Hula is a cheerful and warming spot, especially on the gray winter days while we were in Edinburgh. It is well-located right off of Grassmarket on the sloping Victoria Street (filled with its own delicious wonders), and was the husband and my favorite place for breakfast during our few days exploring the city.
The staff was incredibly friendly and gave helpful recommendations, not just about the fare but also about local places to check out around Edinburgh.
Their porridge made me really love Scottish porridge, and their hot drinks (teas, coffee, espresso drinks) were well made. It was also the first place where we tried a flat white, which hasn't made its way to the "colonies" (aka the US). And they stock our favorite porridge bars (a great upgrade from the sad, hard granola bars we know across the Atlantic).
I know Hula is called a juice bar, but for some odd reason - perhaps the hour of the day - we never got juice there. Next time, though! I'm looking forward to dropping in on our next visit.
I will never understand how it took me so long to get around to coming here. And if I'm not back within two weeks then I shall eat my hat.
Because first of all... Colour. It is like walking into a rainbow of happiness. The walls are made of colours and on them are fluorescent vinyls painted with adorable characters and scenes (these are for sale and I would like one please if anyone reading this is looking for a present for me).
Aurelie M and I were lucky to get a table - we arrived right at the start of the lunch wave; ten minutes later and it could have been curtains for our lunch plans. Lacy, gently wafting curtains...
I opted for the Cajun wrap, which was wonderful, toasted to crispness on the outside and burrito-like in contents. With the side salad it was the perfect amount. I also had the Betty Ford juice, which was delicious and tasted very wholesome. I tried Aurelie's Pink lady too and it was SO GOOD. I want a whole one to myself!
Aside from a slightly perfuctory dump-dishes-and-run moment from the staff member so brought our orders (totally understandable given that the place was packed by then) this was a wonderful experience from start to finish and we never felt rushed to move on despite the people who never stopped appearing.
Nice zingy green/mixed juices, creative fruit smoothies, and hearty wraps, lighter salads, one or two soups of the day. In a town of haggis, potatoes, fish and chips, the option of detox and immune "boosters" is a refreshing break! But for the less angelic eaters, there are also bagel sandwiches, milkshakes, and yummy looking cakes brownies and shortbreads. You can grab or go, but better to sit and stay a while with the wifi and quirky lighthearted atmosphere.
A good place to hit up for a quick breakfast or lunch if you're in town! The Betty Ford and the Pink Lady are great.
I am a full blown addict to The Ginger Jack, Pink Lady and any green juice specials from Hula.
It is well placed at the end of Victoria Street, in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh and it is so bright and welcoming that it is hard not to love even before you have tasted the juices & smoothies.
Run by Susan and her lovely, friendly staff you will leave feeling healthier than when you entered.
I have also partaken in the 3 day juice cleanse that delivers 6 juices a day to you at home. Each and every one was lip-smackingly good and you even get a list of when you drink each juice, so your energy levels stay up.
I highly recommend popping in here for lunch or a pick me up take away juice and if you want a juice cleanse, this is the best place & service in Edinburgh .
Impressive food and drink. Great large cappuccino and hot chocolate went well with our morning bagels of salmon and pesto chicken which were fantastic (salad too!). We give few five stars....their service cinched this rating ....and all for £15.
Food very nice, good lunch deal where you can get soup and a sandwich for £6 odds. A good place for a pit stop when you're out and about; everything tastes fresh and good quality. Must say that the soups are especially good.
As for smoothies, I've only ever had the banana and peanut butter one. Gosh, it was good. I'm sure the wide selection of juices on offer will do the owner proud. Smoothies are a bit steep - it's almost £4 for some of them. But for a treat you could do an awful lot worse!
Pleasant ambience in the cafe - plenty of seats to rest your weary toosh, and there's a section through the back if it's all looking busy when you first step in the door. Also like the art from local artists that is hung on the walls.
Juice Bars are easily my favourite things on this planet, from the whole fruit smoothies to the fruit and veg blended juice drinks, I am in love with it all. This is some of the best I've ever had. And I've tasted a lot.
