With more and more eateries spotlighting impossible to pronounce, but equally impossible to resist healthy ingredients like pitaya and jicama, it’s no surprise that a certain Brazilian-born bowl is whipping up all over Philadelphia.
That’s right — we’ve scouted the top locations to treat your taste buds to the on-trend superfood dish right here in the City of Brotherly Love: The Acai Bowl.
Ánimo is a Spanish word meaning energy, spirit, and vitality, all of which you’re sure to find in the antioxidant-packed power acai bowl from this surprisingly healthy burrito bar in the heart of Center City. At Ánimo, a blend of acai pulp, frozen banana, almond milk, and a touch of honey form a creamy, naturally sweet base. And if the fresh seasonal fruit toppings don’t quite curb your sugar craving, add chocolate sauce for a small (but we say worth it) fee. For our South Jersey friends just across the bridge, you can find Ánimo in Haddonfield, NJ.
P.S. & Co.
P.S. & Co., short for Pure Sweets & Company, offers up three delicious bowls that stay true to its name. The nutrient-focused eatery believes that indulgence and health go hand-in-hand, serving a plant-forward menu with all the decadence and none of the additives or preservatives. The “Protein Packed,” a mouth-watering acai/dragonfruit hybrid, looks almost too good to eat… lucky for you, it tastes even better. Dig in at P.S. & Co.’s cozy quarters or stroll your bowl to nearby Rittenhouse Square.
Boasting locally sourced, organic and non-GMO ingredients, Stripp’d Juice knows that it’s what’s on the inside that counts… but they also know that the outside is pretty important, too. Stripp’d serves up the most Instagrammable acai bowls in the city that come standard with rows of stacked strawberry, banana, gluten-free granola, and your choice of three superfood toppings (house-made peanut butter, anybody?).
Front Street Café
If you’re the token fit friend in your group, look no further than Fishtown’s Front Street Café for a healthier joint the whole gang can enjoy. Complete with a coffee shop, juice bar, beer garden, and indoor & outdoor bars, Front Street Café serves up locally-sourced, organic eats and indulgences. Go ahead and grab a guilt-free beer with your dessert-worthy acai bowl (maybe with something to munch on in-between). As we like to say, it’s all about balance.
Smart Street Healthy Kitchen & Juice Bar
We’re checking one of Center City’s newest health joints off our bucket list faster than you can pronounce, “acai.” Smart Street sets its bowls apart with an overflowing list of toppings and add-ons that will leave you drooling, including camu camu (a new Vitamin C-packed superfood). For an equal parts delicious and nutritious dish, we suggest the “Bumble Green” — a love affair between organic acai, coconut water, banana, maca powder, and kale topped with bee pollen, sliced banana, and granola.
Bimini Juice Bar
At Bimini, the folks behind the bar are on a mission to make healthy living accessible for all Philadelphians, no matter how busy or budget-conscious. Leave your worries (and yoga mat) at their 2nd Street Northern Liberties door and grab a custom acai bowl that won’t break the bank. What’s in a bowl? Bimini blends acai pulp with guarana, banana, and almond milk for a nutrient dense pick-me-up. Up to three lip-smacking toppings are included (keep ’em coming for a small fee).
The Juice Merchant
Suburbanites, rejoice! The Juice Merchant is whipping up refreshing acai bowls on the outskirts of Philadelphia from their Main Street kitchen in Manayunk. For city-dwellers, this healthy grab-n-go eatery is worth a trek out of town. Plus, you can feel good about diving spoon-first into this sweet treat since The Juice Merchant donates a portion of every sale to Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization.
SoBol Philly, in the heart of Rittenhouse, is an acai oasis. Their menu is entirely blended, and offers customized acai and pitaya bowls, as well as a slurry of smoothies. What really sets SoBol apart, however, is their extensive toppings bar. Sure, they’ve got the standards: banana, strawberries, blueberries, coconut, honey. But step up your game with some mango, chia seeds, kiwi, pineapple, nut butters, and even Nutella. Yes, please!
Fuel has three spots in the city, each conveniently located less than half a mile from a gym or boutique studio. Coincidence? We think not. Their menu is super-charged with plant-based, nutritionally-balanced options perfect for post-workout recovery. And their acai bowls, blended thick and full of banana, granola, strawberries, and coconut (and 12g of protein!) are less than $6, so you can flex your muscles, not your wallet.