Closed as of Jan 1 15

109 S. Cayuga St.
Ithaca, NY
(607) 379-6175


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Hip cafe featuring salads and vegan soft serve

Culture Shock is a hip hangout with board games and a giant ball pit in the front of the cafe. It features a large variety of salad choices, as well as a number of vegan desserts, including rice milk-based and coconut milk-based soft serve ice cream.

Added by Lola on Apr 30 11 (last updated Mar 9 15)

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Culture Shock is a really neat concept. It's a hip little cafe that features live music performances, a rotating art show by local artists, as well as a giant ball pit in the front of the restaurant that is designated as "kids only" before 8 PM and "adults only" after 8 PM. I visited Culture Shock on a Saturday night and couldn't help but smile at the sight of a pack of college students playing in the ball pit.

As far as food goes, Culture Shock is surprisingly vegan-friendly. The cafe seems to specialize in dishes of the "build-your-own" variety, so it's very easy to have any dish made vegan. You can build your own salad, using the large array of vegetables, fruits, dressing and other toppings that are available. You can also build a decadent ice cream sundae using either frozen yogurt or vegan soft serve ice cream and a nice selection of toppings. According to the manager, there are two flavors of frozen yogurt and two flavors of vegan soft serve available every day. Most (if not all) of the toppings are vegan.

The vegan soft serve flavors that were available when I was in town were a coconut milk-based chocolate mint ice cream and a rice milk-based vanilla chai ice cream. Both were delicious, albeit a bit strange in combination (next time, I won't get the flavors swirled together). The manager also made sure to mention other vegan desserts that weren't listed on the menu, including cookies and slices of raw vegan cheesecake.

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