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.
Las Vegas Vegetarian Coffee Shop: Golden Fog Coffee
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.
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.
When in it comes to building community, the cafe is lending its walls to local artists. It’s 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
There’s a lot that’s vegan at Golden Fog Coffee.
First, are the variety of plant milks. GoodMylkCo is the exclusive plant milk brand at the cafe, and the only one in Las Vegas to carry it.
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
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When it comes to vegan food at Golden Coffee, there are a few options. The latest comes courtesy of Tacotarian, which recently launched a breakfast burrito exclusively at the cafe.
For something sweet, Golden Fog teamed up with Ronald’s Donuts and Vintage Vegan Diner. The cafe features vegan donuts, as well as chocolate chip cookies.
There’s also vegan bagels and vegan cream cheese. Perhaps the most exciting when it comes to vegan options is the vegan croissants the shop has. Love.
There’s also granola (gluten-free, sugar-free) and oats.
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.
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Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby and has emerged as the face of plant-based dining in Las Vegas and the leading plant-based restaurant consultant in the city. She spent a decade in the travel blogging world before switching gears to work in elephant rescue in Thailand. Diana travels the world to meet chefs and try vegan food, as well as speak at events focusing on travel, tourism, veganism and entrepreneurship. She’s a partner with the prestigious James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinners at the James Beard House. Diana is also a partner with Life is Beautiful, curating the all-vegan Farm Stand.