Cafe Culture | The Socialist Pig

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


Odd name you may be thinking, but The Socialist Pig  (dubbed the 'pig') is a quaint coffeehouse with a vintage cozy feel located in the charming town of Gananoque, a short 20 minute drive from Kingston. I was in cafe heaven upon entering and what pulled me in was its coffee, treats and ambiance. Everyone was friendly and there seemed to be a sense of community and warmth in the air. With this is mind, my main purpose to going to this establishment was to satisfy my grumbling stomach and take a break from work but the atmosphere kept pulling me in and my eye didn't stop wandering around the place. Places like the 'pig' are perfect for people watching and I am not going to lie, it's fun to do. It's neat to observe the quirks and interactions of others.

{Dark Roast Coffee with Caramel Flavouring}

Aside the people, food and yummy treats displayed on the counter, the decor was a different story. With a cafe on the right and a sit/dine on the left, accent pieces were in abundance but all played off one another.

As you stood by the doorway, a modest sized chandelier hung atop a communal like table next to the counter with a mix of diner stools and benches. The counter top was a large wooden slab held up by stacks and stacks of books, perfect place for a bookworm. Not sure what would happen if a book was actually pulled out, mmm. The wall behind the counter was painted to be a chalk board displaying community news and a menu for all sorts of caffeinated beverages and oh there was plenty that stood out, especially marshmallow flavouring for coffee. Be sure to grab yourself a drink as they are quite spectacular!

The pale blue damask wall paper was my favourite accent piece within this cafe along with a grand style mirror with impressive gold finishing that lined the wall next to the communal table and seating area with chairs that resembled those I sat in back in elementary school respectively.


No detail was spared within this cafe. It has a new modern feel but with a twist into the past.

Quote above door way
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us truly happy is something to be enthusiastic about" - Charles Kingley


Books, books and more books.


{Communal Table}

Macaroni & Cheese
American cheddar, heavy cream ooey-gooey good!

{Macaroni & Cheese}

This dish was intended to be a side portion but come on now this is ultimate comfort food in my books and had to get a full portion size which was served with a fresh mixed green salad (in small mason jar). Let me tell you, I will be going back for this in the near future!

I appreciate that this coffeehouse is all about hand made and home grown products. They take great pride and care in creating a menu that uses farm fresh ingredients, as they work continuously with local producers and other small businesses to bring quality ingredients to their kitchen and into the meals they serve.

{Macaroni & Cheese}

As fall is officially among us, I couldn't resist taking a snack for the ride home as I was absolutely full.

{Apple Strudel}

Have you been to The Socialist Pig yet?

Where: 21 King St E, Gananoque, Ontario

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