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.

Herbivorous (Milnerton)

Visit this vegan artisanal kitchen for a menu filled with delectable options. Herbivorous serves hand-cut loaded fries, a variety of panini sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Their chocolate milkshakes, cheesecake and raw chocolate cupcakes are so good, you’ll keep coming back. They also have a take-away menu and an online store where you can get your fix of vegan snacks.

Elixir Café (City Bowl)

The home-style café serves yummy curry wraps, rotis, a selection of tasty cold-pressed juices, speciality teas, smoothies, lassis and coffees.

Green & Vegan (Green Point)

Once a fortnight, five-course plant-based dinners are hosted by a local Cape Town-based couple who invite visitors to come together and share the eating experience.

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.

Jessy’s Waffles (Gardens)

This plant-based, gluten-free dessert café serves scrumptious, beautifully presented sweet and savoury delights. Everything is vegan and the variations are sublime. Jessy creates inventive combinations such as the savoury La Gringa made from a thin crispy BBQ base topped with corn, salsa, guacamole and spicy mayo. You can also build your own waffle with cinnamon, choc chips and even ginger waffle bases, whipped coconut cream, crushed biscuit and brownie and so much more.

The Kind Kitchen (Woodstock)

This Woodstock-based vegan café and deli serves a seasonal menu of impressive breakfast options, smoothies, wraps, tacos, cold-pressed juices, homemade hot chocolate and the tastiest sugar-free, gluten-free desserts. Think melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter pies, cheesecake cupcakes and lip-smacking apple crumble tarts. They serve comfort food at its best – the Philly ‘cheesesteak’ and beer-battered avo taco is rumored to be incredibly addictive.

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.

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Mary-Ann’s Emporium & Eatery (Mouille Point)

Pop into Mary-Anne’s Emporium for the daily lunch buffet which offers a variety of vegetarian dishes served with salads, nuts and breads. If you’re feeling less peckish, give their vegan cheesecake, smoothies and hot drinks a try.

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.

Raw and Roxy (City Bowl)

At Raw and Roxy you’ll find delectable raw vegan meals, gourmet salads and desserts, as well as healthy juices and smoothies. The menu changes often, but there will always be decadent desserts on offer. Raw main meals include zucchini layered with cashew nut cheese, green pesto and tomato relish; red Thai curry; and raw vegan sushi. For a sweet treat, end on the ‘Magnum’ ice cream in mint and vanilla, or the blackberry and lemon-lime cheesecake.

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.

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.

Vegan Addis at Addis Ethiopia (City Bowl)

Enjoy unique, classic Ethiopian cuisine infused with herbs and spices at this vegan spot tucked inside the well-loved Addis Ethiopia. Tuck into the plant-based platters which include five lentil and vegetable curries served on injera (Ethiopian flatbread).

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Vivo Pizza (Noordhoek)

This dedicated vegan pizza company serves scrumptious pizzas free of wheat, gluten, dairy, refined carbs, trans fats, artificial additives and animal products. The seasonal menu changes weekly, with dough bases made from sprouted buckwheat and golden flax.

Soul (Woodstock)

This laid-back cafe offers vegetarian light meals and beverages. While the menu changes seasonally, you’re likely to find vegan chickpea rotis, broccoli-and-coconut soup served with spinach bread, vegan muffins and chocolate brownies, along with hot and cold beverages.

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.

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