Six of the best places to get smoothies in Dubai
Tasty AND healthy all in one
We're always big fans of getting our five-a-day in the easiest way possible, and with a smoothie, it couldn't be simpler. It's not a milkshake and it's not a juice – a smoothie is that happy medium between refreshing and full. Whether you like them for breakfast, alongside a healthy lunch or as an afternoon pick-me-up – chances are there's a smoothie with your name on it. Here are some of our favourite places to grab one.
After a sweaty jog along The Palm's running track – or more likely a day sunbathing – head to the new @blend smoothie bar to replenish your energy levels. This place specialises in drinks to really boost your wellbeing, and we highly recommend the Greenometer (AED 27) which uses kale, kiwi, green tea, avocado, apple and cucumber to give you a heady mix of healthy fats and iron. If that's not your bag, there are tons of other smoothies on offer, starting from AED 26.
If you've ever hung around the outdoor gym in JBR – minding your own business, of course – you will have seen countless fine physical specimens with Pulp cups firmly in their hands. This fruity smoothie joint also have outlets in Deira and Mall of the Emirates, but we think JBR is the ideal place to slurp down some tasty vitamins, personally. You can't go wrong with a 'Very Berry' which blends mixed berries, apple juice and frozen yoghurt to blast any cobwebs away. Prices start at AED 19.
Circle Cafe may be known for their sarnies and salads, but their smoothies are also worth a shout. Prices start from AED 28 to make your own (for those particularly fussy drinkers) but their favourites are generally AED 32, such as the 'Banana Cocoa': banana, almond milk, dates, low-fat yoghurt, cocoa powder and baby spinach. Sounds wrong, but it is actually very right indeed. Circle have seven stores in Dubai – including a shiny new one at Dubai Mall – but their online delivery service is also excellent.
Lime Tree Cafe
Lime Tree Cafe really is faultless. Not only do they nail the naughty desserts, they also get the healthy stuff right, too. They don't have a huge smoothie menu in comparison with other places, but as the old saying goes: it's all about quality not quantity. The (absolutely delicious) date and banana 'Energizer' does just what it says on the tin/cup and prices start at AED 26, depending on size. Our favourite branch can be found in the carpark of Spinney's in Jumeirah, not as weird as it sounds.
If you find yourself in the Al Safa hood, then make sure you schedule in a pit stop at the J3 Mall to try out one of the zesty delights that Juice Jars has to offer. They have countless different fruity combos to choose from, but we're rather fond of the 'Energy Breakfast': which is a concoction of dates, orange, banana and milk. Prices go from AED 18.
The stuff of beverage legend, Juice World is a shop which definitely requires a camera phone upon visiting. This kitsch place in Al Rigga is worth going just to see the mental sculptures they have made out of fruit inside, as much as for the drink itself. Again, there are way too many menu options to list them all, but we've always been partial to a strawberry and banana blend (AED 8 for a small) – it is, after all, a fresh and failsafe classic.
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