Pronounced as ah-sa-ee, this superfood has the eat-clean crowd and the gymgoers in Singapore wrapped around its antioxidant-rich finger since 2015. Apart from benefits to your diet, the berry’s healing, energy-boosting, and immune-stimulating properties sure packs a punch for something so small. Plus, it’s easily eaten as a substitute for ice cream with all the indulgent factors, minus the guilt. Here are 13 joints around the island for your açaí fix!
The purple superfood isn’t just for corporate types in the CBD anymore. Coocaça (pronounced coo-ka-sa) has brought some fabulous healthy treats to the middle of Orchard Road, from a novel Açaí Soft Serve ($7.50) topped with strawberries and granola to the refreshing Roxy Smoothie ($6.90) with banana, mango, passionfruit, yogurt, and coconut. And let’s not forget açaí bowls like the Pura Vida and Sao Paolo (both $12.50) for fruit and chocolate lovers. Throw in yummy granola and almond butter that’s made from scratch, and there’s no better pit stop for your extra dose of sunshine.
Can’t make it to the city? Coocaça also provides catering services for your next birthday party or company event!
Coocaça is located at 1 Grange Rd #01-03 Orchard Building Singapore 239693 and 541 Orchard Rd #01-K1 Liat Towers Singapore 238881. Open daily 11am – 9pm and 8am – 10pm.
Complete with a Hawaiian touch, this cosy cafe skips the usual acai bowls for creamy soft serve instead. The Superswirl (from $6.90) comes in two flavours: full Acai or Twist, which combines the berry with something called Coco Majik, made from young Thai coconuts and spirulina. You can also top each cup with things like granola, hazelnuts, pineapple, and kiwi.
Beriwell is located at 19 East Coast Rd, #01-01, Singapore 428746, p. +65 9182 0747. Open daily 9am – 10pm.
Among the first cafes in Singapore serving organic Sambazon açaí, Project Açaí has been popularised on Instagram for their photogenic nut and flower Açaí Bowls (from $6.80). Coming in three different sizes with toppings like granola, fresh fruit, goji berries, and nut butters, these addictive things also come in smoothie form, with six variations to choose between!
Afterglow by ANGLOW
The prices at Afterglow might be on the steeper side, but for ingredients like raw walnut brownie, coconut crackers, salted tahini ‘caramel’, berry compote, and dehydrated ‘cheese’, it’s a pretty good deal. Served in a pretty wooden bowl, we think the Acai Bowl ($15) here makes for a great afternoon pick-me-up. Plus, they’re pretty darn good looking.
Afterglow by ANGLOW is located at 24 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089131, p. +65 6224 8921. Open Mon-Sat, 12 – 10.30pm. Closed Sun.
Absolute Açaí’s bowls features frozen Brazilian açaí puree mixed with coconut water, which just adds to its refreshing factor. Prices range from $5.90 for a simple Brazilian Bowl (acai with guarana, fresh apples, granola, and bananas) to the more substantial Crunch Bowl ($8.90, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, macadamia, and almond nut butter). Or you know, just DIY your own with all the options above and more.
Mashing Mexican food and açaí together to form this Açaí Super Bowl ($15), Super Loco takes the popular health food to the next level by using coconut quinoa as their base. Topped with mangoes, blueberries, chia and toasted supergrain granola, this is definitely one super bowl of açaí.
Super Loco is located at The Quayside, 60 Robertson Qy #01-13, Singapore 238252, p. +65 6235 8900. Open Mon-Tue, 5pm – 10pm, Wed-Fri 5pm – 12am, Sat 10am – 12am, Sun 10am – 10pm.
People used to only go to Strangers’ Reunion for their fluffy buttermilk waffles and award-winning coffees. That is, until they introduced a selection of superfood desserts to flesh out the menu. Aside from a Coconut Chia Pudding and Avocado Smoothie, you’ll want to trying the refreshing and creamy Açaí Smoothie Bowl ($11.90), blended with mixed berries and coconut water.
Strangers’ Reunion is located at 35 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 169356, p. +65 6222 4869. Open daily 9am – 6pm.
The açaí bowls here come in five different variations and two sizes, so you’ll never get bored. Categorised into benefits like anti-aging, energy-boosting, and detoxifying, each one is packed with the right ingredients to give you your daily boost of joy. Or go for the Classic Acai Bowl (from $7.90), with Haakon’s housemade granola, coconut flakes, chia seed parfait, blueberries, bananas, and other seasonal fruits.
An Açaí Affair
An açaí specialty shop situated that started in Katong, An Açaí Affair is best known for their signature Husk Solo ($6.90): açaí with fresh fruits and superfoods served in a fresh coconut husk for an au natural feel. And waste not! You can scoop out the coconut flesh to eat as well. With eight delicious bowls to choose from, they’ve recently switched to biodegradable plastic cups so you can takeaway with a peace of mind.
Seed and Soil
Seed and Soil isn’t just a juice and smoothie bar for the health-conscious white collars. They serve up a mean Acai Bowl in three sizes from $10, and the best part is it’s all natural and pure with no added water or juices. That means you get the best flavour and all the nutrients associated with the superfood.
Seed and Soil is located at 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-22, Singapore 082001, p. +65 9644 0752. Open Mon-Fri 8am – 8pm, Sat 10am – 5pm. Closed Sun.
Top Image: Coocaça