One cannot live on coffee and cocktails alone (as much as we’d like to), so a big cup of fresh juice can be a refreshing substitute — and, when compared to options like soda — they can sometimes be a healthier one, too. Then there are smoothies, those not-quite-liquid, not-quite-solid drinks that feel like the PBS version of a milkshake. For some, a smoothie is a meal replacement, and for others, it’s a way to sneak in extra greens or supplements. That isn’t to say that juices or smoothies are purely prescriptive menu items! In this list of 13 of San Francisco’s best juice and smoothie spots, we’ve focused on places that make sure that every cup of sloshy fruits and vegetables also taste terrific.Read More
13 Super Fresh Smoothies and Juices in San Francisco
Everybody needs a break from coffee and cocktails from time to time
Founder Neka Pasquale uses her background as a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified Chinese nutritionist to create a variety of good-for-you raw and cold-pressed juices and tinctures. Her stores can also be found across the Bay Area, including Mill Valley and Napa.
This Chinatown juice shop is one of the area’s best-kept secrets, a single-fruit juice bar that serves big cups of guava, strawberry, star fruit, and many more for prices as low as $4. There’s also a great roster of smoothies and whole-fruit blends. Juicy Fruit doesn’t have much of an online presence, so calling ahead is a good idea if you have a specific order in mind.
Nourish Cafe SF
This cafe mini-chain (there’s also a location at 1030 Hyde Street) is all vegan, all the time. Check them out for a selection of tasty juices and smoothies, like the strikingly Instagrammable Dragonfly, made with pitaya, pineapple, banana, date,s and coconut milk. Juices run towards the standard combos like orange, carrot, and ginger, but are always fresh.
This unassuming deli and sandwich stop also offers some of the best fresh-made juices and smoothies in Lower Pac Heights, and some of the most affordable, too, with prices topping out at only $8.50 for a 20 oz cup. Hospital workers get 10 percent off, making this a favorite stop for workers at the nearby Kaiser and UCSF hospitals, who line up for smoothies like the “why eat?”, a mix of kale, mango, and pineapple.
Palmetto’s a partnership between a SF native sneaker shop owner and a Brazilian sister-and-sister team of restauranteurs, all dedicated to promoting “pure Brazilian açaí,” which they promise is light-years away from the açaí found elsewhere. The shop’s loyal fans agree, waiting in lines down Clement Street for Palmetto’s bowls and smoothies like the açaí cold brew, a concoction of acai, oat milk, coffee, banana, and blue agave. If that doesn’t get you going, nothing will.
Project Juice Test Kitchen
This California chain has multiple locations across SF, and each spot uses certified organic ingredients and produce from local farms to squeeze cold-pressed juices, smoothies, elixirs, cleanses, and nut milks. There are bottled juices available for grab-and-go purchase, and other juice blends can be ordered on the spot (the Marina Greens, a mix of coconut water, orange juice, kale, spinach, and avocado, is a favorite). There’s also a panoply of smoothies, which can be ordered on the spot or in “packs” to prepare at home.
Health fans can find Juice Shops across the city for their regular fix of housemade juices, elixirs, and cleanses, which they serve in grab-and-go glass bottles. The Deep Green is a popular favorite, pressing celery, cucumber, romaine, kale, spinach, parsley, and lemon — a 100% daily value of vitamin C. Glass bottles require a $2 deposit.
Since 2006, Sidewalk Juice has served over 100 varieties of made-to-order juices, smoothies, kombucha juice blends, wheatgrass shots, and ginger shots from multiple locations across the Bay Area. Try the Green Energy Juice made with spinach, parsley, kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, and ginger, or the Berries Valencia Smoothie using blueberries, strawberries, banana, orange juice, marion berry sorbet, and ice.
This cute Brazilian juice shop is an excellent detour on the way to a warm afternoon in Dolores. It's got acai bowls, smoothies, and juices galore, including tropical options like mango and passionfruit. For non-liquid dieters there are also sandwiches and empanadas on hand.
Beloved Natural Cafe & Organic Juicery
This Mission District vegan spot is all about wellness, with a focus on tonics and elixirs. That doesn’t mean its menu is purely medicinal, however, as there are loads of delicious fresh juices to try, like their “golden shield” (grapefruit, orange, ginger, and turmeric). All their smoothies — and there are many — are offered with a long list of add-ons including ashwagandha, vegan omegas, and maca.
With locations in Noe, Cow Hollow, One Market, and the Westfield Center in SF (as well as from Southern California to the East Coast) Pressed Juicery has gained fans for its seasonal juices, along with its “wellness” shots and its freezes (non-dairy soft serve concoctions). The Greens varieties are among the most popular, and you can also find lemonade and other juices with activated charcoal.
This Parkside cafe and market boasts some of the west side’s best smoothies, all of which are available with an optional shot of CBD. The Green Goddess is a top pick, with a fatty blend of avocado, almonds, vanilla, and agave that’s just sweet enough.
This West Portal juice bar is a favorite with folks who prefer a single source juice — 12 ounces of pure orange, apple, celery, or carrot will run you an affordable $5. There are also the standard pressed blends, and a smoothie lineup that includes items like the super-sweet “purple reign,” which is a blend of banana, blueberry, strawberry, peanut butter, maple syrup and almond milk.