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Porcelain Cafe by Gratefood Co
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The best acai bowls in Singapore

Dig into the best acai bowls in Singapore – because not all superfoods are created equal. Additional reporting by Andrea Cheong

By Fabian Loo
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Before it became a superfruit that adorned the Instagram feeds of vegan yogis-in-training, acai (pronounced 'ah-sigh-ee') was more commonly found on the shelves of traditional Chinese medicine shops. But trust us – there's nothing bitter and herbal about these acai bowls. Topped with fresh fruits and drizzled with honey, these bowls make for a sweet treat that might actually do you some good. Whoever said you can't have your cake and eat it too? Dig into the best acai bowls around town. 

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Porcelain Cafe by Gratefood Co
Photograph: Porcelain Cafe by Gratefood Co

Porcelain Cafe by Gratefood Co

Restaurants Cafés Orchard

Porcelain Cafe by Gratefood Co blends down dragonfruit, banana, and other healthy ingredients, and turns them into gorgeous smoothie art bowls that are easy on the eyes, and waistline. On the menu are three exquisite treats from the Smoothie Art Bowl Series ($24), each a layered production that takes some 20 minutes to construct. Of course, regular coconut yoghurt (from $9.90) and acai bowls (from $11.90) are available as well, alongside coffee brewed with oat milk (from $4.50) and a selection of floral tea ($7.90).

Juju
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Juju

Restaurants Tanglin

This takeaway dessert kiosk comes tucked away at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Located near the Bukit Timah Gate, swing by Juju for a guilt-free-free frozen treat after exploring the tranquil grounds. On its menu: smoothies and shakes ($7.50) made from vegan ingredients, and dessert bowls ($8.50) in flavours of acai, sweetened with grapes, watermelon, and Medjool dates; and other seasonal creations. 

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An Acai Affair
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An Acai Affair

Restaurants Cafés Marine Parade

What started out as a small stall in Katong has now grown to an expanding acai brand with three outlets islandwide. Founded by two SMU undergraduates, Anna Ng and Isabel Lee, An Acai Affair aims to spread the gospel of the superfood's benefits while making a tasty and affordable treat for the masses. Try the Triple A ($5.90-$13.90), the most basic acai bowl that comes with fresh fruits and superfoods like chia seeds and almond flakes. If you're looking for something more filling, it also has a range of sourdough bread ($5.90/$6.90) that comes topped with cookie butter, berries or fresh avocado. 

Project Acai
Photograph: Project Acai

Project Açaí

Restaurants Cafés Bukit Timah

Project Açaí puts this berry superfood front and centre at its Holland Village café. The berry features in bowls ($6.80 to $13.50) with toppings like granola, fresh fruit and goji berries, as well as smoothies ($8.50) like the Beach Body To-go. The acai is smoothly blended and doesn’t melt easily but we later find out that although they are mixed with other ingredients, the acai purée comes pre-packaged from Sambazon, the same brand that Park Bench Deli uses in their acai bowls. To bring the health food home, pick it up in packs like the original blend with guarana ($12.85/one pack, $21.40/two) or pure unsweetened ($15/one pack, $26/two) to make your own acai bowls.

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The Good Boys
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The Good Boys

Restaurants Cafés Toa Payoh

This small café in the east is a surprising contender for the best place to get your affordable healthy food fix. Replenish yourself with one of their savoury hearty bowls or a bowl of superfood magic. A favourite is the Viva Amazonia ($12) – made with acai, banana, rice milk, raw cacao, strawberry, kiwi, blueberry, granola, mixed seeds, coco flakes, and goji berry.

Haakon
Photograph: Haakon

Haakon

Restaurants Bukit Timah

Haakon, pronounced  ‘haw-coon’, is a Scandinavian-inspired café that brings superfoods from Norway to your plate. It only uses premium Norwegian smoked salmon – it’s rich in protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants – to make dishes like salad bowls (from $11.90) and avo toast ($8.90). For those with a sweet tooth, go for Haakon’s classic acai bowl (from $7.90), topped with coconut flakes, banana, strawberries and blueberries for a quick and guilt-free energy boost.

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The Acai Collective
Photograph: The Acai Collective/ Facebook

The Acai Collective

Restaurants Serangoon

The Acai Collective prides itself on creating a smooth, creamy base without the use of any sugars or additives. The blended organic acai from The Acai Collective then comes topped with fruits of bananas, kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries in the signature bowl (from $7.50), or topped with chocolate buckini (activated buckwheat) and a dollop of nut butter (from $10.50) for a spin on the usual variant. 

Coocaca
Photograph: Coocaca/ Facebook

Coocaça

Restaurants Cafés Orchard

Tucked away slightly off the main shopping belt of Orchard Road, Coocaça provides respite from a long day of shopping with acai bowls ($12.90) and smoothies (from $6.90). Each acai bowl comes topped with more superfoods like goji berries as well as fresh fruits for a sweet treat that isn't as sinful as a chocolate pie. Too full for a full acai bowl? Get an acai soft serve that comes in small ($6.50) or regular ($7.90), the latter comes with granola, and your choice of fruit and topping for a quick and easy fix.

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Absolute acai
Photograph: Absolute Acai

Absolute Acai

Restaurants Novena

The minimalist café dedicated to acai serves up Brazilian bowls ($5.90 to $11.90) and the Absolute Acai signature bowls ($7.50 to $15.50) in small, medium and large. There’s the option to make your own ($4.90 to $9.50), with add-on toppings of seeds, dried fruit, nuts, fresh fruit or superfoods, like bee pollen and dried goji berry ($0.50 to $1). The acai bowls come naturally sweetened with puréed apples and bananas, with generous toppings of granola to make this a hearty dessert. 

 

Afterglow by Anglow
Photograph: Afterglow by Anglow

Afterglow by Anglow

Restaurants Chinatown

With the #eatclean movement on the rise, this vegan deli retailer bar has its sights set on bringing the raw food movement proper to Singapore. Afterglow works with local and regional farmers to procure crops for its inventive fare. So it comes as no surprise that you'll find a mean acai bowl ($15) in the "raw desserts" menu. Made of acai berry, raw muesli, banana, seasonal fruits, raw berry puree, salted tahini 'caramel', and cashew cracker, the acai bowl makes the perfect treat.

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