May 2019: Miami, like much of the rest of the planet, has yet to get over its love affair with juices. As the trend has matured, though, so have our standards. Today’s juices must be organic, they must be cold-pressed and crucially, they must be delicious. While we’re still mourning the loss of Jugofresh, Miami’s pioneering juice bar chain that made it all the way into Whole Foods stores before abruptly closing all locations in 2018, new options have swooped in across the city to fill the void. The vegan geniuses at Love Life Cafe are slinging killer juices and smoothies at Time Out Market in South Beach, while GreenG Juice Bar in Edgewater offers an array of live shots, juices, nut milks and to-go meals. An old staple we’d be remiss to leave off, Athens Juice Bar in North Miami Beach has been a locals institution since 1942, long before we started tossing things like chlorophyll and probiotics into our beverages.
Juice bars come in handy after too many late nights binging on wings, truffle fries and Miami’s best drunk food. Luckily, you’ll find no shortage of juice bars in Miami. It’s just one of the latest health trends to find its footing in the 305. Maybe you recognize its cousin, the acai bowl, from one of your trips to find the best acai bowls in Miami. Or maybe the best desserts in Miami is more your speed. Either way, we could all use a nice fresh juice every occasionally, and here’s where you can find the tastiest and freshest in the city.
A juice bar we love so much that we welcomed them into Time Out Market
What is it? Chef Diego Tosoni devised a plant-based menu that draws hard-core plant eaters and even carnivores with its delicious yet familiar dishes. For his Love Life outpost at Time Out Market, favorites like the vegan arepas and creamy macaroni shine alongside an equally tantalizing roster of house-made cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls.
Why go? Yes, the juices are delicious, but if you never thought you’d find yourself craving a vegan milkshake, you’re due to indulge in the Love Life Mylkshake. Cold and creamy perfection in a glass, it’s made with vanilla ice cream, cacao syrup, banana and pecan crunchy “farofa.” We’re not saying it’s totally guilt-free, but it is—amazingly—completely dairy-free.
Best juice bars in Miami
What is it? Didn’t expect to find a trendy juice shop in West Kendall? You’re not alone but—believe it or not—Roots Juicebar is one of Miami’s best. Beloved for its Dragon Bowl (dragon fruit, pineapple, mango, banana and almond milk) and smashed avo cashew cream toasts, the organic restaurant also serves cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies and plant-based bites.
Why go? Try drinks like the Love Potion #9 juice (beet, pineapple, pear, ginger and chia), the Crave smoothie (dates, vanilla bean, banana, almond butter, cinnamon, cacao and almond milk) or the Clarity shot (apple, lemon, coriander and chlorella). And if you’re feeling a tad extra, give your smoothie a boost with any of the Roots superfood add-ons, like hemp seeds, goji berries, bee pollen or cacao nibs for $1.50.
What is it? This cozy, bohemian gem serves up hippie-approved juice and coffee. Their specialties include the $10 Green Peace juice (kale, spinach, celery, apple and pineapple), the Marley smoothie (banana, kale, spinach, peanut butter and almond milk) and the Superfood frap (an espresso blended with raw cacao, macs, agave, almond milk and cinnamon).
Why go? All of the above should absolutely be enjoyed to stay, sipped in the restaurant’s adorable setting of wood floors, colorful rugs and indoor greenery. The positive vibes are free.
What is it? Inspired by the Costa Rican mantra (which translates to “pure life”), Pura Vida is all about eating clean and has grown to add a second shop in Edgewater with a third on the way in Design District. If your stomach is still growling after a juice, you’ve got no shortage of options in Pura Vida’s hearty salads, wraps, pitas, quinoa and brown rice bowls.
Why go? Though its signature acai bowls are undoubtedly Pura Vida’s most popular item, the organic South Beach restaurant offers an impressive roster of fresh juices too: Green Deluxe (spinach, kale, celery, apple, parsley, cucumber, lemon), Immune Booster (orange, pineapple, ginger, lemon, honey, a touch of garlic and cayenne) and Lulu’s Lemon (lemon, ginger, orange, pineapple, organic chia seeds) are all winners starting at $10.95.
What is it? Dr. Smood proudly prescribes cold-pressed juices—which they call “Smoodys”—health shakes, non-dairy milks and various healthy bites. The menu is color-coded according to health benefit.
