Going vegan in 2020? You’re not alone. Herbivores all over the world are kicking meat to the curb and opting for plant-based dishes instead. Luckily, more South African restaurants are taking the hint and catering for vegans too. And we’re not just talking about a few leaves of lettuce with a slice of tomato on top. Check out these great eateries in Joburg, PE, Cape Town and Durban that are serving up some of the best vegan-friendly food in SA.
Top vegan spots in Durban:
Tree Natural Café
This Umhlanga eatery is the ultimate healthy hot spot in Durbs serving delicious organic, gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, superfood-powered grub. The owners also run a yoga studio just across the way, tying in nicely to the holistic healthy vibe of the café. Pop in for a delicious breakfast or lunch, then stroll over to the beach and lighthouse nearby.
Must try: Nutty chia pot with activated coconut chia, berry coulis and nutty seed cream
Take a load off your mind at Conscious Café, where everything on the menu is kind to the earth and animals. Plastic straws are also a big no-no in this eco-friendly eatery. Tucked away in the Castle on Main in Hillcrest, this hidden gem has its own sustainable veggie garden to ensure that all their delicious breakfasts and lunches are served with only the freshest, organic ingredients.
Must try: Green-pea-and-basil pesto wrap with avo slices (made in-house with non-GMO stone-ground flour)
Top vegan spots in Cape Town:
The Kind Kitchen
With a mantra like Be Kind, it’s no surprise this eco-conscious eatery made it onto our list. Known for some of the finest vegan comfort food in Cape Town, The Kind Kitchen lives and breathes the vegan lifestyle, from where they source their ingredients to the way they package their mouth-watering meals.
Must try: 100% meat-free Beyond Burger
The Sunshine Food Co.
Started as a vegan burger stall by microgreen farmer Elisha Madzivadondo, the Sunshine Food Co. has since found a permanent home on Main Road in Sea Point. The cheerful yellow café will put a smile on your face from the moment you step inside, while an amazing selection of health wraps, smoothies, juices and more will keep it there.
Must try: Original organic vegan burger
Top vegan spots in Jozi
In the mood for a little Italian? This new restaurant in Sunninghill puts up tasty Italian cuisine with a vegan twist. Bella Anima (meaning beautiful soul in Italian) creates tantalising veggie cuisine with seasonal menus made with traditional Italian flair. Bellissimo!
Must try: Pesto mushrooms and a trio of bruschetta with marinated brinjals and capers, peppers and olives and tomato and basil
The Fussy Vegan
On the run and looking for a guilt-free meal between meetings? This Blairgowrie-based restaurant offers vegan meals for busy professionals in search of a healthy takeaway option. Pop in for a quick bite, call ahead to get your order to go, or even order via uber eats. Vegan meals have never been so easy!
Must try: Pulled mushroom and (vegan) cheese sub
Top vegan spots in Port Elizabeth
As the very first plant-based restaurant in PE, Kindred Kitchen has set the pace for other vegan restaurants to follow. Located amidst the other trendy eateries, bars and boutiques in vibey Richmond Hill (Nelson Mandela Bay), Kindred Kitchen is the perfect option for a veggie-friendly breakfast or lunch.
Must-try: Bean and Mushroom Burger on an activated charcoal bun with sweet potato chips and smoked aioli
Grass Roof Coffee Shop and Farm Stall
Sporting a roof made of actual grass and wildflowers, Grass Roof is clearly dedicated to healthy, organic living. Located on an olive farm near Sardinia Bay, it’s a haven for hungry vegetarians and vegans in search of some delicious plant-based options (these are clearly marked on the menu for ease of reference). You’ll also find freshly baked artisanal bread, fresh fruit, olive oils and more on offer in the farm stall.
Must try: Freshly baked artisanal bread and preserves