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SYDNEY'S BEST JUICES AND SMOOTHIE SPOTS

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UPDATED FEB 26, 2020

We’ve all heard of the juice cleanse — subsisting for days at a time on pulverised celery and weak dribbles of lemon isn’t very appealing. But with these beautiful smoothie and juice outlets, you can grab a tasty and fulfilling superfood snack or meal that's a healthy twist to the classic “liquid lunch”.

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RUBY YEATS

FITT SYDNEY CONTRIBUTOR

An absolute staple for healthy, locally sourced ingredients and, you guessed it, wholefoods, Surry Hills’ BWF also has a killer range of smoothies and juices on offer. There’s the classic Green or Alkalizer juice options as the perfect accompaniment to your tempting main meal. Or, if you’re looking for something packing a bit more punch, try one of the incredible health smoothies (you had us at Salted Caramel!). With 12+ different beverages to choose from, and alternative milk and non-dairy options to boot, there’s something for every health-conscious palate.

You probably know Cuckoo Callay as a purveyor of fine food and even finer coffee, but have you checked out their juice and smoothie bar? We love a punny song title as much as anyone, so the “We Are Young, We Run Green” or the “Yellow… Is it Me You’re Looking For” juices ticks off all our boxes. Plus, smoothies come with innovative ingredients like cacao, rosewater, chia seeds, coconut milk, and mango. Thankfully the CC empire hosts outlets in Surry Hills and Newtown for all your healthy hankerings.

Keep your sunglasses on when walking off Bondi Beach and into Speedos Cafe — the colour from their imaginative breakfasts and lunches is intense. And that goes for their collection of beverages, too. On a hot day, it calls for a vegan Lemonade Cooler. On a gusty, chilly beach day, the Peanut Nutter smoothie (made with almond mylk, dates, peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon) is cosy and filling. And on any day, a classic, very green Green Machine blend satisfies like no other.

With six health food cafes across Sydney, Cali Press dominates the NSW healthy juice scene. We don’t have the time, nor the inclination, to list out every single flavour here, but just know there are heaps of options, and they’re all pretty damn tasty! From spinachy green to sunny cayenne, plus a creamy Vanilla Sky (made with almond milk and dates) and deep red beet juice, you can truly taste the rainbow at Cali Press. Convenience is key here as well: dine in one of the super-cute central cafes, or order a carton of fresh juices (picked up in store or delivered daily to metro locations).

Hello, organic wholefoods! If healthy, wholesome fare is what you’re after, look no further than Flannerys. At any of their three NSW markets, you’ll find a tasty salad bar and extensive hot food buffet, plus a la carte options including paleo, GF, vegan, and low-carb dishes. And, best of all, there are loads and loads of smoothie and juice options. Whether you’re looking to hydrate with watermelon and mint or cleanse with orange and ginger, or fill up on a more substantial option like a Slim Jim or Rainbow Super Smoothie, your drink will be nutrient-packed and delicious.

No ulterior motives at Bread & Circus, just fresh food worthy of a Roman emperor served seven days per week in the heart of Alexandria. Cold-pressed juices are the star of the show here, with eight unique combinations of fruits and vegetables gracing the menu. Try pure, squeezed options (like straight-up OJ) or creamy blends with fresh Medjool dates and biodynamic yoghurt — whatever suits your fancy. Fitt Tip: the perfect accompaniment to any juice may be the Rainy Day Toast, generously drizzled with melted organic honey-thyme-cinnamon butter.

For proof that chain juiceries can still pack a unique, quirky punch, all six of Sydney's internationally loved Joe & The Juice’s outlets serve up freshly squeezed juice goodness with a distinctly Aussie flavour. Look no further than the expertly-crafted Flat White or Avo Shake. Of course, classic juice variations also have a home on the menu, along with some unique and nutritious ingredients like butternut squash, red bell pepper, green apple, raw cacao, and even broccoli. And trust us: there’s no easier way to squeeze in a couple of servings of fresh produce than in a tasty Iron Man or Pick Me Up smoothie.

Recently dubbed one of Sydney’s “most Instagrammable cafes”, Social Hideout is a newcomer to the city’s hotly contested food and beverage game. For the sake of this list, you’ll find the best of the menu on page two: cold-pressed juices, shakes, smoothies, and cool drinks. And while all the options are equally delectable, we can’t pass on a Ruby Rose juice with watermelon, raspberry, lime, and mint — it’s Sydney summer served up in a glass!

What do you get when you cross a wholefoods cafe with a boutique florist? No, not the start of a terrible joke — we’re talking Cuppa Flower in Mascot and Waterloo! Beautiful native blooms line the walls of the cafe and the wafting smells of crispy bacon and freshly baked pastries will have you in sensory overload. Then, there’s the smoothie and juice menu that delivers on taste. Find everything from fresh iced herbal teas to decadent shakes and frappes. Just know you might fall in love with the lychee mint iced fizzy or the visually stunning pitaya smoothie with fresh dragonfruit and coconut water.

Whether you’re taking a full weekend morning to wander the sprawling Alexandria superstore or just need a quick liquid pick-me-up after a block of CBD meetings, The Grounds has got you covered! They’ve come a long way since their beginning as an Inner West paradise for lovers of local, seasonal produce. Now, their inner-city sister café, The Grounds of The City, is known for some of the city’s best smoothies and juices. Sample Clean Green or Morning Sunshine blends (with fresh local watermelon and passionfruit!) or an antioxidant-rich acai super smoothie. There’s also house-made soda for a refreshing taste on fruity flavour — we love the innovative strawberry and lime combo!

A Marrickville institution with a reputation for tasty fresh food and killer beverages, West Juliett has our vote as the Inner West’s hippest juice/smoothie spot. Any café that can whip together a ruby grapefruit, fennel, pink salt, and beetroot juice has got our vote! Relax with a house-blended shake or soda as you take in the eclectic and modern surroundings embellished by local artwork and neighborhood hipsters.

Boasting Sydney’s biggest pancake range, Hale & Hearty beverages might be easy to overlook. Still, you’d be wrong to pass them up. Pair your healthified pancake stack with any of their six cold-pressed juices or the handful of smoothies and protein shakes. Ordering a savoury stack? Get something light like the Cleanser, with spinach, lemon, and green apple. Going off-beat by getting the Vegan Nachos? Try the Up Beet, pressed with beetroot, green apple, and a kick of ginger. The combinations are truly endless at this café in Waterloo and Darlinghurst.

Known for their colourful Mason jars and iconic custom bicycle used for deliveries, you can already find Simon Says Juice's plant-based, dairy-free range of juices and smoothies at numerous stockists across the city (including Surry Hills' Brewtown and Virgin Active in Barangaroo). But in 2019, it opened its first retail operation next to the Beauchamp Hotel in Darlinghurst. Since then, the juice lab has caused quite a stir in the community. What's so special? Their oat milk-based White Smoothie is satisfying as anything, and they've got three shades of green juice on offer. Come see—and taste—for yourself.

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