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Thirsty Monkey, Marrickville | Image: Instagram

8 Best Acai Bowls in Sydney


You’ve probably seen the best acai bowls in Sydney all over social media, and that’s for good reason. Acai berries are one of the most delicious members of the superfood squad and they’ve been taking Australia and the world by storm in acai smoothie bowls for the last few years.

Bursting with vitamins, antioxidants, fibre and calcium, there’s not much this little berry isn’t packing. It’s why they’re so perfectly blended into the delicious smoothie bowls that will have you feeling full and healthy.

We’ve already done the hard work for you, so check out the best acai bowls Sydney has to offer.

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Best acai bowls in Sydney at a glance

  • The best acai bowl in Sydney overall: Acai Brothers, Neutral Bay
  • If you’re in the eastern suburbs: Fruitologist, Bondi
  • If you’re in the inner west: Thirsty Monkey, Marrickville
  • If you want the full vegan experience: Pilgrims, Cronulla

Now we’ve had a look at our favourites, let’s check out the complete list.

Acai Brothers, Neutral Bay
Acai Brothers, Neutral Bay | Image: Instagram

1. Acai Brothers, Neutral Bay

Price: $13 – $16

Pros: Offers several different variations on the classic acai bowl, meaning you can spice it up to keep your visits fresh. You can also order online for pick up or delivery through their website, which is always nice.
Cons: They’re not really brothers, so it’s hard to trust them.

How’s the acai? With a name like Acai Brothers it’s fair to assume it’d be pretty good, and you’d be right. There’s a reason the team at Acai Brothers call themselves the “leading Superfood Bar” franchise, and it comes from their unwavering commitment to the acai artform.

Menu highlights: Check out the Notella Bowl, which is like a Nutella Bowl, but Not.

Address: 8/157 Military Road, Neutral Bay
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3pm

Cali Press, Sydney CBD
Cali Press, Sydney CBD | Image: Instagram

2. Cali Press, Sydney CBD

Price: $20 to $24

Pros: Cali Press is focused on delivering healthy food without compromise, so you can rest easy knowing you don’t have to head there only on cheat days.
Cons: A bit expensive compared to some other options.

How’s the acai? It’s a nice big bowl of healthy goodness. Honestly, everything Cali Press does makes you feel good inside, but the acai bowls are on another level.

Menu highlights: If you’re not in the mood for acai (in which case, why are you on this page), Cali Press also makes a mean spicy BBQ chicken bowl, as well as a ‘macro bowl’ made up of sweet potato, lentils, hummus, avocado, and a bunch of other delicious stuff.

Address: 8/151 Clarence Street, Sydney
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-3.30pm

Chapter E, Darlinghurst
Chapter E, Darlinghurst | Image: Instagram

3. Chapter E, Darlinghurst

Price: $16

Pros: Plenty of fruit and flavour, as well as a fully-stacked menu of Middle-Eastern cuisine.
Cons: Only a basic bowl is available, if that can be considered a con.

How’s the acai? Filled with acai, banana, coconut water, toasted muesli, shredded coconut and more, it’s a no-brainer for your next breakfast.

Menu highlights: Despite serving a great acai bowl, Chapter E is actually better known for their falafel, so be sure to check it out as well. There’s also a smoothie bar, bursting with fruity zest and a very decent coffee.

Address: 201 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Hours:
Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm

Coco Bliss, Coogee
Coco Bliss, Coogee | Image: Instagram

4. Coco Bliss, Coogee

Price: $17 to $19

Pros: A Brisbane favourite that made its way to Sydney in 2016, Coco Bliss are well known for their quality ingredients and well-stacked bowls. It’s also mostly vegan, if that floats your boat.
Cons: Some of their bowls can be on the sweeter side, and have a lot of chocolate involved, so watch the sugar intake.

How’s the acai? It’s awesome, and comes in several variations. A Ferrero Bowl? Snickers flavoured? Black forest? It’s a lot, but it’s also delicious.

Menu highlights: Beyond the acai, Coco Bliss also does some delicious protein bowls for those of you looking to bulk, and some lean meals for those watching your macros.

