If you have been to Hawaii or perhaps California, you already know about the acai bowl craze.
An acai bowl is a typical Hawaiian breakfast that you can find absolutely everywhere in the Aloha state. Perfect for the hot days to come, it’s a purple bowl made of acai (pronounced assai-ye) purée topped with bananas, blueberries, and granola but everyone has their own variation.
So if you’re craving a tropical treat, here are some spots where you can snag them in Montreal:
Of course you would find this Hawaiian specialty at the brand new Aloha Café! Inspired by the tropical islands, this coffee shop serves Kona specialty coffee, in addition to local delicacies and acai bowls. Take the opportunity to sit down in this “Aloha Spirit” joint for a quick breakfast or snack on the go.
Where: 15 De la Commune W.
Jus Pur is the only chef-driven cold-pressed juice shop in Montreal. In addition to their large selection of fresh organic juices, smoothies, and shakes, the small vegan juice bar also serves a short menu of ready-to-eat salads and bowls, including a colourful acai bowl.
Where: 1005 Bernard W.
With two locations, ReJuice is famous in Montreal for their delicious acai smoothie bowls. You can choose from two flavour include the tropical acai and almond butter acai. If you want more variety, ReJuice carries a huge menu full of smoothies, other smoothie bowls, fresh juices, and more. Get that Instagram ready!
Where: 1005 Bernard W.
Crux Comptoir is a cute vegan counter located in Quartier Dix30. There you will find juices that are 100% fresh and natural along with smoothies, salads, energy bars, vegan pastries, chia, and acai bowls. They have different flavours that change with the seasons. Last May, they were offering a strawberry and peanut butter acai bowl. A good-enough reason to cross the Champlain Bridge if you ask us.
Where: 9180 Boul. Leduc, suite 115
This cute spot inspired by the city of Belém (Brazil) is both a yoga center and a hippie coffee shop. You’ll find a very short menu to accompany your coffee and the acai bowls are made to order by the owner, who is also a big fan of her purple bowls. Before heading there, check out their yoga schedule and grab your bowl after!
Where: 4409 Saint-Laurent Blvd.
This vegetarian hot spot is serving lots of deliciousness on their menu, especially the popular and delicious acai bowl which they serve with coconut and chia seeds. Inspired by the California spirit, Venice offers a Pinterest-worthy decor to enjoy your snack. Bonus: they now serve brunch at their Old Montreal location on Sundays.
Where: 440 St Francois Xavier / 1045 Beaver Hall
This counter, located in the heart of Griffintown, makes you feel like you were at the Chelsea Market. There’s a very New York vibe to this kitchen where you can grab a breakfast, lunch or snack on the go. With only one table and a counter that faces the street, this neighbourhood “almost all vegan” kitchen serves coffee, salads and sandwiches, and is only open mornings and afternoons every day during the summer. Stop by for a quick acai bowl in this fresh and delicious “kitchen”.
Where: 1806 William