Don’t you hate how some places blend up frozen yogurt and sugary strawberries and call it a smoothie? Us too. And you know we’ve got your back — we know where to find the good stuff around Denver.
That’s why we put together this list of all the best juice and smoothie spots in Denver for when you are craving something made from actual fruit and veggies, not just a glorified milkshake.
If you find yourself just outside the city, you can get your juice fix at Nékter in Lakewood or Greenwood Village. And lucky for city-dwellers, they’ve now set up shop in Denver too! There’s something for everyone with loads of different handcrafted juices, smoothies, and acai bowls — always clean and buzzing with the good stuff. For healthy on the go, try one of their bottled cold-pressed juices or take a six-bottle “vacation” with a Nékter Cleanse.
If the catchy and clever name doesn’t convince you to give this Capitol Hill shop a shot, the unpretentious, relaxing, and earthy vibe will. All juice is organic and cold-pressed in small batches on a top-of-the-line Norwalk juicer. Juices change daily (like we said, small batches!) but always include a good variety of colors and flavors for beet-, carrot-, and kale-lovers alike.
A welcome addition to LoHi, ProsperOats offers both juices and bowls that are delicious, healthy, and portable. The build-your-own bowls start with your choice of base (steel cut oats, oats and quinoa, yogurt, or açaí), add on your choice of sweetener (Colorado honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, or coconut sugar), and then load up with toppings (protein powder, fruits, seeds, etc.). These guys are happy to suggest some favorite combos if you can’t make up your mind. Admittedly, it’s easy to go a little overboard, but it’s even easier to keep it healthy. Bonus: almost all of its ingredients and paper products are sourced from Colorado companies (yay, local!).
This may surprise you, but Pressed Juice Daily presses its juice daily. We know, we know — crazy talk. It is 100% raw and organic and available at three shops throughout the city: Capitol Hill, the Highlands, and RiNo. Juices are categorized into greens, roots, and citrus, and can be combined in a variety of different cleanses depending on your goals. The Smart Shots are also a hit, with options like the Detox Rx (activated charcoal, black walnut, dandelion, pau d’arco (go ahead and Google that), milk thistle, burdock seed and root, and coconut water) and Slim, a tamer option made with various fruits, spices, and alkaline water. What happens to the waste from juicing, you ask? The leftover pulp at Pressed Juice Daily is composted and used for fertilizer in local gardens. FYI: Hours vary by location.
Ever wish you could create your own juice flavor without the work of doing the juicing yourself? Well you’re in luck, because Whole Foods read your mind. The new Union Station flagship store features a 12-tap fresh-pressed juice bar where you can blend and mix to your heart’s content. And don’t worry, if you aren’t feeling creative (or fear you’ll mix up a big cup of fail) they’ll have plenty of recommendations for you.
This superfood hot spot at Union Station blends up all kinds of plant-based goodies, including organic cold-pressed juices. Hardcore juice drinker? Try the Spicy Greens. Want a healthier pre-workout supplement? Try theirs, blended up with beet, apple, carrot, ginger, and lemon. About to head over to a Flywheel class? You’ll want to hydrate (and turn heads) with their Glacier Water, a naturally bright blue bev thanks to the addition of blue spirulina to coconut water, aloe water, spring water, lemon, and stevia.
These folks have been juicing since before juicing was cool. The juice menu started with the still-popular Kate’s Kiss, made with organic kale, spinach, celery, parsley, carrot, and lemon. Though their juice menu has since expanded, the original inspiration remains. Simple and tasty smoothies are also on the menu: try the blueberry granola, with organic blueberries, banana, oats, walnuts, and yogurt. Parsley definitely plays to the Golden Triangle lunch crowd with only mid-day opening hours, with everything is made-to-order.
With stores in both Park Hill and Stapleton (at Stanley Marketplace), you’re never too far from some of the Juicing Tree’s raw, organic, cold-pressed juice. You won’t be confined to the usual juice suspects, either; the Juicing Tree gets creative with their juicers to concoct unconventional and seasonal picks. Bottoms up with the Sweet Heat, with cucumber, celery, pineapple, turmeric, lemon, and cayenne, or the summer-themed watermelon and mint. Want more than juice? The Juicing Tree also offers a variety of nut milks, infused waters, and shots/boosters. But listen up: a limited amount of juice is made fresh daily, so they close up shop when sold out. The early bird gets the juice, in this case.
Whole Nectar wants you to be aware of the “extremely low amount of B.S. in everything they produce.” Yep, that’s a good thing. Choose from fresh-pressed juices, detox and ginger shots, hot oat bowls, smoothies, and smoothie bowls (topped with Denver’s own Udi’s granola, of course!). Check ‘em out for breakfast, lunch, or a healthy snack right in the middle of downtown.
The folks behind Vital Root believe that there aren’t enough veggie-focused restaurants, or enough affordable and fast-casual healthy options. So they created a place in Berkeley that offers all of those things! Vital Root is much more than juices and smoothies, but trust us — they really nail the juices and smoothies. Try the Safe Word Cacao, with cacao, hemp protein, sunflower butter, medicinal mushroom complex, MCT oil, coconut milk, and apple cider. Or keep it green with the Green Ginger and slurp up some avocado, kale, spinach, parsley, spirulina, cashews, and pineapple.
This Boulder-born real food gem is all about whole, fresh ingredients in a suburban space that makes you want to hang around all day. Stay and try one of their organic cold-pressed juices, or play the sample game and grab a flight of all of them. Love ’em? You can surely grab some to go! And for more liquid nutrition, try one of Zeal’s creative smoothie options like the Green Alkalizer (spinach, kale, avocado, ginger, chia, cinnamon, dates, with green juice, and almond, hemp, or coconut milk) or the Golden Sunrise (pumpkin, banana, ginger, turmeric, date, cashew, cinnamon, and coconut milk).
Superfood Bar is a relative newbie to the healthy scene in Denver. Bringing their love from New Orleans, they set up shop in LoHi with the mission to make healthy eating accessible to everyone while supporting the local economy by sourcing only the best local and organic ingredients. In addition to their gluten-free, vegan, and raw breakfast and lunch menu, they’ve got an impressive list of smoothies and juices full of insanely nutrient-dense fruits, veggies, and superfoods. You’re gonna feel real good leaving this place.
The name says it all. Clean Juice serves up super-fresh, cold-pressed organic fruit and vegetable juice, made daily, right there in front of you. Stay and sip or grab and go — either way, you know it’s made from the best of the best. And if you feel like mixing it up, try one of their juice-based shots (matcha + fresh-pressed pineapple, please!), a smoothie, or a blended bowl. It’s all happening on Steele St. in Cherry Creek. Fitt Tip: they have a free parking lot behind their shop — enter through the alley!
This Atlanta-based superfood chain finally made its way west and has settled in the Highlands. The health-focused spot serves up all sorts of eats, but their cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and shots land it a well-deserved spot on this list. Whether you’re looking for a post-workout protein hit or a mid-morning immunity boost, Kale Me Crazy has you covered.