It tastes like ice cream but it’s good for you… no wonder this little berry has become a queue-for food, especially among Beaches’ teens.

Acai bowls are a delicious way to enjoy this superfood, and typically featuring a base of acai puree blended with frozen fruit, granola, and drizzled with a variety of toppings from honey and peanut butter to Biscoff and Nutella – though we’re not too sure about the health benefits of those last two.

So if you’re wondering how to pronounce it without sounding like a newbie (it’s “ah-sigh-ee”) and where to find the perfect bowl without breaking the bank, we’ve got you covered.

From Freshwater to Forestville, and everywhere in between, here’s where you can find the best Acai bowls on the beaches…

ACAI.SYD, Manly

ACAI.SYD brings a taste of Brazil to The Bower. They are not only passionate about serving nourishing and energising bowls to the Beaches but is doing so in the most sustainable way possible.

“We feed our food scraps to a friend’s goats and chickens,” Nick, the owner explains. “We also practice recycling and encourage customers to take a seat on the Bower wall or on the rocks with a dine-in bowl that they can return and save the use of plastic. We also encourage keep bowls if people choose.”

ACAI.SYD is open from 7:30am, 7 days a week at 5 Marine Parade, Manly (at The Fairy Bower ocean pool). Check out their menu and drool-worthy pics on their website https://acaisyd.com.au/ or follow them on Instagram @‌acaisydney

Oakberry Acai

Oakberry Acai is a popular option for beachgoers in Avalon and Manly for their natural and organic base that’s gluten-free, vegan and free of artificial preservatives, food colourings and syrups. Offering different bases and combos including acai, bright pink pitaya (dragonfruit), chia and coconut, they come with a delicious selection of toppings bananas, chia seeds, strawberries, cacao nibs and coconut flakes. Open daily from 8am to 5pm, find them at Avalon and Manly. Check out their website https://oakberry.com.au/ or Instagram @‌oakberry_manly

Blessed Bowls

If you can’t decide between acai and coco serve, head to Blessed Bowls where you can have both with their swirl option. Look out for their epic specials, like the hot brownie bowl which really toes the line between health food and dessert!

Blessed Bowls is open Monday to Friday from 7am to 5:30pm and weekends from 8am to 5pm. Visit them at Collaroy, Freshwater, Manly, Newport, Seaforth & Warringah Mall or order from their menu online: https://www.blessedbowls.com/ You can also find them on Instagram @‌blessedbowls

Yo-Chi, Manly

Yo-Chi is a great option for those who can’t decide between frozen yogurt and acai. They offer a self-serve format where you can choose from a variety of delicious frozen yogurt flavours, including classic favourites like chocolate and vanilla, as well as exotic options like green tea and acai.

Yo-Chi lets you customise your creation with a wide selection of toppings, from fresh fruit and granola to decadent sauces and lollies. It’s a fun and interactive experience to satisfy any sweet tooth. Yo-Chi Manly is open daily from 11am to 10pm. Find them at Shop 1/33 The Corso, Manly or visit their website https://yochi.com.au/ for more info. You can also follow them on Instagram @‌yochifrozenyogurt.

Cali Press, Manly

Go for the O.G with açai, pistachio granola, banana, kiwi, strawberries, passionfruit and crisp coconut flakes, the PBJ with peanut butter or MYO (make your own) and choose from over 20 toppings. Find them at 25 Wentworth St, Manly or check out their website: https://calipress.com.au/ 

Chocobowl

Hugely popular among teens (and chocoholics), this Manly institution is all about acai bowls with a chocolatey twist. Go for a traditional bowl and top it off with white, milk or dark chocolate or skip the acai altogether and go for chocolate covered fruit bowl! Just try to walk past their chocolate and peanut butter foundations (yes, they have a peanut butter foundation) and not stop! Find them at 33 Sydney Rd, Manly NSW, or follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chocobowl.au/ 

 

Bare Naked Bowls

Bare Naked Bowls focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients in their acai creations. Their bowls blends acai with banana, almond milk, and a touch of protein powder, topped with granola, banana, seasonal berries, and a drizzle of nut butter.  Bare Naked Bowls is open from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 4pm on weekends. Visit them at Dee Why, Manly, Mona Vale or order online https://www.barenakedbowl.com/ Follow them on Instagram: @‌barenakedbowls

Sols Acai, Forestville

Sols Acai boasts a convenient location perfect for grabbing an after school or post-workout treat. Their bowls features acai, banana, almond milk, topped with granola, fresh seasonal fruit, and a drizzle of honey, chocolate, or for something entirely different, try their pistachio sauce or edible waffle bowls.

Sols is open from 8am to 5pm daily. Find them at 39 The Centre, Forestville or check out their website https://solbol.com/ They’re also on Instagram @‌solsacaibowls.

Girdlers

Are you even at a cafe on the Northern Beaches if there isn’t an acai bowl on the menu? Girdlers, which has four locations across the Beaches, is no exception. Find their delicious bowl on the menu for breakfast and brunch. Find them at one of their four locations: Avalon, Dee Why, Manly and Warringah Mall or check out their website: https://www.girdlers.com.au/

Bacino Espresso, Curl Curl

If you’re in Curl Curl with a craving for açai, stop by Bacino for their classic bowl with blended acai, banana, almond milk, topped with granola, banana, seasonal berries, chia seeds, and a drizzle of honey. It’s a solid choice and the coffee is top notch too. Bacino Espresso is open from 6am to 1pm daily, making it a great option for an early morning pick-me-up after the beach or walking the dog. Find them at Shop 2, 222 Holbrook Ave, Curl Curl or check out their website http://www.bacino.com.au/

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