Suddenly, there are many Acai Bowl dedicated shops in Singapore. When just 3 years ago, there could be none.
Acai, pronounced as “Ah-saa-eee” (NOT Ah-CAI 阿财) has been lauded for an array of health benefits, said to be packed with antioxidants, amino acids, fibre, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
I like it because it almost feels like I am having ice cream, with that delicious sweet-tangy-chocolatey finish, without the guilt factor.
It is what dessert dreams are made of. Be careful of over-indulging though, there is still well, a lot of sugar in each bowl.
12 Healthy Acai Bowls In Singapore
Project Acai Holland Village
27 Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277738 (Holland Village MRT)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
391 Orchard Road, #B2-32A, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
217 East Coast Road, #01-03, Singapore 428915
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
First player’s advantage. Project Acai can be considered as Singapore’s first dedicated acai café. Since its opening in 2015, it is now located in three different outlets – Holland Village, Orchard Road, East Coast.
The Original Flower Bowl (Handy – $6.80, Medium – $9,30, Large – $14.50) includes up to 14 different fruit and superfood toppings.
The 14 toppings include, banana, granola, dragonfruit, melon, pineapple, mango, strawberry, grapes, blueberry, coconut shavings, goji, cacao nibs, chia seeds and bee pollen.
As for the acai base, Sambazon acai is blended manually freshly in small batches throughout the day, ensuring every customer gets as much acai in their bowl as possible.
3 Pickering Street. #01-38 Nankin Row Singapore 048660
Tel: +65 62244088
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 8.30pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 5:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Absolute Acai is another café specialised in serving Brazilian Acai bowls (Acai na Tigela), this time in Singapore’s CBD area at Pickering Street.
Its Medium Signature Bowl is at $9.50, Brazilian Bowl $7.50, Breakfast Smoothie $6.50 with an optional DIY Bowl at $6.90 with toppings from $0.50 onwards.
The signature acai is blended together with guarana, fresh apples, fresh bananas, 100% natural coconut water, with organic seeds and nuts for the toppings.
They emphasized that fresh apples are used instead of processed apple juice in the blend.
The base is in a purplish cold puree form, consistency thinner than I expected, with a tarty-sweet taste similar to a mixture of raspberry and blackberry, and a faint aftertaste that would remind you of dark chocolate.
An Acai Affair
101 East Coast Road Singapore 428796
Tel: +65 8698 7462
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Thurs), 12:00pm – 11:30pm (Fri), 10:00am – 11:30pm (Sat), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Sun)
An Acai Affair was started by two young undergraduates from SMU who share a similar love for Acai and all things nutritious. These entrepreneurs are really starting at an early age!
After an outlet at East Coast Road, the next will be opening at Marina Duo.
The Acai Fruit Bowl ($5.90, $8.90, $13.90) come served with fresh fruits, granola, chia seeds, cacao nibs, coconut shavings, pumpkin seeds, almond flakes and goji berries.
All bowls come with a drizzle of honey, cookie butter, peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter.
Its acai bowls is said to be undiluted with liquids such as apple juice or coconut water, and therefore contains a higher concentration of acai pulp. An Acai Affair (East Coast Road)
Seed and Soil
1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-22 Singapore 082001 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Station)
Tel: +65 9644 0752
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm (Mon – Fri), 10:00am – 5:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun, PH
Seed and Soil serves up their acai right from the tub, and do not blend or dilute it down with other fruits.
All their Acai bowls ($10, $12, $15) are topped with seasonal fruits and signature Superfood Sprinkle, a protein, fiber, and Omega-3 rich blend of homemade Rawnola (Oats, Dates & Coconut), Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Goji Berry, Cashew, Cacao Nibs, Buckwheat, Coconut Flakes and dried Mulberries.
Liat Towers 541 Orchard Road #01-01B Singapore 238881
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Coocaça has come up with 2 signature blends, and commented that they used high quality acai that results in a creamier, less icy texture.
All bowls are topped with their very own homemade granola and almond butter, banana, strawberries, blueberries and chia seeds.
The best-selling item is the Pura Vida ($12.50), a refreshing blend of acai, mixed berries, banana and coconut water.
For something more indulgent and creamy, get the Sao Paulo ($12.50) which is a blend of acai, cacao, strawberries, banana and soy milk ($12.50).
33-35 Kampong Bahru Road Singapore 169355 (Outram Park MRT Station)
Tel: +65 6222 4869
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 10:00pm (Sun – Thu), 9am – 12:00mn (Fri – Sat), Closed Tue
To appeal to the health-conscious, Strangers’ Reunion has introduced ‘superfoods’ desserts – Coconut Chia Pudding ($11.90), Acai Smoothie Bowl ($11.90) and Avocado Smoothie Bowl ($11.90).
