Mum was right: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For many health-conscious (and Instagram-savvy) Sydneysiders, that means starting the morning with a smoothie full of superfoods, protein and natural goodness. And then there are smoothie bowls – colourful, photogenic bowls offering the same benefits, but with a whole lot of added texture: think granola, muesli, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes and fruit. Get your breakfast bucket lists ready – these are the smoothie bowls that are worth jumping out of bed for.
To get your glow on, tuck into the Glowing Matcha bowl at this Potts Point café-slash-health food store. It’s as delicious as it is nutritious, thanks to mango, banana, spinach, strawberries, matcha, and coconut flakes. An equally good option is the creamy yet crunchy acai bowl, blended with cinnamon and coconut milk and topped with buckinis and whatever fruits are in season.
Shop 3, 81 Macleay Street, Potts Point
On the Northern Beaches, this cafe exploded onto the health scene with its “disturbingly good” menu. We’d have to agree. The menu highlights organic and local produce, and features colourful, creative dishes that’ll boost every foodie’s Instagram game. As for smoothie bowls, our favourite is the Cacao Bowl. Made with banana, cacao, chia, bukinis, cacao nibs, almond milk and granola, it’s a not-so-naughty indulgence.
Shop 5C, 7 Robertson Road, Newport
Head to Glebe Markets next Saturday and treat yourself to breakfast at Sydney’s first smoothie bowl bar. The Smoothie Bowl Shack whips up new flavours every week, but there are a few staples, such as the Berry Bang. Refreshing and delightfully crunchy, it’s a mix of berries, banana, coconut, almond milk and a sprinkling of vegan granola.
Glebe Markets, Glebe Point Road, Glebe
If it comes in a bowl, chances are they serve it at Bare Naked Bowls. With locations in Bronte and Manly, the bowl eating masters have four creative combinations on offer. The most virtuous is the Green Bowl, packed with mango, avocado, spinach, coconut and mint, plus a little matcha. For the crunch factor, the Pitaya Bowl blends mango, banana and housemade almond milk with chia seeds and granola.
Manly, Bronte, Surry Hills and Dee Why
Another healthy haven on the Northern Beaches, Girdlers is famous in foodie circles for its acai bowl. It tastes like summer in a bowl, as does the Pitaya Bowl, which is loaded with dragonfruit, mango, banana, dates and almond milk, and garnished with apple, chocolate nibs, shredded coconut, granola and lashings of honey.
Dee Why, Manly and Warringah Mall
In Chippendale’s foodie hub, this wholefoods café is doing its best to bring blue algae smoothies into the mainstream – and if the Instagram tags are anything to go by, they’re succeeding. The Blue Majik smoothie bowl is a blend of algae, pineapple, banana, coconut water and yoghurt topped with blueberries and housemade granola. It’s refreshing, and has a tropical taste. Hello, summer!
58 Kensington Street, Chippendale