An acai bowl has a colourful charm — much as if sunshine and rainbows have been ground into the bowl — and with the rise of more fitness and health-conscious eating, the energy-and-nutrient-packed dish is gaining more popularity than ever.

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Almost like a classic smoothie, acai bowls are made up of fresh fruit or veggies blended until creamy and smooth. Yet what differentiates them from smoothie bowls is the addition of the acai berry, in the form of a powder or frozen purée. All topped with a blanketing of caramelised granola, raw coconut crisps, or beautifully chopped strawberries and bitesize fruit, acai bowls are a decadent delight with many nutritious benefits. Hailing from the Amazonian rainforest, acai is high in fibre and amino acids, and is known as a powerhouse antioxidant, all the while boasting appealing colour tones, fresh taste, and smooth texture.

With the healthy food scene in Bangkok truly bringing its A-game, plant-based and green-food eateries are popping up in almost every corner around town. Whether you’re looking to have an acai bowl for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, we’ve got you covered. Scroll through our lists of five spots to get your fresh fruit fix and ease into the luxurious lusciousness of this colourful dish.

MAKAI Açaí & Superfood Bar

Feast far too hard at the dinner party the previous night? Our advice: self-care through bowls of acai over at MAKAI Açaí & Superfood Bar. Nestled in Soi Sukhumvit 23, each bowl here is made by true acai enthusiasts and from the real imported Brazilian gems. Pamper yourself with the Naked in Rio bowl if you like the good old classic, or opt for the Butter My Coco-Nuts if you love a swoosh of that smooth peanut butter. More of a banana buff? Go for the Hold My Banana, enriched with extra banana pulp and topped with granola, bee pollen, and strawberry slices. Undoubtedly, the ice cream-like textures and tastes (and the cheeky names) of MAKAI’s açaí bowls will guarantee to get you chuckling with joy and feel good both mentally and physically. Conveniently, you can now enjoy their delights at Silom Connect in Sathorn also.

MAKAI Açaí & Superfood Bar, 64 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Bangkok, +6698 956 8461.

DAY’LI

If your version of healthy food is a smoothie, DAY’LI, an all-day restaurant slash café situated within ZAZZ Urban Bangkok, offers a selection of smoothie bowls packed with nutrients that will easily be your complete meal replacement. We love the good old Acai Berry Bowl (THB 260) topped with oats, chia seeds, and a medley of tropical fruit. But for a day where veggies are needed to cleanse all the junkies you’ve been having all week, the Spirulina Smoothie Bowl (THB 260) with an assortment of seeds on top will do the job.
DAY’LI, ZAZZ Urban Bangkok, 308/1 TC Green, Rimklongsamsen Road, Bangkok, +662 026 3435; Open: Sun-Fri, 6 am-10:30 pm; Sat, 6 am-10 pm.

Acai Story

A newbie to the acai bowl? We suggest you start your acai journey here at Acai Story, where they are not shy with the acai puree ratio in each bowl. Every bite is loaded with a burst of berry tangs touched with a hint of rustic bitterness, which is a natural taste of acai berries. We love the Sunshine Bowl (THB 235) where a bed of granola is blanketed with a smooth acai mixture. Then the whole thing gets topped with juicy chunks of mango and strawberry – a complete tropical bowl in your hand. Another popular pick is the Crunchy Nutt Bowl (THB 235) brimming with nutty elements like peanut butter, almond bits, and cacao nibs. Conveniently, you can find Acai Story at The EmQuartier, Empire Tower, All Seasons Place and Trendy Building.
Acai Story – The EmQuartier, 693 695 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10 am-9:30 pm.

Summer Bowl 

Aloha flavours finally found their way to the Thailand when two lovebirds, a Hawaiian man and a Thai lady, decided to bring with them the warmth of Hawaiian cuisine in the form of acai and smoothie bowls to the home they now share in Bangkok. Since opening its doors at Thonglor 13 in 2017, Summer Bowl has long been one of the smoothie-holics’ favourite spots. With a vibrant painting of a hula girl and a decoration of palm trees and pink walls throughout, the venue gives off beachy vibes. Whilst the menu is dedicated solely to smoothie bowls, Summer Bowl stands out from the rest with their sugar and syrup restriction and their use of all-organic produce from Thailand’s local farmers. Using a blend of acai and coconut yoghurt as a canvas for all the bowls on their menu, diners can choose based on what fruit they prefer to be put as toppings on their smoothie. Try their signature, the Waikiki Bowl, which is a blend of acai, mango, passion fruit, banan,a and coconut yoghurt topped with a bed of granola and a photo-ready finish of mango cubes and halved passion fruit. More of a chocolate person? Get the Mauka Bowl and watch them make it rain cacao nibs to the brim of your acai bowl.

