- Zoe Sullivan
Although drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices is nothing new, modern day ‘juicing’ has taken off, inspiring juice vendors who provide single serve juices on the go or even deliver a week’s worth to your doorstep. Whether you’re looking to go on a cleanse or to supplement your meals with a boost of essential vitamins and minerals, San Francisco provides a wealth of juice spots. Here are the top spots to find delicious, freshly pressed juice blends.
Situated in the middle of the Mission District, Sidewalk Juice pours some of the tastiest juice blends to satisfy your nutrient cravings. The store itself is a walk-up window, complementing the casual vibe of the neighborhood. In addition to made-to-order juices, Sidewalk Juice also offers smoothies, kombucha juice blends, wheatgrass shots, ginger shots and healthy snacks. The Kale Colada and Blueberry Almond are fan favorites. This location also offers a delivery service within the Mission District, perfect for larger orders of the good stuff.
Sidewalk Juice, 3287 21st St., San Francisco, CA +1 (415) 932-6221
In addition to organic juice blends, BeBeBar offers authentic acai bowls made with recipes straight from Brazil, where this healthy treat originated. All of the smoothies and juice blends are named with a Brazilian touch; try the Seva if you’re looking for a refreshing green juice blend, and add a pinch of cayenne pepper to speed up your metabolism.
BeBeBar, 3809 18th St., San Francisco, CA +1 (415) 874-9896
Happy Moose Juice
Happy Moose Juice is the perfect spot for those looking to nourish their bodies while preserving the environment. The company bottles their cold-pressed, organic juices into glass bottles to eliminate the presence of potential toxins from plastic and encourage the re-use of the bottle. The customer pays a small deposit at the time of their transaction, and once the bottle is returned to Happy Moose Juice, the customer is refunded their deposit. For those interested in taking on a juice cleanse, Happy Moose Juice also provides a delivery service for larger orders. On the greener side of the juices, ‘The Chard Knock Life’ is a creative blend of chard, pear, orange, spinach, lime and ginger that will satisfy your taste buds. The ‘Strawberry Fields’ is another popular choice; its characteristic magenta hue is just as enjoyable to look at as it is to imbibe.
Happy Moose Juice, 842 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA +1 (704) 876-8909
One of the few juice bars located downtown, Living Greens is a small pop-up shop with big flavor. Living Greens is also ‘green’ in that it encourages re-use of its bottles by using glass and a deposit system. Perfect for juicing newbies, they provide a variety of juice packages and cleanses to choose from depending on your health goals and desired intensity levels. The juices include some ingredients that can’t be found at other juice shops, such as probiotic pills, potassium broth and aloe. The ‘Zeus Juice’ is a popular menu item. This invigorating nectar is a blend of cucumber, celery, spinach, kale, broccoli, dandelion greens, parsley, lemon and ginger, and is a perfect complement to a healthy lifestyle.
Living Greens, 28 Trinity St., San Francisco, CA +1 (415) 802-4535
Local, organic, and discounted deals via email; What’s not to love? Project Juice, located in Russian Hill, boasts ‘five pounds of organic goodness cold pressed into each bottle.’ Each juice is one serving, making it easy to factor into a healthy regimen. The green juices typically include spices like turmeric, which your digestion system will thank you for. Try the ‘Potion 10,’ one of the sweeter green juices, for a generous helping of nutrients (it includes pineapple, pear, cucumber, kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, ginger, turmeric and lime). For those with a sweet tooth, check out the inventive ‘Mint Chip Shake,’ a tasty concoction of purified water, banana, raw almonds, spinach, mint, cacao nibs, Medjool dates, vanilla bean and sea salt.
Project Juice, 2259 Polk St., San Francisco, CA +1 (415) 857-3869
Touted as California’s leading cold-pressed juicer chain, Pressed Juicery has a robust selection of juices to choose from and even provides nation-wide shipping. Considered one of the more economical choices, Pressed Juicery offers multiple levels of rewards memberships that include perks like free birthday juices and 50% off a one-day cleanse. Additionally, their juices contain low carbohydrates, calories and sugar, positioning Pressed Juicery as a top pick for those looking to complete a cleanse. Get started with the ‘Greens 1,’ a nutrient-rich blend of kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber and celery.
Pressed Juicery, 865 Market St., San Francisco, CA +1 (415) 281-9161
Despite its rapid growth into six locations, Juice Shop stays true to its reputation as a quaint, family-owned juice provider. With small pop-up shops and a dedication to maintaining the integrity of their ingredients through hydraulic pressing, you can’t help but feel like a local when you’re sipping one of these freshly juiced creations. The ‘A+ Deep Greens’ is a popular choice and contains a refreshing, slightly sweet mix of celery, cucumber, apple, romaine, kale, spinach, parsley and lemon. Additionally, Juice Shop is an essential stop for those feeling under the weather. The ‘Beta Beet’ or any of their inventive elixirs can provide an immunity boost through a combination of nutrients and holistic ingredients.
Juice Shop, 1994 Union St., San Francisco, CA +1 (415) 834-5161
Small but mighty, SOW is a juice stand located within the Ferry Building. Since the menu is altered each month according to the latest seasonal recipes, it is best to peruse their menu to view current offerings. The ‘Rx’ is an energizing blend of orange, celery, kale, mint and parsley; a must-try beverage that tantalizes the taste buds while nourishing the body.
By Zoe Sullivan