Makai Bowls

2/F The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop & Viewing Deck, MacArthur Highway, Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan, La Union

Makai Bowls
4.5 Stars

12 Reviewers

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Anna D.
3.0 Stars

Carille: banana, peanut butter, cacao, maca, coconut oil, coconut milk, and honey. It was filling but overall, it was just okay. Can attest that it is a perfect after-surf meal, though.

All bowls are 100% as organic as possible!

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Cresa M.
5.0 Stars

Yay for another La Union weekend!

Want something healthy and an energizer to munch on by the beach? Head on to Makai Bowls! A popular seaside shack as it is the first one to offer smoothie bowls to those would opt to get a light snack for their beach getaway.

These smoothie bowls are perfect for a fueling breakfast or even a post surf snack! I can eat these pretty meals for breakfast for the rest of my life, to be honest.

They make sure that what they create are as healthy as possible: made from 100% fruits, no dairy, no artificial sweeteners and NO ICE. Simply put, both vegans and non-vegans will love this shack for the nutritious bowl of goodness! Plus, each bowl looks as good as it tastes! ...because you know, thoughtful presentation leads to a more enjoyable meal.

I ordered Amianan (P240); A smoothie bowl made with dragon fruit, mango, papaya, banana, and acai juice. Topped with a slice of an orange, bananas, mango, oats, and tapioca. Truly delicious and refreshing because of its fruity and zesty treat.

I was also able to try on Carille (P240), as it was my boyfried's order; A chocolate smoothie bowl made with banana, peanut butter, cacao, maca, coconut oil, coconut milk, and honey. Topped with oats, banana, tapioca, and chocolate powerballs. YUMMM!

We actually had these bowls as our post-lunch snack. HAHA. I'll definitely be back to try on the other flavors. They also offer fresh fruit shakes, fresh juices, and the like. Make sure to check on their menu!

These bowls are perfect to satiate your tummy and IG feed. Be sure to get your smoothie bowl grub next time you visit La Union! They're actually located near El Union Coffee.

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Scy L.
4.0 Stars

This place has been showing up in a lot of Instagram and Facebook post, probably because it is one of the few places in San Juan where you can hang out, chill, have a couple of drinks with your friends, grab a cup of coffee, a healthy snack or just maybe look at the sunset. I guess you can call it a food park-ish establishment. The place is a double deck building with several food stalls within,

You have Artek Wine Yacht, they serve reds and whites and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; El Union coffee serves hot and cold java; Curious Creatures serves their unique craft beers; Papa Bear serves some delicious American grub; Makai Bowl serves healthy fruit and chia bowls; there is this store at the end that has finger lickin' chicken wings Korean style; and Tattoo 55 is a a rockin’ tattoo parlour.

We tried the place with the Korean soy garlic wings, ordered drinks from Artek and had merienda Chia seed bowls at Makai.


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Pat S.
5.0 Stars

MUST TRY!!! 128588🏻

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Gene G.
5.0 Stars

Before we left La Union, I made sure that we should try Makai Bowls. On our first trip to La Union, we were not able to have one because we had to leave early since we just took a bus to La Union.

Makai Bowls is now relocated at the back of El Union Coffee. This is perfect for those who wants to eat healthy and have a delicious meal. Don't be fooled by their meals. It may seem light but actually it's quite heavy. If you are not a heavy eater, I suggest sharing this with someone or take this during breakfast time.

Their ambiance is the kind of place I would love to stay all day. There are mats and pillows where one can just chill and eat their makai bowl. The colors of the place suited the wood used. Plus points due to the place facing the beach.

Since we were still full from lunch, we decided to order one meal which is the Amianan (240php). It's seasonal and good thing we were able to have a taste of it. It consists of dragon fruit, mango, papaya, banana and acai juice. I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle and this kind of meal is something I would love to do it on my own. We all loved the Amianan but since we were too full, we were not able to finish it.

Aside from smoothie bowls, they have fruit shakes, chia bowls and fresh pressed juices. You have the option to put toppings.

Makai Bowls definitely was the perfect way to end our LU trip. I am definitely going back to have more of those while facing the beach.


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Sandy P.
5.0 Stars

Oh I missed LU! After 2 months, I was able to go back and I guess this will be more often now. Haha! Of course, Makai bowls is always on the list when in LU. It's good to know that it was relocated near El Union Coffee.

When we went there, the owner, Raffy was also there early in the morning. He's very accommodating and friendly. I asked him why they relocated and he mentioned that they realized the potential of the brand and the product so they decided to get their own place. Just in time with the growth of the surftown. The whole compound is called The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop and Viewing Deck where El Union Coffee and 55 Tinta are located too. Interesting!!

So this time I tried their Amianan (seasonal) because last time when we went, it’s off-season. It has dragon fruit, mango, papaya, banana and acai juice for P240. All their smoothie are topped with fresh fruits and homemade granola. I love their bowls because not just that it's healthy, it's also refreshing! I always feel energized after 128170🏻

They also serve fruit shakes, chia bowls and fresh pressed juices. You can also add toppings if you wish to.

I love the interiors of the place; woods, mats, pillows, and the colors matched accordingly! Though it's quite small, it's still a good place to chill with your barkada! They even sell some souvenirs on the side.