I liked the Acai Smoothie Bowl ($11.90) best, blended with mixed berries and coconut water, topped with honey granola, pepitas, coconut flakes, goji berries and fresh seasonal berries.
20 Cecil Street, #01-07 GSH Plaza Singapore 049705 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 82514776
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5:00pm (Mon – Fri), 7:30am – 2:30pm (Sat), Closed Sun
I had both the Summer Dream ($8.90) and Mo-ii Powerhouse ($8.90), ie acai and pitaya bowls on separate occasions, and found that they were fresher, more refreshing, had more balanced taste and texture compared to some other brands.
Was particularly impressed with the Pitaya Bowl, still seldom seen in Singapore, with dragonfruit as the based topped with mangoes, jackfruit, strawberries handmade granola, and chia seeds
The granola was prepared by the owner, and landed agreeable crunch and sweetness to the bowl.
313@somerset 313 Orchard Road #B2-14 Singapore 278997
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
118 Holland Ave, #01-03 Raffles Holland V Singapore 278997
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
For the health conscious looking for some nourishing food with a fusion of Scandinavian and tropical flavours.
The Haakon Classic Acai Bowl ($7.90, $12.90) contains an organic acai blend, topped with granola, coconut flakes, chia seed parfait, blueberries, banana and seasonal fruits.
Other varieties include Pink Pitaya and Chia Bowl, Lean & Green Bowl, Coco Loco Acai Bowl, and Acai Chocolate Therapy.
One@KentRidge #01-01, 1 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119082 (Kent Ridge MRT Station)
Tel: +65 9829 6888
Opening Hours: 8.30 am – 8:00pm (Mon – Fri), 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sat). Closed Sun, PH
Daily Acai is a superfood smoothie shop that specializes in making delicious and healthy acai bowls, smoothies and quinoa salad boxes.
The shop offers Acai Bowls (Small $6.50, Regular $9.00, Large $12.00), Acai Chia Parfait ($9.00), Acai Yoghurt Cup ($5.00), Acai Latte ($4.50) and Smoothie Drinks ($6.00).
The Acai Bowl comes in 3 different varieties of Classic, Green, and Chocolate. The green bowl is made with green veggie and green fruit juices, while the chocolate bowl is made with pure dark cocoa and is dairy free.
There is option to add whey and Spirulina to the bowls for that additional punch.
1 Raffles Place, #B1-34 Singapore 048616 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 92982896
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri). Closed Sat, Sun, PH
Parallel’s Acai Boxes come in two sizes, Regular ($8.90) or Large ($12.90), with choices of Superstar, Antioxidant, or Amino Bowl.
I was recommended the Amino Bowl with a blended açaí base served with strawberries, blueberries, goji, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia.
There are no added sugars, syrups or sweeteners, and if you wish, you can request for a free topping of Australian organic raw honey.
The pricing when contrasted with other acai bowls in the vicinity, is comparable. I liked the portion sizing, and that the blend was not too icy.
The only part I did not fancy that much was its goji berries, which were hard and difficult to bite, and therefore did not mix well with the rest of the ingredients more easily palatable.
The Cafe by HIC
176 Orchard Rd, #01-104, The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm
The Café by HIC (known for their cold press juices) serves up Acai Bowls made out of 100% acai and banana, which contain no fillers or syrups.
On the plus side, the base is thicker and less sweet; on the reverse it may not be as ‘tasty’ as some of the other brands which add coconut water and the likes.
3 items are available: The Awesome Acai (acai, banana, banana, dehydrated pineapple, blueberry, strawberry, skin food powder); Acai Fantasy (acai, banana, cacao nibs, goji berry, chocolate hazelnut granola, energize powder); and Classic Acai (acai, banana, coconut gula melaka granola, chia seed, coconut flakes, goji berry).
The Good Boys Cafe
1 Irving Place, Tai Seng, #01-26, Singapore 369546
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 6pm (Sat-Sun)
Each of the Super Bowl ($12) is presented in that manner, carefully arranged in different outlooks. #MyBowlisBetterThanYours
5 different Super Bowls are available: Fruity Matcha (signature), Acai Bowl, Crimson Lush with beetroot & dates, Going Nuts with peanut butter & maca and Viva Amazonia with acai and banana.
As a matcha lover, the choice is obvious – Fruity Matcha ($12) made up of mango, bananas, passionfruit, matcha powder blended together and sprinkled with chia seeds, pineapple and dates.
The portion is quite substantial in quantity with a smooth texture and a fruity taste. I loved the oats, almonds and sunflower seeds in it which gave it an additional crunch.
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