The last time juice was this much of a thing, you were 10 years old and you’d chug down two litres of Tropika, which naturally (or unnaturally as the case may be) resulted in a euphoric 20-minute high, complete with tantrums, screaming and hair pulling, followed by the dull throbbing of a sugar hangover… While you grew up, juice did, too, and it’s a whole lot more mature than Tropika. But it’s not all about health. Why juice? You knew the answer to that when you were 10 and you know it now – juice is frikkin’ delicious!
Packed with nutritious and not-so-yum sounding ingredients like kale, broccoli and beetroot, these blends somehow manage to taste incredible, making the fact that you’re actually doing something good for your body easier. And whether you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up or to start a cleanse, a visit to one of the city’s top juice bars is sure to reward.
If Cape Town follows the New York trend, you’ll be seeing plenty of specialist juice bars and franchises cropping up, but for now, here are five CT shops where you’ll find a cold-pressed, freshly squeezed or blended liquid lunch.
Where: 211 Long St, CBD, 021-424-3781
What: A range of home-grown juices, almond milk and coconut water are all part of the large offering at Orchard. The juice cleanse comprises six tasty mixes.
Try: Recharge, a mix of tomato, celery, carrot, lemon, orange, coriander, red bell pepper, chia seeds, flaxseed oil and himalayan pink salt. If you’re having a tipple, add vodka and it’s, like, the best bloody Mary in existence.
Where: Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, The Square, 27 Somerset Rd, Green Point, 021-418-1155
What: New on the scene, this chic eatery/juice bar has a fresh look and healthy blends. While the focus, given the name, is on liquids, it has a cool selection of salads and sandwiches.
Where: Woodstock Co-op, 363 Albert Rd, Woodstock, 079-599-6277
What: Based in Woodstock, Cape Town’s hippest suburb, you know these guys can get behind a trend. While it offers much more than just juice, Raw and Roxy uses good-for-you ingredients such as bee pollen and turmeric.
Where: Unit R1 Urban Hub, 142 Buitengracht Service St, CBD, 021-422-0239
What: This vegan cafe stocks so many delightful foodie options it’d be hard to stick to just juice, but their cold pressed picks are top notch.
Where: Lifestyles on Kloof, 50 Kloof St, 021-487-5440
What: A Cape Town favourite, Wellness is a health-centred spot that offers four delicious juice flavours, plus the option to make your own.
Try: Red Rebel, a fresh combination of beetroot, carrot, spinach, parsley.
Compiled by Jessica Ross