Finding a place that does not only Acai bowls, but good Acai bowls in little ol’ Adelaide can be a difficult task. So I have embarked on one of my greatest tasks to date, to find the most delicious Acai bowls in Adelaide. Sourcing ten was the first struggle I endured, but then ranking them was almost impossible. I will have you know that there is not much separating them, they were all pretty darn delicious. I hope my research and writing leads you on a delightful path of cafes and restaurants to help quench your craving for that sweet berry goodness. Next stop… Top 10 Smashed Avocado, stay tuned.
Combi – Adelaide CBD, Leigh Street
Definitely worth the drive into the city! This tiny window front store does a great bowl, it’s pretty much the only thing they do, but they have nailed it. I recommend going the peanut butter option, sounds odd but the additional blob of crunchy peanut butter to top your Acai makes for an amazing taste. Mixture is great and the toppings are a plenty! A very decent size leaving you very full and satisfied. Price: $14.50
Royal Copenhagen – Semaphore, Semaphore Road
I know what your thinking… no way. I’m here to tell you… yes way. Royal Copenhagen at Semaphore ain’t all just sweets and treats, they do what I consider to be one of the best Acai bowls around Adelaide. The acai mixture is always on point, and what makes these Acai bowls so satisfying is the toppings. They use organic Freestyle Granuseli (an amazing mix of granola and muesli) along with fresh banana and strawberry, shredded coconut and a sprinkle of goji berries, pepitas and bee pollen. I definitely recommend all you Acai bowl lovers to try one of these bad boys, it’s sure to not disappoint! For the price you pay it’s a great sizing and this place is only a stroll away from the beach. What more could you want… Price: $10.90
The Juice Plantation Co – Adelaide Central Markets
This beach bar market stall offers any of their smoothies to be transformed to a nourish bowl, and in this case, I chose the acai smoothie. They create their mixture with milk options rather then water so the outcome is smooth and creamy. I was unsure on this at first, but turns out it’s actually very pleasant! Toppings were a great variety, the bowl was huge (you definitely get value for your money) and they seem to always be presented to perfection in a sweet love-heart shaped bowl. Price: $13.00
Raw Conscious Eatery – Glenelg, Chapel Street
I love the variety of toppings on this bowl and the presentation is always A+ regardless if it’s dine in or takeaway. It’s pretty pricey for the size however it is quite filling. The mixture is lovely and smooth. Price: $16.00
Bomdia Bowls – Glenelg, Moseley Street
Having heard mixed reviews from Acai fans about this beachside store, I firstly assumed there might be inconsistency with their bowls. I had to check it out for myself, and am pleased to report that my bowl was pretty darn good. They are reasonably priced for the sizing and topped with a decent amount of granola and fresh fruit. What I love is the selection and variety of bowls, all made with Acai. There would be a bowl for every kind of lover! The drizzle of honey was the icing on this health cake making it just a good amount of sweet. Price: Small – $9.00, Regular – $12.00
The Organik Store & Cafe – Glenelg, Broadway
This Acai bowl is often a bit inconsistent. Sometimes they are great and others not so much. The toppings are usually pretty jam packed which I love and the granola they use is delicious. However, I’m not a huge fan of it being topped with apple and orange slices (just a personal preference!). Price: $10.90
Raw&More – Findon, Grange Road
This Acai bowl had a great thick mixture and a delicious crunchy muesli mix to top. The size was generous for the price paid, however there was not a lot of variety with toppings and no fresh fruit which I usually love! Price: $10.80
Bacchus Wine Bar – Henley Square
What I really enjoyed about this bowl was the crunchy muesli mix they topped it with and the fresh strawberries, banana and the addition of blueberries, which you don’t often see. What I didn’t like so much was how smoothie-like it was. It definitely wasn’t a smooth mix with bits of berry throughout. There was almost too much muesli mix aswell. It spread throughout the acai and went a bit soggy. Price: $14.00
Red Roar – Hindmarsh, Port Road
This bowl was very sweet tasting which made me a bit unsure at first, I soon warmed up to the flavour and ended up enjoying it. The toppings and granola were really delicious. I do however have a feeling that they are pre-made bowls which I don’t love the idea of, but they are the cheapest I have come across! Price: Small – $7.00, Large – $10.00
Sportivo – West Lakes, Brebner Drive
An unlikely Acai serving suspect is this Italian restaurant/café. I think this may be a typical case of trying to get in with the ‘cool kids’ but just not quite getting there. The mixture seems a bit OTT creamy, not the way a bowl should be. Topped with plain oats (yeah that’s right, oats…), strawberry, banana and coconut, for the price I paid I was really expecting something great, unfortunately that was not the case. Price: $17.00
Or else… Create your own bowl!
Acai bowls are quite easy to make yourself. Frozen Acai sachets can be purchased from most health food stores. To create the mix simply blend one sachet with a handful of frozen mixed berries and banana. Serve the frozen acai mixture in a bowl topped with your favourite granola or muesli, freshly cut slices of fruit and whatever else you enjoy!