Hula Juice Cafe is an award-winning juice cafe and is also known as Hula Juice Bar. They offer healthy drinks, snacks, lunches, soups and cakes, and a great coffee.
Located in the West Bow, wedged between the popular Grassmarket and Victoria Street, Hula Juice Bar is undoubtedly Edinburgh’s most established place for smoothies, juices, coffee, and healthy breakfasts and lunches, as well as cakes. A good selection of gluten-free and vegan options make this wee gem with its Hawaiian flair especially attractive for those with special dietary requirements.
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies are whizzed up at the open counter, and boxes and boxes or fruit inspire trust that there is fresh quality going into the food and drinks. A longstanding favourite has been the Betty Ford smoothie with added frozen yoghurt, and the Tahiti Kicks with mango, spinach, apple and lemon. The milkshakes are naughty, but with a dose of healthy, which makes them easily justifiable. The coffee specialities are tasty, and there is also a small range of teas and hot chocolates available.
Hula is open for breakfast usually from 8am and offers classics like porridge, granola, smoothie bowls, toast, and bacon, and sourdough sandwiches. Avocado sourdough toast (£6.95) and the legendary maca nana bowl come highly recommended and please the eye as much as the taste buds. These are available for both breakfast and lunch, like several other meals. Soups, the popular rainbow and salad bowls, and wraps are exclusively on the lunch menu.
The tables outside Hula are especially sought-after during the busy summer months, but in the colder months, the cosy tables inside are where you want to sit to enjoy your order.
The sunny atmosphere, free wifi, changing displays by local artists on the wall, and friendly staff always help to lift the spirit. Hula isn’t cheap, but good quality, fresh ingredients, tasty food and drink, as well as the great location justify the price and Hula's continuous popularity with both locals and visitors to Edinburgh.
103 West Bow
Photo credit: Matt Hallala