Two things strike me whenever I go to the Organic Market and Cafe in Stirling. Firstly, it is always busy and secondly, the staff are always friendly. The market has been around since 1982 and the café since 1992 so it definitely has some staying power.
The market stocks a wide range of food with the focus being on certified organic and biodynamic foods. Some of the foods are sold loose so you can buy as much or as little as you like and I find the prices to be generally cheaper than elsewhere. The market is great for finding lesser known goods like puffed quinoa and they sell everything from herbs and spices to bread, wine, fruit, vegetables and meats. Anyone that has to stick to a gluten free or wheat free diet should definitely have a look at the market as there is a huge choice of foods for you and also foods that are sugar free and preservative free.
I think it is a great sign that the café is always busy and I find the crowd to be a bit of a mix of people. On the weekends, there are lots of cyclists, during the week there are always mums and bubs (there is also a kids corner with some crayons and paper) and on any day of the week there are people enjoying a coffee alone or with friends and there are always a few of Stirlings hippies checking out the organic goods.
A flat white with my sons hand in the background trying to sneak a spoonful
I always enjoy the food and the coffee in the café. I can recommend the sweets (there are usually raspberry friands which are delicious) but there is a lot to choose from on the menu. There are the filling options like focaccias or something light like a salad or a soup. As for drinks, there are all the usual hot drinks as well as freshly squeezed juices, milkshakes or even a glass of wine or a beer.
One of our favourite friands, again, with my sons hand in the background ready to pounce
There are two other facets to the Organic Market and Cafe that stand out for me. One is their focus on sustainability. They try to reuse and cut down on waste wherever possible and all take away containers (including coffee cups) are compostable. Because of this, I would have expected prices to be a bit higher but I find them to be comparable to any other café. The other facet is their support of artists and community groups by offering them the opportunity to exhibit their work at the cafe. It is nice to sit and enjoy a drink while appreciating some art too!
As far as food or drink goes, I have no complaints about the Organic Market and Café but I think the fact that I have been there many times and have always found the staff so nice makes this place stand out for me. There is a very friendly atmosphere which makes it lovely to sit inside and enjoy your coffee. There is always the option though of sitting outside in the fresh air or on the verandah behind some café blinds to protect you on the many windy, grey days that there are in Stirling.