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From Malta with love – juice bar opens in trendy part of Budapest

Photo : Zsuzsi Forgács / We Love Budapest

Sat on gentrifying Pozsonyi út in Újlipótváros, the new Mela Juice Bar offers freshly squeezed mixes to an ever-trendy clientele.

Open from 8am five days a week and 10am on lazy Saturdays, the Mela Juice Bar is a new outlet for healthy, tasty shakes and smoothies. The ingredients you can see before you, piles of pineapples and multiple grapefruit ranged around the light wood and greenery of this intimate space.

Photo: Zsuzsi Forgács / We Love Budapest

Overseeing operations is Vivien Horváth, who has recently arrived home from Malta. She has also brought with her the Maltese word mela, meaning OK, alright, its overuse giving rise to the nickname for people from the island itself.

Photo: Zsuzsi Forgács / We Love Budapest

A personal trainer and powerlifter by profession, Vivien appreciates the beneficial effects of superfoods and protein-based drinks. Along with fresh fruit, peanut butters and almond milks play an important role in her recipes. Note the selection of complex drinks on the menu, as well as lactose-, sugar- and gluten-free choices.

Photo: Zsuzsi Forgács / We Love Budapest

Although a small terrace will soon be open for those who wish to sit and sip, Vivien distributes most of her drinks in recyclable plastic cups. Smaller measures sell for 850-990 forints, half-litres 1,390-1,490. Her juices will also be available in bottles.

Photo: Zsuzsi Forgács / We Love Budapest

Recommended drinks include the Classy smoothie with berries (blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and blackberries), spinach, avocado, ginger, chia seeds and a celery stalk, and the Summer Days juice with apple, carrot, orange and ginger. Among the Green Drinks, you’ll find an Atypical with apple, cabbage, mango, strawberry and cucumber, the mango and strawberry put into the blender, the rest of the ingredients pressed. The cabbage may indeed seem atypical, but is masked by the stronger fruit flavours.

 

Mela

District XIII. Pozsonyi út 7

Open: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm