Smoothie bowls have swept the nation, and for good reason — they’re (supposedly) healthy, filling, and often topped with a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. The acai berry is often the base of these bowls, although other ingredients like pitaya, leafy greens, and coconut milk have become common substitutes. Finish the blended bottom layer with anything the heart desires — granola, bee pollen, coconut, Nutella — and it’s a full meal. When looking for something to satisfy hunger and a sweet tooth all at once, head to one of these eight Charleston destinations.Read More
Catch the Smoothie Bowl Craze at These 8 Charleston Spots
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1. Clean Juice
This national franchise has three Charleston locations offering five acai bowl varieties. For a serving of caffeine and chocolate all in one try out the beauty bowl, which combines acai with activated charcoal and cold brew before it’s finished with cacao, almond butter, and granola.
This cozy cafe has a focus on local nourishing ingredients. The garden seating area out back seems like the perfect spot to enjoy one of six smoothie bowl varieties. Get an extra serving of veggies without even knowing it by trying the green bowl, which combines kale, spirulina, and avocado with almond milk before it’s topped with nut butter and fresh fruit.
3. Blend Juice Bar
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Mount Pleasant’s Blend Juice Bar offers smoothie bowls alongside an extensive list of cold pressed-juices. The acai bowl is a refreshing combination of organic acai and coconut water that’s topped with fresh fruit, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs.
4. Vintage Coffee Cafe
Saddle up at this quaint Mount Pleasant cafe for breakfast sandwiches, toasts, and acai bowls. Try out the tropical bowl, which is sweet and crunchy from a mango puree and toasted coconut. Outdoor seating and strong coffee make Vintage a comfortable place to spend an afternoon.
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5. Playa Bowls Charleston
This New Jersey-based franchise hit King Street earlier this year. Bowls come with six different base options — acai, pitaya, banana, chia pudding, green, and coconut — along with various toppings like Nutella and goji berries.
6. Tres Palmas Acai
Follow this wandering food truck throughout the Lowcountry for overflowing acai bowls. The boujee bowl comes with layers of peanut butter, big chunks of fresh fruit, and a large serving of granola. The best way to track the locally-focused truck is via Instagram.
Filled with college students and King Street shoppers, this counter-serve destination offers acai bowls that are jam-packed with fresh fruit. The fan-favorite B.A.B. bowl is topped with almond butter, granola, banana, and berries before it’s finished with a raw honey drizzle.
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8. The Juice Joint (Folly Beach)
Head for tropical flavors at this beach side locale. Juice Joint adds pineapple and mango to the base of the Hawaiian acai bowl before topping with fruit, granola, and local honey. This juice truck is a permanent fixture on Folly Beach but can also be found roaming the downtown and James Island farmers markets.