I was in Hula Juice Bar today and had the Blue Hawaiian smoothie, which contains blueberries, strawberries, banana and apple, and was absolutely beautiful. I didn't try any food but I'll definitely be back to do so as it looks amazing. I have so many reasons to come back; hundreds of juice and smoothie combinations to try!
The venue itself is so accommodating and friendly. The vibrant colours and the eccentric mismatched chairs add a happy atmosphere, which is helped along by the friendly full-of-smiles staff, who seem to know quite a few of the regulars by name.
If you're craving a juice fix, I insist you head down to the Grassmarket and try some outstanding smoothies. You'll thank me later!
Now I know what all the fuss is about! I swear I've passed Hula by unaware of its very existence! And now, I find that in that very spot exists the infamous, wonderful smoothie hula haven I've heard so much about! (And they really do go to town on the hula theme!)
Hula is just the right sort of small to feel cosey and not cramped. The staff were super welcoming and it was great to see that we got 10% off our order when we checked in on Yelp. Hooray!
I went for the Betty Ford with strawberry, peach, apple and banana and my smoothie significant other went for a Ginger Jack fruit juice with carrot, ginger, apple and orange. Wow! I will not accept any less than the smoothie scrumminess that is Hula. They tasted like pure fruit and were blended to perfection.
With our yelp discount, it came to about the average cost for two large smoothies at any smoothie bar. But tasted like one of the best smoothies I've had. And I've had a fair few! (Got to get them fruits!) Now to say I'd get the train to Edinburgh just to get my Hula fix would be a crazy lie. (Boy, I wish I could!) But when I'm in town, it's first on my agenda!
Roses are red,
Popeye juice is green,
Hula Juice Bar, J'adore
The most fruit-filled, colourful café I've seen
On Valentine's Day, I am dedicating a review to one of my favourite places in Edinburgh. My previous reviews tell a long-lasting love affair with Hula, and even after two years, I have something new to include in my review.
When I first moved to Edinburgh, two years ago, it was the winter the Snow hit. You remember that snow? That covered the whole city in frozen, trampled down, thick snow. I had researched Yelp for nice cafés in my area, and being something of a health-conscious person, I was delighted and intrigued by a smoothie and juice café that promised to fill me up with vitamins.
So along I came and had a coffee with chocolate caramel shortcake, and orange juice. Back then, the café looked different. I can't even remember how it looked really.
Flash forward two years and in that time, Hula has had a makeover and is now one of the most colourful cafés in the city. Some new juices have appeared on the menu - the aforementioned Popeye which is filled with Spinach being one of my favourites.
For a day when I'm feeling super hungry, the mexican tuna wrap provides a feast with the excellent, spicy guacamole a bonus.
For a morning when my yoga practice was particularly hard, and I'm at once thirsty and hungry, Sunshine in a Cup smoothie with a slice of banana cake (gluten free) does the trick.
For an afternoon when I'm tired and run down, I could skip coffee and have a Ginger Jack juice with extra fresh ginger, and an Energy Booster.
There are salads, wraps, bagels, fresh soups, porridge and fruit salad for breakfast, juices and smoothies all day long, and cakes that are supplied from several local Edinburgh cake-bakers (Mrs C, Love Pure Cakes, Peppers to name a few).
And the new, wonderful addition to Hula? I believe they are now running Juice Detox programmes, whre you can pay a set fee and Hula will provide you with literes upon litres of juice each morning, which you drink all day. And that's all you drink. I won't go into the intricacies of a Juice Cleanse just now, but read any Yoga blog and you'll know that they're so hot and healthy right now.
Having tried a juice cleanse in the past, making the juices myself, I know that I didnt drink enough juice and probably get enough nutrients to supplement the lack of food I wasn't eating. But I believe everyone who has had the 4litres-of-juice-a-day Hula Juice Cleanse felt wonderful at the end. I shall be trying this programme soon, and reporting back on results.
