We have a lot to thank Brazil for; great coffee, football heroes, carnival culture… and acai bowls! Picked up as a superfood and brought to the mainstream by US health fanatics, this wonderous berry is packed full of antioxidants and makes for an epic smoothie bowl that taste of the sunshine we’re lacking here in the UK. So, we’re here to bring a touch you a touch of Brazil’s sunshine to you with the best places to grab an Acai bowl in London…
Available in original, cacao or super green options, whatever you choose, Juicebaby’s offering is up there with the best. Despite its £8.50 price tag making it a pricey breakfast option, it’s super thick texture, generous portion size and sweet buckwheat granola can’t be knocked. It’s also vegan and gluten-free, so a great option for allergen sufferers. Our top tip? Order it with half chocolate, half vanilla granola – because why would you choose when you could just have both?
A much different offering to Juicebaby’s super thick, freshly made bowl, but realistically, when you’re rushing into work, Pret's is the most convenient and affordable option, and overall isn’t bad for a high-street chain. It’s a little on the small side and the texture is slightly runny, but the fruity flavour really packs a punch and the grated apple, mixed with chopped banana and crunchy granola is an awesome combo. If you’re on the go, this is the one for you!
Viva Acai is London’s first Acai bowl and is found out west on Gloucester Road. For an eatery focused solely around the popular Brazilian fruit, their options and toppings are a little sparse, however, they do the basics well. Their acai is thick and creamy as it should be, and their granola gives the bowl that well-needed crunch. The Brazilian’s wouldn’t be disappointed.
Granger and Co.
Granger and Co has long been a firm-favourite for London’s brunch crowd, and their acai bowl did not disappoint! A slightly thinner texture to some of the other options, it’s still definitely worth trying for the shining star of the dish: their homemade crunchy granola, which is jam-packed with nuts and dried fruits and scattered with a hint of coconut. Sat outside eating acai in their outdoor plant-filled haven, it almost felt like we're eating breakfast in a tropical paradise… except for the temperature and the side of emails.