As much as we love creating healthy recipes and knowing exactly what is going into our food, sometimes it is nice to sit back and have someone else prepare the food for you. We love that there are now so many healthy cafes/restaurants in Sydney striving to use local, organic and seasonal produce as much as possible. In saying that, there are also many cafes marketed as ‘healthy’ when in reality they are serving acai bowls packed with added sugar, using ‘natural’ sweeteners in excess and offering gluten free breads/baked goods that are really more like cake.
Here we’ve compiled a list of some of our very favourites (in no particular order). We are a little biased towards Bondi given its proximity to our house but we are always more than willing to travel for good food so please leave us any suggestions in the comments!
Delicious hot chocolates and raw desserts. They have a limited selection of savoury meals but they do have a choice of takeaway salads and an amazing gluten free nut loaf that you can have plain or with avocado and/or macadamia and turmeric butter (I highly recommend the macadamia butter!)
Finally an acai cafe that perfects the creamy consistency! I would go here a lot more often if it wasn’t so far from my house (That said, there is one coming to Bronte very soon!) They have an entire acai menu of different flavours- my choice is the power bowl which is a blend of acai, banana, strawberries, natural peanut butter and activated almond milk. Ask for it extra thick to be safe as it can vary depending on who is making it.
Another great place if you’re in need of a little indulgence. The brazil nut hot chocolate is to-die-for and the raw cakes are incredible (the holy fudge is my personal favourite).
I haven’t had the chance to try much off this menu but I can definitely vouch for the breakfast falafel salad. (I was also eyeing off the smashed avo and if it tastes half as good as it looks then it is definitely worth a try). Their cold-pressed juices are also delicious.
Another great place to get your acai fix. I love the peanut butter and jelly acai but am also dying to try the nutella bowl. If you’re not in the mood for acai (I hear that’s a thing) they also have a selection of sweet and savoury toasts.
This is my favourite spot for coffee in Paddington – almond milk piccolo is my go-to (but regular milk is also on offer). They have a great range of salads and an amazing smashed avo on sourdough toast.
Obsessed with their avocado and tahini spread on sourdough toast (they also have a delicious gluten free bread alternative). Their poke salad is amazing too if you feel like something a little more substantial. As well as having great food, their coffee is also incredible, especially with their house blend macadamia and almond milk. If you’re not a coffee drinker try their golden turmeric latte.
This is a great spot if you’re after something a little more filling. The portions are very generous and they don’t compromise on quality. I love their Essene bread with avocado and halloumi as well as their mixed salad boxes.
The food here is local and seasonal wherever possible which we love, but what particularly stands out to me is the vibe and atmosphere. It is in a big warehouse connected to an artsy home decor show room. We love the vegetarian poke bowl from the lunch menu and the Hay smoked salmon kedgeree from the breakfast menu- it isn’t what we usually feel like in the morning but we will make an exception for this dish. They are also open for dinner with a great selection of wine and cocktails.
Unbeatable salads. I love the pumpkin salad with added brussel sprouts (I don’t know what they do to those brussels- but they are incredible). This is another healthy cafe that is also open for dinner with a great range of healthy(ish) cocktails. The slow-roasted eggplant is a favourite of mine from the dinner menu but it is very large so I would recommend sharing if you’re not overly hungry.
A delicious cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their shakshuka is a must try. You can add halloumi which is a definite in my books. If you’re going for dinner they have a great selection of small bites so it is ideal for sharing.
A Mediterranean cafe using local, seasonal produce. They have one of those menus where you just want to keep coming back until you’ve ticked everything off. The ‘Mediterranean Bowl’ is packed with the goodness of quinoa, kale, grains, picked vegetables, avocado, hummus and an organic egg. So nourishing and flavoursome.
This is where my love of raw cake began. I had never tried a cashew-based cake until visiting Earth to Table back in 2013- it is amazing to see how far things have come since then with so many people now following raw, vegan diets and so many cafes offering a selection of raw desserts. My favourite cake is the Snickers with cinnamon ice cream however this sadly is not one of their regulars. I also love the banana bread from their breakfast menu but don’t expect it to resemble traditional banana bread (remember, it’s all raw!)
I love the ‘make your own bowl’ concept of this cafe. As suggested by the name, their speciality is fish but they also have tofu for a vegetarian/vegan alternative. I am pretty predictable with my order- a base of mixed brown rice and cabbage, raw tuna for protein, seaweed, edamame, carrot, ginger and avocado topped with wasabi peas for added crunch. Oh and how could I forget the wasabi ponzu dressing mixed with roasted sesame. They are served in takeaway dishes but do have a small sit-in area. Be prepared to queue if you come at peak lunch or dinner time.
Another place with great smashed avo (and a delicious gluten free bread option). Their menu is short but you can guarantee whatever you order will be good. I love that it is connected to a yoga studio so you can have a delicious healthy feast post working out.
Cali Press also make a great acai bowl. Again, I request it extra thick as I prefer when it doesn’t have that liquidy consistency. I love the Cacao Crunch which is acai and banana blended with cacao powder and topped with a generous helping of peanut butter. The smoothies are also delicious and thick enough to eat with a spoon (also filling enough to be a meal!)
You’ve probably gathered I’m a little acai obsessed. The ‘Ain’t Nothing Butter Bowl’ (peanut butter acai) from Acai Brothers Neutral Bay is one of the best in town. Definitely worth adding to the list.