The Smoothie Bowl: The Singapore Food Craze That (Kinda) Took Off

Acai (pronounched ah-sigh-ee) has managed to make a name of itself amongst fashion forward Instagramers and the health conscious. Considered one of the more popular superfoods, the acai berry comes from acai palm trees which can only be found in Central and South America.

What’s an acai exactly? Simply put, it’s a berry…with superpowers.

No, really!

Acai berries are known to provide a variety of health benefits; it prevents heart problems, aids in weight loss and digestion, is an immune booster, helps your skin look health and gives your energy a boost!

What’s better? They’re a regular feature in smoothie bowls! Guilt-free, stomach-filling and ever so pretty. Smoothie bowls are perfect alternative to sinful desserts and they’ll look great on your Instagram.

1. Project Acai

Project Acai definitely tops our list to get a smoothie bowl, it’s Singapore’s first dedicated acai superfood cafe and they’re really good at what they do. Project Acai offers 2 different smoothie bowls, the Original Flower Bowl and the Nuts for Acai Bowl, and if you’re on the go you can opt for their acai smoothies made from organic acai blended with a variety of fruits and nuts.

The Organic Flower Bowl, made from blended acai base, topped with granola, fresh fruits and features other superfoods such as bee pollen, goji berries, cacao nibs and chia seeds.

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Crafted from the same acai base featured in all of Project Acai’s creations the Nuts for Acai Bowl is topped with banana, granola, cacao nibs, chia seeds and choice of butters (almond, peanut or cookie).

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Address: 27 Lorong Liput, Holland Village, S277738
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11.30am – 10pm (or until sold out)

Address: 391 Orchard Road #B2-32A,Takashimaya Shopping Center, S238872
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-9.30pm, S238872

2. Absolute Acai

If you’re feeling sluggish at work head to Absolute Acai for a healthy pick me up. Located at Pickering Street, Absolute Acai is the perfect place to pick up a smoothie bowl during lunch. Customers can choose between the simpler Brazilian Bowl which features Absolute’s signature blend, bananas and granola and the Absolute Acai signature bowl, which is heaped with fruits and superfoods such as bee pollen and goji berry. The best part about Absolute Acai? They offer DIY bowls, giving you the freedom to get a little creative!

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Address: 3 Pickering Street #01-38, S048660
Contact: 6224 4088
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-8.30pm; Closed on Weekends

3. Seed and Soil

Seed and Soil is one a stop solution for all your healthy, on the go pick me ups. Seed and Soil carries several different cold pressed juices from green juices to juices meant for healing and detox, perfect if you’re haven’t been feeling your best. Seed and Soil carries 3 main smoothie bowls; the Cacao Warrior, Green Glow and the Pitaya Sunrise.

A guilt free chocolatey dessert, the Cacao Warrior is made from a rich chocolate smoothie topped with fresh fruits and raw cacao. Perfect for a post-workout energy boost!

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The Green Glow smoothie bowl, is crafted from Seed and Soil’s own green smoothie topped with pineapples and coconuts giving the smoothie bowl the perfect balance of freshness and greens.

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The most eye catching of Seed and Soil’s offerings is the Pitaya Sunrise, red dragon fruit gives it its signature fuchsia colour. Topped with a variety of fruits and a scatter of raw cacao. This smoothie bowl is definitely Instagram worthy!

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Address: 1 Tanjor Pagar Plaza #01-22, S082001
Contact: 9644 0752
Opening Hours:Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat, 10am-5pm

4. Park Bench Deli

Known for their delicious sandwiches, Park Bench Deli now features an acai smoothie bowl covered in almonds, granola, fresh fruits and topped with coconut flakes and chia seeds. If you’re hankering for something sweet after a hearty lunch, this smoothie bowl is your best bet!

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Address: 179 Telok Ayer Street, S068627
Contact: 6815 4600
Opening Hours: Mon, 12pm-10pm; Tue-Fri, 10.30am-10pm; Closed, 4-5pm daily

Smoothie bowls are a great source of nutrition, they’re filling and it helps that they’re very Instagram-worthy.While smoothie bowls are available on our sunny island, they’re pretty pricey and they’re far and few between. Which is probably why the smoothie bowl craze never took off here (that and we Singaporeans LOVE our local eats!). Let’s hope that someone comes up with a cheaper alternative that is right outside our doorstep soon!

 
 
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