Why go? Whether you opt for a freshly blended live juice, cold-pressed detox juice or Yemenite Hawaj white coffee, you can rest assured that everything is organic, dairy-free and anti-inflammatory. In fact, they’ve even created their own four-ingredient performance bread for sandwiches that isn’t heavy on the nap-inducing carbs.
What is it? With more than three dozen all-natural smoothie varieties and nearly as many specialty juices to choose from (many of which start at just $5) Juice & Java has easily one of the most accessible juice selections in town. J&J boasts an equally hefty food menu, which customers can enjoy while dining either inside the cozy, warm restaurant or at a few sidewalk tables along the always exciting Washington Avenue.
Why go? Among the food options are crepes, breakfast bowls, baked quesadillas, pita melts and more. When it comes to juices, consider the H-Bomb (lemon, lime, spinach, celery, carrot, apple, cucumber) or, for the slightly more adventurous, the Cure (carrot, celery, beet, cucumber, spinach, garlic, ginger, apple, lemon and lime).
What is it? Three cousins who all practice the raw food lifestyle came together to create this raw/vegan concept in their own backyard of Aventura. Raw Republic serves cold-pressed juices, shots, smoothies, acai and pitaya bowls, cleanse kits, grab-and-go bites and even raw vegan sweets. Among the latter are its specialty, raw cinnamon rolls with a sweet date spread (those babies go fast).
Why go? The microjuicery also serves some of the most unique wellness shots in town. The Activate Me holds the bizarre trio of lemon, maple syrup and activated charcoal. The raw vegan eats are pretty distinctive too—as evidenced by the curry quinoa sushi rolls.
What is it? When he opened Ten Fruits in Downtown Miami, the resident Juice Master Alexander Vasquez developed a menu inspired by the nutrient-rich tropical fruits he grew up eating in Peru. Now, his casual juice bar reflects that simplicity in both its menu and its clean white interior.
Why go? The juices, super smoothies and acai power bowls are all made without any added ice or water, only the natural ingredients listed on the menu. For something rejuvenating, grab a Green Day Juice (kale, spinach, celery, apple, parsley and lemon) and pair it with a house-baked Peruvian empanada. Your total should come out somewhere around $14.
What is it? Walk into Juicense, and its stark white walls will welcome you into an environment that feels as clean as the drinks you’re about to consume. Health coach and chef Mariana Diez launched Juicense as a way to help locals find their way toward a healthier lifestyle and the Coconut Grove shop offers a variety of juices, smoothies and nut milks—all made fresh in-house—as well as superfood toasts, chia seed pudding, raw oatmeal, acai power bowls, kale salad and a daily rotation of sweets.
Why go? Juicense also offers several customized cleanses that are aimed at jumpstarting the wellness journey and some integrate food, unlike the usual strict juice cleanse.
What is it? Beehive Juice Bar is actually a small counter in the back of a South Miami health food store, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in character. Owner Carlos Schichi and his tasty vegan eats have amassed a devoted following over the years (enough to follow him to a new storefront on SW 65th Avenue and Bird Road after a CVS bought out the entire strip where it was originally located).
Why go? All of Beehive’s fresh juices and smoothies are unbelievably affordable ($6 or less) and include the essential Mojito Juice (mint, lime, beet, ginger, pineapple and cucumber) and the Prescription (radish, ginger, beet, lime, kale, carrot, apple, celery and cucumber). Other menu highlights include salads and sandwiches on sprouted Ezekiel bread, vegan empanadas, frozen banana custards and non-dairy baked desserts.
What is it? El Palacio de Los Jugos is a true Miami landmark. Its signature yellow and red awning has occupied Flagler Street and 57th Avenue since 1977. Now, a restaurant that calls itself the palace of juices better live up to its name, and, thankfully it does.
Why go? The cool coco frío—fresh coconut water served straight from the fruit—might as well be the official drink of Miami. It also goes great with the authentic Cuban classics El Palacio serves up daily, which may be a bit more indulgent than your average quinoa-flax-seed whatever, but nothing pairs better with some fresh tropical juice. Best of all, El Palacio makes its juice from unique native fruits including mamey—their specialty—papaya, guava and passionfruit.