Melbourne’s Best Juices

By Ella Stening
3rd Dec 2013

There is one great culinary trend that has seeped through the Instagram-filtered photos of fitspiration blogs and the tumblrs of famous models, and that is the freshly squeezed juice. Melbourne cottoned on to the fad pretty quickly, and noticed that – to combat our flux of burgers and Mexican food – we needed the balance, the health, the liquid that would cancel out everything we ate/drank/did the night/week/year before. Here are our pick of the smoothest places to get your juice on this summer.

Yogis and health-heads have gone positively batshit crazy over the arrival of Pressed Juices, fresh from the streets of LA and NYC. Said to be the healthiest way to drink juice, the cold press extracts juice through a high-pressure hydraulic press, capturing and preserving all the good parts of the fruit – enzymes, natural sugars, vitamins and yummy minerals. With 29 flavours to try and a gym next store, you may find your sinister side forever converted.

Pressed Juices | Various Locations

You can't miss the massive bags of oranges hanging from the awning outside Tropicana Juice Bar, beckoning those whoSE one port of call is a juicer. With reggae blasting from the shopfront all morning and afternoon, Tropicana not only specialises in fresh, detoxifying juices, but they also have wraps, sandwiches and light breakfasts available.

Tropicana Juice Bar | 213 Elizabeth Street in Melbourne

Aunt Maggie's is a grocery store that takes healthy living back to its roots, when food was food and everyone ate for nourishment, not indulgence. As well as stocking all of the health equivalents of a normal grocery store (you can EVEN make your own peanut butter!), Maggie's has an instore juice bar that'll whip you up something fresh in a heartbeat. They chock them full of all your favourite superfoods, like spirulina and wheatgrass, but there's plain and simple for those who are testing the waters. With three locations around Melbourne, there's no excuse to avoid grabbing some brown rice, a raw Snickers ball and a juice at Aunt Maggie's.

Aunt Maggie's | 270-272 Carlisle Street in Balaclava | 72 Glenferrie Road in Malvern | 188 Gertrude Street in Fitzroy

Traipsing around the Queen Victoria Market can get a little tiring, so why not freshen that step with a juice from Market Juice. The stall has been vending fresh fruit and veg for over 50 years, so it was only natural they started bottling them. With a slew of regulars and many cafes stocking them in their own venues, Market Juice looks set to hang around fifty years more.

Market Juice | Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne

Got the caffeine quivers but still need some more energy? Make your liquid of choice a juice, and pop into Raw Energy for a flavour combo. They have some kooky additions, too, like a Vitamin C powder and a range of energy boosters, so you'll be ready to tackle the world pumped full of life.

Raw Energy | 3/154-158 Bay Street in Port Melbourne

Melbourne's most famous vegan/vego restaurant, as well as dishing out some of the greatest raw lunches, dinners and desserts, also makes a mean and lean juice. Cheap and delicious, try the mango lassi and be instantly transported to a Balinese beach at sunset.

Vegie Bar | 38 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy

If you're feeling juicy come lunch time, what better place to stop by than Fruit Freaks in Melbourne Central? This is the place for a cheap, fresh and easy liquid lunch, and you needn't be a juice connoisseur to be able to read the menu here. Grab a simple combo like apple and guava, or orange and mango, all for around $3 a super slurp.

Fruit Freaks | Melbourne Central, 211 Latrobe Street in Melbourne

Located down a CBD laneway is Jungle Juice. Instead of waxing lyrical about the health benefits of chugging a green smoothie, these cool cats rely on the fact that they source the freshest fruit and veg for easy-to-pick juices, making this the ideal choice for time-poor corporates who need some quenching.

Jungle Juice | 20 Centre Place in Melbourne

Teaming your shake with your meal is the concept behind Liquid Yarraville. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Liquid specialises in soups and salads, alongside a specialty shake. Nosh on a red lentil soup with an Immunity Juice (orange, lemon, carrot, ginger & pineapple), or a pesto chicken toastie with a kale smoothie – you'll leave with your tastebuds singing. Better yet, most of the menu is vegan, and all things can be made gluten free.

Liquid Yarraville | 56 Anderson Street in Yarraville

Loving Hut is the home of clean and green living. With vegan Thai food served alongside everything from banana power-builders with spirulina and chia sees to detoxifying drinks, Loving Hut is a great Richmond hotspot for a mid week meal and afternoon juice session.

Loving Hut | 242 Victoria Street in Richmond

Though the focus at Fitzrovia is provincial Italian and British cuisine – big flavours with rough edges – they have a mean fresh juice menu alongside their breakfast fare. Their clean and green juice with kiwi, lime, cucumber, Granny Smith apple and pear is enough to make any yogi write home about. Unless they're too busy writing about the fresh cut coconut water, spirulina, cucumber, spinach, lemon and green apple juice. BRB, booking a table.

Fitzrovia | 2/155 Fitzroy Street in St Kilda
Possibly the greenest of green on the list, Silo by Joost is all about sustainability. Visionary Joost Bakker has created a waste-free, seasonal menu (Silo mill their own flour, grow their own veggies and all leftovers are dehydrated and made into fertiliser), alongside a fit-out all made from recyclable and environmentally sustainable materials. The juices are rad too, extracted from their home-grown fresh fruit and vegetables.

Silo by Joost | 123 Hardware Lane in Melbourne

Main Image Credit: Fuss Free Cooking.

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