The top 10 new juice bars in Toronto for 2014
New juice bars in Toronto have exploded across the city this year. It seems no neighbourhood can be without one of the new elixir centers, selling the happiness liquids at sometimes shocking prices. Seen as a benefit to our health (and a prolonging of our youthfulness) in increasingly busy lives, the juice revolution seems a counter to other more, meat centric, gluttonous food trends of late, with their burgers and offal and towers of fat.
But are they all they are cracked up to be? I think the jury is still out on all the purported health benefits, but one thing is for sure, most of the juices and smoothies being whipped up at the new places sure are tasty.
Here's my roundup of the top new juice bars in Toronto.
Greenhouse Juice Co.
When the Greenhouse Juice Co. took over the little house on MacPherson you could just tell the community would respond with enthusiasm over their raw, organic cold-pressed juices. Now with a location in the PATH at Commerce Court as well as Yonge and Eglinton.
Farmacia Juice Bar
Former physical trainer Stefano Sanna took to the Beaches when he wanted to expand from workouts to nutrient-rich juicing, smoothies and elixirs.
Spark Fresh Bar
Across from the Ossington station you'll find Spark Fresh Bar, a great spot for fresh juices, smoothies, salads and more. The Silk smoothie and Purple Velvet are memorable treats on the menu, as is the Super Hero juice.
The Raw Chemist is an all-natural cold pressed juice bar in the Junction, focusing on nutrient rich combinations with turmeric, cayenne, ginger and add-ons like maca powder and mucuna pruriens.
The Good Press
The owners behind the longstanding Sunshine Wholesome Market opened a juice-only spot in Yorkville to great exclaim. Find some of the old favourites like Lean Green alongside new recipes.
Evolution Food Co.
Evolution Food Co was one of the first residents of the newly developed Market Street, bringing their cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads and bowls to the strip.
The Other Juice Bar
Found in the Other Café on the Danforth, the Other Juice Bar brings its customers zinging juices and smoothies like the Blueberry Zen and JP Avocado.
Refuel Juice Bar
Refuel are known for their cold press juice, the basis of so much of the other products as well, like the smoothies, energy smoothies, shakes and more.
The Raw Juice Company
The Raw Juice Company near Yonge and Eglinton may not have the hype of some of the other recent upstarts yet but they are quietly making fans of the neighbourhood with their juices and smoothies like the pineapple blitz.
Pulp & Press
Along with all the Balzac's locations you can also get the Pulp & Press Co. juices at their new location on King Street. Their cold pressed organic juices boast 3-4 pounds of produce in every bottle.
What did I miss? Add more new juice bars to the comments.
Photo of Raw Chemist by Jesse Milns.
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