If you follow my Instagram you’ll know I have a love for Acai bowls pronounced ahh-sigh-ee. I’ve recently been on the hunt for the best acai bowls in Sydney because once you start trying them, they can differ massively.
So for those of you who are thinking what is this Acai bowl phenomenon that seems to be everywhere at the moment? Let me break it down for you. It’s obviously a big food trend which is packed full of goodness and health benefits. Acai a frozen berry superfood is from Brazil. It comes in the form of a frozen puree and the secret is how to mix it to get the right texture. I’ve found Sydney cafes are using their own spin and they vary big time in taste. Some use the powder form (not so good) others use the puree and most water it down with apple juice.
The beauty of acai bowls is it’s pretty much like having the best dessert but for breakfast. Sort of like eating icecream with loads of fruit and granola on top for a delicious guilt free breakfast that makes you feel amazing. There’s no sluggish feeling that you’d usually get from the refined sugar of a usual dessert.
Top 11 Acai Bowls In Sydney
Culture Bean Cafe – Kogarah, Sydney
Taking the top spot is hands down Culture Bean Cafe in Kogarah, Sydney. I actually used to live right near this suburb for 2 years and never went into this cafe until I recently saw a post on Instagram that said they had the best Acai in Sydney. Yes they were totally right! Why is this the number one? I saw them blend the acai puree with frozen bananas and other frozen fruit giving it a really thick texture so that the fruit didn’t sink into the dish at all and the mixture of fruit and granola on the top was the right amount and super yummy. This is easily my favourite is Sydney.
Acai Brothers – Bondi
This is a new entry (April 2016) going straight to the Number 2 spot. Acai Brothers only opened a few months ago and it’s a cafe dedicated all to Acai. The reason it’s gone in straight to #2 is because of the following:
Firstly their bowls are only mixed with coconut water. This is a huge plus for me. There are so many places mixing their bowls with boxed cartons of apple juice or pineapple juice. I’d never drink any of these as I know they are full of processed sugar let alone other nasties so it actually contradicts what Acai is all about. The manager told me they specifically mix theirs with coconut water as they are trying to promote health to their customers which include a huge influx of school kids. I loved their passion for acai and health, their positive energy was obvious throughout the small cafe.
Secondly you build your own bowl. Yep, that’s right – you build your own bowl. So you pick 3 toppings out of Banana, kiwi, strawberry, orange, pineapple, apple, watermelon or passionfruit for $8.95 (small) or $10.95 (large) and if you want a ‘special’ bowl then its an extra 50c for each extra topping of: goji berries, coconut flakes, bee pollen, cacao nibs or chia seeds. I ordered all with banana, strawberry and watermelon (which worked really well!). The acai consistency was spot on and I couldn’t rave more highly of this gem. A must visit!
Bondi Wholefoods – North Bondi
This was my first ever acai bowl and it has been my favourite until I went to Culture Bean. Bondi Wholefoods is a great cafe and their acai bowl is legendary. It’s blended with orange juice and frozen fruits topped with gluten free (yes!!) millett macadamia muesli, organic coconut flakes and organic fruits. YUM! It’s so good but just a little bit too cold which actually make you feel slightly uncomfortable. It’s nothing a good cup of tea can’t cure! Their presentation has to be my favourite, done with so much thought and love and the texture was great with a beautiful topping. Just gorgeous!
Girdlers Grind, Dee Why
This is a new entry to this post (Oct 2015) as I discovered Girdlers Grind after searching for cafes that made Acai bowls whilst I was in the Northern Beaches recently. It was a really hot day and to me there’s nothing better than getting a great Acai bowl. This bowl has made it straight into my Top 3 as it was completely spot on. The texture was awesome and I absolutely loved the granola mix. What made it super special was the surprise of a few frozen strawberries at the bottom of the bowl. So, so good! And it wasn’t a one off because I went an ordered another bowl straight afterwards because it was so delicious and there was that frozen strawberry at the bottom again.