Hula makes little rays of Sunshine in a Cup, and it is a little ray of sunshine itself in the Grassmarket.
Okay, so I returned on the promise of a better juice. I wasn't disappointed.
My boyfriend came in for breakfast this morning, he got a 'sunshine in a cup' with frozen yogurt, I got the ginger jack again. This time I was asked whether I wanted extra ginger, a question to which I could only answer "yes"! This and the ice made all the difference... It was a more flavorsome drink, and the ice made it refreshing. Maybe last time I was unlucky with the carrots? My boyfriend loved his sunshine and a cup. I tried it-it was sweet and tangy. I also got the gluten free and dairy free Bakewell cake-incredible! It was so moist, the almond flour gave it such a buttery taste. My boyfriend said his raspberry muffin was equally fantastic.
The options available were a little overwhelming, I think I will have to make multiple return trips to try out all those gluten free cakes, even though I will be tempted to keep going back for that incredible Bakewell. It is not often that coeliacs are spoiled for choice.
Half way through our breakfast we were offered a sample of the newest juice which isn't yet on the menu, which consists of kale, coriander and apple. It was really refreshing and left the mouth feeling clean.
I will definitely be returning as this seems to be one of the best options in town for food intolerances, and unfortunately I have too many of them.
I am a smoothie-addict, and therefore I am quite fussy about what I drink. This place has not failed to impress me. The manager is a very friendly and dedicated lady and this adds to the quality of the experience.
The menu is very rich and it always includes a fairly good selection of cakes.
I personally love thicker drinks, so I definitely appreciated the possibility of adding frozen yogurt for only 50p. It makes the smoothies absolutely outstanding without ruining the taste.
The place is very tidy and colorful, it offers free wi-fi and it's an option I would reccomend to anyone happening to be in that area.
Last time, I gave Hula 4 stars - they charged for GF bread so that ticked me off. Didn't stop me from going though and I do visit more regularly than my check-in's suggest - namely because I head in, grab food and then have my hands too full to use the Yelp app (and iphones are fragile little darlings and don't react well to cobbles) as I'm walking up Victoria St.
I love Hula. When I'm tired I head to Hula. When I have crap hair and dodgy skin, I head to Hula. When I've walked into town and need refreshments, I head to Hula. So why is this? I love their smoothies and juices. As I said in my last review - I eat my veggies, but as far as I was concerned, veggies were for eating, not drinking. Now, I drink my veggies courtesy of the Popeye - spinach, apple, lemon and nutmeg. It is divine! It is my cold curer - get in there as soon as the sniffles start and if skin and hair looks ropey then I order a large Popeye and I soon have a ready-brek glow.
Food is great too :-) No charge now for GF bread - hurrah but something happened on my last visit. Something immense that only GF people can understand. Normally chicken soup is off limits. Creamy (not overly so) chicken soup, with chicken bits and is good for the soul, but usually comes packed with wheat flour so is off limits. But at Hula - I HAD CHICKEN SOUP FOR LUNCH AND IT WAS AWESOME! It was gf, had ginger in it - ha! potential cold had to go somewhere else after that - and it was so damn good and reminded me that I miss having chicken soup for my lunch if I'm out and about. I had the soup and sandwich deal (gf bread) which was tons of food with my sandwich packed full of spicy tuna and only £5. Worth more for the virtuous healthy feeling I had leaving Hula.
So, yep Hula is well worth a visit. You know already that it's a great wee colourful haven on a dark, cold winters day with friendly staff, free wifi, awesome drinks and food, so if its been awhile, its time to get reacquainted.
I got a delicious mango and orange juice and was excellent value. Super friendly service. Being new to juicing I'd like more to choose from but it was excellent. Working up to trying a wheatgrass shot next time!
Good as always. Had the pesto chicken and sun dried tomatoes on a bagel ! Plus for the meal deal for lunch and got the zesty tomato coriander soup! DELICIOUS!!!! Love this place
Really nice atmosphere, comfortable with good wifi. Great to meet friends or general sit, be and people watch. Quiet enough that you can peacefully sit and work.
