviceL Sharing picnic table outside in front, no reservations, counter service.

Red Veg Curry Bowl

Red Veg Curry Bowl

Blue Lassi

Blue Lassi

Chocolate Chip cookie

Chocolate Chip cookie

It’s all about feeding us well and sustainability in this spot in the city’s financial district, locally sourced food in compostible containers, supporting farmers and ecosystems. They have quite the extensive selection of offerings on the menu including breakfast items, soups, salads, curry bowls, smoothies, baked goods including cookies and more. I had a casual dinner recently having the delicious Red Veg Curry Bowl ($9.65) Tasty coconut red curry with potato, squash and mixed veg, served on SMAK rice with a crunchy Thai slaw. I also had the Blue Lassi ($5.85) Gelderman Farm Blueberries, crystalized ginger, banana, yogurt, mint, topped with ice and apple juice, that was blended to order and a gluten-free Chocolate Chip cookie for a little sweet indulgence.

Review by: Richard Wolak


296 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-684-3300

Twitter: @oysterexpress


Advice: Happy Hour Tues – Thurs from 4-6pm Buck a shuck oysters.

Jamaican Vegi Curry

Located on the Eastern edge of Chinatown, this very cool nautical themed room has rounded windows and is walled of pine wood and dark wood chairs for seating. The oyster bar is the star spot in the room, where you will find them shucking and plating, this is the place for Oysters on this side of town, though it is not only about the Oysters. I visited for lunch and had their Jamaican Vegi Curry ($9) a delicious curry filled with vegetables that was served with a bowl of rice. You will find a selection of house-made curries, steamed mussels, shrimp cocktail, salads, desserts, smoothies, juices, coffees and teas, and of course you will find a large selection of oysters.

If you are on a hunt for oysters, make sure you meet Shawn Chesney, one of the owners who is a master shucker and knows his craft!

Review by: Richard Wolak


6179 248 Street, Langley, BC

Tel: (604) 856-5757


Twitter: @KrauseBerryFarm

Advice: located at Krause Berry Farm, check website for hours. Place your order at the counter.

Corn Pizza

Blueberry Milkshake

Strawberry Milkshake

Blueberry Shortcake

As part of my Field Trip to Krause Daily Farms, my friend Nikki Caine and I had a wonderful lunch on the farm during our visit. We sat on the outside patio overlooking the children’s playground and orchard on this spectacular sunny day. I had a slice of delicious house-made roasted Corn Pizza ($3.99) that was topped with their own yellow corn, artichokes, assorted bell peppers, and cheese; as well as a Blueberry Milk Shake ($3.99), Nikki also had a slice of the Corn Pizza as well as a Strawberry Milk Shake ($3.99). For dessert we shared the tasty Blueberry Shortcake with vanilla soft ice cream, their version of a Shortcake is a sweet biscuit and fresh berries. You will also find other in beverages including Berry Lemonade, Smoothies and Shakes; as well as home-made desserts that include their Fruit Pies, Shortcakes, and more!

Review By: Richard Wolak


Abbott and Water Street (on the corner), Vancouver

Tel: 604-719-8861


Twitter: @juicetruck

Advice: Follow them on twitter for daily open hours and location.

Bright and pink, this food truck is taking healthy to another level with their inventive concoctions from juices to smoothies and beyond. I tasted some of their beverages to help me decide what I was going to order, The Milk is their own recipe of creamy homemade almond milk with a hint of cinnamon & cardamom. Their mission is to bring fresh pressed juice and smoothies to the streets of Vancouver and their philosophy is local first and organic second.

The Almost Chocolate

The Avocado Pineapple

I could not decide which of the creative named smoothies to have so I had two; loved The Almost Chocolate ($7) Banana blended with medjool dates, almond butter, raw cacao, raw maca & soy Milk & refreshed on The Avocado Pineapple ($7) Avocado blended with pineapple, coconut water, lime, vanilla & agave.

Raw Chai Brownies

They also have some healthy snacks such as the Raw Chai Brownies ($2.50) which I loved and I hear more snacks are in the works. I could hang out and talk to owners Zach and Ryan all day long, these guys have not only created a juicy destination, they have also created a community of juice lovers.

Next visit I must try The Profile which is one of their juices made with Apple pressed with pineapple, pear, orange & ginger!

Review by: Richard Wolak


2277 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-3100

Twitter: @gohealthee

Advice: Nutritional guide is on the shelf for your looking pleasure. Free parking located nearby in the Kerrisdale parkade.
I have eaten here several times over the past couple of weeks, for a healthy lunch this is the place to go. I love the BBQ Chicken Wrap ($8.95) filled with romaine lettuce, tomato, corn, black beans, cucumber, cheddar & jack cheese, bbq chicken with ranch dressing; and the Chinese Chicken Wrap ($8.95) filled with spinach, mandarin oranges, cucumber, edamame, red pepper, teriyaki chicken with ginger sesame dressing and so far these are my favourite lunchtime wraps that I have been taking to go. The menu selection is extensive with all sorts of different wraps and fillings, salads, soups and chili. They make their own Healthee bagels with all sorts of breakfast and lunch toppings that can be custom made into your own bagel sandwich. You will also find muffins such as the Super Fruit Muffin ($2.50) which I have had as well along with cookies, bars and more.

Wrap To Go

On the liquid side there are Healthee smoothies, juices, and espresso beverages. I hear children sizes of wraps will be on the menu soon, so your kids or your friends kids or the kids at heart will be able to eat Healthee too!

Review by: Richard Wolak



55 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-6822

Web: n/a

Advice: free wifi

Large and spacious, café with high ceilings, large windows around the café with lots of wood as part of the décor. From the moment I walked in I was in awe, great to see such a nice café in the area with friendly baristas too! You will find photos for sale that adorn the walls, free wifi, bench seating, pillows, stool seating by the windows.

Espresso Macchiato

Raspberry Cream Cheese Croissant

There are sandwiches, all sorts of baked goods including croissants, muffins and cookies from Calabria bakery. There are smoothies, milkshakes, teas, cold beverages and Lavazza coffees. I had a Raspberry Cream Cheese Croissant ($2.25) and a Espresso Macchiato ($1.85)   Loved the ambience and the great space to work on my laptop writing this review. Coming back soon!

Review by: Richard Wolak



1319 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-8750


Advice: The best seat in the house is at the Syphon/Espresso bar.

Stylish café that showcases coffee at a stand alone Espresso/Coffee Bar within the café and if you are a coffee purist you will know where you are going to want to sit. Waffles also play a big part in this wonderful café and they have 7 different kinds of waffles including strawberry, dark chocolate, white chocolate, bacon and chocolate. The platters look amazing for $6.67 waffle, fruit slices and two sauces. They have smoothies such as a Japanese Matcha & Red Bean Smoothie for $4.70 and the Fresh Taro Smoothie for $3.75 as well as full leaf tea.

Green Tea Matcha Waffle

Espresso Macchiato

I had the Green Tea Matcha Waffle ($3.50) and a Espresso Macchiato ($3.05). They offer two brands of coffee from local roasters which include 49th Parallel and Origins coffee.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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