Acai: San Diego’s Favorite Summer Snack

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Summer in San Diego means that acai bowls are everyone’s go-to snack. We don’t have a shortage of spots to find a good bowl, and it seems that every San Diegan has their own personal favorite. Whether it’s about the toppings, the tart level, or the consistency of the acai, we all have our reasons. We’ve come up with a list of acai bowls all over town, so keep these in mind next time you’re on the hunt to find your new favorite:

Rum Jungle Cafe

For more than 13 years, Rum Jungle Cafe has revolutionized healthy beach cuisine. They’ve been serving San Diego acai since 2002 and they’re always coming up with exciting new recipes. Stop by the next time you’re in Mission Beach and enjoy an old favorite or discover a new one. Rum Jungle Cafe is a relaxed spot to kick back, listen to some reggae, soak up the atmosphere and replenish your body.

The recipes at Rum Jungle are developed by Ram, a licensed Herbalist & Acupuncturist with a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has incorporated recipes that have been used for thousands of years in many cultures for wellness and vitality. But most importantly, Ram makes all of the ace bowls taste extra scrumptious.

Address: 4150 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA

Meraki Cafe

The word “meraki” in Greek means, “To do something with passion, love or creativity; to put something of yourself into your work”, and that is definitely the vibe you get from the owner and the baristas at this little cafe in University Heights. Meraki is cozy and comfortable— when you’re there you feel like you’re in a chic living room enjoying a small bite and some coffee with a good friend. They’re always playing good tunes to compliment the good food, and their variety of acai bows is unique and refreshing. Here’s some of our favorites:

Açaí Lime: Topped with fresh squeezed lime, strawberries, tajin spice, granola and honey
Nutty Açaí: Topped with organic peanut butter, sliced almonds, banana, flax seeds, granola and honey
Açaí Autumn: Topped with apples, cinnamon, pepitas, bacon (such a scrumptious addition!), granola and honey

Address: 1735 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116

The Lazy Hummingbird

You can’t talk about acai in San Diego without mentioning the Lazy Hummingbird. This charming, funky gem is located in Ocean Beach on Santa Monica Avenue, a few short blocks from the water. It’s a favorite spot for a lot of locals, and the acai bowls are second to none. You can enjoy your bowl inside the eclectic space, or head outside to the patio and chow down while you listen to the calming sounds of the wind chimes. More often than not, you’ll also get to hear some live acoustic music from the local talent that frequent the cafe. The Lazy Hummingbird has lots of charm and character, and the acai bowls are definitely a big draw. If you’re looking for another option, you can also try the newest addition to their menu: the matcha bowl. The green tea flavored treat is topped with granola, almonds, blackberries, and mint. Whether you order acai or matcha, both are the perfect treat for a hot summer day.

Address: 4876 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

Try these bowls and let us know if any of them make it to the top of your list!

Lauren lives in OB with her French bulldog, Elvis Presley. She loves laughter and the great outdoors. You can contact her at [email protected].

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