I strongly recommend their chicken and pesto bagel with or without brie! Smoothies are great but are rather expensive, thankfully they also do pretty good coffee.
While their cakes look good they are exposed to air and very near the door and till which stopped me from trying any. This is surprising as the rest of the place is spotless even while busy at 3pm.
Overall a great place that i am sure i will come back to many times.
We love Hula. Everything is well thought out and well delivered. I love the juices and the cakes. Breakfast is always a real treat. It's in an amazing part of Edinburgh and really great value too.
Cant wait to go back.
Yay! Super fresh, delicious food served right quick and with a smile. Very reasonably priced as well, 5 starts!
Had read about this place a while back in the states and was happy to have it in my back pocket as a healthful choice.
Having indulged in numerous pints and various sausages through out my holiday, imagine my delight when I literally walked past this place around dinner time!
It had a very tidy and cheery interior.
Was waited on by a very pleasant young woman.
I decided on the soup/wrap Hula lunch combo, and a Popeye juice blend.
All were very delicious, and again, well within budget.
I felt healthier almost immediately!
I'm sure I'll stop back before I leave Edinburgh.
Fantastic breakfast / lunch spot especially for those with gluten and dairy sensitivity plus they have wonderful coffee. Do it.
I feel like I have just been slapped in the face with my five a day.
I popped in to check out the newly refurbished Hula Juice bar today with a friend of mine. It looks great - still quirky and cosy but a bit more modern in its stylings. I had a whirling Dervish which was a delight of tangy flavour. My friend had a Ginger something or other which was pretty good I think - well she didn't let me have any so I assume that it was good!
Anyway this was about my dozenth or more visit to hula and I felt it was time to review it. So although today I only had a smoothie - in the past I've had soups, sandwiches, bagels, cakes and other exciting things! So the five stars is not just for today but for the whole Hulaexperience. That doesn't really work as one word....
'Sunshine a cup' That's their signature smoothie but that also sums up the place very well.
Best cup of coffee in town. I do not know how they do it, but it makes you feel amazing!
The smoothies are fantastic, whether you need a healthy boost or are looking for a hangover cure!
The food and the cakes are very good. I strongly recommend the haggis soup. Lots of vegetarian and gluten free options too.
Susan and her girls are lovely, and there is free wifi. Oh and a great location too!
Really, what's not to like?
I used to think that the only way to cure a stonking hangover was a can of cold Diet Irn Bru and a fry up, but I have recently discovered a new cure which I can officially recommend.
After downing a couple of Alka Seltzers, head to a smoothie bar and grab a banana and Manuka honey smoothie with a shot of Wheatgrass in it. I promise you that you'll be right as rain in no time!
Hula are a small chain of juice bars around Edinburgh, and no-one can whip up a smoothie quite like them. Delicious, cold, packed with whole fruit and at prices that won't break the bank. Do it!
Great food and juices, pleasant service, free wifi and a great lunch deal on soup and wraps. Really nice caff.
"Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true."
This is what Hula juice does to me, it makes me break into song... *queue howling dogs in the distance* ... moving to Edi from Australia, I was disappointed with the fact there were no cool juice bars, and I also really struggled to find a funky wee cafe that made quality food, played good tunes & with service to boot... can you appreciate my excitement when on Australia day Hula Juice Bar made a special "Shiraz soup" for their antipodean fans, encouraging me to drive 1/2 way across town to sample...
I can't recommend this wee spot highly enough, I now regularly drive from across town to get my Hula fix & Hula is my 1st stop when I have friends visiting Edinburgh as location-wise, it simply does not get better than this (my FAVOURITE street in Edi!)... to top it off for me, no matter what the weather is like in Scotland, Hula always have the sunshine turned on!
Whether you are visiting Edinburgh for the 1st time, or a resident looking for a fresh place to try out ... get yourself down there! Sunshine in a cup guaranteed!
