Hailing from the rainforests of South America, the açaí phenomenon has gone from quirk to trend to mainstay across the Sydney food scene. Health-nut approved, the açaí berry is a superfood of monumental proportions; antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats and minerals and the berry tastes sensational.
When served in bowl form, açaí powder (made from dried açaí berries) or frozen açaí pulp is blended with a mixture of frozen fruit, leafy greens and liquid (almond milk/coconut water/fruit juice) to help the blending process. The result is a thick, frozen yoghurt-like consistency which is then topped with whatever fruit and superfood additions you please. Below are our top picks for the best açaí bowls Sydney has to offer.
Fruitologist is a family-run gourmet green-grocer that is all about local produce and sustainable farming. A one-stop shop for all things fruit and veg, each store has a cafe serving up delicious fare and their acai bowls are #instafamous (a fave of Coconut and Bliss). You cannot go wrong selecting the 'Beach Bowl' with acai, granola and fresh fruit!
Rozelle and Bondi
A mean offering of super blends (all $10) provide a refreshing side to your morning açaí bowl. With four bowls to choose from ($14.50-$15.50); super crunch, Hawaiian, double-choc and buckiwi, you’ll be in good stead to tackle the day. From $1.00-$2.00 supercharge your bowl with cacao, goji berries, chia gel, peanut cashew butter and fresh blend toasted muesli.
2/143a Raglan Street, Mosman
For a delicious breakfast, an acai bowl from Cali Press is the perfect way to start the day. Focused on sourcing organic and local produce, expect fresh, colourful and flavoursome juices, smoothies and bowls. With a few acai bowls to choose from, our pick is The Original with coconut water, banana, mango, pistachio granola, coconut, goji berries and passionfruit.
Bondi Beach, Bronte, Coogee, Double Bay and Surry Hills
BWF’s açaí antiox breakfast bowl blends frozen acai berries with organic juice and fruit and is topped with cinnamon almond granola, organic coconut flakes and seasonal organic fresh fruits. If you’re feeling like bulking out your bowl you can add a scoop of protein powder or a raw multi supplement.
1/30A Hastings Parade, North Bondi
More of a cup than bowl situation, Ritual’s açaí offering is superbly presented in a glass jar and is topped with a generous heaping of fresh berries, passionfruit, banana, shredded coconut and granola. You can add rawnola and vegan protein powder if you’re feeling like a boost.
160 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge
Mona Vale’s Rough & Bare wholefood kitchen gets it totally right with their açaí smoothie bowl. Creating meals that are stripped back, nourishing and wholesome, Rough & Bare’s classic açaí bowl is an ode to their philosophy of balanced nutrition and pairs perfectly with the houses’ on tap kombucha.
1/1 Bungan Lane, Mona Vale
An organic, raw, vegan café serving a slew of juices, coffees, salads and addictive desserts for lovers of fresh and guilt free brunch. The house açaí bowl is delicious and we wouldn’t be leaving without tasting the banana chia crème pie. Earth to Table’s creator Julie Mitsios is Australia’s leading raw food chef and seeks to use only locally sourced produce to reinforce environmental consciousness.
85 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
Team your bowl of açaí health with a Golden Latte (featuring the all-healing powers of turmeric) or a tantalising matcha latte. The Yogi Bowl lunch option takes brown rice, roast pumpkin, mushrooms, kale, tahini and tamari dressing and brings them together as a supremely satisfying mixed bowl.
5/10 Darley Road, Manly
Pitaya, cacao, matcha, hemp seeds, chia and activated buckini are standardised terms in this beachside café; catering to all dietary inclinations, this is the ideal place to take your virtuous vegan/paleo/dairy free pals next time you’re planning brunch. This superfood café specialises in Superfood Smoothies, Breakfast Bowls, Cold Pressed Juices, Kombucha, Raw Treats and naturally, eight variations on the açaí bowl.
Market Lane, Manly
This superfood chain with stores across the country have nailed the customisable açaí bowl with any extra your heart desires; cacao nibs, bee pollen, chocolate buckini and coconut yoghurt are practically run-of-the-mill. You’ll be in açaí heaven, just team it with one of their raw juices to reach that next level of clean-eating haughtiness.
Bondi and Neutral Bay
Rave reviews of Culture Bean’s açaí bowls are all the encouragement we need to head south and get stuck into a bowl of purply goodness before heading to the beach. Toasted muesli, shaved coconut, fresh fruit and chia are artfully aligned across the top of the açaí filled bowl and Gabriel coffee makes for a perfect accompaniment.
15 Gray Street, Kogarah