Botanica has been proving that you do make friends with salad since it first opened in 2013, and then further cemented its status as our finest foliage dispensary when it expanded to Teneriffe in 2016. Variety is the key at Botanica, with a rotating selection of salads made from the freshest produce (and a few cheeky treats) on offer every day. Whether it be for a satisfying work lunch or a dinner party contribution, Botanica salads will always be welcomed with open arms.
Runner-up: Charlie’s Raw Squeeze
Charlie is a name synonymous with clean eating, and if you haven’t encountered a Charlie’s Raw Squeeze franchise in Brisbane then you must be a homebody – they are everywhere! The rapid expansion comes as a surprise to no one, especially if you’ve ever been to the original location in Everton Park. Offering freshly squeezed juices, nice-creams, acai bowls and salads 24-hours a day, hunters of healthy eats can get their fix at any time of day.
Boasting the best when it comes to healthy, refined-sugar free and superfood-based dishes, CocoBliss has been at the top of the healthy food game since 2013. Patrons can indulge their sweet tooth without guilt, with a menu focusing on pure, nutritious and raw wholefoods. If you adhere to a vegan or gluten-free diet, CocoBliss is there for you, with locations dotted all across Brisbane.
Though it shares its name with Seth Rogen and James Franco’s popular stoner comedy, Pineapple Express is decidedly more wholesome. Boasting one cafe in Hamilton and two express locations in Fortitude Valley and Eatons Hill, Pineapple Express dishes out a stellar selection of healthy options from fresh salads, paleo goodies, wraps, acai bowls, smoothies and coffee.
It’s a no-brainer that an entirely vegetarian restaurant would make the list, but Vege Rama does more with its vegetables that one would ever expect to be possible. Gluten-free pasta filled with sweet potato mash, crispy cauliflower stir fry, char-grilled sesame tofu steaks, steamed bao buns filled with grilled tempeh, vegan pizzas and desserts – it’s enough to make us drool with delight.
Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen
You know you are in safe hands when your local health-focused cafe is owned and operated by a nutritionist. This is only one of the reasons why Jacqui Toumbas’ Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen is such as success. Other reasons include a menu that extends across breakfast and lunch, unprocessed and refined-sugar free ingredients, and a conscious approach to delivering the best flavour possible. That’s a winning combo if we’ve ever heard one.
The titular Acai Brothers Ben Day and Sam Carson earned a groundswell of buzz in the early days thanks to their cheeky marketing campaign, but quickly cemented themselves as the real deal with a consummate selection of delicious and healthy choices including acai bowls, juices, raw treats and more. Now the duo have opened up franchises all over town, so those searching for a post-gym boost or a lunchtime fix should have no trouble getting their hands on the healthy stuff.
West End’s Just Earth is equal parts cafe, coffee roaster and eco store – making it a veritable hub of everything healthy and wholesome. The menu here is stacked with gluten-free, vegan and paleo bites for breakfast and lunch, with a sharp focus on ecological sustainability, chemical-free seasonal produce and organic goods a plus. Produce is sourced from Food Connect and local farms, so your mind can rest easy while your body enjoys nutritious fare.
Canter & Colt
Tucked away in the heart of leafy Samford is the area’s first 100-percent organic cafe. If the sounds of granola topped with fresh fruit, gluten-free muffins, haloumi bruschetta, super salads, Buddha bowls, smoothies and fresh juices really activates your almonds, then perhaps pencil in a visit to Canter & Colt early in the new year.
Satori Organics Wholefoods & Juice Bar
Sandgate’s Satori Organics is a Sandgate institution, plating up healthy cuisine while also making some of the finest takeaway treats around. Not only are patrons able to sample a classic range of acai, Buddha bowls, and juices, but you can also devour vegan jaffles, felafel wraps, and assorted tapas, while sipping on handcrafted fermented kombucha and cold-pressed ginger shots.