Summer Bowl, 261 Soi Thonglor 13, Bangkok, +6689 894 2646.

(Not Just) Another Cup

Famed for their range of brunch dishes and caffeinated drinks, (Not Just) Another Cup also serves some of the best veggie-studded food in the city. We love the Avocado Bowl (THB 250) where all the green goodies like avocado, spinach, and kiwi mingle harmoniously in a bowl to create this wholesome slash toothsome bowl. The outlet also has classic Acai Bowls (THB 240) if you’re more into this versatile version of a smoothie.
(Not Just) Another Cup, 75/1 Sathon Soi 10, Silom, Bangkok, +662 635 3464; Open: Mon-Sun, 7 am-7 pm.

Vistro Bangkok

Plant-based dieters, Vistro Bangkok is the new spot in town to check out. Nestled within Sukhumvit 24, the venue offers up a bunch of hearty bites like Jackfruit Laarb Taco (THB 280) and Ultimate Portobello Burger (THB 310). But for a stellar appetiser or even dessert, tuck into the Acai You Baby (THB 210), which is a smoothie blend of acai, banana, blueberry, mango, and almond milk. For those who can’t resist the sight of sweet delicacies, the venue also has a long line of nutrient-rich sweets like doughnuts, cakes, and ice creams to fix your sugar craving.
Vistro Bangkok, 46/1 Sukhumvit 24, Klongton, Bangkok, +6665 998 2201; Open: Tue-Fri, Sun: 10 am-9 pm; Sat: 10 am-9:30 pm.

Tiny Cup Cafe

Situated by the roadside of bustling Thonglor, Tiny Cup is a small, flyspeck spot for coffee and breakfast-food connoisseurs who love to indulge in a cosy European-style setting. Despite its name, the menu is filled with everything from English breakfast dishes and Thai-style lunch, to American savoury and sweet staples. The venue also makes good drinks, and, of course, acai smoothies by the glass and bowl. Offering the classic purple-y acai bowl, the cafe also does a fabulous vegetable-based smoothie; the avocado bowl is covered under a blanket of the house-made superfood, granola, and slices of seasonal fruit.

Tiny Cup Café, 411/2 Thonglor Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +662 712 5112.

Hunter Poke

Poke bowls are madly consumed by  fitness fanatics and sushi lovers in any major cities throughout the USA, and so when Hunter Poke opened a sister location in Bangkok, we knew locals would quickly get into the fish-bowl-fever and fall head over heels for this Hawaiian-native staple. Whilst their poke bowls are the main attraction, Hunter Poke also makes cosy-comforting bowls of authentic acai and pitaya (dragon fruit) bowls served as refreshing desserts to clean the palate from the sweet raw-fish aftertaste. Get your smoothie in a bowl with finger-licking-good toppings, or get a taste of the tropical paradise through a straw with icy parfait-like acai smoothies such as the Brazilian Classic or the Amazon Spirit. Get your Hunter’s savoury and sweet bowls now conveniently at Interchange Building Asoke or over at theCOMMONS and The Emquartier.

Hunter Poke, theCOMMONS,  Thonglor 17, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, +662 036 7857.

Broccoli Revolution 

Settle into the corner of Sukhumvit 49 and let Broccoli Revolution and its jungle-themed design trick you into thinking you’re swooning over your acai bowl from within an evergreen forest. Centred around the goal of promoting healthy eating and happy living, the establishment is best known for its plant-based menu, spanning Thai and Vietnamese to Italian dishes, and delivering bold flavours suitable for both vegan and hardcore carnivores alike. With a wide range of choices to pick from, any city forager looking to eat their colours can do so here. The various berry, acai, and date sea salt smoothies are served in sundae-style, with an ice-cream-like consistency sprinkled with fun toppings like granola, seeds, mixed nuts, and dulcet fruit. An insider’s tip? Visit the juice bar for a fresh, pure, pressed juice right after.

Broccoli Revolution, 899 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 49, Bangkok,  +6695 251 9799.

Brekkie

Bringing a healthy food culture to Thonglor, Brekkie, a nutritious food-focused café has seamed together the lines between healthy and tasty food. The establishment makes devilishly delicious dishes whilst retaining the integrity of their pristine products. Jump right into their highlighted Fried Quinoa Holy Basil with Pork Shoulder Steak (THB 280), but don’t leave without completing your meal with a refreshing superfood bowl. From the Acai Bowl (THB 285) to the Maca Summer Bowl (THB 230) to a Banana Peanut Butter Bowl, Brekkie have got you covered on all your smoothie cravings.
Brekkie, 6/9 Soi Promsri, Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok, +6683 656 6141; Open: Mon-Sun, 9 am-6 pm.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.