Nelson the Seagull, Vancouver

Grows herbs in the cafe? Check. Compostable takeout containers? Check. Makes their own bread? Check. Locally sourced ingredients? Check. Onesies parked in the back? Check.

Named after the 70s South African folk song, The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson, this lovely little hipster cafe is a few minutes from Gastown on Carroll Street. It’s located in a former nightclub and the owners have done a great job of giving the space a hip, eclectic feel.

They don’t do a soy latte, but they do make a lovely almond latte from almond milk that they make in house. There is a lot of crushing and filtering that goes on in the making of almond milk, the lady at the counter tells us. The resulting drink is rather nutty and a tad bit grainy. It’s not unpleasant. I’m also told that their espresso is to die for.

There are no gluten-free bread/sandwich options, but people around the cafe oooh-ed and ahhh-ed over the homemade bread and organic meats. I opted for a salad, which was tasty. The soup comes in a coffee cup. Today’s special was spicy tomato and I was pleased to find huge chunks of tomato and spices in every spoonful. I doubt you’d find anything from a can here.

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