Where to find plant-based food in Cape Town

We’ve scoured the nooks and crannies of the country to find your fix of plant-based eateries. Whether you’re craving a hot breakfast, chilled shake, after-work bite, fine-dining fare or nibbles for Netflix, we’ve got you covered!

BamBoo Plant Power (City Bowl)

Despite everything on the menu being plant-based, there’s no lack of options at this new kid on the block. If you’re there at breakfast time, the lox (cured carrot) muffin comes with cashew cream cheese, and the blueberry buckwheat waffle stack is a sweeter gluten-free breakfast option. And the menu in general is a gluten-free mecca: everything is either gluten free or has a gluten-free option available. There are also burgers (with cauliflower steak or Beyond meat) and meals like mac and cheese.

Ground Zero (Observatory)

This vegetarian and vegan health café offers a delicious, wholesome menu. It serves a variety of dishes, including breakfasts, toasted sandwiches, wraps and curries. You’ll also find stir-fries and quiches on the menu, along with breakfast bowls, desserts and treats. If you just feel like a drink or a quick snack, the vegan banana and chocolate milkshake is sublime.

Lekker Vegan (Zonnebloem)

This vegan gourmet eatery serving vegan burgers, fries, gatsbys (foot-long baguettes stuffed with savoury fillings), snacks and soft serve. Lekker Vegan serves all the best junk food, while remaining plant-based. Don’t miss the crispy burger with ‘cheese’, tomato, ‘bacon’ and their secret Lekker sauce with crispy onions, as well as the nacho bowl and a chocolate cheesecake.

A vegan burger from Lekker Vegan on Kloof Street.

A vegan burger from Lekker Vegan. Photo supplied.


Maharajah (Tamboerskloof)

Visit Maharajah for lip-smacking samoosas, delicious mushroom biryani and yummy chickpea and butternut wraps. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Nourish Café and Juicery (Gardens)

The menu at Nourish’d is made up of wholesome juices and smoothies, as well as nutritious salads, smoothie bowls and more.

Govinda’s Natural Food Café (Rondebosch)

This suburban café offers a warm atmosphere and sumptuous vegetarian and vegan Indian food. Expect punchy spices and delectable aromas. The rotis and vegan chickpea fudge are also loved by regulars.

Plant Café (City Bowl)

The team at Plant serves helpings of delicious vegan sandwiches, wraps, burgers, salads, tapas, quesadillas and their famous bowls. They make their own dairy-free cheese, eggless mayo and smoke their own tempeh bacon. Everything is 100% plant based, with gluten-free options. Go for the curried potato samoosas, fried potstickers and sweet coconut cream crêpes.

Scheckter’s Raw (Sea Point)

This gourmet health-food eatery serves tasty, hearty breakfasts such as the beloved pumpkin-pie flapjacks served with berries, banana and your choice of vegan cream or ice cream. Pop in for the cold-pressed juices, falafel balls and filling bowls. Try the curry or Cajun wrap and burgers loaded with smashed avo, caramelised onions and vegan aïoli for a nutritious lunch, or simply stock up on delicious raw organic treats like Snickers bars, mocha delights, Reese’s cups, Twix and double doughnuts.

Stop by for something healthy at Scheckter’s Raw. Photo supplied by the restaurant.

The Sunshine Food Co. (Sea Point)

For scrumptious burgers, delicious wraps, smoothies and juices made with home-grown ingredients, this café is the perfect one-stop shop.Try the huge burgers, the nori sushi rice wrap and the falafel balls with tahini. There’s also a variety of fruit juices and smoothies available.

Spirit Café (Constantia)

Enjoy a muffin or chia pot for breakfast or dig into Buddha bowls, wraps, cakes, treats, smoothies, juices and hot drinks. The lunch buffet is a must-try if you’re in the area around noon, and don’t miss the dark chocolate and spekboom brownie.

ditto Vegan Ice Cream (Gardens)

If you are in the mood for something sweet and plant-based, Ditto is the spot. Located on Kloof Street, Ditto offers plant-based ice cream that uses Oh Oat milk in a host of flavours from Cheeky Chocolate to Gingery Snap.


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Plushi (Salt River)

Plushi offers a wide range of plant-based sushi menu items available for takeaway. Orders can be delivered to the southern, northern and deep south suburbs of the Mother City or it can be picked up. Plushi offers not only sushi but various other plant-based, Asian-inspired dishes such as spring rolls and miso soup. 


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