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.
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 bite size 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 on 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
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. However, their poke bowls are the main attraction, Hunter Poke also make cozy-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
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 açaí 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, banana 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 açaí bowl.
Summer Bowl, 261 Soi Thonglor 13, Bangkok, +6689 894 2646
Tiny Cup Cafe
Situated by the roadside of the 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 brimming big with everything from English breakfast dishes and Thai-style lunch, to American savoury and sweet staples. The venue also makes good drinks, with a list of coffees, 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 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
Settle into the corner of Sukhumvit 49 and let Broccoli Revolution with 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 over 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