We love our happy hours and Sunday Fundays, but sometimes, there's nothing better than a refreshing, fruit- and veggie-filled juice. And whether you’re looking for a quick cleanse or just a pre-workout boost, there are plenty of spots across just about every neighborhood in DC slinging creative and flavor-packed healthy concoctions.
But hey, you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out this round-up of the best spots to get your juice fix in the District and get ready for satisfying pick-me-up.
We’ve been eyeballing this go-to joint in Arlington for years and threw a round of applause when the local favorite crossed the river into the District proper. That's right, you now can grab their iconic smoothies and smoothie bowls around Georgetown, GW, and in Union Market. And with the list of locations growing, so has their menu. While they’ve dabbled in a few solid snacks and on-the-go meals, they've stuck to what made us fall in love in the first place: raw, organic, plant-based blends.
Tucked inside Palmer Alley, in the heart of Dupont Circle, around Virginia, and popping up at local farmers markets, we just can’t get enough of Fruitive’s concoctions and ever-changing menu. With juices that rotate with the season and blends that may as well be liquid dessert (Cacao Pow, Coconut Colada, and Peaches & Greens — to name a few), this healthy haven offers make staying on top of your game a cinch. Stop by one of their stores and order up a fresh juice drink or go all-in with a quick cleanse — arguably, the tastiest around!
This gem is only in four cities, so DC is lucky to be home to more than one location. Even better, along with their healthy eats, they offer menu of delightful shakes (read: smoothies), most of which can be made vegan. While we love the taste of their creative blends, we also love that their quirky names. Enter: Jokes Acai’d, HI-5, and Big Date. Not only that, but Protein Bar is transparent about where their ingredients are sourced. They’re all about being “nutritionally relevant” and this rings true throughout their menu.
While it’s certainly tempting to allow yourself a cheat day when you're at Union Market, Khepra’s is here to help you stay on track. You can order a full-on cleanse or just grab one bottle for the road (we’re partial to the Fire Fruit Blend and the Tropical Sky Blend). And if you’re wandering the aisles and decide you just can’t battle the cravings, come back for dessert! With healthy options like chia seed pudding, cashew cheesecake, or even a super smoothie, you’ll satisfy that sweet tooth while keeping yourself in check.
Two former Wall Streeters understood what so many of us Type-A Washingtonians learn the hard way: health is a lifestyle. One of the very first to enter the DC juice scene, JRINK (now with multiple locations all over the city) has been our go-to spot for years. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, quick detox, or hangover cure, try their Black Magic or Fireball (we know it sounds intense, but you'll thank us later). Or, if you’re craving an indulgence but want to do your body a favor, reach for the Build Me Up 1 with raw almonds, cinnamon, vanilla, and date or the Cheer Me Up 2 with cold brew coffee, raw almonds and cashews, cacao, vanilla bean, dates, and filtered water.
On the list of roughly 297 new spots that have sprung up in Navy Yard, we have the neighborhood’s first juicery. The Charlottesville company chose DC for its fourth storefront, and for that, we’re eternally grateful. Those of you crushin’ a workout at Yards Park will love the menu of cold-pressed juice, milks, and smoothies. We quickly fell for the Strawberry Shake (a clean combo of almonds, dates, strawberries, and pink salt) and the Rinse & Recharge (pineapple with a kick of cayenne).
Puree is a proudly 100% organic, raw vegan, fresh, cold-pressed juice bar, and we're all about it. Their flagship location is on the outskirts of DC in Bethesda, MD, but they now have a second location inside Sibley Hospital (which offers curbside pick-up!). If you’re looking for that farm-to-bottle-to-couch juice service, they’ve got you covered, too. Home, or heck, even office deliveries, are at your service for an additional $10. Worth it. Fitt Tip: on a muggy summer afternoon, the Watermelon Gazpacho is a lifesaver.
Senzu Juicery embraces the portability of juice in their very presence — no storefront, just farmers markets, and all over town. These guys offer three types of cleanses, beginner, intermediate, and advanced — and the farther you go, the greener they get. Not into bouncing around the local farmers markets? Opt for their delivery service and you’ll get your juices shipped to your doorstep in a thermally-protected box, numbered, and labeled with care.
This Woodridge juice mecca is committed to using only organic produce, and while they’re obsessed with all the fruits and vegetables, they also incorporate a few specialty ingredients like spirulina, hemp seeds, and chia seeds into their creations. The line-up on the entirely plant-based menu is quite unique, and if you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the SourSop SeaMoss, with powerhouse add-ins like Indian Gooseberry, Ginko leaf, Sarsaparilla (if you have a hard time pronouncing it, that means it’s healthy, right?), and Asian Noni.
What do an Island in the Sun, a Nutter Butter smoothie, a Naked Carrot, a Maui Wowi Acai Bowl, and a Killer Veggie Breakfast Burrito all have in common (other than amazing names)? You can get every single one under the same roof at Jaco Juice & Taco Bar in Georgetown. A burrito with a name like Killer Veggie automatically qualifies it as a healthy breakfast choice, and when you throw in a wheat grass shot or bee pollen to your freshly-pressed Mean Green juice, your day is set. But seriously, this local spot has it all, so we won't judge you if you went for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
A born-and-bred DC juice shop Turning Natural is on a mission to make healthy foods accessible, cool, fun, and everything your taste buds ever wanted. Owner Jerri Evans, takes pride in preparing her juices with love and precision and doesn't hide her sense of humor. Case in point: the playful juice names like Green Latifah, Mikale Jackson, and Bromelionaire. If you’re looking for a lil’ something to go with your juice, hit up one of their spinach patties, the black bean burger, or the salad bar. This place already has four DC storefronts with an MGM location in the works. And with a menu like this, it's safe to say we're excited.
**Updated by Tarah Romano, February 2019