Where To Go For A Smoothie Bowl

By Cayley Nel
Smoothie bowl being eaten

With summer soon approaching, Smoothie Bowl Season is just around the corner. As much as we’d love to master the art of making them, we think it’s best to leave it up to the experts. To find out where to get a killer smoothie bowl in Auckland, check out our top picks below.

Misters Real Food

G/12 Wyndham Street, Auckland CBD
Acai Smoothie Bowl from Misters Real Food

Satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt at Misters Real Food. Not only do they offer a range of divine raw slices, but they also know how to whip up an epic Acai Bowl. Created using a blend of blueberries, bananas, raspberries, and acai, this bad boy will undoubtedly hit the spot. The flavours get even better, as the bowl comes topped with organic banana, freeze-dried berries, passionfruit, and granola. You can also add organic Coyo Coconut yogurt for an extra $2.90. Served in a compostable cup, you can choose to sit down and enjoy, or take your bowl to go.

The Smoothie Bowl

Shop 2/33-45 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna
Smoothie Bowls from The Smoothie Bowl

Passionate about health and fitness, CrossFit instructor, Brooke Manukau, set out to create an array of nutritious summer treats. Successfully achieving her mission, Brooke's superfood bar, known as The Smoothie Bowl, has quickly become a local hot-spot since opening in 2017. Identifiable by its bright blue tropical aesthetic, trendy white chairs, and leafy bean bags, this Instaworthy spot is renowned for its insane smoothies, raw treats, and smoothie bowls. With each bowl being inspired by a different CrossFit movement, you'll feel even better about demolishing such a nourishing meal. Among a long list of flavours, 'The Burpee: Snickers Overload' and 'The Handstand Push-Up: Original Acai' are popular picks. As you begin to dig in, it'll be hard to believe that a blend of peanut butter, acai, and coconut could ever taste so good.

The Botanist

13/90 Wellesley Street West, Auckland CBD

With a fresh, modern vibe, and incredible food, The Botanist is a go-to option for many Aucklanders. Listed under their All-Day Menu you'll spot a mouth-watering Acai Bowl. Served in a large bowl on a wooden board, the acai blend comes topped with an abundance of chia seeds, coconut, seasonal fruits, granola, and pumpkin seeds. Talk about a nourishing meal, right!? To accompany your bowl, we highly recommend some Organic Mechanic Kombucha or a cup of their freshly squeezed OJ. After this, you will certainly leave The Botanist feeling satisfied, ready to tackle the rest of the day.

Bowl & Arrow

228 Orakei Road, Remuera
Smoothie Bowl from Bowl and Arrow

Tucked away inside Orakei Bay Village, lies the ultra-popular Bowl and Arrow. Whether you’re after a cacao, peanut butter, and banana combo or a refreshing mix of passionfruit, mango, and pineapple, this place has got you covered. In addition to nine core flavours, their menu always includes a monthly special. In past months, limited-edition flavours have ranged from ‘Almon’ Heaven’, to ‘Pina Colla-gen’, to ‘‘Everything Butter & Jelly’. Each one delicious in their own way. Luckily, if you’re in a rush, each of their bowls is available as a drinkable smoothie to go. Plus, with corresponding calories written beside each flavour, you can feel confident in knowing that this treat won’t prevent you from reaching your health goals.

Cali Press

1 Gibraltar Crescent, Parnell
Acai Smoothie Bowl from Cali Press

Cali Press spends every day of the week fueling their customers with wholesome food. Amongst a range of delicious toast, and healthy sandwiches, their menu consists of six smoothie bowls; Original Acai, Cacao Crunch, Boho, Green Me, Big Papa, and PB & Choc. All of which are created using a blend of nutritious ingredients such as bananas, acai, and almond mylk. These delicious, smooth blends are then finished with an array of toppings, including strawberries, coconut yogurt, peanut butter, and hemp seeds. Depending on your appetite, you can opt for a regular-sized or upgrade to a large bowl for a couple of extra dollars.

Little Bird Kitchen

Corner of Summer Street & Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Green Super Bowl from Little Bird Kitchen

Dedicated to all things raw and vegan, Little Bird Kitchen has some killer Smoothie Bowls on their menu. Under their breakfast category, you'll see both a traditional Acai Bowl and a Smoothie Bowl Special. While the special option continuously varies, you can count on the traditional bowl to come served as a vibrant blend, topped with banana, coconut yogurt, and their amazing Little Bird Organics grawnola. And no, we didn't just spell granola wrong. This special 'grawnola' uses a sprouted buckwheat base to help our bodies process nuts and seeds. It may sound complicated, but don't worry, they've done all the hard work, all we need to do is eat!

Major Sprout

21 Graham Street, Auckland CBD
Coconut Mango Bowl from Major Sprout

If you manage to skim passed their iconic Buttermilk Pancakes, Major Sprout also does a fantastic acai bowl. Underneath a generous amount of granola, banana, and seasonal fruit, your spoon will meet a smooth layer of acai ready to be devoured. It may take a while to make your first move, as this wholesome creation looks more like an artwork than a meal, delicately arranged and served in a large rustically modern bowl-Both drool-worthy and aesthetically pleasing. Oh, and good news, their breakfast menu runs all day, so you don’t have to rush to beat that midday mark.

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