Address: 233 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
Hours: Mon-Sun 6am-5pm

Culture Bean Cafe, Kogarah
Culture Bean Cafe, Kogarah | Image: Instagram

5. Culture Bean Cafe, Kogarah

Price: $18

Pros: Friendly staff, delicious food, and a location filled with personality. Hospital staff eat here often, so it must be good for you!
Cons: It’s opposite Kogarah hospital, so it’s regularly loud and busy.

How’s the acai? Spelt maple muesli, coconut shavings, and black chia seeds atop a base of acai, topped with strawberries, blueberries, banana and peanut butter? It’s nearly perfect.

Menu highlights: The shakshouka is also recommended, as well as the chicken pesto salad.

Address: 15 Gray Street, Kogarah
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-2.30pm

Fruitologist, Rozelle and Bondi
Fruitologist, Rozelle and Bondi | Image: Instagram

6. Fruitologist, Rozelle and Bondi

Price: $12

Pros: A relatively cheap option compared to some others on the list, with the ability to add ingredients to make it your own.
Cons: The lack of places to sit is a shame, but you’re probably at Bondi so just go find somewhere beautiful to camp.

How’s the acai? Fruitologist sells high-quality, fresh produce, so you can expect that its acai is topped with only the best. Don’t be fooled by the cheaper price – this one will surprise you.

Menu highlights: Being more of a produce market than a cafe, it doesn’t really have a menu, but a trip to Fruitologist could double up as a trip to the grocery store instead.

Address: 2 Nagurra Place, Rozelle, and 151 Bondi Road, Bondi
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-7pm

Pilgrims, Cronulla
Pilgrims, Cronulla | Image: Instagram

7. Pilgrims, Cronulla

Price: $17

Pros: A fully vegetarian cafe near Cronulla beach, close to the train station. Pilgrims also have a whole menu of delicious meals to try beyond their bowls.
Cons: It is only open for breakfast and lunch most days, so no late-night treats.

How’s the acai? House-baked granola with fruit, and the option to add peanut butter, coconut yoghurt, greek yoghurt, and Nutella. There’s something satisfying about eating acai by the ocean.

Menu highlights: The corn fritters are a genuine winner, as is the banana bread. For lunch, we recommend the Nepalese Curry Pie.

Address: 97 Gerrale Street, Cronulla
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-2.30pm, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-3pm

Thirsty Monkey, Marrickville
Thirsty Monkey, Marrickville | Image: Instagram

8. Thirsty Monkey, Marrickville

Price: $18.50

Pros: A good selection of acai bowls, protein shakes, juices and salads make this Inner West spot a must visit.
Cons: It’s in Marrickville Metro, so it can get a bit busy on the weekends.

How’s the acai? It’s something special, even on this list. Not only does it look delicious, but the taste and textures blend into something pretty amazing. It’s an easy recommend from us.

Menu highlights: The ability to make your own juice ensures everyone can leave happy, but a strong selection of protein shakes help this spot go the extra mile.

Address: 96/20 Smidmore Street, Marrickville
Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm

General FAQ

What is acai?

Acai (ah-sigh-EE) are berries hailing from the rainforests of South America filled with antioxidants, fibre, calcium, and the good fats. They spoil easily, however, so are mostly used fresh or frozen.

What is an acai bowl?

An acai bowl is a mix of yogurt, muesli and fruit among other ingredients, which is like a smoothie but presented in a bowl.

Are acai bowls good for you?

Yeah, mostly. As with all things, watch out for the extra ingredients and sugar levels: especially the added nutella or peanut butters that are regularly dolloped on top.

Why You Should Trust Our List

Man of Many compiled this list through personal experiences trying out acai bowls around Sydney. Where they haven’t had a chance to visit, they’ve turned to food critics and expert reviews in compiling their list, as well as leaned on the experience of our freelance writers. Man of Many’s editors have considered price points, opening times, and food choices while also making a concerted effort to highlight spots throughout each part of Sydney.

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