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Originally published by Jennifer Jones. Last updated by Beverly Ngai.
Whether you love to indulge in a smoothie or a smoothie bowl for health-related reasons or simply because they taste absolutely delicious, Hong Kong offers a myriad of reputable outlets where smoothie aficionados can get their daily fix. Packed with nutrient-dense ingredients, these refreshing drinks are a great accompaniment to a weight-loss diet, an easy way to regulate your blood sugar levels, and a great way to ensure you consume the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Here’s our round-up of must-try outlets in Hong Kong where you can find dreamy smoothies and smoothie bowls.
With multiple outlets across the city, Classified offers patrons a great range of delectable dishes, and arguably some the best smoothies in town. Some of the most popular items on the menu include the PB chocolate ($68), consisting of a hearty blend of cacao whey protein, peanut butter, banana, honey, and milk, as well as the açaí energy booster ($88), whipped up from a mixture of organic açaí, natural whey protein, bananas, homemade granola, mixed berries, coconut water, and coconut shavings.
Dotted around Hong Kong and easily accessible, Nood Food offers a range of healthful foods and drinks, including salads, sandwiches, wraps, and some of the most exquisite smoothies you’ll ever taste. Boasting more than 20 smoothie varieties, including dairy-free options, Nood Food is the place to be for something that is guaranteed to be deliciously healthy. For something power-building, try the maca protein builder (starting from $70), which combines superfoods like chia seeds and maca powder with rice protein powder, cashew nuts, and more vegan-friendly ingredients. If you need a detoxifying drink, a popular choice is the Girl’s Best Friend (starting from $60), made with alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, orange, lemon juice, parsley, spinach, and sweetened with Stevia.
Mana! is one of the very first eco-friendly and health-focused eateries in Hong Kong. To this day, it prides itself on a clear mission to serve nutritious, wholesome, and plant-based food and drinks to Hong Kong’s hungry masses. The menu consists of an array of delectable burgers, salads, and, of course, smoothies. The Babylon ($70) is a firm favourite and consists of fresh bananas, figs, soya milk, tahini, and cinnamon. But if you are looking for something different, then add a splash of fun to your drink and try out the Maya ($70), a Caribbean-inspired smoothie made with bananas, fresh whole coconut, and dates.
In addition to a wide selection of pressed juices to quench your thirst, this popular juice bar also offers an array of smoothies to keep you full and energised. Their açaí berry smoothie line is a particularly big hit, with four scrumptious açaí-based concoctions to choose from. Start your morning with Power On ($85) to get your caffeine fix and breakfast all in one. The all-natural power drink blends together cold-brew coffee, almond milk, açaí, banana, cacao powder, vanilla bean, and cacao nibs. Another great option is It’s Green ($88), which is made with açaí, almond milk, banana, bee pollen, and a handful of kale so you can sneak some greens into your diet without having to actually munch on raw, fibrous veggies!
Be-Juiced + Bar, 45 Peel Street, Central | (+852) 2668 6231
If the bright, clean, and spacious environment is not enough to lure you into this American-style diner, the elaborate and diverse menu of brunch-time classics like steak egg hash skillet, as well as juices and smoothies certainly will. Green Waffle Diner is the perfect place to slurp on something nutritious and refreshing whilst spending some quality time with your pals on a relaxed afternoon. Don’t miss out on the avocado coconut ($60) smoothie, a satiating blend of avocado, banana, almond, coconut water, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. If you like your smoothies served in a bowl and loaded with texturally satisfying toppings, the butterfly pea ($98) and blue immunity boost ($98) smoothie bowls are also huge crowd pleasers!
With the açaí bowl craze perennially sweeping over our Instagram feeds, it was only a matter of time before a dedicated açaí bowl café hit Hong Kong’s smoothie scene. This açaí bowl specialist whips up vibrantly coloured smoothie bowls that are nourishing and “supa” Instagrammable. If there’s ever a breakfast bowl that’s too pretty to eat, it’s Supabowl’s signature Cocobowl ($80). Filled to the brim with nutrient-packed goodness like açaí, strawberries, blueberries, banana, pumpkin seeds, coco chips, and granola, and served in an actual halved coconut—husk and all included—it would be a crime not to snap a photo of your meal before digging in.
Le Jus’s extensive and expertly crafted menu of juices and smoothies offer you the pick-me-up you need for every occasion. Just finished a hard workout? Go for Hit the Gym ($45). The combination of whey protein, avocado, banana, skim milk, and Greek yoghurt will give you instant fuel and expedite muscle recovery. Need a hearty breakfast on-the-go? Morning Glory ($39) packs avocado, banana, oatmeal, almond, and skim milk to keep you satiated as you power through the day. Apart from the pre-designed combos, you can easily customise your drink to match specific nutritional needs by adding on a variety of health boosts such as muscle-building whey protein, fibre-rich chia seeds, or immune-boosting turmeric.
Le Jus, Shop 114, 1/F, Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, Central | (+852) 62570027