Scandinavia, with its mountains and fjords, is the epitome of balance and tranquillity. Seeing as Haakon is a philosophy, a way of life, an embodiment of Scandinavian healthy living, they truly understand that nourishing the body is as important as nourishing the mind and spirit. The ultimate acai bowls, superfood bowls and parfaits, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, energy bars… they have them all at HÅAKON. They make it truly easy to maintain a well-balanced diet that is in harmony with our body and the spiritual comfort that we need. A wholesome atmosphere of fresh air, simple food, clean water and good living: Haakon is our effort to replicate, on a small scale, some of the uninhibited simplicity of healthy eating. Not all options on the menu are Vegan, so (especially in smoothies) be sure to ask them to exclude dairy/ honey/ whey protein if present. Don’t worry, Vegans get almond milk! 😉
I’ve been to a couple of these health food cafes and I’ve ended up ranking this on top mainly because of its superior taste and price tags. Haakon makes great-tasting, nutritious food so accessible!
Location: Haakon @ Raffles Holland V #01-03, 118 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278997
Daily 8am – 10pm
Not yet an established brick-and-mortar entity, ‘Smoothies, Bols, and Good Vibes’ is Coocaca’s mantra and they are all about giving their customers a taste of that relaxing tropical beach that is all sorts refreshing and healthy. Their Smoothie Bowls, aka. Bols or Super Bols, have bananas, rolled oats, coconut flakes and strawberries among many other mouth-watering ingredients, are superduperduper nutritious and in my opinion, the best thing to eat in the sweltering Singaporean heat. Goo and I got the Pura Vida and Sao Paolo ‘bols’, which were absolutely creamy and flavourful. Who said healthy eating had to be bland?
“They’re on that super food kick — acai and healthy living with good vibes (think yoga, environmental consciousness, surfer language and Bob Marley) bandwagon. So if you’re one of those folks, Coocaca is your Buena Ondas call.”
Location: Not yet confirmed (they currently only do pop-ups, so stay tuned through their instagram, @coocacasg)
What I really love about the acai they serve at absolute acai is its incredible creaminess (not icy at all!), the generous size of portions and the fact that it is also organic. What I don’t love too much is the fact that it is slightly on the pricier end and that the shop’s location is a little out of the way. Definitely one of my favourite acai bowls to date, but because of its price tag, I may only keep my visits to only once during every visit back to Singapore.
Location: 3 Pickering Street, Nankin Row #01-38
Monday – Friday: 10am – 8.30pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
Okay so, while we’re on the topic of acai bowls…
Here’s a great guide to where You can find them in Singapore.
(A personal top three: Haakon, Absolute Acai and Coocaca)
The gelatos and sorbets at Pong are handcrafted every day from fresh fruits, blissfully smooth, delightfully creamy, heavenly delicious and undoubtedly good for You. For $5.50 (insanely affordable), I got for myself a coconut shell (which, by the way, had coconut flesh in it!! ) of coconut and mango gelato, with 3 toppings of my choice — red beans, corn and aloe vera — to top it off. (Sticky rice for topping is only available on the weekends, get them if You can!) If You were like me, You would probably think — gelato mixed with savoury topping?? YES GO FOR IT. Thank me later! Goo got the same, except for grass jelly in place of the corn, which I opted for. The best part? the gelato comes with a complimentary small serving of fresh coconut water!
Location: *Scape, 2 Orchard Link, #02-18C, Singapore 237978
Daily 12.30pm – 10pm
‘Real food is self-run by a team of passionate and stubborn individuals who believe we are what we eat.’
Real Food is independent from health and food associations, institutes or ministries, actively supports local producers, is free from processed ingredients, artificial preservatives and Trans-fat, and also meat-free. They source for good quality and ‘ethical’ food to put on their menu, and one can really experience this through the fresh, tasty food that they serve.
What I absolutely also love about Real Food that they believe that there is no shortcut to good quality food and that compromising is not an option — no microwave, no pre-packed or processed food, no pre-cut ingredients, low heat pan-frying… only fresh, fresh, fresh, homemade, and only making the food when You order them!
Location 1: 110 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239549 (a personal favourite!)
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8.45pm
Sunday: 10am – 7.45pm
Location 2: 10 Sinaran Drive, #B1-105/106/129 Square 2, Singapore 307506
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm
Location 3: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, #B1-52/53, The Central, Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 8.30pm
I loved it here at Grain Traders. Their food was undoubtedly fresh, the selection was delectable and the service was undeniably quick! The only downside to this was that, at $16 per bowl, I found that the price tags were soaring a bit too high.
