We have an addiction. And it’s acai bowls. They are just as beautiful as they are delicious and for some reason that makes us very happy. But they also happen to be great for you, when packed with only the good stuff. It’s a great way to get in antioxidants, fruits, protein, and good fats. We’ve eaten our fair share of acai bowls around the streets of Melbourne and here are a few that keep us coming back.
Green Cup is all about blended goodness. The menu focuses on smoothies and acai bowls, plus a few avocado on toast options and some raw treats in the cupboard. But obviously we go for the acai bowls, or a Green Cup No 1 smoothie. Every now and then. Our pick of acai bowls is the No 3. Which is a mix of blended acai, banana, and almond milk, topped with peanut butter, strawberries, banana, and cacao nibs. You can find Green Cup in South Yarra and Armadale.
Holy Bowly is out in Hampton, right near the water, which we love. They have a full menu that sees the likes of poached eggs, toasties, chia puddings, avocado on toast, blueberry buckwheat pancakes, and bowls of greens topped with eggs and seeds. But they also have a whole ‘bowl’ menu that lists three different acai bowls. The ‘Fully Loaded Acai Bowl’ is a base of acai, banana, and coconut water, topped with superfood crunch, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, strawberries, and kiwi.
Soul Press has two locations, one in Edithvale, which felt like a tease as it opened first and is so far away, but now they have a Hampton store. These guys are all about the superfood goodness. Their menu has four main food sections: smoothies, superfood bowls, sushi burritos, and avocado smash with friends. Their Bowl with The Lot has a cult following – a blend of acai, banana, and coconut water topped with caramelised buckinis, strawberries, coconut chips, chocolate gojis, and muesli, with the choice to add passionfruit or peanut butter sauce.
Little Big Sugar Salt
Little Big Sugar Salt aka LBSS in Abbotsford is a small café with a big heart. It feels like your home away from home as you snuggle into one of the tables in the back room. Their menu is broken down into little and big, sweet and salty. Makes things super simple. While their menu has changed a lot since opening, one item that never has is the acai bowl. It’s topped with house-made spiced granola, coconut yoghurt, pomegranate, and fresh fruit.
Urban Projuice, for those who don’t know, is a wholefoods café and juice bar out in Albert Part. It’s a stunning and cosy space filled with cushions and plants. Their menu is filled with healthy bowls, smoothies, tofu scrambles, and of course acai. Their acai bowl is of the tropical variety. It’s a mix of acai, mixed berries, mango, banana, dates, and coconut milk, topped with seasonal fruit and superfoods.
These guys are the coolest cats around. If you love a waiter that chats as much as they take orders, this is a place for you. The food here caters to the healthy and the not so much, plus their coffee is killer. The acai bowl here is a mix of acai, beetroot, mixed berries, dates, brazil nuts, coconut milk, and banana, topped with roasted coconut flakes, chia seeds, and seasonal fruits.
Combi have been healthy before we even knew it was a thing. These guys know a thing or two about raw, vegan, and healthy bites. Found in Elwood (and recently Byron Bay), their Organic acai bowl is a mix of acai, banana, blueberries, dates, and house made nut mylk, topped with crispy coconut flakes, activated caramelised buckinis, banana, apple, cranberries, and strawberries.
Sometimes you want to stay indoors and stay in your PJs. If that’s the case, our friends over at Yoga 213 have an amazing acai bowl recipe for every season.