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The Best Juice Bars in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / June 30, 2014

juice bars torontoThe best juice bars in Toronto take nature's goodness and pummel the crap out of it, and somehow make it taste even better. Juice is having a rather adult 'moment' right now, consumed for its perceived health benefits, with the mere the sight of a bright-coloured liquid in a biodegradable cup signifying all that is best for the human body.

No longer relegated to the kiddie cup, juices (and their smoothie counterparts) are categorized as nutrient-dense 'clean' eating, part of our detoxifying and cleansing programs. They traverse an entire spectrum, from high-powered blender drinks to green juices and cold-pressed raw organic energy elixirs.

All matter of fancy stuff is added to elevate them to "nectar of the gods" status - maca, chia, living spring water, honey, maple syrup, hemp, flax, wheatgrass, dates, yogurt, raw vegan protein powders, Spirulina, coconut oil, nut milks (the list goes on). But fundamentally, juice begins and ends with the essentials - berries, fruits and veggies. What's not to love?

Here are the best juice bars in Toronto.

Juice Box

Juice Box

Ever heard of KISS? The Juice Box has, and they prove there’s nothing stupid about keeping it simple. No complicated blends, equipment or secret fitness mantras - just plain old fruit and vegetable juice like pure orange or carrot. They make it cheap, too; a litre is $8.50. Church St. has been celebrating the Juice Box with pride for a while - now it’s time the whole city understood its simple pleasures. More »

Romeo's Juice Bar

Romeo's Juice Bar

Romeo’s Juice Bar is smack dab in the middle of Kensington Market, and the combo fruit market/tiki-themed juice bar fits perfectly into the area (as it should - Romeo owns the building). He constructs some great flavours - like Avocado Kale Sunshine (small $4.75, med $5.75, large $6.75) - but he also lets a customer custom-design the drink. so you can get whatever your hippie heart desires. More »

Tropical Energy Juice Bar

Tropical Energy Juice Bar

Tucked into the Commerce Court concourse outside King station is Tropical Energy Juice Bar. Cheap, cheerful and full of juice and smoothies for on-the-go workers, the juice bar has a whole bevy of beverages to choose from ($3.65-$6), or you can create your own from a list of current ingredients. Strawberry passion-fruit smoothie, anyone? More »

Greenhouse Juice Co.

Greenhouse Juice Co.

One of the finer juice bars on this list, Greenhouse Juice Co. is also one of the most expensive. The beautiful white building carries the freshest organic vegetables and fruit in wire baskets ready to be sent through the cold-press juicer. The juice flights and flavour profiles, like the East of Eden ($8.5 for 250 mL, $11.50 for 500mL) or Gold Rush ($8/$11) are truly fantastic. Their Pink and Green Milk combine their almond milks with beet or spinach juice for a luxurious yet refreshing experience ($10 for 250 mL). More »

Bolt Fresh Bar

Bolt Fresh Bar

On the border of West Queen West and Parkdale you’ll find Bolt Fresh Bar, a great healthy option for your post-party blues. The juices - like spicy citrus (with a hint of cayenne) and watermelon are between $6 and $7, while the smoothies - like the famous Greena Colada, with its pineapple, shredded coconut, raw cashew, flax, kale, coconut milk and agave combination - will run you between $7 and $9. More »

Pulp Kitchen

Pulp Kitchen

Longtime fan favourite Pulp Kitchen has a long list of juices and smoothies. They start the list with basic fresh-pressed ($5.75 for 16oz / $11 for a litre), like the Thrive, which features carrot, apple, beet and lemon. Then they move on to the "premium juices" like the Detox Darling, with apple, kale, wheatgrass and milk thistle. Rounding out the list are "super shakes" and smoothies, like the Mangocity - a blend of mango, orange juice, almond milk and cinnamon. Yum! More »

The Good Press

The Good Press

It's a new addition to the list, but one with a long history, as the owners of Sunshine Wholesome Market are also behind The Good Press in Yorkville. On the all-organic and cold-pressed juice menu, you'll find some of your old favorites, like Black Beauty, and plenty of new types to try too - the Hawaii 5-0 has pineapple, spinach, romaine, arugula and jalapeno. It's on the expensive side, with bottles ranging from $8.50 for 250mL to $12 or more for 500mL, but some would say it's worth it. More »

