Miami is notorious for summers so hot that your skin melts as soon as you walk outside. But with an açaí bowl in hand, you’ll undoubtedly feel refreshed no matter the temperature. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this fresh-fruit dish that can include countless toppings and ingredient options.
Açaí bowls, which originated in Brazil, have swept the globe due to their taste and colorful pallet. They are a must-try in South Florida, and we’ve narrowed down the best ones according to the places’ environment, presentation and the dishes’ taste.
112 Madruga Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Raw Juce, a restaurant that prides itself on sustainability, beliefs, fundamental truths and natural ingredients, is everything and more when it comes to açaí. With many locations in South Florida, Raw Juce greatly impacts any and every açaí lover. The bowl shown above, which sells for $13, is a banana, strawberry, blueberry and blackberry mix with oat milk, topped with bananas, strawberries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds and honey. However, açaí isn’t its only niche. They also sell avocado toast, salad bowls, grain bowls and juice. Their refreshing fresh fruit, flavorful toppings and minimalistic decor are guaranteed to provide an exciting experience as one munches on some of the Gables’ most refreshing, explosive and delicious bites.
50 NW 23rd St.
Miami, FL 33127
Any true açaí lover has heard, eaten and dreamt about Ooh Raw! Mostly known for their intricate and one of a kind menu, the place is a chef-driven, California and Miami-lifestyle inspired restaurant that provides authentic and modern Hawaiian-style cuisine. Located in Wynwood, they carry a variety of colorful, aesthetically pleasing and unique dishes which contribute to the experience of dining at Ooh Raw. This açaí bowl in particular, at $16, is a blend of pineapple, açaí, strawberry, bananas and blueberries with granola, strawberries and bananas as a topping. Whether a craving calls for refreshing fruit or poke, Ooh Raw has it all and more!
OakBerry Smoothie & Juice Bar
2619 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
OakBerry, an açaí restaurant located in Wynwood, sells a variety of bowls and smoothies that contribute to its liveliness. The company has locations in Florida, New York, California and Arizona. A favorite is “The Oak,” a 24 oz açaí bowl made with strawberry, banana, blueberry and pineapple topped with granola, goji berry, hemp seeds, honey and cacao nibs, which comes out to a total of $16.24. The smoothie and juice bar is uniquely set up, with colorful outdoor decorations and an aesthetically pleasing ambiance that makes it perfect for any photo op!
2471 S University Dr
Davie, FL 33324
Playa Bowls is the perfect location to visit after a day at the beach. With surfboard tables and tropical imagery around every corner, the beach theme decor will surely keep you in that joyful seaside mood. There are a variety of bases for the bowls beyond just açaí, including coconut, pitaya, and banana. If more than one base catches your attention, you have the option of combining two for your bowl. The Stupid Cupid bowl, at $11, has a banana and strawberry mix base. Each order is as visually pleasing as it is tastefully enticing. A trip here is guaranteed to be a breezy time!
14812 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
3Natives is a great option for the person on the go, as the açaí bowls are quickly ready. Even if you don’t have time to sit and relax in their outdoor sitting area, you can order your bowl to savor later. One of the great things about 3Natives is their different bowl sizes. A small bowl (8 ounces) costs $7.50 and a large one (160 ounces) costs $11.50, so you don’t have to worry about having leftovers if your appetite isn’t big. The JB Bowl has an açaí base that is nicely paired with Greek yogurt. Whether you stay to snack on a small bowl or order a large to go, you will be more than satisfied with the taste of your choice.