Building up a steady cult-following since first hit cafes around Australia's capital cities, the feel-good acai bowl was destined to be a hit for health fanatics and those with a sweet tooth alike thanks to its nutritional value and colourful aesthetics - perfect for the 'gram.
If you have been living under a rock, acai bowls can be found on most cafe menus throughout Melbourne. But it's an artful task to master a good acai bowl.
Made from the acai berry - a super fruit extremely high in antioxidants that help balance cholesterol levels and stop bad cell proliferation - acai is known to help digestion, boost immunity and calms the nervous system. How's that for your breakfast serving?
Acai bowls have well and truly come roaring onto Melbourne's breakfast scene.
If you search the hashtag #acaibowl, there are over 49,000 photos on Instagram alone! Pronounced' ah-sigh-ee, this berry is the superfood du jour. The acai bowl has become a hugely popular healthy breakfast choice, with savvy cafes across town teaming the purple-black berries with various other fruits, nuts, seeds and superfood garnishes in artistic (and delicious) arrangements.
For the uninitiated or if you happen to be living under a rock or have never seen Instagram, the humble acai bowl is a thick smoothie based bowl, usually topped with granola and fresh fruit and is usually so beautifully presented that you'll sign up for Instagram so that you can post it. Jam-packed with nutrients and low in carbs, it's fast becoming every health-conscious Melburnians go-to for brekky. So don't let FOMO get the better of you, and check out the best spots to grab an acai bowl in Melbourne.
593 Chapel St, South Yarra Vic & 1242 High St, Armadale Vic
Whether it's a peanut butter smoothie or a refreshing Acai Bowl, you can be sure the Green Cup will not disappoint you. The green cup is the home for healthy and delicious meals. The restaurant only prepares fresh meals using natural ingredients.
A go-to Chapel Street destination for health fanatics and foodies alike, Green Cup is the perfect refuelling station offering a range of decadent bowls, smoothies and healthy snacks every day of the week. So whether it be a refreshing acai bowl for the daily commute or a peanut butter smoothie post-workout, Green Cup will have you sorted for whatever your needs may be.
499-501 Lygon St, Carlton North Melbourne, Vic 354
Naughty Boy believes in preparing healthy and delicious foods. The restaurant offers high quality, mouthwatering breakfast and lunch in a beautiful and relaxed setting.
Naughty Boy is located on Lygon Street in the cross over between Carlton North and Princes Hill. The large striped back industrial space offers high-quality breakfast and lunch in a relaxed setting, serving Allpress coffee. We are proudly known for our famous and naughty InstaShakes™.
235 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
The friendly, upbeat service at Tinker is what we have built our business around. Our highly trained team will aim to keep you smiling from the moment you step foot in our venue to the moment you leave. Along with our focus on service, we aim to only use fresh quality produce to create our colourful, carefully plated dishes, which complement our world-class coffee. At the same time, you sit back and enjoy the feel-good music - altogether creating an atmosphere that will leave you wanting more.
Business partners Ben Argentino and Bec Moore's extensive experience across the Melbourne hospitality scene makes sharing a little piece of Tinker's magic possible.
The difficult situation we have all been in this year has inspired us to think about what we see for Tinker as a brand in the future. This has driven us to take a real focus on sustainability by incorporating 9 worm farms into our brand new courtyard and community garden. We aim to lower our environmental impact without compromising on the things we love.
Make yourself comfortable either inside, streetside or out in our courtyard and take in the experience that is Tinker Northcote.
35 Rose St, Essendon VIC
Bowls baby has listened carefully to the needs of their clients and delivers a food experience that meets their client's exactions. Bowls Baby is keen to ensure that each customer enjoys their meal. So what you see and what you smell is exactly what you will taste.
Bowls Baby was founded in 2018 to bring real food to real people. In a world of so many filters and fakery, we're the food industry's answer to a bare-faced selfie.
We hope for a world with no nasties, so we don't put any in our food. So, from artificial flavours to added sugars – you won't find any of it in our bowls.
We've built our menu with a range of fresh ingredients that help you be the very best version of who you are – you're the hero we've been holding out for. Our flexitarian approach ensures we're a delicious bowl for everybody, all made fresh to order and served up in packaging made from plants, not oil.
It's not about being better than one another. It's about being better together. If you want acai bowls, then baby, you're in the right place. Bowls Baby wants to be your everyday pitstop for when you want fast, good, healthy food made for nourishing your body. Grab the Original Baby for an acai berry treat, including banana, blueberries, date paste, natural peanut butter, almond milk, and topped with house-madehouse-made granola.
Smoothme Superfood Bar
Shop 6, 120 Spencer Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Smoothme Superfood Bar offers up some healthy vegan-friendly acai bowls in Melbourne. You'll find no refined sugar in these bowls and a wide selection of different flavours, so you'll definitely be spoilt for choice. Instead, try their signature original acai bowl, including banana, dates, almond milk and maca powder.
213 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tropicana Juice has been serving up acai since the early 2000s and uses only organically certified berries for some of the best acai bowls in Melbourne. Try their Amazon Bowl for your daily dose of organic acai, whipped into a sorbet and topped with bananas and toasted muesli. Add some extra toppings to really make it your own with a mixture of berries, chia seed, green tea powder and peanut butter.
