The sun is out and the sky is glowing! Grab your hat and head to one of Melbourne’s best smoothie bars or juice joints this week.
Five Plus Smoothie
Skip the morning coffee run – morning smoothie runs are infinitely better, especially when it’s hitting 30 degrees and no one feels like an extra hot latte. The cute cosy team at Five Plus Smoothies blend up some of the most slurpable, healthy smoothies in Melbourne including The Perfect Date with almond, cinnamon, banana, oats, dates, almond milk and ice. Vegan and FODMAP-friendly options are available.
Tropicana Juice Bar
It’s hard to miss Tropicana Juice Bar. Nestled in an urban jungle, look for the giant bags of oranges on Elizabeth Street. Along with freshly squeezed juices, a range of cooling smoothies like the popular Mango Colada with mango and a secret recipe from the Philippines will leave you spoilt for choice.
From a double espresso shot poured into a fresh coconut to a deluxe vegan ice-coffee, you can trust Combi to have their juices and smoothies on point. Expect immunity-boosting blends like Velvet Cacao with raw cacao, cacao nibs, berries, coconut flesh, cinnamon, banana, raw choc fermented protein powder and house made nut mylk. Organic cold pressed juices and nut mylks are some of the raw, organic, vegan drinking options.
Richmond, Windsor, St Kilda
With hubs in the beachside suburbs of St Kilda and Windsor, Nutrition Bar is the perfect pre or post beach stop to prevent an upset stomach! Lean green smoothie blends like the Zen with kale, cos lettuce, coconut water, banana, goji berries, chia seeds, bee pollen, maca, spirulina and ice will let you dive right back into your summer activities. Don’t forget to pick up protein balls and raw treats for an afternoon snack.
CBD, South Yarra, Fitzroy, various
Easily one of Melbourne’s favourite pressed juices, Pressed Juices has a huge range of vitamin-packed drinks including Green 5 with spinach, cucumber, lettuce, celery, kale, parsley, carrot, lemon and ginger or Strawberry Mylk with strawberry, almond mylk, cashew cream and vanilla bean. Pick and choose your favourite or try one of Pressed Juices famous juice cleanses for summer!
One of Melbourne’s first happiness cafes, the Serotonin Eatery team knows that a good brunch starts with a killer drink. From freshly squeezed, organic half OJ half grapefruit juices to smoothies like the banana heaven with just ripe bananas and organic vanilla, straw-sippers will be in heaven at Serotonin Eatery. PS don’t miss the Positive Pancakes, organic banana pancakes that will get you flipping excited.
On Katherine Place, Hunters Roots is secretly serving the best smoothie around. The Purple Rain with dragonfruit, local berries, banana, coconut yoghurt, coconut milk and camu camu is a heavenly bright purple concoction, while cheekily named juices including the Yellow Submarine and Colour It Cool with green apple, watercress, goya, ginger and honey are ridiculously tasty starts to the day.
If you’re going to drink a smoothie, make it worth it at Shoku Iku. The appropriately named ULTIMATE (it’s in capitals on the menu), commands a higher chunk out of your wallet, but with a shopping list of antioxidant-packed, vitamin high ingredients – we promise you’re getting your money’s worth. It blends coconut water, coconut meat, berries, hemp, cacao nibs, goji berry, ashwagandha, astragalus, MSM, camu camu, fulvic acid, reishi, maca, marine phytoplankton (double dose), mega hydrate, vanilla and lakanto. With that much goodness, it must be good for you right?
Heal.Thy Self Co.
Be anything you want to be at Heal.Thy Self Co. From Be a Green Goddess to Be Strong smoothies, our pick is the Be Passionate with passionfruit (of course), mango, turmeric, vanilla protein and water. Home to a seasonal menu, pair your liquid health with a faultlessly fresh lunch.
The juices you wish you had at home, Home Juice’s range of organic, cold-pressed drinks include the spiced Raw Star with kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, rhubarb and Cayenne. The dark Black Medicine with activated charcoal, pear, lemon, ginger and honey is a must for juice venturers. Homemade smoothies, nut mylks and living waters are also at home at Home Juice.
The Bronx Pressed Juices
Heading out for a road trip? Swing by The Bronx Pressed Juices in Geelong West. The boutique range of 13 juices doesn’t make it any easier to choose with favourites including the Rolls Royce with kale, apple, celery, pineapple, lemon, ginger and mint or the Get Ready with beetroot, lemon, carrot, celery and ginger.
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