A vegetarian and vegan heaven, Pulse cafe and market is located right down the road from UMass in Hadley and is 100% plant-based. While slightly pricey, the menu has a variety of healthy and sustainable breakfast and lunch options. It also has a fresh cold-pressed juice bar and doubles as a market where you can buy items like soy chicken, dairy-free ice cream, and kombucha.
As a fun way to get off campus and celebrate my recent birthday, four of my friends and I decided to finally try it out. We'd heard good things, so we were excited to go for Sunday brunch. I ordered a Belgian waffle with strawberries, while the others got avacado toast, blueberry pancakes, and Pulse's soy chicken take on chicken and waffles. Everyone was really happy with their meals.
The high cielings and barn-like outer appearance give Pulse a nice rustic and wholesome feel. Inside, it is well-decorated to fit that atmosphere. There were many plants around and nice quotes about living a healthy lifestyle on the walls. When we first arrived, they were playing soft music that made our breakfast feel very peaceful. About halfway through our meal, a pianist arrived and started playing live classical music, which was fun.
Whether you abide by a plant-based diet or not, Pulse Cafe is a great spot for grabbing a nice peaceful and healthy meal with friends. You can even get some grocery shopping done if you live off campus and can afford the slightly pricier, but much healthier options that they sell in the market area. Overall, I recommend it. It is a unique dining experience that really makes you feel connected to the local New England culture.