Raw-food restaurants and health cafés are slowly but surely sprouting across the Mother City, bringing tasty vegetarian and vegan-friendly meals, raw, cold-pressed juices, specialised teas, nutritious smoothies and awesome superfoods with them.
We’ve compiled a list of some great places that cater specially for vegan and vegetarians and/or serve organic, plant-based meals and drinks. As always, if we’ve left one of your favourites out, please add it in the comments below.
1. Sexy Food Café
What A living raw-food café that serves breakfast, a build-your-own-bowl lunch buffet, and assorted smoothies and special teas. This is 100% in-house cultured, organic and probiotic food.
The food Vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, but organic meat (and raw honey) is served.
Insider info James Kuiper is the inspirational man at the heart of Sexy Food. Since he was diagnosed and treated for lymphatic cancer at 17, he has worked to create awareness of the benefits naturally harnessed, live-culture goodness and fermentation. He is testament to achieving good health by eating fresh, raw foods, particularly specialised probiotic products, prepared using the time-staking, ancient art of fermentation.
We recommend the Granola Yogurt Bowl (R50), served with double-thick kefir yogurt, sprouted raw sunflower granola, raw honey (and seasonal fruit).
Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm
Saturday, 8.30am – 3pm
Contact 0214225445, email@example.com
Where to find it 190 Bree Street, Cape Town
2. Scheckter’s Raw
What A raw, organic, vegan and vegetarian restaurant that serves plant-based and nutrient-loaded food, cold-pressed juices, organic coffees and teas, and dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free sweet treats.
The food Vegan and vegetarian, but organic raw honey is in some dishes (which can be substituted for organic agave nectar).
Healthy objectives Scheckter’s Raw has already taken Cape Town by storm with its healing gourmet food that nourishes mind, body and soul. Inspired by his health-food obsession and cuisines he encountered on his overseas travels, owner Toby Scheckter aims to fulfil your raw-food needs in a serene, yet buzzy atmosphere.
We love the Golden Mylk (R55): activated nut mylk with turmeric, cinnamon, dates, coconut oil, black pepper) and its Quinoa, Kale, Hemp Seed and Macadamia Cheese Salad (R80).
Tuesday to Sunday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 021 434 1364, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 98 Regent Street, Sea Point, Cape Town
3. Kind Café & Deli
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What Situated in Walmer Estate, this small neighbourhood café and deli serves a purely vegan menu that’s constantly changing and improving. One thing stays the same, though: delicious readymade sandwiches, baked goods, soups and sweet treats (such as the tasty cupcakes and chocolate brownies).
The food Vegan-friendly.
Don’t miss their Lentil Soup and Roast Veg, Couscous and Hummus Bowl.
Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 072 435 1360
Where to find it Corner of Chester and Milan Roads, Walmer Estate, Cape Town
4. Plant Café
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What A gourmet vegan restaurant that promotes plant-based eating and healthy living. Established in 2013 (as a Bo-Kaap café), Plant provides a space for vegans and those with food allergies and intolerances to enjoy great food.
The food Vegans, vegetarians and those with food allergies/intolerances are catered for.
Healthy objectives Plant’s ongoing commitment to educating people on plant-based eating is admirable. So is its dedication to charity – the café donates a percentage of its profits to human and animal-based charities.
You must try the Raw Pasta (R75): veggie spirals with a spicy Thai peanut dressing and coriander, coconut and sesame seeds, or avocado, basil and cucumber dressing with baby tomatoes and sunflower seeds.
Good to know Plant also has a cafe in Observatory (open Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm).
Monday – Friday, 9am – 10pm
Saturday, 9am – 3pm
No meals served between 3.30pm – 6pm
Contact 021 422 2737, email@example.com
Where to find it 8 Buiten Street, corner of Loop Street, Cape Town
5. Raw and Roxy Café
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What A specialist vegan restaurant that offers raw meals rich in nutrients.
The food Vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, but honey is served in certain dishes.