Acai Brothers Port Melbourne
299 Bay Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Acai Brothers in Port Melbourne is like an acai bowl mecca, where you can probably get just about any type of acai bowl you could want. So you've got your original acai bowl, salted caramel bowl, spiced porridge bowls, mango passionfruit bowl, raw grapefruit bowl, lemon meringue bowl, cinnamon spice bowl, choc treat yourself a bowl, nice berry bowl, and that's not even all of it.
1224 Burwood Hwy, Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156
Try out Waratah Organics the next time you're on the hunt for a new brekky spot for one of the best acai bowls Melbourne has to offer. Acai berries are blended into a sorbet and topped with seasonal fruit, buckwheat kernels, millet puffs, chia seeds and finished with flaked coconut. By the time you're finished, you'll feel like you've done your body a huge favour.
52 Madden Grove, Burnley VIC 3121
If you are a serious health junkie, then get down to Serotonin Eatery for a fresh and fruity acai bowl to wake you up in the morning. Not only do they nourish your body with food, but they also have an exercise centre and education platform. So go for the galaxy acai bowl, which is not only pretty to look at but includes loads of antioxidants with toasted granola, pistachio dust, fresh fruit, and a coconut magnum ice cream.
89a Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3143
If you're after Melbourne's simple, quality and sustainable acai bowls, then Laneway Greens should already be your local. So do your body a favour and grab the Acai and Seasonal Fruit Pot which includes delicious cooling acai sorbet, banana, blueberries, almond milk, and house-made almond granola.
Frootz on Parade
274 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North VIC
To the average passerby, it might just be a quality fruit shop in Fitzroy's north, but to those in the know, Frootz on Parade serves up a mean acai bowl, thanks to its owners who saw a gap in the market for quality fresh fruit and superfoods. With a range of impromptu acai creations created every morning, enjoy a tasty acai treat knowing it's made from the freshest of fruits straight from Melbourne's best markets.
The Date Night Bowl is the perfect hit of fruity goodness intended to be enjoyed with a company (but who's to know if you want it all for yourself?)—made from acai blend, banana, strawberries, raspberries, cacao nibs, sunflower seeds, quinoa puffs and dates, topped with natural greek yoghurt to finish. Add peanut butter for some extra goodness.
School of 7 Bells
33-35 Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Grab one of the best acai bowls in Melbourne at School of 7 Bells. Perfectly located for a tasty morning take out on your way to work or school, Bells will have you feeling good and full with their Brazilian acai bowl, featuring banana, pomegranate, honey with spelt agave, granola and strawberries, so you know it's chock-full of nutrients and antioxidants.
Bells, affectionately known, is named after a legendary Colombian school that teaches kids in a much darker art entirely: how to pickpocket! The final exam at the school consists of picking from a suit rigged up with seven strategically placed bells, whereby the child must pick the mark clean without ringing a single bell. Whilst we do not encourage pickpocketing, we do love our customers to become as passionate about coffee as we are.
We're also very fortunate to have very passionate staff who encourage clean, healthy eating and are constantly coming up with new dishes for everyone to try.
Bells is a must-visit for anyone and everyone, and not just those running past our window on the mad dash to work.
Enjoy an amazing acai bowl that includes banana, pomegranate, honey, spelt and agave granola and strawberries, whilst sipping on one of their unique house blends or single origins by Artful Dodgers Coffee Trading Co. But, of course, if you're dining with someone who doesn't want to indulge in the acai bowl (we will then ask, why are you dining with them at all?), they are sure to enjoy the red velvet pancakes.
Monk Bodhi Dharma
202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava VIC
Housed in a converted bakehouse, Monk Bodhi Dharma is all about healthy eating and living with an extensive vegetarian menu and a bangin' acai bowl to boot. So start your morning off with a burst of fruit and energy with Monk's acai bowl including, organic acai, banana, berries, maca, mesquite, lucuma, almond milk and granola. It's also gluten-free and vegan!
The Nutrition Bar Windsor
166 Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
It truly is a health addict's haven at The Nutrition Bar in Windsor. Green smoothies, salads, protein shakes, guilt-free desserts and of course, the mighty acai bowl. They offer four tasty acai bowls, including the original blended acai and coconut water with banana, blueberries, and caramelised buckinis. The green bowl with spinach and kale, protein bowl for gym junkies and the peanut butter bowl with cacao nibs and strawberries.
Enjoy a made-to-order acai bowl along with a green or protein smoothie at this stand out Swan Street health bar. The Nutrition Bar specialises in healthy fast food, and whips up one of the best acai bowls in Melbourne – available in super convenient takeaway containers if you're running late to the office.
1430 High St, Malvern, VIC
Serving up organic superfoods since 2011, Street Organics was ahead of the curve when it comes to sweet treats that are actually good for you. Making delicious, nutritious and life-giving foods that don't cost the earth on a daily, you can expect its bowls to be made from scratch using local and organic ingredients.
With only one dedicated acai bowl on the menu, it features acai, banana, blueberries, nuts, seeds and house-made granola - trust us, it's worth every spoonful!
The Food Drinkery
22 Banksia St, Burwood East, Australia
If you've found an acai bowl further east than this, let us know! The Foodrinkery brings a spectacular array of fresh flavours to Melbourne's east, bringing quality coffee and on-trend dishes to the suburbs.