You know when you find a cool new spot and can only describe it by saying It totally feels like you’re in a different city, somewhere other than Las Vegas? What’s up with that? Is that an insult or a compliment? And are you insulting/complimenting the cool new spot or all of Las Vegas? It’s confusing.
You might fall in love with it instantly, or you might be confused about where it came from, but House of Alchemy elicits such a response. Maybe it’s because the super-chill juice bar and coffee house is planted in a particularly barren portion of the massive Grand Canyon Parkway center west of the Beltway. With its industrial-chic decor and constantly changing menu scribbled on giant wall-chalkboards, it’s definitely worth the search and might even be the perfect westside oasis for detaching from everything but your laptop and headphones and getting caffeinated and productive.
Start with a healthy, delicious smoothie like the peanut buttery Cheeky Monkey ($8.75 for 14 ounces or $12 for 20 ounces) and an antioxidant-rich acai bowl ($11.50) and grab a seat on the couch swing to start to your day. When it’s time to go back for an energy boost, the Pick Me Up, which also comes pre-bottled for those on the go, blends cashews, almonds, dates, espresso and filtered water with a pinch of Himalayan salt for those must-have minerals ($11.50). Come back in the afternoon to relax beneath the living wall and sip a stellar, straight-up Vittoria coffee from Australia. What city are we in again?
House of Alchemy 4245 S. Grand Canyon Drive #103, 702-659-0961. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.