Las Vegas Vegetarian Coffee Shop: Golden Fog Coffee
Golden Fog Coffee is the only vegetarian coffee shop in Las Vegas. Juliet and Derek Douglas, who are both plant-based, founded the vegan-friendly coffee shop located in the Las Vegas Arts District.
Opened in October 2020, the cafe wanted to cater to the vegan community and chose to be entirely vegetarian.
“We knew vegans would be turned off if they walked in and smelled any type of meat products,” explains Juliet. “However, as a new coffee shop, we needed to make sure we didn’t turn away a large sector of the market by not offering dairy creamers for their coffee drinks.”
More importantly, they also wanted to introduce non-vegans to plant-based options with the hope customers may look into more plant-based options in the future. Golden Fog Coffee makes vegan options for creamers accessible, thanks to nixing the typical up-charge for plant-based milks.
Golden Fog uses Sightglass Coffee and are the first in the neighborhood to use it. In addition, their espresso is made using a. Sanremo Café Racer espresso machine.
There’s more than just coffee at Golden Fog. The Arts District cafe also offers an extensive collection of loose leaf teas. Choose from 20, which are brewed using traditional Chinese Gaiwans.
For something different, try a chai flight. It features Rishi brand chai with steeped organic tea and spices, sweetened with organic cane and your choice of milk. The flight includes Masala, Turmeric and Chaga and can be served hot or iced.
They also serve drinks like matcha lemonades, Italian sodas and specialty drinks like their Blue Fog. It’s a tropical coconut oolong tea with butterfly pea flowers steeped with house-made vanilla and your choice of steamed milk.
When in it comes to building community, the cafe is lending its walls to local artists. Its gallery wall features a new artist or group of artists on the 15th of every month. They’re also planning a rotating mural wall.
What’s vegan at Golden Fog Coffee
PHOTO: GOLDEN FOG COFFEE, SHANNON DORN
There’s a lot that’s vegan at Golden Fog Coffee.
First, are the variety of plant milks. GoodMylkCo is the exclusive almond milk brand at the cafe, and the only one in Las Vegas to carry it. For oat milk, they’re using Minor Figures.
The chai blend is vegan, using agave instead of honey.
In addition, the chocolate is from Dandelion Chocolate. It’s used to make hot chocolates, mochas and chocolate milk. Yes, you can get vegan hot chocolate in Las Vegas!
Vegan food at Golden Fog Coffee
When it comes to vegan food at Golden Coffee, there are a few options thanks to partnerships with Tacotarian, Garden Grill and Vintage Vegan Diner. You can get a Tacotarian breakfast burrito exclusively at the cafe.
In addition, there are two Garden Grill sandwiches, bakon and sausage or egg and cheese.
There’s also Vintage Vegan Diner’s popular sliders.
For something sweet, Golden Fog teamed up with Ronald’s Donuts. The cafe features vegan donuts, as well as chocolate chip cookies.
There’s also vegan bagels and vegan cream cheese. Recently, they added a raspberry cream cheese made with stewed raspberries and housemade raspberry syrup.
Perhaps the most exciting when it comes to vegan options is the vegan croissants the shop has. They’ve even got chocolate dipping sauce to accompany. Love.
The future of vegan offerings at Golden Fog
So, is there a chance that the vegetarian Golden Fog will every make the move to vegan?
Possibly. But, it depends on customer trends.
“We need to monitor [them] to see if we would upset any of our existing customers if we ever transitioned to an all-vegan coffee shop,” she says. “We do like have the flexibility of introducing non-vegan customers to plant-based options.”
According to Juliet, they’ve already converted quite a few away from standard milks to the vegan versions for their daily beverages.
“We feel that is making a positive change and hope to see more of those types of transitions in the near future,” she says of customers making the switch to plant-based milk alternatives.
Expect the post-pandemic Golden Fog to introduce a full breakfast and lunch program, as well as catering.
1300 S. Casino Center Blvd., 89104, 702-476-3933, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.