Most people with juicers at home will agree that although the end result can be rewarding, it’s the clean up afterwards that makes it a chore. Pair that with a few failed juicing experiments and your juicer might start collecting dust. Needless to say, some things are best left to the professionals.
Here are 12 different spots from coast to coast that are all about keeping you refreshed and energized with their cold-pressed juices, smoothies and more. Whether you’re a cold-pressed juice fanatic or not, Canadian juice bars are making their mark (and they’ve got some pretty cool names, too).
CRU Juice (Calgary, AB)
With a clear knack for marketing, the slick look of Cru’s cold-pressed juice and clever names like “Menage a trois” (a blend of almonds, cashews and hemp seeds, sweetened with maple syrup and vanilla) or “The Big O” (a naval and blood orange combination), have helped make this spot the go-to juicery Calgary. Attention-grabbing names aside, their juices are well-made and worth every penny. Why the Cru, you ask? Well, because it means “raw” in French.
enVie: A Vegan Kitchen (Halifax, NS)
Halifax’s premier vegan restaurant isn’t just focused on serving nice plates of food. The front half of the restaurant offers a lot of take-away options, including a line of invigorating juices, like the “ABC” made with apple, beet, carrot (get it?), ginger and lemon.
Fresh (Toronto, ON)
Whipping up cold-pressed juices before it was a fad, this healthy Toronto dining staple has been around since 1999. Today, there are four locations downtown, all offering up a healthy drink menu that’s just as varied as their food menu, with choices of fruit-based juices, unique milk varieties, green smoothies and a ton more.
Glow Juicery (Edmonton, AB and Kelowna, BC)
You’ll find this refreshing juice producer in both Edmonton and Kelowna. In addition to selling a variety of “glow” blends like the “Sky Glow” (pear, cucumber, lemon and mint), the juice bar also offers different types of juice cleanse packages if you’re looking to try a purely liquid diet for a few days.
The Juice Truck (Vancouver, BC)
The first cold-pressed juice truck in Canada is a go-to for many Vancouverites, with their long list of refreshing and creative drinks like the Blueberry matcha smoothie or “The Remedy,” made with pineapple, kale, mint and ginger. I’ve heard the latter is rumoured to cure hangovers!
If you aren’t much of a truck chaser, not to worry. They’ve got a bricks and mortar location on West 5th Avenue as well.
Jusu (Victoria, BC)
Victoria’s original juice bar has now grown to a four-location family around the small coastal city. They pride themselves on using only organic ingredients to create their juices and nut milks. There’s a lot to choose from here, but you should definitely try the “Hawkeye,” made with apple, orange, carrot and tumeric. It won’t disappoint, unlike the superhero by the same name in the latest Avengers movie. Just saying…
Juspur (Montreal, QC)
Go green at this popular Montreal juice bar with the “V4,” a healthy mix of parsley, romaine, spinach, cucumber and celery or try something uniquely sweet by cracking open an “L1,” an interesting mix of Swiss chard, pear and more or the “L3,” which includes almond milk, butternut squash and maple syrup. Variety is the spice (juice) of life, after all.
Krokodile Pear (Vancouver, BC)
Taking a slightly different approach to juicing, Krokodile’s menu changes with the seasons. Like when B.C. blueberries come into season (hint: that’s right now), you should expect their juices to taste as fresh as can be. Once the weather starts to cool off in the fall, expect beets and stone fruits to start filtering onto the menu.
Live Food Bar (Toronto, ON)
Around since 2002, Live has been a consistent hot spot for health-conscious Torontonians since day one. Even if a raw food meal isn’t up your alley, you can appreciate their juices and rich smoothies like the “Butterscotch Ripple,” a deceiving indulgent blend of coconut cream, banana, dates, vanilla and much more. Sounds good to me!
Refuel Juice and Salad Bar (Toronto, ON)
Swing by Refuel for a build-it-yourself salad for a super healthy and filling lunch, but you’ll need something to wash it down with. Try a bottle of the “Fresh Mojito,” which includes grapefruit, lime and mint, will definitely do the trick.
Thrive Juice Co. (Saskatoon, SK)
Saskatoon’s bright and airy juice bar on the corner of 20th Street and Avenue B is just one more business helping to revitalize the Riversdale neighbourhood in the city’s downtown. Speaking of revitalizing, try sipping on one of Thrive’s organic juices for a little pick me up. They even offer weekly juice deliveries straight to your door.
Wild and Raw (Calgary, AB)
Think twice about grabbing a big, calorie-ridden frappucino from the Starbucks across the street and perhaps opt for a more fulfilling drink from Wild and Raw. Stay cool in the summer heat with the “Berry Spicy Kapha,” a unique blend of Saskatoon berries, beets, ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper for a little heat.
Dan Clapson is a food writer and culinary instructor based out of Calgary. He is constantly creating new recipes and striving to expand his culinary horizons. He thinks yam fries are overrated.