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

Raw & Roxy - Fresh Juice in 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

Plant - Burgers in 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

Conscious 108 - Chocolate Cake in 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

Leafy Greens Cafe - Sushi Wraps in 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

Chilliplum - Mushroom Burger in 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

Conscious Cafe at the Castle - Salads in 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

Nu - Healthy Breakfast in South Africa

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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