Your Guide to Kombucha in Vancouver

O5 Kombucha | Image: O5 Rare Tea & Kombucha Bar via the Georgia Straight

With spring already warming into summer in Vancouver, a refreshing drink is always welcome. Particularly when enjoyed on a patio! While a flight of craft beer is always a thirst quenching option (I’m a fan!), if I’m wanting a non-alcoholic beverage with some healthy benefits, kombucha is my go-to, and very popular in Vancouver. And lucky me (and you!), many places have it on tap in the city. Have a glass or flight, fill your growler, or grab a bottle to go!

But first, you might be wondering what kombucha is, and why it’s considered healthy. This fizzy delight is a carbonated tea that has been fermented and brewed using bacteria and yeast. With its healthy probiotics and antioxidant properties,  kombucha is said to help with immune system function, brain and digestion health, and also provide a natural energy boost. Essentially, it’s good to sip on after a big meal, or perhaps the morning after a night of enjoying a night out on Granville Street or enjoying a few of the aforementioned beer flights at any of our craft breweries!

Here are eight places in Vancouver that have kombucha on tap:

O5 Rare Tea + Kombucha Bar 

A unique haven for tea lovers, O5 is located on popular 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, right across from Semperviva Yoga. O5 specializes in rare teas, ethically and passionately sourced from all over the world. With a focus on origin and the five elements of nature, they have a varied (and tasty) selection of fermented offerings, all unfiltered, non-pasteurized, and micro-brewed. A complementary food menu is available and a nice bonus is that they are open until 10pm Monday to Sunday. After class tea flight, anyone?

Address: 2208 W 4th Ave, Vancouver (Kitsilano) | Web: http://www.o5tea.com/

O5 Rare Tea + Kombucha Bar in Kitsilano | Image via EatMagazine.ca

Prado Cafe

Prado Cafe’s popularity has allowed for it to expand from its original Commercial Drive location to three more locations around the city; including one right in the heart of Downtown on West Hastings. I love their healthy eats, my friends really enjoy their coffee of choice to serve, and they have several kinds of locally made kombucha on tap. So really, it’s the perfect place to have a healthy brunch!

Address: Several Locations | Web: https://pradocafe.co

August Market

Also known for having very reasonably priced healthy foods, August Market is a choice spot for kombucha growler refills. Serving local tea brews, they favourite brands like Vancouver staple, Hoochy ‘Booch, and Raincoast Kombucha, made on BC’s gorgeous Sunshine Coast. (Try the Ferrytale Rose – it’s my favourite!)

Address: 3958 Main St | Web: http://www.augustmarket.ca/onto/

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Field & Social

With a prime Downtown location, Field & Social is an excellent place to grab a healthy lunch and some fizzy kombucha. They exclusively serve Culture Craft Kombucha (founded by Vancouver chef Dan Larsen) and their philosophy of “eat well, feel good” will keep your energy up as you enjoy exploring the rest of the Downtown core.

Address: 415 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver | Web: https://www.fieldandsocial.com

Salad and kombucha at Field & Social | Image via yelp.ca

Oddity Kombucha

Having just opened in 2017 in the trendy and brewery friendly Olympic Village neighbourhood, Oddity Kombucha has quickly become a hot spot for fermented tea. Their founder and owner is an architect and has crafted her creations with design and creativity in mind. They are currently open Monday to Friday, but can also be found on tap across the street at Faculty Brewing.

Address: 1863 Ontario St, Vancouver   | Web: http://www.odditykombucha.com/

Kombucha 4oz tasters at Oddity Kombucha | Photo Credit: Lucy Lau/The Georgia Straight

Faculty Brewing

Along with their crisp craft beers, Faculty Brewing alway has a flavour or two of it’s across the street neighbour, Oddity Kumbucha, on tap for those who may want to mix it up with their flight or are looking to try something different. It makes a great complement to the beer and is a popular choice.

Address: 1830 Ontario St, Vancouver | Web: https://www.facultybrewing.com/

Oddity Kombucha as part of a flight at Faculty Brewing | Photo Credit: Yasmine Hardcastle

Indigo Age Cafe

Considered one of Vancouver’s best vegan cafes, Indigo Age Cafe is located in historic Gastown. Offering vegan and gluten-free fare, the kombucha offerings rotate and there’s also the option to have a specialized High Tea. I haven’t been to this spot yet, but it’s on my list!

Address: 436 Richards Street, Vancouver | Web: http://indigoagecafe.com

Indigo Age Cafe | Image via Google by Sarah G

Grocery Stores

If you’re looking to get some kombucha to go, but not in a growler, you will find bottles of locally and West Coast made kombucha in the cooler section of most of Vancouver’s grocery stores. August Market is one of those, with definite bets also including Choices Markets and Whole Foods.

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Some of the kombucha selection at Whole Foods | Photo Credit: My Modern Mix

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