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Published July 8th 2017
Kinder, Greener, Friendlier Vegan Cafe and Grocery Store
The Green Edge at Windsor prides itself on being Brisbane's largest vegan grocery store and café stocking food and household items that do not contain or use animal products. This specialty business operates on the basis that "at the Green Edge we are 100% vegan for the benefit of the animals, humans and environment." It is located in Windsor just a short drive from the CBD.
How will I know it when I see it? This boutique shop is not so easily seen from Lutwyche Road. I had driven along this busy road many times and never noticed it but found that it is more visible when entering via Le Geyt Street. That only adds to the pleasant surprise of finding something unique and different – like a hidden secret. The lime green and white colour scheme gives the shop away and reflects the name and sentiment of the store.
The Green Edge has a relaxed vibe with indoor and outdoor seating. When I visited at 1:30pm on a Thursday (and during school holidays) all tables were taken. The shop is deceptively large with big clear windows looking out on the street even further enhancing the feeling of space and light.
The café serves breakfast (from 8:00-11:00), lunch (from 11:00-3:00) and dinner (Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30-8:30). Browsing through the menu I found a number of favourites seen on the menus of traditional cafes including mac'ncheese, The Big Breakfast, avo on toast, waffles and butterscotch pancakes and burgers (with beefless patties), wraps and sandwiches. The display fridge beside the counter has sweet treats too like lemon tarts. The Green Edge serves Sacred Organic Ground Coffee and a raft of smoothies to have with your meal.
Grab a bite to eat Photo courtesy The Green Edge facebook page
What grocery items do they sell? I was keen to explore the variety of grocery items and to wander through the aisles to find goods to help stock the pantry. From vegan eggs to flour, chickpea chips and sago to lentils, it was all there. There are also personal and household goods like shampoo and cleaning products with zero waste that are plastic free for a smaller environmental footprint. It is certainly more interesting and intriguing than the larger suburban stores and had the warm feeling of the "corner grocer" of yesteryear. They also sell tote shopping bags to reduce the reliance on plastic ones.
The Standout It seems no one is forgotten at this shop. I even found vegan puppy treats (like toothbrush chews) for pooches proving we can all make healthy and environmentally friendly choices.
What else? Car space is taken care of with a dedicated car park along with street parking. The Green Edge is conveniently open 7 days and til 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights. If the visit has left you wanting to know more about veganism and caring for the environment, The Green Edge also has a newsletter which visitors can subscribe to.
I'm glad to have found an alternative to the supermarket chains which offers a place to grab a healthy bite to eat and something greener for the shopping trolley and it seems that other Brisbanites are too.