As much as we’d like to take all the credit, California did not actually invent juice. But with the number of places in SoCal serving drinkable fruits and veggies, we might as well have.
San Diego is especially famous for local hotspots that offer entire menus dedicated to cold-pressed juices, nutrient-packed smoothies, and other superfood sippers. So, throw on your favorite pair of leggings and head to one of these juice and smoothie hubs to enjoy your vitamins like a local.
Mantra Yoga & Juice Bar
Sweat out the bad; fill up with the good. Mantra Yoga & Juice Bar in Carlsbad comes in clutch with their post-savasana Mantra Bliss smoothie and a Green Goodness juice for when the night before is coming back to haunt you (and causing you to miss that yoga class). Whether you enjoy your drink on the run or prefer to chill on the outdoor patio, the options at Mantra will have you feeling good.
Northside Shack in Point Loma is a “community-oriented beverage bar” that does not disappoint. The staff will greet you with a smile and gladly help you sort through the impressive menu to decide which bev is right for you that day. And with smoothie options that range from straight up greens to more dessert-y flavors like PB&J, there’s sure to be something perfectly you.
The San Diego outposts of Grabbagreen in downtown and Encinitas are one-stop shops for healthy snacks and sips made from all-natural, locally-sourced ingredients. While they’ve got a huge menu offering everything from grain bowls to breakfast plates, it’s their smoothies and juices that keep us coming back. Try an Energy Elevator for a one-two punch of coffee and protein that’ll keep you going all day long (or help you recover from a long night out).
Turquoise Juice Bar
Turquoise Juice Bar may be new to the neighborhood, but they are definitely here to stay. Thanks to their clever names (the Pitaya Angelou? Yes, please.) and fresh ingredients, Turquoise has already won the hearts of PB natives and tourists alike. Next time you’re headed to the beach, stop by and grab a Pacific Beach Babe — you’ll be looking the part in no time thanks to the healthy combination of tropical fruits and coconut water.
The Nest Coffee and Tea
The Nest in OB is a San Diego go-to for healthy treats and breakfast favorites. And sure, there’s nothing wrong with a classic acai bowl, especially when you’re spending the day at the beach. But why not kick your superfood game up a notch with one of their travel-inspired, healthy sippers like the Take Flight? This nutrient-dense drink packs a punch thanks to its exotic (and delicious) combination of maca, cacao, and cayenne.
We want juice that’s made from fruit grown on trees — that’s not too much to ask, is it? Not at Juice Alchemy in Bankers Hill, that rotates its menu seasonally, ensuring only the freshest (never frozen) ingredients make their way into your belly. From the greenest of green juices to smoothies that taste more like milkshakes, you can feel good about satisfying your cravings here.
The Mad Beet
Thanks to old-school hip-hop references and its prime location in PB, The Mad Beet has officially made healthy cool again. We mean, who doesn’t want to drink a smoothie called the “Acaizy-E”? And they’re not just serious about their pop culture know-how––the creative geniuses at Mad Beet use local, wholesome ingredients to develop recipes that’ll have you feelin’ funky fresh in no time, yo.
Remember how your mom used to sneak veggies into your dinner? Well, the blend experts at Vitality Tap in downtown and Carmel Valley are just as sly––every one of their delicious beverages is packed with powerful nutrients. Whether you order the Avocado Bliss smoothie––a creamy combination of almond milk, avocado, spinach, mango, lime, chia seeds, and agave—or any of the fresh-pressed juices, you’ll forget all about what flavor Halo Top just released.
OH! Juice Cafe
Wanna taste the rainbow without the sugar high? Try OH! Juice’s beautifully bottled technicolor drinks. Channel your inner beach bum with the Surfboard (a local fave) or savor the sweet taste of sunshine with Strawberry Fields… forever. Just kidding — that one’s only available during the summer. But don’t worry — they have inventive options for every season. Get ’em in Little Italy at the farmers market on Saturdays and in Hillcrest on Sundays.
Unico Juice Shop
Unico Juice Shop in North Park, Little Italy, and East Village is serious about its commitment to being organic. They even wash all of their produce with fair trade, organic, and biodegradable soap (whoa!). They also happen to be great at creating organic eats (and drinks) that taste delicious and make you feel awesome. With 30+ options for juices and smoothies, there’s something to satisfy every craving and dietary need. And we know this is a post about sippable snacks, but we couldn’t write about Unico without mentioning the waffles — they are seriously mind-blowing.
Juice Wave in Mission Beach is green in more ways that one. They’re passionate about making delicious juice blends and promoting sustainability. The rad chicks that own this spot started out with San Diego’s first organic juice truck in 2014 and quickly landed upon a brick-and-mortar on Mission Boulevard in the heart of Mission Beach. There, they offer organic, fresh, and cold-pressed juices and smoothies that are perfect post-surf of post-bar crawl (PB is right up the street after all).
With locations up and down the California coast, you’ll never be too far from a Project Juice outpost. That’s pretty crucial considering that after one sip of their healthified mint chip shake, you’ll be hooked. Looking for healthy juices on the go? They’ve got plenty of those too. Plus, they’ll deliver ’em right to your door at no extra cost (because SoCal traffic is no joke).
Beaming in La Jolla, Del Mar, and the La Costa Equinox excels at taking the most buzz-worthy superfoods (think maca root, camu camu, goji berry, etc.), and turning them into purposeful, delicious smoothies. Plus, the names are tough to beat: Rockstar is for muscle recovery; Euphoria is a mood elevator; and Sexy Mayan… well, we think you can guess that one (wink, wink).
Choice Superfood Bar & Juicery
A resident of the North County bubble? Here’s your best bet for getting your (green) drink on without sitting in traffic on the 5: Choice Juicery. With four North County locations, Choice Juicery makes grabbing your Superhero smoothie, Dawn Patrol juice, or a three day-cleanse easy-peasy (lemon squeezy). They believe food is medicine, and that their brand of medicine is “organically awesome and awesomely organic.” We’d have to agree.