This city is brimming with juice and smoothie bars, each boasting organic, local, cold-pressed, seasonal concoctions. So in a world of so many red, blue, green, even purple juices, where do we even start?
Luckily, we’ve done the painstaking work of narrowing down the list for you. Let the sampling begin — here are the best spots in San Francisco.
With locations all over the city, reusable glass bottles, and seriously cool typography, it’s hard not to love the adorable Juice Shop. But it gets even better — all their craveable concoctions are made with organic, locally-sourced produce from Northern California farms. Choose one of their five green juices or go for something exciting like their Pineapple Pear Chia or Maca Malt. They even have elixirs to cure any ailment you may have (ahem — liver regenerator anyone?). Plus, they deliver anywhere in the city. No more fast food lunches. Just call the Juice Shop up.
Bright, beautiful spaces and sleek, colorful bottles. Yeah, that about sums up Project Juice. Their bottled juices are USDA-certified organic, cold-pressed, and come in flavors ranging from Dr. Green (think all the lettuces) to Turmeric Lemonade (lemon, purified water, raw agave, turmeric, and ginger). If you’re on the go, swing by one of their seven San Francisco-area spots for a fresh-made juice, some raw macaroons, a delicious superfood smoothie, or a smoothie bowl. Too lazy to leave your apartment? Sign up for their juice subscription membership, and get a pack delivered right to your doorstep.
Not only does this woman-owned shop (with locations on Sutter St. and on Second St.) boast a delicious juice and smoothie menu, they also offer shots like the Fireball—not that kind—made with cayenne and ginger, that will give you an extra boost when you're in need. Plus, they serve up drinks with names like Rebecca Romaine and 3 Fruits and a Nut that make ordering a produce-packed blend here not only a solid choice but a fun one. Fitt Tip: you can also catch Native Co. at Oakland Grand Lake Farmers Market on Saturdays and at San Rafael Civic Center Farmers Market on Sundays.
You could consider Pressed Juicery the old-faithful of juice bars, and with six SF locations, they're making staying healthy easy and accessible. They also keep things simple, staying away from strange names and instead, separating their drinks into categories, including greens, roots, fruits, citrus, refreshers, and signature blends. If it's your first top stopping by, don't hesitate to ask for a sample of any of their cold-pressed juices to get a better sense of which good-for-you bottle you may want to bring home. Fitt Tip: look out for their "Green Juice" Gummy Bears when you're on the search for a guilt-free sweet treat.
Boasting over 100 drinks on the menu, this long-standing shop is a quirky and colorful Mission District staple (with two locations within blocks of each other!). Head to the walk-up window for a fresh, on-the-spot pressed juice, smoothie, or house-made kombucha (yes, we said house-made!). And if variety is the spice of your life, you’ll love their healthy, inventive combinations like the Bruce Lee Juice or Kale Colada Smoothie.
As the name suggests, the mission behind The Plant Cafe Organic is to lift up plant-based lifestyles and promote environmentally-friendly practices. A true San Francisco native, this neighborhood eatery now has multiple locations in the Bay Area, including the airport, all featuring locally-sourced produce, 100% organic products, and free-range, sustainable poultry and seafood options. But that's only the half of it. All of their juices are pressed to order and their smoothies—you guessed it—blended to order. If you're swinging by in the morning, give their Healthy Sunrise a try, it'll be just what you need to kick start the day.
The juices here have the perfect balance of ingredients that you know well (carrots and baby spinach) and ones you’ve definitely never heard of (astragalus root or Icelandic kelp). But don’t let these foreign ingredients deter you — Elixiria is a cult favorite, and for good reason. Their menu is filled with cold-pressed juices and raw superfood smoothies that you have to taste to believe. So, the next time you’re in the the Financial District, stop by their outpost and order yourself Forever 16 blend, and watch your hair shine like you’re still in high school.
If you’re looking for that homey, country-cottage feel that also happens to have a nutritional seal of approval, Urban Remedy is your spot. The founder is an acupuncturist and herbalist who believes that “Food is Healing”, and that idea plays out in a menu of cold-pressed juices, wellness shots, tinctures, nut milks, and fun “meals in a bottle” that can be enjoyed as a healthy meal replacement. Swing by one of multiple San Francisco-shops and grab a gut-friendly Happy Belly With Probiotics drink — your stomach will thank you.
If you find yourself out in the foggy Sunset District or you're heading to Ocean Beach to soak up some rays, Judahlicious is a must-stop. By focusing on locally-sourced produce and lowering their environmental footprint, this vegan cafe and juice bar has made a real commitment to investing in their community’s health. These guys mean business when it comes to raw, functional foods, too. Take, for instance, the Buzzed juice that’s packed with nutrient-dense superfoods like turmeric and nutritional yeast. But if you’re in the mood for something a bit more indulgent, you can't go wrong with the Velvet smoothie crafted with banana, peanut butter, and vanilla frozen yogurt.
If you want to go full-on hippie, make your way over to Bebebar in The Castro and snag a fresh, Brazilian take on juice, along with one of their famous acai bowls before claiming your spot in Dolores Park. The juices here are made from 100% organic ingredients and feature unique combos like the Sam crafted using freshly-blended mango pulp and agave. The real stars of the show, though, are their acai bowls with optional add-ins like hemp, chia, and bee pollen.
We watched with excitement as Joe & the Juice seemingly took over the entire city in 2017. And now, the international juice slinger has close to 10 locations in neighborhoods including FiDi, Union Square, and Pac Heights, so you’re never far from a freshly-made juice or smoothie. And at this healthy hot spot, you can choose from energizing blends like the aptly-named Pick Me Up and superfood-filled elixirs like the Herb Tonic. Not matter what you order, though, you can expect a juice or shake that's so delicious, we won't blame you if you come up with an excuse to stop by more than once in a single day.
With locations in Nob Hill and Inner Richmond, Nourish Cafe isn’t just one of our favorite places to brunch, it’s also one of our go-to juice joints. If you feel a cold coming on, beeline it for the Vibrant (carrot, orange, and ginger) and after a particularly sweaty yoga class, the namesake Nourished (beet, apple, carrot, ginger, and lime) will really hit the spot. And if you'd rather have something a little more filling, they also have a killer selection of protein-packed smoothies.
If a veggie-based juice is what you're after, you’ll want to check out GreenSurge in the Castro. Not only do few others come close to the amount of green juices they do, but theirs are also made with organic, seasonal ingredients, which means you’ll never get bored with their menu because it’s always changing. You’ll also find ingredients not common at most other juice shops, like bok choy and butter lettuce. Oh, and make sure to bring your bottles back on your next visit so you can get them refilled!
**Updated by Matt Charnock, February 2019