OUR TOP 7 VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN CAPE TOWN
Throughout the world, people are becoming conscious about their impact on the planet. This has led to a number of movements arising, one of these being veganism. What was once a fringe movement has become a global phenomenon (between 2014 and 2017, the number of vegans in the United States grew from 1% to 6%, a 600% increase!).
As the number of plant-based eaters increases so does the availability of plant-based options. Of course, if any city in South Africa is going to be at the forefront of the vegan movement, it’s the trendy, cool and cosmopolitan Cape Town. Vegans can eat their hearts out at a number of vegan restaurants offering delicious and mouth-watering plant-based dishes. Here are our top 10.
1. Plant Café
Established in 2013, Plant Café was around before veganism became the in-thing. It began as a small café in the colourful Bo-Kaap and has grown to become a trendy, gourmet vegan restaurant in Cape Town’s city centre. They believe in helping people make compassionate eating choices without having to sacrifice taste. Their food is so delicious that they have been featured on a number of “Best places to eat in Cape Town or South Africa” lists as well as on the list of Top 18 Vegan Restaurants in the World.
The menu includes everything from dim sum, pho and bobotie to burgers, nachos and mac and cheese. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in crepes, florentines, cheesecake, koeksisters and milk tart, to name a few. The décor is minimalistic and natural with bursts of green from multitude of hanging and potted plants.
Perfect for: Lunches and dinners, quick snacks or treats. Getting a taste of vegan food.
2. Raw and Roxy
Raw and Roxy is a 100% raw vegan restaurant. Don’t be put off by the ‘rawness’ of the food – with no meat, fish or dairy, salmonella is nowhere to be found. Rather, the food is fresh, delicious and incredibly healthy. They believe in creating dishes that are tasty and nutrient dense. They also offer ‘un-cooking’ classes on Monday and Thursday evenings so that you can recreate their delicious raw dishes at home.
You can indulge in a number of tasty dishes, including raw chocolate crepes, raw pizza, red thai curry, kimchi sushi and miso ramen soup. The atmosphere is full of energy, bohemian and colourful.
Perfect for: Breakfast and lunch. Grabbing a quick on the go snack, smoothie or sweet treat.
3. Scheckter’s RAW
Another of Cape Town’s top vegan restaurants, Scheckter’s RAW was founded to create a space where food is delicious, plant-based, authentic and nutritionally-uncompromised. They’re all about filling your body with healthy foods that come from organic and cruelty-free ingredients.
The menu offers a range of delicious options. For breakfast try the vegan scrambled eggs, pumpkin pie flapjacks or the maca waffle. If you’re looking for lunch, you can choose from an array of healthy and flavourful dishes, including poke bowls, Cajun vegan chicken, falafel wraps and mushroom gnocchi. The atmosphere is friendly, warm and easygoing.
Perfect for: Breakfast, lunch or dinner and health food fanatics.
4. Lekker Vegan
Lekker Vegan is a Cape Town vegan restaurant taking an alternative approach. Many people associate veganism with healthy eating – no more take-away burgers, pizzas or desserts. Lekker Vegan’s mission is to prove that you can still indulge in delicious comfort foods, even when you go vegan. They create plant-based versions of everyone’s favourite junk foods, and you will not be disappointed.
The menu includes everything from ‘cheese’ burgers, sloppy joes and nachos, to loaded French fries, chip rolls and Gatsbys (a Cape Town classic). They’ve kept the desserts classic but delicious – apple crumble pie, soft serve ice-cream, and chocolate cheesecake. Both restaurants are vibey and buzzing with energy.
Perfect for: Satisfying any junk food craving. Carnivores wanting to see what all the vegan fuss is about.
5. The Kind Kitchen – Vegan Café and Deli
The Kind Kitchen is another one of Cape Town’s top vegan restaurants. Their mantra is ‘Be Kind’ and they interpret this through serving up delicious, vegan food. Their menu is seasonal because their focus is on locally sourced ingredients.
The menu is perfectly balanced between healthy options, such as salads and wraps, and comfort foods – burgers, hotdogs and loaded French fries. They’re always updating their desserts which is a great element of surprise to the dining experience! The restaurant itself is urban, trendy with an intimate atmosphere.
Perfect for: Enjoying vegan versions of classic favourites – ‘beef’ burger, ‘lobster’ roll, the Reuben sandwich.
6. Jessy’s Waffles
Jessy’s Waffles is a vegan restaurant in Cape Town, dedicated solely to, you guessed it, waffles. The waffles are both vegan and gluten free so that they can be enjoyed by all. Their mission is to serve up nostalgic treats that are not only delicious but also plant-based and cruelty-free. They have been featured on both Eat Out and Cape(Town)Etc. as a must-eat place in Cape Town.
The menu includes both savoury and sweet waffles so you can enjoy mains and dessert. For the savoury waffles, toppings include pulled jackfruit, black beans, salsa and guacamole, and ‘cheesy’ courgetti. Those with a sweet tooth can the classic berry and vanilla combo, banana and choco-caramel, or chunky monkey. If you can’t decide, they offer half portions so you can get a little taste of everything! Or if you’re adventurous, just go ahead and make your own. The restaurant is small and cozy, with a warm, homely atmosphere
Perfect for: Brunch and treating yourself!
7. Vegan Addis
Vegan Addis is a true hidden gem among Cape Town’s vegan restaurants – not only is it communal-style dining but also Ethiopian cuisine, making for a truly unique dining experience. Ethiopian cuisine is famed for its rich aromas and vast array of spices and herbs. The food is served traditionally – presented in beautifully-woven basket-like table, known as a Mesob. It is enjoyed, not with cutlery, but with your hands and Injera – a pancake-like sourdough base used to scoop the food.
The menu caters to both vegans and non-vegans so everyone can enjoy the authentic and delicious cuisine together. The vegan options include chickpea cakes simmered in berbere sauce, split red lentils sautéed with onions and slow-cooked with berbere, mushroom with rosemary and onions, to name a few.
Perfect for: Vegan and non-vegans looking for a unique and authentic African dining experience.
More vegan/ vegetarian friendly places in Cape Town:
- Bamboo Plant Power
- The Poké Co
- Mary-Ann’s Natural Emporium & Eatery
- The Fat Cactus
- Prashad Café
- The Sunshine Food Co
- Ground Art Caffe
- Orchard on Long
- Royale Eatery
- Masala Dosa
- Planet Restaurant
- Govinda’s Natural Food Café
- O’Ways Tea Café
- Hokey Poke
- Harvest Cafe
- Wild Sprout