Democracy Coffee House

202 Locke St S, Hamilton
About Democracy:

A somewhat unusual name for a restaurant, Democracy, yet it works for this unexpected gem located on 202 Locke Street South, in Hamilton, Ontario. Democracy Coffee House prepares excellent vegetarian and vegan dishes, lots of gluten-free options and plenty of baked goods.

The location of this restaurant allows only street-side parking for cars and bikes, and a parking lot not that close to the restaurant. There is free Wi-Fi, and it is wheelchair accessible, but there are no TVs and the place is not really comfortable to take your laptop and work for a while. You can make a reservation for dinner with your family or friends, or get a takeaway meal, but they don’t do deliveries.

The place served breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a vegetarian menu with plenty of interesting options. It is opening at 6.30 AM and closing at 10 PM on Monday to Thursday; 6.30 AM to 11 PM on Friday; 7 AM to 11 PM on Saturday and 7.30 AM to 9 PM on Sunday.

From the reviews I read on Google Reviews, Trip Advisor, Yelp and Facebook, I was able to create a list of pros and cons of the Democracy Coffee House.


  • Beautiful industrial design interior
  • Vegetarian/vegan menu
  • Good coffee choices
  • Customers commended nachos
  • Fun for kids and adults


  • Notes about customer service

The Democracy Coffee house was opened in 2011 as a family-run place. They have decided on decorating the interior in a cool hipster, industrial style and it works wonderfully. There is a large glass-panelled garage door that opens up towards the street and allows light in. The ceilings are exposed wood beams with a part sunroof, the walls are red and black and there are modern food displays that hold the bakery items. The black walls are actually chalkboard, so kids (and adults) can draw things on them with the chalks the restaurant provides.

The menu is completely vegetarian, but there are really tasty items on it, so the meat is not missed. The shareable items include hummus, cauliflower wings, nachos, and fries supreme. There are “bowls”, like a black bean burrito bowl, avocado quinoa bowl, falafel salad, and taco salad.

The main dishes include Beyond Meat Burger and fries, Pierogi pizza, Bug Mac pizza, Banh Mi, a savoury crepe, Mac’n Cheeze, and buffalo tofu. This is just a part of their featured menu that is seasonally changing and evolving per the chef’s inspiration, as there are daily specials and more. There is a separate kids menu with kid-favourite items. There is an in-house bakery with plenty of baked goods like bagels, donuts, cupcakes and more which are vegetarian, and some are even gluten-free.

The place serves beer and organic wine, and there are also gluten-free bottled beers, and a seasonally changing draught beer selection. The coffee served here is organic, fair trade. There is espresso, latte, cappuccino, and Americano, as well as a good selection of organic, loose-leaf teas. From my research, I can certainly say that Democracy Coffee House is a place worth visiting (even if you are not vegetarian).

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