Eqvita Health Cafe – Monaco
Our global contributor, Emma-Claire Peter, an avid foodie and traveler who enjoys finding hidden gems in any city she visits, although she also loves to dine at the hippest & happening hot spots. Emma scouts around for current food trends and packaging concepts, scrumptious healthy food and can often be found trawling the isles of food halls and markets. Her current quest is to find the best matcha latte around NYC. When not working, cooking, trying to stay fit, Emma is with friends, entertaining or shopping. She tends to read more foodie mags than books and always has a bottle of bubbly in the fridge!
See Emma’s experience at Eqvita, the hip health hub in Monaco serving some of the best plant-based meals in town, well according to Novak Djokovic that is!
Having heard about one of the 1st health food eateries to launch in Monaco, I thought I’d better hot foot it over there. I’ve been craving good, clean and light food as there’s only so much cheese, ham, baguette and pasta I can stomach!
I started the journey in Cap d’Ail, wandering through the rose garden of Princess Grace. I had to arrive smelling like roses, hoping that the man of the moment and owner himself, Novak Djokovic would be sipping on something sublime. I definitely couldn’t arrive as a sweaty Betty so a brisk walk had to suffice!
The walk there took me past the Monaco heliport, through the quaint and picturesque port of Fontvieille, up and over into the port of Monaco and through the infamous F1 tunnel. A rough distance of 4km, in between dodging copious amounts of doggy-doo and watching high-heeled and designer clad madames strolling with their pooches.
I found Eqvita incredibly easily as it’s located on a bustling restaurant-lined one-way street. It’s hard to miss the place with its iconic green logo wall and luscious ferns. There’s a more formal eating area inside with casual outdoor seating, as well as a spacious outdoor terrace on the opposite side of the street, with a small play area for kids.
With an extensive menu that includes business lunches, tempting desserts and cold pressed juices, I had to choose an acai bowl, having last had one 10 years ago in Brazil (acai was a daily treat then!) The decision was difficult though as the buckwheat pancakes made with coconut milk sounded scrumptious, as did the chia porridge with goji berries and cacao nibs. The acai was pureed with almond milk and dates and topped with sliced banana, strawberries and a sprinkling of homemade granola. I washed this down with a matcha mylk which was just as delicious. Additional superfood supplements like maca, lucuma, camu camu, baobab, spirulina, chlorella and hemp protein can be added to any smoothie.
After enjoying my breakfast, I couldn’t resist the deli fridge inside, with 6 juices on offer and other goodies. After all, I had another 4km to walk back. Golden juice and energy balls it was! I’ve never had cold pressed sweet potato juice, along with orange, carrot and some trendy turmeric root. The organic energy balls are packed 3 in a jar; 1 of each date cashew, almond cacao and almond cinnamon.
I will def be back to find out what’s in Novak’s Secret smoothie, as well as Jelena’s Glow, perhaps for lunch next time.