Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is the deep purple, edible superfood berry of a Central and South American palm tree, Euterpe oleracea. The acai berry boasts a sweet, tropical, intense flavour described as a cross between blackberries and cocoa with a hint of pomegranate. It’s the main ingredient of a popular dish: the acai bowl. In an acai bowl, acai berries are pureed and frozen and served with different toppings. Though calorie-rich, it is considered a healthy snack as the berries contain iron, calcium, fibre, and tonnes of antioxidants. The acai bowl craze has reached Reykjavík, and these are the best places to get your acai bowl fix.
Maika’i Reykjavík has three locations, in Hafnartorg, Smáralind shopping mall, and inside WorldClass gym Kringlan. With toppings like peanut butter, bananas, strawberries, and chocolate, their acai bowls leave you full, satisfied, and delighted. Perfect as a post-workout snack.
Nútrí Açaí Bar
Nútri Açai Bar offers many kinds of delicious acai bowls. Their bases are made from acaí and pitaya purreé, directly imported from the Amazon jungle. Pitaya is a cactus fruit and is also known as dragon fruit. Next to acai bowls, Nútri offers healthy smoothies and superfood coffee drinks, including mushroom lattes.
Ísey Skyr Bar
Skyr is a unique Icelandic dairy product. Not only is it delicious, it also happens to be virtually fat-free and full of protein. It looks similar to Greek yogurt but is actually produced like cheese. It’s a little bit thicker than yogurt and the unflavoured version tastes tangier. Next to different tasty skyr bowls for on the go, Ísey Skyr Bar offers three kinds of acai bowls.
Joe & The Juice
Healthy shakes, sandwiches, freshly pressed juices, coffee drinks, and acai bowls – that’s what you’ll find at Joe & The Juice. Next to their Reykjavík locations, they have over 300 locations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. They’re also located at Keflavík Airport, so it’s the perfect stop for a travel snack.