Looking for a healthful postworkout boost? Try one of these top smoothie and juice spots around the Bay Area.
Dolores Park is home to local smoothie and juice favorite Bebebar. Brazilian ingredients and an owner from Rio de Janeiro make for out-of-this-world flavors in the venue’s acai bowls, smoothies and juices. Bowls are topped with gluten-free granola, and customers can add exotic toppings like hemp or bee pollen, or opt for smoothies like the Indra or the Senan for something a bit sweeter. Plus, the shop has Brazilian “nosh,” including pão de queijo for a heavier snack. Inside the location next to Mission Dolores Park, visitors will find a colorful interior with tables created by the Argentinian and San Franciscan artist Alex Garcia. 3809 18th St., 415.874.9896
The brand now has five locations across San Francisco and the Bay Area, including one in the SFO International Airport. Owner Jason Nazzal was a wrestler who found that cleaner, healthier foods aided his performance and recovery, so the business was founded on four values: build trust by using the best local ingredients, be a reliable source of nutrition, inspire customers to live a balanced lifestyle and be transparent about what goes in the food. Nearby farms and agricultural vendors are used, and the menu isn’t small. There’s a long list of smoothies, such as the El Nino and Mango Colada, vegan smoothies like the Tropical Pitaya, fresh juices and smoothie bowls like the Butter Bowl and Nuts About. Multiple locations
Quinoa bowl with roasted vegetables and marinated tempeh from Beloved Cafe
San Franciscans have been loving this Mission District spot since 2017, and for good reason. Beloved Cafe’s cozy interiors and friendly vibe make for the perfect place to start the day, especially with one of the raved-about smoothie bowls and drinks. All ingredients are 100% organic and plant-based, and all of the dishes are made fresh in-house. The team at Beloved works with local farmers and herbalists to find the best combinations of ingredients and creates options like the Million Dollar Smoothie, the Buddha Berry Bowl, the Cooling Greens juice and blueberry lemonade. Snack on some oatmeal, soup or salad while sipping the Blueberry Restorer Smoothie. 3338 24th St., 415.800.6546
Located in Nob Hill and the Richmond District, Nourish Cafe has served plant-based and GMO-free food for seven years. Sarah Bacon and Brighton Miller opened the cafe together and are passionate about bringing plant-based diets to locals. Miller is the head chef and uses sustainable local ingredients for all her dishes, including the smoothie bowls, smoothies and juices. Nourish strips down the showy breakfast trends to the basics for dishes like the dragon fruit bowl. Moringa, a superfood, can be added as a topping to any of the bowls. Smoothies like the Very Berry, the Dragonfly and the Baobab Banana Berry are also available, and the Sixth Avenue location has a short and sweet selection of juices. Choose from the Balanced, the Nourished or the Vibrant juices to start the day. 189 Sixth Ave.; 1030 Hyde St.
What started as a solution for liver health problems is now a bond between three brothers who offer clean, plant-based juices at Juice Shop. The team continues to concoct a lengthy list of brightly colored and tasty juices like Citrus Gold and Turmeric Ginger-Aid. Juice Shop recently released a new line of products known as the tonics. Each drink is 100% organic and made using a hydraulic press, which produces liquid retaining the highest amount of nutrients, enzymes and flavor possible. Putting sustainability at the forefront, Juice Shop uses glass bottles that customers can bring back for reuse. 432 Octavia St., 415.757.0696; 221 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 415.927.1959
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