Sealing its status as one of the trendiest and healthiest icy treats to have among the health geeks and the hipsters here in sunny Singapore, Acai bowls (pronounced ah-sai-yee) is one of those superfoods that can both perk you up yet look phenomenal in photos.
New to Upper Thomson Road’s cluster of vibrant cafes and eateries is Thrive, a new boho-themed cafe that specialises in artisanal coffee, loaded healthy toasts and acai bowls—or should we say cups. They are a joint collaboration between Boxgreen and An Acai Affair and the very first one to set up shop.
Thriving on all things health-related from organic dried fruit and seeds to even coconut water-based beverages, this new cafe is one that you should definitely pay a visit—whether it’s for a delicious superfood snack or a hit of good vibes.
Stepping into the cafe, the first thing that hits you is its lovely boho-chic interior. The walls are filled with racks of pre-packaged superfood delights as well as decorative knick-knacks that make for great gifts.
The cafe features an upper deck where diners can sit after placing their order at the counter. If not, there is also a wooden table set up right outside.
Seeking to satisfy both our palates and our Instagram feeds, we opted for the Dragon Bowl (S$6.60 for small, S$9.60 for medium, S$14.60 for large).
This delicious acai bowl came with a base of pitaya passionfruit sorbet along with fresh fruit such as kiwi, bananas and blueberries, as well as things like chia seeds and granola, before finally being topped with a choice of either cookie butter, peanut butter or honey.
Vibrant, refreshing and surprisingly tasty, we highly recommend getting this should you ever be craving an icy treat on a sunny day or simply be in the mood to liven up your social media accounts.
The Hawaiian Bowl (S$5.90 for small, S$8.90 for medium, S$13.90 for large) comes with a base formed using acai and coconut sorbet before being topped with fresh fruits, desiccated coconut, nuts, seeds and a sauce of choice.
We’re not too sure about how this particular offering relates to Hawaii (besides the coconut elements), but it sure did help to take the edge off the scorching heat. Perhaps a mini umbrella could’ve further accented the whole Hawaiian theme.
But that aside, boy was the coconut sorbet addictive and we were sorely impressed by how well it complemented the fruits and nuts without being overly sweet.
Should you feel a hankering for coffee after lunch, Thrive also offers a humble array of both hot and cold caffeine-packed beverages. Their black and white cold brew is a throwback blend that comes from Chye Seng Huat Hardware.
Their coffee blends come from Bettr Barista’s signature Bold Heart blend that features Columbian beans with tasting notes of citrus fruits, cinnamon and cocoa.
215B Upper Thomson Road,
Tel: +65 9688 9211
Sun to Thu: 11am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Marymount