Here are the other famous smoothie bowls:

Beach Break (P220) – it has maringa, banana, pineapple, coconut water, spirulina

Carille (P240) – banana, peanut butter, cacao, maca, coconut milk, honey

Surfer’s Bowl (P280) – pineapple, melon, banana, papaya, beets, honey and coconut water

Point (P240) – this is also seasonal, it has strawberry, mango, papaya, banana, beets and acai juice

Avo (P240) – seasonal, it has avocado, mango, coconut milk

Unicorn (P280) – dragon fruit, mango, papaya, banana, acai juice and butterfly pea flower

They are open from Thursday- Monday, 8am-6pm

Will definitely be back!! As always! 10084


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Jacob N.
5.0 Stars

The Famous Smoothie Bowl in LaUnion is now offering a Unicorn Bowl!! 128523128524

They added Magic on your smoothie bowl. It has a dragon fruit smoothie base topped with chia seeds, desiccated coconut, bananas, Mangoes, Oranges and edible Flowers 128561 It looks soo good that it turned our table into a pop up Photo studio 128514 Everyone wanted to take a photo of it. 128514128514128514 It tasted as good as it looks 128077🏼128523

Also last Sept 8, Makai bowl transferred from
Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel to El Union Coffee. They Built a kubo connected El Union Coffee with a really nice sunset View Deck. It is still under construction but makai bowl is already open. And More stores will be opening soon. I have a feeling that the place will be a hit soon. A perfect chill place in ELYU.

The down side is, I kinda miss Makai bowl in Flotsam, I wish they didn't have to close it down and 2 locations would do.

But the new location looks really nice and comfy, it is also at the edge of the kubo facing the beach with a sunset view deck.

The last photo are my friends trying to pull off a "Candid shot" 128514 They were trying to pay each other when I took the photo. 128514 which is the reason why they are holding their wallets and money 128514


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Maj C.
4.0 Stars

Had to try LU's smoothie bowls and here's what I have to say..

1. I love smoothie bowls personally. Im into the healthy lifestyle now so I appreciate that they have one in LU already!

2. While the price is quite steep for it's serving size, the bowl was actually good. The avocado bowl could have been better if it was served colder. Was expecting it since the other bowl was really cold 128532

3. The ambiance in Flotsam makes eating Makai bowls better!

It's been a while looloo but I'll try my best to be a bit active again! Haha!

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Patrick V.
5.0 Stars

Started of my LU-Baguio weekend by having breakfast here. I already expected that they would come in small portions so I ordered two smoothie bowls - Beach Break and the Amianan!

Both were very refreshing! Although they were in small servings, I wish I just ordered one because I was planning to eat as many places as I can as I was only staying until noon. (Food lang talaga habol sa LU) Lol. One is actually enough. Accdg. to them, It's all fruits, no ice, no dairy, and sugar-free! 10084️ I felt so healthy that morning even if I ate crispy pata and inihaw na liempo the night before. Cheret! 128514

Now that I'm writing this, I'm suddenly craving for one! LU, anyone?

Fun Fact that I read on their Instagram account: Makai is a Hawaiian word which means "To the sea". 127754

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Sandy P.
4.0 Stars

This is definitely on the list when we had a quick getaway to La Union. Finally something healthy after all the cheat dayssss! 128055128514

I ordered one of their best sellers - "Beach Break" it has spinach, banana, coconut juice and spirulina topped with homemade granola! 10084

I actually loved the mixture and the refreshing taste of this smoothie! And since I love banana, I enjoyed it even more! it's also dairy free and sugar free! 128076🏼

How i wish I can try other flavors but that time, only 2 flavors were available.

I shall return! 128523128525

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Unisse C.
4.0 Stars

Ever since I read the reviews here on |ooloo for places to eat at La Union, Makai Bowls was on my must try list. 10084️ I was glad that we were able to visit it early because they're not open until after dinner.

We got the green smoothie bowl and the chocolate smoothie bowl. Enjoyed both 10084

The green smoothie bowl is actually their best seller. And I can see why. It's pretty good for something so healthy!

The chocolate smoothie bowl was great - not too sweet with peanut butter 128077🏼

Too bad we didn't notice the avocado smoothie bowl!! 128557 Would have loved to go back and try it again.

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Archieval M.
4.0 Stars

Went sa flotsam and jetsam nung Independence day long weekend and pag dating namin,tried their Makai Bowl. We got the one with dragon fruit ata. Ok naman sya. Medyo small portion lang pero refreshing and lasa nya.

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Ruth S.
5.0 Stars

SO HAPPY I FINALLY GOT TO TRY MAKAI BOWLS!!!!! The only reason why I wanted to visit La Union was to try this smoothie bowl (Also the reason why I insisted we stay in FJ! 128521128523).

I ordered their bestseller which is THE BEACH BREAK or the Green Smoothie Bowl. Made w banana, mango, pineapple, spinach, spirulina? and coconut water.

It's basically just a fruit smoothie/shake but with fresh fruit slices and granola/nuts added; it's placed in a bowl instead of the usual cup + straw. And instead of water, they used coconut water for the added health benefit and refreshing island taste/feeling. 128154

How was it? It was very refreshing and perfect since it was hot. We were all tired from our Tangadan Falls adventure and this bowl was the perfect reward! 128525

I've already tried a smoothie/fruit bowl in a smoothie/fruit bowl place here in Manila and though good, I wasn't that pleased. Maybe because we were inside the mall with aircon and stores as our view..

But the smoothie bowl I tried here was AWESOME and AMAZINGLY GOOD!! Nakakakilig siya! Maybe because of the view, the place, the intense summer heat... they must really affect the overall experience. 🤔 ANG SARAP!!! Can't wait to go back and have more of this!!! 128525128525128525

PS: They also have fresh fruit juice, shakes, and fruit popsies. 128155

PPS: They're only open from Thursday to Monday (8am-6pm).

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