Fresh

Fresh

Oh, Fresh, remember when you were practically the only kid on the block? How times have changed. You’ve still got a stronghold on the health-conscious in Toronto - who hasn’t at least once found comfort in a Date Almond or Immune Boost ($6 for 12oz, $7.50 for 16oz, $15 for 32oz)? I know I have, and will again. More »

Sunshine Wholesome Market

Sunshine Wholesome Market

Still going strong after seven years on College, owners Andrew and Leila must be doing something right. Simple juices like Berry Burst are $4.50 for a small, $5.50 for a medium and $6 bucks for a large, with premium juices, like the delicious Tropicalia, going for $5.50 for a small, $6.50 for a med and $7.25 for a large. More »

Farmacia Juice Bar

Farmacia Juice Bar

At Beaches newcomer Farmacia Juice Bar, there’s actually tons of seating, unlike many juice bars that made this list. Heavy on the health benefits of juice, you’ll find ingredients like chaga and pau d’acro offered as add-ons, smoothies like Kale Lime Pie, and power drinks like the Yoga Warrior (chock full of goodness, with hemp protein, cacao and banana) for $10. More »

Evolution Food Co.

Evolution Food Co.

Only weeks old, Evolution Food Co. on burgeoning Market St. is already developing quite a fan base for its clean eats. The highlight may be the juice bar, full of cold-pressed juices ($6-8), smoothies ($6.50-7) and house-made almond milks ($7.50). Try the Cookies in Cream or Energize Me for a delightful pick-up. More »

Juicy Hut

Juicy Hut

At the Merchant’s Market in Downsview Park you’ll find Juicy Hut. It's one of the more standard juice bars to make the list, but the ingredients set them apart - they reflect the ethnic diversity of Toronto and its juicing culture. Here you’ll find gems like soursop, pineapple, strawberry and sugar cane juice ($3.50 for a medium). More »

Discussion

11 Comments

JUST IN / June 30, 2014 at 07:52 am
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There is also Liquid Nutrition. look them up. My only issue with them is that they put way too much ice to make it look like you getting a lot when you really aren't.
Dylan / June 30, 2014 at 08:04 am
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Also forgotten is Total Cleanse. What the little Dupont and Dovercourt location lacks in pretentiousness, it more than makes up for with a nice selection of freshly cold-pressed juice.
jeff / June 30, 2014 at 09:29 am
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I know the photo source is usually at the end of an article but I don't see it. where is the lead pic from? (Guessing Greenhouse Juice Co based on logo) and do they wear those toques all summer??
Tim replying to a comment from jeff / June 30, 2014 at 09:53 am
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Yup, the photo is from Greenhouse Juice Co.
J / June 30, 2014 at 11:09 am
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You're missing AuJus at the newly opened YamChops at College and Montrose.

I don't work for them, I just think their juice is amazing.
Mandi / June 30, 2014 at 01:28 pm
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Live Food Bar should definitely be on this list. Great to see new juice places popping up but Live is a staple alongside Fresh for both juice and plant based food. I'm also partial to Rawlicious but more for the food, they have a smaller juice menu.
andre / June 30, 2014 at 06:34 pm
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I've been to a majority of these places and Greenhouse, GP, and Farmacia are my favourites as they use ORGANIC ingredients in their juices...hence the price point difference. Yet, Farmacia is in a category of its own when it comes to health benefits as they are the only one that has the additional herbal/homeopathic add-ons. I never really ventured to the east-end that often, but if I'm feeling rundown/ill/hungover, that Yoga Warrior drink is like magic cure-all in a cup!
Jacklyn / June 30, 2014 at 08:48 pm
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Do Not go to Total Cleanse, the lady in there (Rebecca) is unwelcoming, pretentious, unprofessional and rude. Any questions I had she said to refer to the website, and implied that my boyfriend and I couldn't afford her precious juice. News flash honey: he's a Doctor and I run my own business. Very disappointed. I wanted to pull a Pretty Woman "Big Mistake" but didn't bother wasting it on such a horrible and ignorant woman. I wish them nothing but the worst.
Juice junkie / July 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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You had me at chaga! On my way to Farmacia!
sw / July 9, 2014 at 10:40 am
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Raw Juice Guru!!
Jay Kordich / July 24, 2014 at 03:13 pm
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Juice bars are the ultimate rip-off. Most aren't even using organic produce. Get a masticating juicer and you can make your own juice (wheatgrass too!) at home for a fraction of the cost. Amazing how many business owners are lining their pockets because people don't know how to make their own juice.

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