Words by Ashley Valli
Cool down this summer with an ice-cold acai bowl: a treat both tasty and nutritious. These smoothies are blended using acai berries and then enjoyed with toppings like oats, fruit, peanut butter and coconut shavings. Perth has many downright delicious acai bowls, and we’ve scoured the city for you to find some of the best places. Come get your fresh bowls of acai, supercharged with goodness.
Iconic owner-operated corner cafe Daisies, an institution since the 1980s, are known for their laid-back atmosphere, great coffee, and home-made sausage rolls – but it’s their Acai bowls that are the talk of the breezy, Norfolk pine-scented streets of Cottesloe. What makes their Acai bowls so good? That would be the Acai Flow machine, a soft-serve like contraption that whips out delicious, authentic-tasting Acai every time, along with their house-made toppings – and the fact that all toppings come included!
Daisies have something fun up their sleeve this festive season, with a limited-edition vegan pavlova açai bowl special – inspired by the iconic Aussie Christmas table dessert, this bowl is topped off with strawberries, banana, coconut, raspberries, Biscoff, meringue and passionfruit. Pictured here with the Daisies x StreetX ‘Hot Girls Summer’ T-Shirt Collab (on sale in-store now).
305 Marmion St, Cottesloe
Keep it clean with OUSHK: a health food spectacular with a Lebanese twist. Your acai bowl here can be either standard (topped with bananas, strawberries, coconut and goji) or loaded with your choice of toppings. Feeling like a bit extra? Take your pick from an assortment of tempting toppings like Turkish delight and baklava. This family-owned venue has some of the most raved about customer service in the acai bowl community. It is a must-try for when you’re south of the river.
Photo by @miki.knight
61A Carrington Street, Palmyra
Start your day off right with Little Cultures. In the main hub of Subiaco, just off Hay Street, is where you’ll find this charming superfood and dessert bar. All their acai is unsweetened, organic and fair-trade, keeping your smoothie bowls guilt-free. Try one of their acai bowls or even design your own and choose your preferred crunch, fruits and toppings. If you’re craving a bit of dessert on top of your bowl, Little Cultures also offers dessert treats. Enjoy the balance!
51 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Originally hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oakberry Acai can now be found all over the world—and now it’s in Fremantle too. This acai bowl venue is hard to miss on a stroll by, especially since the acai is not technically served in bowls here, but in plastic cups. An Oakberry acai comes in a standard smoothie cup but then layered with the acai bowl flavourings of oats, fruits, and even a few dallops of peanut butter or yoghurt. You’ll find them just by the Fremantle Markets out on Henderson Street. Give them a try and then gander the busy Fremantle streets for a bit of shopping.
Shop 16/5 Henderson Street, Fremantle
The Acai Corner
This riverside delight is sought out by many a hungry individual on the South Perth foreshore. The Acai Corner here sells out of a food truck and is perfect as a post-run snack by the Swan River. Feeling like a splurge? Try out their Ferrero Rocher Bowl, made with healthy homemade Nutella. What’s more: you can enjoy your delicious acai with a side of The Acai Corner’s much raved-about coffee as well. Spoil yourself!
Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth
Shop 6/172 St Brigids Plaza, Scarborough
Shop 2 Times Square, Claremont
Not too far from Fremantle’s new Kings Square precinct, is Ohana Acai. This long-standing health food restaurant is the perfect spot in Freo to get an exciting blend of acai. Choose from a range of different flavoured bases like the ‘Ocean bowl’, which is made blue through a blend of E3 blue algae. You can get all sorts of interesting toppings with them, including bee pollen and hemp seeds. Indulge on that with a sprinkle of cacao flax. Call it nature’s candy!
30 Market Street, Fremantle
Shop 117C/9 Bay View Terrace, Claremont
88 Moreing Road, Attadale
The Wooden Wagon
What’s better than a trip to the beach with your pooch? Well, following it up with a delicious açai bowl and a coffee, of course. Luckily, you can kill two birds with one stone at Mosman Park Dog Beach, with a visit to ultra-cute coffee van The Wooden Wagon. Oh-so-smooth and oh-so-refreshing!
Leighton Beach, Mosman Park
Pearth are a go-to when it comes to healthy brunches, and their açai bowl is no exception. These ginormous bowls are extra creamy and come with home made peanut butter – and like the rest of their menu, it’s made with organic ingredients, and is gluten and refined sugar free.
106C Cambridge Street, Leederville
Tropico North Beach
These epic bowls are topped with a picture-perfect arrangement of seasonal fruit, goji berries, cacao nibs, coconut and chia… But hey, it’s what’s underneath that counts! Tropico’s açai bowls are served with granola at the bottom, and while we were skeptical at first, we reckon it’s a total game changer.
Photo by @miki.knight
1/105-109 Flora Terrace, North Beach
Header image: The Neighbourhood, photo by @miki.knight