Their normal bowls are served this way: 1 Grain, 1 Protein, 1 Hot Veggie, 2 Cold Veggies , 1 choice of Topping and a single sauce to drizzle over everything. Bowls were served in a school cafeteria-esque way: we lined up for our food and along the way to the cashier, we’d pass by the grain, protein, veggie and topping stations, while being asked at each station what we’d like in our bowl — very similar to Subway. I chose brown rice for my Grain, lentil patties for my Protein, roasted butternut squash and sweet potato for my Hot Veggie, a bean sprout salad and apple kimchi for my two Cold Veggies and toasted crushed rice to top it all off. Yum! 🙂
(I was a little confused as to why squash and sweet potato was being considered a veggie and a little googling led me to realising that this is part of The Great Potato Debate. ‘Potatoes are botanically classified as a vegetable, but they are classified nutritionally as a starchy food,’ says a DoH spokesperson. ‘This is because when eaten as part of a meal, they are generally used in place of other starchy carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta or rice.’)
Location 1: #01-01/02/03, 138 Market Street, CapitaGreen, Singapore 048946
Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
Location 2: #01-03/04, 100 Tras Street, 100 AM Mall, Singapore 079027
Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 8pm
Well Dressed Salad Bar & Café
Well-dressed Salad Bar & Café is a vegetarian lifestyle cafe (extremely Vegan-friendly) who passionately believes that ‘meatless doesn’t mean tasteless’. They use the freshest greens, fruits and ingredients, and serve hearty and flavourful meatless creations simply crafted to delight. You’re sure to find something You’d love here, just like I did. 🙂
They serve Singapore’s first Vegan doughnuts (only available on pre-order, click here to find out more), cakes of all sorts of flavours (banana, passionfruit, french vanilla rose tea, matcha, lavender earl grey, orange walnut, etc.), fresh coconuts, and heaps of savoury dishes too — salads, wraps, soba noodle bowls, curry, watermelon ‘pizza’, soups and tofu burgers!
Location: 282 South Bridge Road, 058831 Singapore
Daily 11am – 10pm
When Jasmine and I visited Afterglow, we had such a hard time deciding what we wanted from the menu because everything sounded so incredible! After several ‘debates’, we finally chose the Drag-Pom Salad (which really was the bomb diggity) and the Herbed Quinoa Bowl (which was also a bomb diggity, but not as bomb diggity-ish as the drag-pom dish) and shared both dishes, enjoying both mains for the bursts of flavours that they were. Slightly on the pricier end, so perhaps this would be more of a once-in-a-blue-moon treat rather than a frequent visit.
Location: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Monday – Tuesday: 12pm-2.30pm & 5.30-10.30pm (last order at 9.15pm)
Wednesday – Thursday: 5.30-10.30pm (last order at 9.15pm)
Friday – Saturday: 12pm-2.30pm & 5.30-10.30pm (last order at 9.15pm)
Love love love love love! Food options in school weren’t the healthiest, so on days when I didn’t have time to get lunch prepared for myself in the morning, I’d head to the SaladStop to get a quick and healthy. It isn’t exactly reasonable priced considering most of Your bowl/ burrito is made up of greens, but if ever on the lookout for a nutritious option, this would be it — there is such a wealthy variety of greens, grains, veggies, legumes, seeds and dressings, You’re definitely bound to create a delicious salad/ burrito regardless if You go by the menu or creating Your own dish.
Click here for a list of all their locations and opening times.
No concentrates, no refined sugars, no dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, or nuts, no water, and no artificial anything… just freshly squeezed fruits, coconut water, and organic raw agave nectar! Iced popsicles have made a comeback in Singapore, with Popaganda recreating the once old-fashioned dessert into artisanal works of sweetness and delight. 😉 Popaganda produces absolutely delicious, all-natural frozen sorbet treats in a community-friendly and sustainable way. (My favourite is the coconut-mango flavour!)
I’m sure You’d love their popsicles!
Location: None, You’ll find them in little pushcarts at places like Pasarbella and Real Food outlets to name a few. Popaganda also makes appearances at events like fairs and food festivals, so be sure to keep Yourself updated by check out their Facebook page.
The Living Cafe & Deli
(I apologise for not having any pictures for this cafe. Even though I did spend 6 months working here and tasting heaps of their appetisers, mains, desserts and drinks, I never got around to taking any pictures of them. You’ll be able to find pictures, along with updates and events, on their Facebook page, though!)
The first floor is where the actual cafe is at, and on the second floor, there is a little retail shop, where one will be able to browse through and purchase items such as health supplements, books, health food kitchen appliances and essential oils among other health products.
My absolute favourites from this cafe have got to be their veggie pizza, their veggie burgers, veggie rice bowls, Asian quinoa salad, their raw cakes (chocolate! blueberry! lemon cranberry!) and energy balls, and all of their delicious smoothies! Their products are slightly higher on the price range but for the great effort that they take to prepare everything they serve, I’d say that it is rather reasonable. One thing that I love about their menu is that they clearly indicate which items are raw food, Vegan and Vegetarian, and even allergen advice such as gluten-free or nut-free. *Note: This isn’t a fully plant-based cafe, but it sure is Vegan-friendly (no dairy at all!), so for all coffee lovers, don’t worry, You can get Your coffee fix here. 😉
Location: 779 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269758
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 7pm (last order at 6.30pm)
Friday: 11am – 10pm (last order at 9.30pm)
Saturday: 9am to 10pm (last order at 9.30pm)
Sunday: 9am to 8pm (last order at 7.30pm)