With Miami’s eternal summer, it’s often tough to find a way to cool down, but those who have a taste for açaí have a bit of a head start. These refreshing and healthy frozen bowls are not only a reprieve from the exhausting heat, but a delightful treat any time of day. Açaí bowls have become increasingly popular over the last decade as they made their way from Brazil, where the superfood is originally from, after being popularized by surfers and fitness enthusiasts who were seeking a healthy pick me up after a long session of putting in work. These days, you can find them all over the place when you’re in the mood for a refreshing and nutrient-dense way to treat yourself.
Here are six açaí bowls on South Beach that you should check out.
This local health haven is owned and operated by a husband-wife team who have several locations throughout Miami, including two on South Beach — one South of Fifth and the other on West Avenue. Pura Vida’s menu features an array of nourishing and refreshing bowls, wraps, and smoothies. But the real star of the show is their açaí bowls which feature raw organic Brazilian açaí topped with vegan, gluten-free granola accompanied by a variety of refreshing fruits and toppings. There are four variations on the menu: Signature, PB Lover, Dragon Fruit, and Bali Crunch.
Another homegrown business with nearly a dozen locations across the city, Carrot Express has two restaurants on Miami Beach: one north and one south. With three different variations to choose from, there’s plenty of satisfying flavor in each spoonful. The Paradise bowl features mixed berries, mango, banana, and fresh apple juice topped with cinnamon-almond granola, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, banana, coconut flakes, and a drizzle of honey. The Almond Butter bowl is blended with mixed berries, mango, banana, and almond milk and topped with cacao nibs, fresh seasonal fruit, granola, and honey. The newest to the menu is the Luau bowl made using macadamia nuts, double almond butter, granola, and coconut flakes for a more simple yet flavorful approach.
Located right in the heart of South Beach, this fast-casual poke spot boasts a large sign in front claiming they’ve got the best açaí bowl on Miami Beach. While it might not be fair to say it’s the best, it is absolutely one that’s worth trying. Made by a sushi chef who was born and raised surfing in Brazil, it’s not surprising that açaí bowls are prominently featured on the menu. Here, there are three versions to choose from: the Brazilian, Berry Energy, and Supreme Leader. Each is topped with a variety of staple açaí bowl toppings like granola, fresh fruit, and chia seeds with the option to “upgrade your açaí” and add whatever you’d like to it.
This casual spot has been serving organic dishes since 2001 from its four locations across Miami. When it comes to offerings, the menu is nearly four pages long, making it easy to miss the single açaí bowl option. Simple and to the point, Juice & Java’s açaí bowl is made with organic granola, organic bananas, strawberries, and shredded coconut. Of course, simple is most often supreme and this is definitely one of those instances. This açaí bowl is everything an açaí bowl should be.
Perhaps one of the most photogenic spots on this list, Dreamer is where you’re headed for a delicious açaí bowl that doubles as some prime Instagram content with its perfectly placed toppings and pretty pink surroundings. The menu features five versions of the frozen treat. Its Jungle bowl is the most unique as it’s made with açai, strawberry, banana, date, peanut butter, activated charcoal, and almond milk and topped with gluten-free granola, hemp hearts, and strawberry. Those on the go can opt for a smoothie version — no bowl or spoon required.
Teeny-tiny but beloved by South Beach locals, Under the Mango Tree is basically a plant-filled superfood shack where healing one’s soul starts with taking care of your body. With seven types of açaí bowls on the menu, it’s the most popular item at this health-centric spot. Order a Superfood bowl made with raw açaí blended with banana, spirulina, and maca and topped with granola, sliced banana, coconut shavings, goji berries, and local honey, or keep it chill with the BPT (aka Best Price in Town) bowl made with an icy blend of açaí and banana topped with granola, banana, strawberries and coconut flakes that’s just $8.50.