Burlington, Vermont is a small, vibrant city of around 40,000 people located on the western side of the state on the banks of Lake Champlain. It is Vermont’s largest city!
Burlington is home to a thriving arts scene, museums and educational opportunities, great shopping, three colleges and a university, as well as a full range of four-season outdoor pursuits. It’s no wonder this small, friendly city consistently earns national awards. Fountains, a brick-paved pedestrian mall, and historic buildings provide the backdrop for the Church Street Marketplace, where speciality shops and national retailers mingle with restaurants and cultural venues. Outdoor cafes, street vendors and entertainers keep things lively long after sundown. Festivals are held all year long with events like New Year’s First Night Celebration and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival attracting visitors from throughout the northeast. A short walk from Church Street takes visitors to nearby Burlington Waterfront Park, offering ferry crossings, excursion boats, and a 12.5-mile walking/bike path that connects to the Lake Champlain Islands via bike ferry in summer. Bicycles, rollerblades, kayaks, and sailboats are all available for rent, and the views across the lake are spectacular.
A little way from the downtown area of Burlington is the Knead Bakery, a wonderful vegan bakery and cafe. It took us about 15-minutes to walk here from the heart of Burlington, but it was well worth the effort!
The bakery is located in an austere old factory building which is painted a rather drab grey colour, but don’t be put off. Inside is equally industrial, a look I personally quite like. It felt more utilitarian than cosy and quaint. But, I was not here to admire or criticise the architectural features of the bakery – I was hungry for some good vegan food.
Karen decided to try the stuffed toast to satisfy her sweet tooth. I went for one of the vegan bowls. I was not disappointed as my bowl looked fantastic and tasted even better. Karen was a little jealous and upset I wouldn’t split out meals as we usually do – I am conventional in my food option when it comes to dinner and lunch and stuffed toast is definitely a breakfast dish not for anything after noon! Having said this I did try a taste of her stuffed toast and it was pretty good – I might try it if we ever come back here for breakfast.
We absolutely loved everything about Knead Bakery and highly recommend trying it out if you find yourself in or around the Burlington, Vermont area.