Insider info Fifteen years ago, founder Beatrice Holst turned her life around when she switched to raw veganism. Now, she’s out to share her ample raw food and health knowledge with the public through Raw & Roxy Café.
Healthy objectives Using superfoods (spirulina, chaga and coconut oil), fresh fruit and organic vegetables, she prepares raw food that contains zero animal and dairy products or seafood.
Good to know The café also offers detox boxes, event catering and raw food “un-cooking” classes (on Monday and Thursday evenings).
Don’t miss the Raw Vegan Sushi (R75): avocado, cucumber, cauliflower (instead of rice), served with a delicious tamari sauce.
Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Contact 079 599 6277, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 8 Bree Street, Cape Town
6. Spirit Café
What A health restaurant and café at Constantia Village that serves breakfast, light meals, coffee, drinks and, of course, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly food and drinks. With its chilled energy and cosy setting, the café’s menu includes energy-boosting choices, such as Breakfast for Conquerors, Luncheon Munchin’ and Lip Smackin’ Smoothies, in addition to its daily salad buffet.
The food Vegan and vegetarian options are available, but animal products (salmon, eggs and raw honey) are used in certain dishes.
Don’t miss the (vegetarian) Farmhouse Breakfast (R67): eggs, avo/haloumi, stir-fried greens and gluten-free toast. The (vegan) Chia Pot (R45) – maca and hemp soaked in coconut milk – is a winner.
Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday and public holidays, 8.30am – 2pm
Contact 021 795 0167, email@example.com
Where to find it Shop 10A on the Square, Constantia Village Courtyard, Constantia, Cape Town
7. Whole Earth Café
What This health restaurant in the scenic coastal village of Scarborough offers a little of something for everyone: vegans, gluten-intolerant people and raw eaters are sure to find something on the delicious menu. Owner and general manager Aura Kolnik has successfully managed to incorporate first-world hospitality and healthy food trends into the relaxed and rustic Scarborough scene.
The food Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, but organic meat, salmon and free-range eggs are served.
Healthy objectives The restaurant uses seasonal, organic and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, and uses pasture-fed meat and free-range chicken and eggs. There offer a wide variety of vegan options, too.
Good to know All the drinks and smoothies are served in recyclable biodegradable containers.
You must try the Bagel Veggie Burger (with vegan cashew-nut cream cheese, tomato chutney and basil pesto) and the fresh, cold-pressed Root Juice.
Monday, 8.30am – 5pm
Wednesday – Sunday, 8.30am – 5pm
Open on public holidays
Contact 021 780 1138, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 257 Main Road, Scarborough, Cape Town
8. Saucisse Deli
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What A modern speciality meat and cheese deli, whose owners are committed to being green in every sense of the word. While it’s not an all-out vegan or vegetarian restaurant, it caters to all dietary requirements.
The food Vegan and vegetarian options are available, especially on Green Monday when the menu is plant-based. Cheese and meat products are served.
Insider info Chef and foodie Amanda Lewis has successfully fulfilled her dream of owning and running her own eatery that is committed to environmentally friendly and ethically sourced products. As such the deli only uses free-range meat, organic, locally sourced and produced goods, and supports fair trade.
Read our review of Saucisse Deli here.
We love the Vegan Heaven Breakfast (R75): avocado halves, roasted cherry tomatoes, lemon spinach, wild mushrooms and humus, with toasted Macadamia rye bread) – and their cappuccino with almond milk (R23).
Monday – Friday, 8am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 8am – 2.30 pm
Contact 021 447 7177, email@example.com
Where to find it Unit A 112, The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock
9. Govinda’s Natural Food Café
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What A 100% vegetarian natural food café that serves lacto-vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes.This city café with Indian accents offers visitors a pleasant space in which to enjoy quality vegetarian food that’s reasonably priced. Touted by some as Rondebosch’s best-kept secret, Govinda’s serves wholesome, unfussy, excellent food that includes rotis and chickpea fudge.
The food Lacto-vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
Don’t miss the chickpea fudge and chickpea balls with tomato sauce.
Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 6pm
Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 685 8384, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Hare Krishna Temple, 17 St Andrews Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town
10. Addis in Cape Ethiopian Restaurant
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What An African restaurant that serves (mostly) traditional, flavourful Ethiopian meals. It caters for vegans and vegetarians, and its menu is halaal and gluten-free.
The food A special vegan and vegetarian lunch menu is available, but halaal meat and animal products are served.
Interesting info Named after the warm African city of Addis Ababa where the owner grew up, this is your ticket to Ethiopia in the Mother City. Soak up the atmosphere while enjoying your food at the mesob (a traditional woven basket-like table).
Don’t miss the August special: a Vegan Lunch Platter (R60).
Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 424 5722, email@example.com
Where to find it 41 Church Street, Corner of Long and Church Street, Cape Town
11. Nü Health Food Café
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What A health-food spot that follows global food trends and uses good-quality local produce. The relaxed interior makes provides an inviting atmosphere in which to enjoy healthy breakfasts salads, soups and juices.
The food Vegans and vegetarians and those with food allergies/intolerances are catered for, but free-range meat, honey and animal products are served.
Don’t miss The Restorer – as a chopped salad or low-GI multigrain wrap.
Monday – Friday, 7am – 7pm
Saturday, 7am – 7pm
Sunday, 7.30 am – 6pm
Contact 021 439 7269, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Shop 3, Piazza St John, 395 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
12. Elixir Café
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What An organic vegetarian and vegan café that offers a wide assortment of speciality teas, raw cold-pressed juices, yogi lassies, superfood smoothies, vegan-friendly rotis, pastries and gluten-free baked goods.
The food Purely vegan and vegetarian.
Healthy objectives This cosy Cape Town café, with its warm wooden décor, promotes a healthy lifestyle through organic eating and, of course, incorporating antioxidant-rich and preservative-free superfoods into our diets.
You must order their Organic Vegan Rooti (R40) or delicious Chocolate Smoothie (R40).
8.00am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)
8.00am – 3.30pm (Saturday)
Closed on Sunday and public holidays
Contact 076 768 0733, PureElixirCafe@gmail.com
Where to find it 120 Bree Street, Cape Town
13. O’Ways Teacafe
What O’ways shares its love of life through good coffee, soothing tea and nourishing food. It’s the go-to teahouse, coffeeshop and restaurant for office workers (and vegans) in the area. Ask owner Lisa about the symbolism of the O’ways logo, as you tuck into natural food in this serene space.
The food Animal products are served but vegans and vegetarians are catered for.
We recommend the har gau with mixed seasonal vegetables (R62).
Don’t leave without ordering a slice of cheesecake to take home.
Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 5pm
Saturday and public holidays, 9am – 2pm
Contact 021 671 2850, email@example.com
Where to find it Shop 2, Heritage House, 20 Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town
What A vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant in the heart of the Mother City, this pocket-sized restaurant on Loop Street offers tasty meals that are freshly made each day. Options include pastas, freshly squeezed juices, sandwiches, smoothies, heart-warming soups, curries and delicious desserts.
The food Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly.
You must order the Stacked Spinach Pancake.
Don’t leave without stocking up on healthy sweet treats, such as the nutty seed crunchies and chickpea fudge.
Opening times Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 021 424 8571/082 718 2503, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 83 Loop Street, Cape Town
We also rate
- Yoffi Falafel (Muizenberg)
- Wellness Cafe (Gardens)
- Cafe Frank (Bree Street; Century City)
- Cold Press Juice Bar (Green Point)
- Crush Fresh Food Cafe & Juice Bar (St George’s Mall)
- Dear Me (Longmarket Street, CBD)
- Pulp Kitchen (Gardens, Willowbridge)
- Inside & You’re Out (IYO) (Bree Street)
- Nooka (City Varsity Building, 20 Roeland Street)
- Maharajah (Rondebosch)
- Aniyor Bakery & Cafe (De Waterkant)
- Unframed Ice Cream – NEW (Kloof Street)
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