Orlando is home to a number of smoothie bar franchises including Planet Smoothie and the Tropical Smoothie Café, but if you’re looking for that homemade taste, you can venture to a number of locally-owned juice bars and coffeeshops instead. Here are some venues that serve up great smoothies in Orlando, Florida:
Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar
This casual coffeehouse is famous for its extensive wine list, vegan menu and rich espresso drinks, but also serves up some killer smoothies. Head here for thick strawberry, mango, pineapple and tropical fruit smoothies, and don’t forget to pick up a few sweet treats from the bakery case. The Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar is located at 444 North Bumby Avenue in Orlando.
Gurtzberry is a yogurt shop and smoothie café located in Winter Park, north of downtown Orlando. This one’s for health nuts, the place to enjoy organic yogurt smoothie concoctions including the Chocoberry, Hello Tropics! and Berriest smoothies. Add an energy-enhancer such as aloe jice, maca or echnicacea for extra health benefits. Gurtzberry is located at 124 East Morse Boulevard and is open seven days per week.
When you’re in the mood for a zen-like experience, make your way over to the Bikram Yoga studio and Namaste Café on Central Florida Parkway. This café is located down the street from SeaWorld Orlando, and serves over a dozen creative smoothies such as the Spine Twisting smoothie (pineapples, apple, banana, soy, and non-fat vanilla yogurt), Mr. Green (green apple, pineapple, orange, honey, whey protein and non-fat yogurt), and the Coconut Thailand (coconut, coconut milk, honey and non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt). If you’re in the mood for dessert, you can pick out a chilled smoothie from the Sweet Tooth smoothie list. Visit the Namaste Café website for more information.
Bad Ass Coffee of Orlando
Bad Ass Coffee is a Hawaii-based chain coffee shop that is famous for its rich Kona coffee. However, this themed coffee shop also serves some of the best smoothies in the city. Head here for mango, strawberry or strawberry-banana smoothies, or cool off from the hot Florida sun with a tasty cremosa treat. Bad Ass Coffee of Orlando has a location on International Drive, and on South John Young Parkway. Visit the Bad Ass Coffee website for more information.
If you’re in Kissimme, head over to Caribian Tropic at 1732 Kelley Avenue for your favorite mix of strawberry, banana and tropical fruits. The smoothie bar serve up fresh juices, light snacks and an assortment of creative smoothies.
Whole Foods Market
The Whole Foods Market in Dr. Phillips in Southwest Orlando also serves up some delicious, healthy smoothies made with organic fruits and fresh ingredients, so consider that your last resort if you can’t get away from the tourist areas. You can choose from several fruit bases including pineapple, mango, banana, peach and strawberry, and add all types of energizing boosters and supplements. Whole Foods Market is located at 8003 Turkey Lake Road in Orlando. Call (407) 355-7100 for the day’s smoothie menu and other information.