Juices, smoothies, acai bowls and chia puddings, non-dairy warm drinks… We are on trend in Oakland and thankfully it’s without the activated $12 charcoal waters and bullshit anti-food health diets. Here are a few places in Oakland owned by people of color offering nutrients in a cup for an accessible price.
These guys are best known for their acai bowls, a traditional snack in Instagram, woops I mean Brazil. They have a pretty fruity smoothie menu, and a varied juice menu with organic produce, a seasonal juice, and lots of enhancers like tumeric, chia, and flax. I like the Orange you Glad with apple, carrot, celery, ginger, lemon, pear, and turmeric. A perfect place to hit before or after walking the lake, and often busy on those sunny weekend days. Prices run $5 to $8.
Located right on International and 35th, this little cafe window next to Taqueria San Jose offers coffee and breakfast staples, as well as freshly made juices. They have a few fruit combos and a green juice which has pineapple, ginger, parsley, celery, nopal, and cucumber. It feels a little like Mexico here: the window is bordered in talavera tiles, there’s a sunny patio with a running fountain in back, and a sad display of Bimbo donas and snacks at the counter. The guy ordering before me said he always gets a large orange juice with two raw eggs blended, and while I was a little curious, I went for the green juice. $5 for a small.
Doesn’t nieves mean ice cream? Yes, and right across from the ice cream stand is a small cafe offering Oakland-roasted Bicycle coffee, sandwiches and juices. I’ve written about the owner’s street cart to brick and mortar success before here (it’s an inspiring story). I love the juice and smoothie menu: you get to choose up to five ingredients from the fruit, veggie, and supplement list and design your own. If you aren’t confident about making your own combos ask for recommendations or start with something simple like carrot, orange and ginger. I usually get some variation of a vampiro: beet, carrot, pineapple, and orange. $4 for a small, $5 for a medium, $6 for a large.