Fantastic place with fantastic staff!!
Combination of fresh and frozen fruit chosen to best suit the smmothie makle this one heck of a place. Amazing taste and produce these guys really exel healthy treats.
If you are a fan of hummous try theirs its top notch, staff are very helpful and will even consult with you on what smoothie you will enjoy based on your taste
Brilliant wee place means Jd = happy man!!
Lovely for both sitting in and taking away, the Hula Juice Bar is a little ray of sunshine. It offers a lovely array of soups, to go with its range of signature smoothies.
Overall, we said: "It's always such a delight to see people enjoying what they're doing at the same time as producing things to a high quality. We'll be back to try more soups and wraps from their range, soon."
Aloha....... second visit to Hula Juice Bar this lovely Birthday Morning.
I stopped by this place months ago on a trip through to Edinburgh to try and sort out a flat. After viewing a few, less than exciting places in Haymarket I wandered back into town and immediately headed right in this welcoming little cafe. Smoothies, yum, Bagels, yes please!! It was lovely the first time round although I did not hang around too much.
Today I met up with Jenny for a nice leisurely breckie. What could be better for you than a lovely smoothie jam-packed with fruits. How very healthy of me. Great thing is that we both wanted something a little different from the menu, I wanted cheddar instead of brie with my bacon croissant and Jenny prefers her porridge made with water and not milk. Not a problem.
Bonus of going with someone who is clearly a regular - we got to try a new juice the owner is mixing up at the mo. Beetroot, apple, lime/lemon, and ginger. It would have been very nice except me and ginger try to avoid each other, he always leaves a nasty taste in my mouth.
Overall a great little place tucked away down in the Grassmarket. Although I do find myself drooling over the selection of shoes as well as the food!!!
Hula smoothies are as addictive as crack...FACT. The good news is that they are a million times healthier for you than a class A drug.
When I need a little pick me up there is nothing better than a Hula Blue Hawaiian smoothie. I've even gone out of my way to go and get one from their cafe in the Grassmarket, they're that good! (Usually its gulped greedily down at such a speed that head freeze is a forgone conclusion...patience is not my forte.)
But Hula don't just serve fabulous healthy smoothies, they do amazing food too. The soup and a sandwich deal is brilliant value so I usually have a chicken pesto bagel and soup when I drop in for food.
But what I love most of all is how friendly and accommodating the place is. There's a great, almost bohemian, vibe to the place and a warm glow that seems to tempt you in from the cold during the winter months. I have a food intolerance so I have to make some changes to my food and drinks orders, but this is never a hassle with the staff and they'll even go out of their way to suggest alternatives that wont make me ill.
Roll on the summer months, I'm dying to sit outside on a table in the sunshine enjoying my smoothie.
a winter in edinburgh generally means grey days, cold and wet weather, and a total lack of colour and sunshine. and then there is winter inside Hula Juice Bar...color, sunshine, smoothies full of fruity goodness!! oh yes, i felt like i'd stepped into summer time a few months early when i came here on tuesday night :)
the shop very kindly stayed open for an extra hour so the cake committee could come and meet about setting up a bake off for charity! all very exciting, but made much more so with the dominant yellow colour that was on the walls, chairs, and counters of hula. and then there are the juices, my betty ford was a pretty pink, the popeye was a lovely forrest green, and even Susan M's tea came in a beautiful blue teapot. all delivered by friendly smiling staff :)
so yes the colourful environment was very pleasing, but so were the lovely juice blends they had! i found myself debating between a few of them but went for the betty ford that was lovely and full of strawberries and peach with just a hint of banana. it was just the pick up i needed after scoffing a birthday cupcake during the afternoon at work. i left feeling revived and healthy and sunny even though it was dark and cold outside.
i'm definitely a fan of hula and hope to get back there soon to try some of their tasty food offerings in addition to more juice! i only wish this place was closer to leith...or that they had a second shop in leith!!
