Acai (ah-sah-ee) is a small, dark purple berry produced by a palm tree found in the rainforests of Central and South America. This superfood is packed with antioxidants, fibre, calcium and heart-healthy fats. Its numerous benefits include boosting energy levels, aid digestion, enhances immunity, and most importantly, provides high amounts of antioxidants.Acai bowls are a great way to get this super berry into your diet and has been a healthy eating trend for some time now. It shows no signs of stopping and social media has increased its popularity due to its nutritional benefits and how it can be presented - think coconut bowls and the beautiful colours of different fruit.
Head to these outlets for your Acai fix in Hong Kong:
This café offers their signature acai bowls in three sizes with a good variety of toppings like cacao nibs, pitaya, kiwi, mango, flaxseed, luo han guo and the very popular homemade almond butter. The base is made with frozen bananas and Brazilian acai powder and you can choose from making your own or ordering one their signature concoctions. A popular choice is the Coco bowl made with strawberries, blueberries, banana and coconut chips - looks awesome, tastes even better.
Price range: Small HKD38 / Medium HKD56 / Large HKD72
Location: 4 Swatow Street, Wan Chai
Choose from acai bowls or smoothies at this vegan-friendly spot where the base is made from freshly-made apple juice, bananas and frozen acai pulp. The smoothies can be mixed with almond milk, coconut milk, your choice of fruit and even coffee for an extra boost! Bowls are made with the same base and there’s a great selection of toppings from chia seeds and seasonal fruits to hemp seeds, honey and raw granola.
Price range: Small HKD65 with 2 toppings / Large HKD110 with 3 toppings
Location: 45 Peel Street, Central
Grassroots Pantry mostly uses certified organic ingredients and they do their acai bowls a little different here. Top quality frozen acai berry pulp is blended with Raglan dairy-free coconut yoghurt, which means this is the perfect vegan bowl. Toppings are highly nutritious and include sprouted pumpkin seeds, seasonal fruit, toasted coconut, flax seeds and cranberry clusters.
Price: HKD98 per bowl
Location:108 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan
Mercedes Me Store
Come to this concept store for breakfast and indulge in their popular superfood smoothie bowls that come with a base of acai or Greek yoghurt. Acai bowls have three options - seasonal fruit, chia seeds, granola / fresh berries, dried berries, granola / fresh berries, seasonal fruit. And while you’re here, you can check out what Mercedes has to offer.
Location: Shop 38 & 40, G/F, 48 Queens Road Central
Pure Yoga’s raw and detox cafés are located across Hong Kong in more that 15 locations making it the most convenient place to grab a healthy snack. Healthy raw vegan food, superfood smoothies and their popular acai super cups. These come in four flavours - classic, cacao, coconut and pineapple - which are blended with acai powder. Choose from toppings like raw cacao nibs, granola, nuts and seasonal fruits.
Locations: Citywide including Lincoln House, Kinwick Centre, Pacific Place and Star Street Precinct
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