As someone who is now totally into smoothies and juices (mostly green ones), I volunteered to write a city guide for Austin on where you can find juices and smoothies here in town.
What do I look for in a juice and/or smoothie shop? Friendly staff, wifi, a variety of smoothies and/or juices, options to add superfoods, fresh ingredients, short lines and a nice atmosphere. Most times when I am getting a smoothie out of the house, I want to enjoy my time with my juice or smoothie and it’s important that the shops I spend my money at provide a relaxing atmosphere.
My two favorite shops here in Austin are: Blenders and Bowls and Juiceland. I’ve also included a variety of other great shops here in town that are very much worth a try.
Blenders and Bowls
I have been going to Blenders & Bowls every Saturday morning for a couple of months now. Their main store is located in the Wanderlust yoga studio downtown directly across the street from the Austin Convention Center which makes it a perfect stop for a healthy drink during SXSW or any conference. They also have a mobile food truck that is currently stationed near the University of Texas.The owners are very friendly, they have a great selection of smoothies (they call them blenders) and also have acai bowls which are amazing.
They use lots of local ingredients including honey from the farmers market down the street. Their prices are reasonable and if you are new to smoothies or juices, ask them for help in selecting the perfect smoothie based on your tastes. I like all of their smoothies and definitely recommend the Founders Fave which has the awesome superfood Acai. Check out my full review of my first experience at Blenders & Bowls.
Juiceland has 4 locations around central Austin and a wide variety of smoothies and juices on the menu. Their prices are excellent and the staff is very helpful and will work with you to find a juice or smoothie that meets your tastes and if you have any ills that need fixing. They have an add-ins bar with superfoods to wheatgrass and more. All of their locations have seating and the Deep Eddy location has outdoor seating near a water fountain that is very relaxing while enjoying your cup of health.
Juiceland also offers a Juice Cleanse program which provides all the juices you need for a great detox plan.
Other Austin Juice and Smoothie Shops
- Whole Foods Downtown – I’ve bought many a green juice and smoothie at the Whole Foods downtown. They have a selection of both and can customize any drink whatever you would like. I like their large seating section, the free wifi and the large parking garage. It’s a great place to meet a friend for a drink as there is also a full salad bar and healthy kitchen if you (or your date) wants a full meal.
- Central Market – I’ve purchased a few smoothies at the various Central Market locations around Austin. They have excellent prices on their smoothies – they are more limited in ingredients than the other shops on this list. They have a large seating section and good parking. I think Central Market is great if you need a smoothie on the go or if you are new and want a very basic, simple smoothie.
- Snap Kitchen – I wrote up a full review of my first experience at Snap Kitchen. They have an excellent variety of cold-pressed juices although they are the most expensive in Austin. They have seating and a fresh, modern environment. If you call ahead, they will bring your drink to your car which is great if you are in a rush.
- GonzoJuice – located at 45th and Airport, GonzoJuice is a food truck with a simple selection of juices and smoothies.
With all the top quality juice and smoothie shops here in town, there is never a reason to go to any of the smoothie chains – not juice because you want to support a local small business but also because many of these chains use additional garbage in their drinks.