Hula Juice Bar is THE coffee house for the social media crowd. There is free wifi for you to while away the hours as you enjoy the brilliant selection of smoothies (my personal favourite is the Whirling Dervish with an energy shot), coffees courtesy of Artisan Roast and the most amazing selection of cakes.
The ethos in Hula is definitely around making the customer feel important and you always feel the personal touch, even when it is incredibly busy which it usually is for most of the day. The new refurb has made the space a lot more open and the extra large windows give a great view of the passing crowds in the Grassmarket and Victoria Street.
I can't recommend Hula highly enough, if you are in that part of town, go in and try for yourself.
Great little place, the outside looks a bit naff and cheap tbh but the inside has comfy seats, cool art on the walls and the food is both interesting, good value for money and most importantly Tasty! The staff are not too bad either :-)
Misty rain this a.m. in Old Town and thus I was in search of warm comfort food but should I go for full Scottish breakfast that sounded either one step above or below Denny's in U.S. or little place down the street; since the former is a bar whose server is not to be found, to Hula I went. I ask the server at 9:30 a.m. if it was too early to get soup and she says, "It's never too early for soup!" My kind of place. I ordered a chicken corn chowder which seems to have pureed potatoes as part of the soup base and comes with great thick slices of crusty grain bread and butter. Yummy and just the thing to warm up with.
Later in the day, I returned for a large Orange & mango smoothies w/ energy boost. This too was good. The business has a great vibe with locals, international visitors speaking multiple languages, friendly staff, good eats, and wifi. This was another place I was lucky to stumble upon that I remembered reading about in Yelper Jenny L's reviews. Well worth checking out.
This is a great little juice bar with some good food too. It's a great place to grab a quick breakfast before exploring grassmarket. Try the Betty Ford smoothie!
Love the Flat whites and the staff are always nice!
Feeling a little parched and devoid of vitamins I thought I'd rely on Hula to perk me up with their fruity offerings. True to form they supplied me with a flavour packed glass of what they call 'Sunshine in a cup'. Its potent mango, orange and passion fruit mix complimented by some smooth and creamy yoghurt perked me up good and proper.
It seems every man and his dog offers smoothies these days without actually doing the product any service, Hula on the other hand know exactly how to make them and damn they're good. Inexpensive too.
Also, the staff are warm and inviting, seemingly taking pride in making your face beam with a sip of their goodness packed delights.
I really like this place.
Anywhere that serves fresh juices and great big bowls of soup is always great satisfaction and hits the spot every time :)
A great place to stop by for lunch with friends or just a quick juice :)
I went here for a friend's exhibition recently and although I've heard lots about Hula Juice Bar this was my first time going in here. I liked that they exhibit peoples work as it's something different to see while you're in their establishment. Unfortunately I only got to try the cocktail that was being offered for the exhibition (as I got there a bit late to order anything) but I was loving the lists of juices, etc up on the wall. I'm going to have to make my way there for another visit to try them out. It was incredibly warm in there though, but I don't know if this is normal or just that particular evening I was there. Either way I'm going back :)
Hula is kind of like ... a hug. I know lots of people love it, but I really didn't expect a juice bar to make me feel so cosy and friendly and happy!
I had a Pink Lady which is apple, lemon, ginger and ... something. Can't remember, but it was delicious. And orange. Okay, pinky-orange. There's lots more seating inside than I imagined, free wifi, the friendliest staff, and I got a 10 percent Yelp discount!
The only downside, and it's maybe a silly one, is that I'd like my drink in a glass when sitting in, rather than a takeaway tumbler. That just would feel nicer, I think. But it's only a little thing, and I'll definitely be back for another juice hug.
My flatmate and I go here sometimes three times a week because it's always guaranteed to be good. The toasted bagel sandwiches are the best and with soup for the lunch deal, it's quite a bargain!
Have not seen the refurbished bar yet, but I must say their smoothies and coffees helped me recover from a very heavy hangover. And just for that, it deserves quite a few stars.
Very nice staff and owner indeed.
Could not use the wifi on that day, though...
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