In a squeeze? Grab a healthy juice, smoothie or açai bowl at these 3 San Francisco newcomers

In a squeeze? Grab a healthy juice, smoothie or açai bowl at these 3 San Francisco newcomersAn açai bowl at Acai R. | Photo: Daniel S./Yelp
Published on July 10, 2019

The juice is loose in San Francisco — and so are the smoothies, açai bowls and fruit-flavored teas. The next time you're craving a quick dose of vitamin C, these three new spots will provide you with a fix. 

El Parce Cafe

517 O'Farrell St., Tenderloin

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Named for the Colombian slang term for "friend," El Parce Cafe is a casual new Tenderloin cafe emphasizing Latin fare — including empanadas and arepas — alongside smoothies in flavors like mango or strawberry-banana. Fresh-squeezed orange and passion fruit juice are also available. 

While you enjoy your juice, smoothie or yogurt parfait, you can also wash a load of laundry in the attached laundromat.

With a five-star Yelp rating out of three reviews, El Parce Cafe has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Monica H., who reviewed the cafe on June 7, wrote, "They just moved in and I finally got to try some breakfast that they offer. I had the Nutella waffle and it was very delicious! Good portion/size for the price."

Yelper Anne O. wrote, "Ordered the yogurt parfait, which was delicious and beautifully presented. It included fresh slices of strawberry, real blueberries, and real raspberries. It wasn't inexpensive, but it turned out to be completely worth it, given the serving size."

El Parce Cafe is open from 7 a.m.–6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. on weekends.

Acai R

1130 Ocean Ave., Westwood Park

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New healthy eatery Acai R offers a build-your-own green juice or green smoothie bar, complete with protein add-ons and your choice of base or sweetener. 

For those craving açai bowls, the new eatery also offers a build-your-own bowl system — but with far more options than the legendarily healthy South American palm berries. Other bases include matcha, overnight oats and coconut chai or dragon fruit pudding. Toppings include fruits, nuts, seeds, peanuts, almond butter and a variety of other offerings.

With a 4.5-star rating out of 109 reviews on Yelp, Acai R is off to a strong start.

Yelper Kevin L. noted, "The flavor of everything was really good — the fruits were very fresh and ingredients were of a high quality. I liked how it was a build-your-own type of place, and that there were a lot of options for sizes and bases."

Yelper Anh T. wrote, "I was a little overwhelmed with the number of options you can choose from. But don't be discouraged — the process is actually quite easy. What I love is that you pay a base price for the size of the bowl, and then you get unlimited bases and toppings. How fun!"

Acai R is open from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. daily.

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

652 Market St., Financial District

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The FiDi has a new outpost of global bubble tea chain CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice, which also offers juices and smoothies. Options include a mango smoothie, mixed juice with sago (tropical palm starch) or strawberry slush.

For those craving something more indulgent, bubble tea options range from red bean milk tea to matcha lattes to chocolate slush.

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice's current rating of four stars out of 65 reviews on Yelp indicates a generally positive reception for the newcomer.

Yelper Kristie L., who visited the shop on May 30, wrote, "I like their fruit drinks the most! I have tried their mango yakult, lemon yakult, and mango smoothie."

Yelper Diana T. wrote, "Delicious and fresh boba. Love the 3 Guys combo of boba, grass jelly and pudding. Lots of people but the line was short."

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice is open from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. daily.

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