Until recently, I had no idea what an açai bowl was. But I was willing to give it a shot, if only to actually learn how to pronounce acai (it’s a-sigh-ee). Turns out: delicious!
An açai bowl is puree, frozen açai (a purple fruit that comes from the acai palm tree found in Central & South American) topped with ingredients like granola, seeds, chopped nuts and berries. The puree is sometimes blended with other fruits, such as banana.
Though açai is known to be rich in antioxidants, its real health benefits have not been scientifically proven one way or another. It appears to provide the same benefits as berries like blueberries, and can certainly be part of a healthy diet. Eat in moderation. This has been your doctor’s disclaimer for the day.
The bowls are eaten like yoghurt or porridge – the texture is frozen and creamy, like a soft sorbet. The addition of the toppings makes this a great option for breakfast or a midday pick-me-up.
Regardless of whether you’re eating a bowl for your health or because it’s tasty (both, I hope), açai bowls can be hard to come by in Copenhagen. They seem to be having a “moment” worldwide, so here’s where to get yours in the city:
The Bowl Market Copenhagen
A simple, minimalist interior design and an incredibly friendly staff make it easy to see why people like to spend some time at The Bowl Market. But it’s the food, of course, that’ll keep you coming back. Their famous açai bowls come in a few different iterations, but all are deliciously fresh and topped with goodies. The açai base is neither too watery nor too solid; it’s the perfect consistency. They serve great coffee (it’s Coffee Collective) and porridge as well, so be sure to check out their full menu.
1656 København V
Every day 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
The açai bowl here is no joke. Piled high with delicious, freshly-made toppings and with a hefty helping of açai puree underneath, you’ll feel fresh and full when you spoon scrapes the bottom of the bowl. Nice Cream has a variety of vegan treats like ice pops, ice cream sandwiches, and an outrageous peanut butter bowl.
2200 København N
Every day, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Enghave Plads 10
1670 København V
Currently closed for renovation
Det Vide Hus
Ah, the elusive açai bowl at Det Vide Hus. This thing is harder to get ahold of than nuclear launch codes. Just kidding! I’ve never tried to get those so who knows really. They’re often sold out – or just not making – these bowls, but when they’re around they are fantastic. If not, the cafe has other great options, including good coffee & pastries.
1123 København K
Mon – Fri 7.30am – 6.00pm
Sat – Sun 10.00am – 5.30pm
With three locations, you’re never far from a 42Raw açai bowl. Their açai blend tends to be made with more bananas so I find it sweeter and a bit less solid than the others, but it’s still tasty as hell. Their toppings are arranged for maximum instagram-ability (oh the things you start to notice when you run a digital business) and they serve you a hearty helping.
1112 København K
Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat, Sun & Holidays 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Falkoner Allé 21
Mon – Fri 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tuborg Havnevej 4-8
Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Holidays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm