Smashed avocado step aside and make way for the Instagram favourite that has skyrocketed into the spotlight over the last few years.
Yep, we’re talking acai bowls, because we all need to pretend to be healthy. Sometimes.
The fresh and active lifestyle we have access to on the Gold Coast is perfectly represented in these tasty bowls—refreshing and almost always presented beautifully, which is half the fun of eating them! Although oodles of cafes do a great job at a smoothie-in-a-bowl, here is a round up of some our fave places to grab one.
Niche & Co.
When it comes to acai bowls, Niche & Co. is a household name for Southern Gold Coast locals. Recently laying down roots in Tugun, their menu is vast so good luck narrowing down your options. Our pick? The cacao and coconut acai is the perfect beachside bowl or otherwise enjoyed while sitting at the welcoming shopfront on a colourful pillow, soaking up the positively good-time community vibes!
With a focus on food styling, Cardamom Pod Brickworks knocks other competitors out of the water when it comes to their really, REALLY ridiculously good-looking acai bowls. Their works of art come in two forms—fruit topped or peanut butter jelly infused, both eye catching and delicious. This vegetarian cafe recently introduced a Snickers Bowl too—acai berry blended with peanut butter and cacao, topped with salted caramel sauce and a raw snickers slice. Drool. Why waste breakfast on Vegemite toast when this heavenly creation exists? See you at the Pod!
If you are looking for love at first bite, we’ve got you covered. A raw and wholefood eatery, Blendlove is dedicated to serving soul food and making their menu unique and treats guilt free. You will be spoiled for choice, with over 10 smoothies on the menu that can all be turned into acai bowls. Our fave is the spiced coconut, almond butter, and vanilla bowl. Mmmm.
Tugun Fruit And Flowers
This locally-loved fruit and flower shop is one of the best on the Coast when it comes to whipping up a mean acai bowl; so grab a takeaway and stroll down to Tugun Beach to enjoy while watching the waves roll in. Loaded with copious amounts of antioxidants, Tugun Fruit And Flowers’ version of the whopper foodie trend will leave you feeling like you’re the healthiest person on the planet for skipping the pancakes with extra bacon this morning. Nice one! Before you go, we urge you to give into the temptation and gather up an arm full of fragrant blooms to adorn your home.
Wildernis Cafe + Bar
Crafty construction + Palmy vibes + good food = Wildernis Cafe + Bar. This sundrenched venue has a wow factor, which was just what owners Josh and Andy wanted to achieve through their tradie background. Acai seems to get a lot of airtime on the Wildernis menu, and so it should! The Wildernis Bowl is our fave—the mint blend is topped with a housemade granola, banana, kiwi, pana chocolate, cocoa nibs, and shaved coconut. So pretty, you’ll feel obliged to take an Insta pic before gobbling it down.
The Salt Mill
Neighbourhood corner store vibes, beachfront views, and a rustic 120-year-old front door await you at this cute hole-in-the-wall Currumbin cafe. The Salt Mill has a limited menu and therefore pride themselves on being acai specialists—and that they are. The coconut and granola-topped acai is a definite fave among the fiercely passionate locals, but if you are a real sweet tooth, treat yo’self to the choc granola bowl. Who said chocolate was only for dessert?
Yep, we’re quite aware we mention these guys A LOT. And no, they’re not paying us anything except in a bunch of excitable emojis. Does that count? We just think that if a place does something or in this case, everything well, then who are we to not include them. Miami’s adored Paddock Bakery makes a mean acai bowl that is sweet and smooth. The best part? It’s served with a mini meringue and fresh fig! But wait, it gets better. Paddock has recently popped open a barista bar and pint-sized cafe on the Palm Beach side of Tallebudgera Creek, so now you can devour one of their cool acai bowls from the comfort of your beach towel—bliss!
Burleigh Heads’ Juice Bar
You won’t pass this tiny yet bustling fruit shop without seeing crowds of people waiting for their famous juices and mouth-watering, generously-sized acai bowls. With crunchy granola waiting for you at the bottom, and the freshest of fruit sitting on top, what’s not to love? Good luck finishing one! #challengeaccepted
Alfred’s Diner is that cool older cousin you aspire to be like. A few years back the Black Coffee Lyrics team transformed this space in Mermaid Beach from a carpark into a relaxed, backyard lawn-style diner, complete with recycled garden furniture, beach umbrellas, cushions, and rugs. The menu is inspired by street food such as pulled-pork burritos and American hot dogs, but also includes fresh crowd pleasers such as acai bowls made from their hole-in-the-wall kitchen. The choc acai bowl should not be over looked; think seasonal fruit, chocolate buckinis, coconut, cacao nibs, and goji berries. As if it couldn’t get any better, nothing on the menu is over $13!
Low-carb, high protein, and lively Latin vibes. Welcome to Comuna Cantina. When your head says gym but your heart says tacos… and acai bowls, run straight to Pac Fair and take a look at the Latin-inspired menu. For the sweet tooth-ers among us, the espresso martini acai bowl kicks all sorts of goals. We’re buzzing just thinking about it.
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Photo Credit: Hayley Williamson for Metropolist