The only reason this didn’t make it to Number 2 spot was because the other half had the green smoothie bowl and because they had run out of frozen bananas, they served it as a warm smoothie bowl which was pretty gutting as it was a very hot day. Apart from that minor error, this place right on the beach in Dee Why is awesome! I know it will be my go to place when visiting the Northern Beaches next time!
Fresh Blend – Mosman
Sometimes simplicity is all you need and that’s what you get with Fresh Blend. A juice bar that serves it’s Acai in a cup it’s full of goodness and is made just out of the puree so it’s not watered down with watermelon or bananas. I visit this store the most out of all of the places mentioned in this post because it’s my local and it’s so so good and pretty cheap as well ($13). I love stopping off to get one on the way to Balmoral beach like below!
Bare Naked Bowls – Manly
Bare Naked Bowls only opened last year and is fast becoming an institution for the go to place for Acai in Manly. My second time round to the popular place was absolutely spot on. With many variations to choose from this time round I decided to mix up their options. Last time I went, it was too way too sweet as I picked the option which was mixed with pineapple juice (can’t say it was my favourite!). I absolutely love my coconut water so I picked the Bliss bowl with the Manly Topping (without honey). They worked really well together and the acai blend was absolutely amazing. A cafe dedicated all to Acai in my favourite part of Manly in the lane ways, also serve up a few vegan dishes which is more brownie points in my mind. Great stuff!
2 Girls 1 Bowl – Farmers Markets (Bondi/French’s Forest)
This is a new addition to this post (Jan 2016) coming straight in at Number 5. Coming from 2 girls who are passionate about Acai, they spend their weekends at Bondi (sat) and French’s Forest (sun) Markets selling their spin on the Acai trend. What I really loved about their acai was the fact that they only put Acai puree, bananas and coconut water in their blend as well as 5 different variations to choose from including; a detox bowl, nut butter bowl, organic original bowl, cacao crunch and 2G1B Super bowl. I picked the 2G1B Super bowl consisting of granola, fresh fruit and a choice of 5 toppings. Now I really loved this feature! Choices consisted of; coconut chips, buckwheat, bee pollen, chia seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries and raw cacao. Toppings can really make an Acai bowl and this one did not disappoint. Loved it!
Heart & Soul – Cronulla
A new addition Feb 2016. We heard Heart & Soul had the best Acai bowls in Cronulla so it was a given we had to try them out! With a few varieties to choose from I loved how you could customise it, the first time I had seen anywhere in Sydney that you could choose from either apple juice or coconut water and then a selection of musli for the toppings. Awesome! Top tip – the macademia GF musli was beyond amazing! For $12 a bowl, it was one of the cheapest I have seen to date. I also had a banana, blueberry and coconut smoothie which was spot on. Looking forward to going back and trying one of their Coco whips next time!
Stay Grounded – Collaroy Beach
We made the trip up to Collaroy specifically to go to Stay Grounded Cafe to try their Acai bowls which again I found on Instagram. It was worth the trip with a great textured bowl and a strong hint of apple. They apologised for running out of bananas earlier in the day which made me realise the bananas topped on acai works so well together!
Sadhana Kitchen – Enmore
Sadhana Kitchen is without a doubt one of my favourite cafes in Sydney. As Sydney’s first Raw Cafe, their menu really opens your eyes to the world of being a raw vegan because every single dish is just out of this world. Their acai bowl really has their signature on it being totally different to the rest I’ve had. The acai was blended with frozen bananas, apples and blueberries served with fruit compote and their signature od spice grawnola! This acai bowl probably had the most flavour out of any of them in this list and this cafe is a must go to to try absolutely everything on their menu. A big thumbs up!
Ritual – Northbridge
This really small coffee shop has an amazing brunch menu. Steering away from the standard ‘eggs’ dish, it was so refreshing to see a cafe that has really thought about their menu. Imagine pumpkin, kale and olive muffins or their gorgeous Nourish bowl packed full of goodness? This cafe is great! After ordering their acai bowl, it turned out this one had a real cacao taste to it differing again from the usual bowls everyone else is doing. It had maybe a little bit too much cacao or my liking otherwise it would have rated higher. All in all, it was good though and definitely worth a visit.
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