Cleanse kits, freshly made nut milks and raw, unpasteurized, hydraulic pressed juices made to drink within days of purchase... it's the latest craze sweeping the city, alongside some of the best juice bars that have been around for years.
Frapez has been keeping it real in the Castro for years with wheatgrass shots, layered smoothies and juices, and a range of teas. Try filling smoothies like New ME made of almonds, chia seeds, banana, blueberry, protein powder, spirulina, brown rice syrup, yogurt and green tea.
With two Mission locations, Sidewalk Juice owner Jason Nazzal grew up in the neighborhood. His dad owns Valencia St. Real Food so he's no stranger to healthy eating, parlaying his knowledge into house kombuchas mixed with juice, smoothies and fresh juices. Standouts from many great juices include a Kale Colada (organic kale, coconut juice, pineapple, coconut shreds, pineapple sherbert), and their best-selling Green Energy (spinach, parsley, kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, ginger).
Though not organic, LA favorite Pressed Juicery has stormed SF with two locations and is the more affordable of the bottled, unpasteurized raw juices at roughly $6.50 a bottle. Greens # 3 (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger) and their creamy Chocolate Almond Milk (almonds, dates, cacao, sea salt) are my top favorites.
Served in elegant glass bottles (bring them back for 50 cents credit and recycling), Greens & Co. is the Marina's elegant answer to daily pressed, raw, unpasteurized juices and nut milks... and they're all organic ($8-10 each). Try green contrasts: earthy Signature Greens No. 1 (kale, spinach, parsley, celery, apple, lime, ginger, mint) and sweeter Tropical Greens No. 2 (kale, spinach, pineapple, apple, ginger, lemon).
Refreshing and conveniently downtown in the Crocker Galleria, brand new Project Juice is an SF cold-pressed, bottled juice company using local, organic ingredients and a triple-filtration water system for ultra pure water. Favorites include perky Jala-Greeno (jicama, pineapple, kale, jalapeno, lime) and a creamy Mint Chip Shake (banana, spinach, cacao nibs, mint, raw almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt).
Founders Derek Castro and Luisa Alberto, former Blue Bottle staff, bring the same attentive detail to juice as they've learned with coffee. SÔW (pronounced "so") serves fresh vegetable and fruit juices at room temperature so as to not numb flavors, and in artfully garnished glasses.
Thrive Juicery opened its first brick-and-mortar store in One Embarcadero in May 2013 alongside its juice bar pop-up in Nectar Wine Lounge. Cold-pressed juices and cleanses flow, maximizing vitamins with 3 pounds of fruits an veggies going into each 16-ounce bio-plastic bottling ($9). At Nectar Wine Lounge, Thrive creates juice cocktails mixed with sparkling wine, and lush nectars like True Blood: red beets, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger.