To say that South Africa is the crown jewel of nature will not be an overstatement. Picturesque landscapes, vast coastlines, grassy savannahs and exotic wildlife truly make South Africa a traveler’s paradise. And if all that exploring has got your tummy rumbling, fresh, local, kind and healthy food options for vegans are available aplenty through the sunshine state.
There are a host of vegan-friendly and wholly vegan restaurants and cafes spread across the popular tourist cities of South Africa. Here is a list of some joints you must try for some scrumptious vegan fare.
Raw & Roxy – Cape Town
For a quick, filling yet light bite, drop into Raw & Roxy at Albert Road, Woodstock. The place offers some delicious, healthy raw-vegan food options. Need some raw food “un-cooking” classes? You’ll get them here too.
Recommendations: Rice paper rolls, detox boxes and fresh juices.
Plant – Cape Town
The name says it all! This chic, all-vegan restaurant offers nutritious and healthy substitutes for your regular junk food.
Recommendations: Burgers, nachos, cakes and sweets.
Conscious 108 – Johannesburg
Founded by three vegan Buddhists, this concept restaurant is based on the philosophy of kindness. The restaurant offers vegan-based alternatives for ‘regular’ food that give you the familiar taste and feel but in an environmentally conscious way.
Recommendations: Chickpea Bunny Chow, crunchy tofu wrap and peanut butter chocolate cake.
Leafy Greens Café – Johannesburg
Situated on a beautiful and laidback organic farm, the café not only offers a holistic dining experience that is plant-based but is also pet-friendly.
Recommendations: Sushi wraps, kale crisps and cakes.
Chilliplum – Durban
Step into this restaurant-cum-deli and bakery any time of the day for some unprocessed, organic and wholesome delights. The all-plant-based desserts here will knock your socks off.
Recommendations: Butternut and cinnamon bonbons, mango and coconut bombs, mushroom burger, and the chocolate and coconut cake
Conscious Café at the Castle – Durban
Want to have a royal feeling? Head to this delightful café set up on a porch under the trees of a real castle. Great vegan food and a picturesque location that is absolutely Instagram-worthy.
Recommendations: Salads, wraps and hot beverages.
Nu – Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg
If you’re stuck in any of the metros not knowing where to eat, Google a Nu Café near you. The popular health food café chain has multiple outlets across South Africa and offers vegan culinary options from all over the globe.
Recommendations: Breakfast bowls, healthy wraps, salads and soup.
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