Detox from those stressful city days and nights with our juice bar crawl across the city, the ultimate guide to Rome for health conscious, fresh juice lovers.
Via Cesare Bosi, 9 - Via Quintino Sella, 29
9.30am – 8.30pm
The perfect place in the city for anyone interested in seasonal eating, Zazie's tailored made juices are the answer for anyone wishing to reduce the environmental impact of eating fruit all year round. Made from local, seasonal produce, sourced almost exclusively from Italy, there is no set juice menu. Instead, chose from produce on display. I opted for a delicious beetroot, carrot, orange and apple. The two venues differ in decor, but both offer a great chance to indulge in a low carbon smoothie.
Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 135
8am – 8pm
For the ultimate country in the city vibe head down to Escosazio, a venue hip enough to complete with any capital city juice bar. Sip a juice while you sit on one of the swing seats, perfectly placed in each of the large windows and reconnect with nature in the metropolis. From the down to earth decor, to the juices, Escosazio is about stripping city life of its stresses. Choose your juice from the antistress, antiage or energizzante. I went for the digestivo, a mix of orange, pineapple, fennel and ginger.
Via Varrone, 2/C
11am – 9pm
For those of us who like to drink our greens instead of eating them, Nanù Bagel Bar, offers a great selection of fruit and vegetable juices. The detox, a mixture of apple, lettuce, rocket and ginger, is a great way to get in those greens, or the B12, a mixture of kale, apple and lemon. For something more fruity, try the esotico juice, or a lassi, made from yoghurt and fruits, typically mango. Or even milkshake, made with regular milk or a vegan alternative, coconut, almond or soy.
Açai & Friends
Via di Campo Marzio, 69
11am – 8pm
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If you're looking to introduce more antioxidants into your diet, without skipping on desert, look no further than Acai and Friends. As the name suggests, it is not the acai berry alone, but its combination with other super foods that makes this place the perfect balance between health and indulgence. Try the acai chocolate smoothie, an antioxidant extravaganza. Or select from the extensive list of juices, or opt for a wheatgrass smoothie. A vegan alternative can replace milk in all smoothies.
Via Marcantonio Colonna, 30 - Via Venti Settembre, 26
7.30am – 8pm
The prime location of Vero, along with the wonderful juices on offer, means this place is always heaving with a crowd of health conscious locals. Vero displays the nutritional information of each juice on the menu, so you can order a small, medium or large juice with confidence, knowing all the vitamins your body will derive from the drink. I went for la classica, a great mix of carrot, apple, orange and ginger, containing vitamin a, c, carotene, potassium, sodium and phosphorus!
Zoé Mercato Testaccio
Via Beniamino Franklin, 12
9am – 3.30pm
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Off the tourist trail, Zoé, in close proximity to the Piramide metro, is a market stall in the Mercato Testaccio. Promoting both health and environmental awareness, Zoé offers a great selection of juices and smoothies and uses simple combinations such as apple and ginger or pear and cinnamon. A real gem, super fresh juices made by a friendly team of people. The staff are very knowledgeable and will happily explain all the health benefits behind each of their uniquely created juices.
Via Ulpiano, 37
In a city full of pasta and pizza, JimmyJus is an unexpected gem. They boast a menu of healthy and hearty salads, soups, sushi and smoothies. The food is an explosion of nature and taste, and the decor is modern and bright. Customers can tailor their food, choosing their favourite fresh ingredients. The best part? It's food that makes you feel good. The worst part? Trying to pick just one thing!
Fratelli De Luca
Via Silla, 38
Open Mon-Fri, 8am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-6.30pm
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Fratelli de Luca’s provides a vegetable-heavy menu inspired by Greek flavors. The counter is chock-full of ingredients for guests to make their own salads. You can also order a simple plate of farro or couscous, a baguette with cold cuts and greens and even choose from a list of creatively topped baked potatoes with sauces such a tzatziki, hummus and eggplant. The service is very quick and a nice seating area is provided while meals can easily be taken to go as well.