Ecossentials offers a huge array of local food products, clothing, toys, toiletries, and a coffee bar/cafe where you can get a cup of coffee and dessert, or sit down to a full-on lunch or breakfast.

If you grab a table by the windows, you’ll have a lovely view of Marine Avenue and Willingdon Beach. The soups are good, and the carrot cake is amazing. The cake slices are generous and would be enough to satisfy a table of 2-4 if you are among friends who like to share. The coffee isn’t so great, being very strong and bitter. I haven’t eaten there enough to give a firm opinion about the food yet, but I can say that this is a good place to eat if you are vegan, vegetarian, or looking for gluten-free options. The person running the cafe is Carol, who owned the Flying Yellow Bread Bowl, which was a local favourite for many years.

The store carries dry goods, oils, honey, local produce, preserved and fermented foods, and locally made frozen entrees that you can enjoy at home. This is a very green operation, so you are encouraged to bring your own reusable containers and bags whenever possible.


The coffee is really good now, and they serve it in carafes so you can have refills!  The food portions are generous and the Veggie Wraps are so stuffed it kind of begs the question, “Is there such a thing as too many greens in a sandwich?”  I would answer by saying, “Yes. Yes there is.  All flavors need to be in balance even if they are health promoting.”


There has been a recent change in ownership at this beloved shop/cafe. Needless to say, this will effect the food service and I wish them the best.


~ by maijatomboy on December 9, 2014.

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