Today I’m finally venturing outside Providence. One minute outside of the city limits and I come to Wildflour vegan bakery & juice bar in Pawtucket. I guess I didn’t need to pack a lunch. Wildflour is in a shopping plaza so there is plenty of parking.
After I park but before I even make it to the door I notice what looks like a food truck right next to it. Walking over I find something I’ve never seen before: a mobile bookstore! This seems very hipster and West coast, and fun! After talking with owners Emory and Alexa, I find out they are a pair of writers who started the book store in LA with twenty new books to check out each month. They moved back to RI recently and now park their pop up bookstore all over northern RI. It seems like a cool concept to me. See if you can find them and check out their latest selection of curated books. Their site is twentystoriesla.com
Okay, onward to the vegan bakery, and a fresh cup of iced coffee.
I have to say, I really love it in here. The redesign came out excellent and I would definitely come back. However, I did not dig the cream substitutes and I couldn’t really taste any of the maple syrup. Maybe I didn’t put enough in. Hmm, the coffee doesn’t taste bad, but not quite as good as I was hoping. Their coffee is sourced from New Harvest, so I’m going to chalk this up to my non-dairy choices. Next time I’ll try just using almond milk, which I like a little more. Nothing is quite as good as half & half or cream in an iced coffee in my opinion, so I guess the cards were already stacked against me here.
The Coffee 401 Verdict
- I didn’t enjoy the coffee as much as I was hoping, but I would give it another shot with just almond milk.
- The atmosphere was a pleasant surprise. We’re talking about a really nice light and enjoyable space.
- There is plenty of parking for you and your friends, and there are some great seats near the front for groups. Also there is some very nice outdoor seating.
- The tables are a little close so depending on where you sit someone might overhear that you’re on a date. But who cares. I’d have a coffee date here for sure.
- Most of the tables are pretty small, and there are only outlets on the back wall. But there’s free wifi and a large table to spread out if you don’t need your computer or have a decent charge still. There were lots of other people doing work and it felt like a very good environment to get stuff done.
So besides not loving my iced coffee experience (dairy alternatives aren’t my favorite), I have to say, this is a really great place for just about everything else. Plus, it’s a vegan bakery and juice bar, so shoot, I’d come back here and get a smoothie or try one of the many tasty bakery items and bring friends. I highly recommend that you check out this very cool spot.