South Africa may have a reputation for being a nation of braais, biltong, and boerewors, but these days, it’s increasingly easy to be health and environment-conscious in the Mother City. Whether you’re keen to save the planet (or to save water, as nearly 14000 litres of water go into the production of 1 kilo of meat!), or simply craving some nutritious eats after a virtuous climb up Lions Head or a Muizenberg surf sesh, there are an ever-growing multitude of veggie and vegan-friendly options in and around the greater Cape Town area. Maddy Bazil learnt more about a handful of them.
With over 150 varieties of tea on their menu, along with artisanal coffee beans brewed by Origins trained baristas, O’Ways believes that you don’t have to choose between a love for tea and a passion for coffee. But don’t overlook the food either. The menu changes seasonally, encompassing both Eastern and Western offerings free from meat, garlic, and onion, all aimed at a health-conscious clientele who value their health with a side of stillness and calm at the base of Table Mountain. Look out for their Japanese Matcha green tea powder, and the Matcha almond milk latte made with it.
Address: O’ways Teacafé, Shop 2, Heritage House, 20 Dreyer St, Claremont
Phone: 021 671 2850
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 7:30am to 5pm | Sat 9am to 2pm
This delectable Wale Street foodie haunt has an ethical conscience as sweet as its chocolate. As the only dedicated chocolate cafe in the city, Honest Chocolate prides itself in its commitment to quality ingredients sourced from local suppliers and offers a wide range of vegan, cane sugar-free, and gluten-free treats in addition to traditional dairy and sugar items – meaning that there is truly something for everyone. Don’t miss their Bon Bon dipping workshops, which occur one Saturday of every month, for the opportunity to learn about their unique chocolate-making process, taste an assortment of samples, and even dip your own original Bon Bons to take home with you. Also upcoming is their Honey and Chocolate pairing in collaboration with Urban Delicious, a once-off weekday evening event where guests will be guided through a tasting of three Urban Delicious honeys and three Honest Chocolate treats, created specially for the pairing. Book here for Honest Chocolate Events in Cape Town.
Address: 64A Wale St, Cape Town
Phone: 076 765 8306
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 9am to 6pm | Fri to Sat 9am to 9pm | Sun 9am to 4pm
Dear Me’s central premise is tasty, uncomplicated food with a varied and easily adjustable menu: perfect for people with specific dietary requirements and preferences, whether vegan or veggie or anything else. Unpretentious yet effortlessly hip, the menu gives a nod to plant-based trends like tofu scrambles, green juices, and bibimbap, while also offering comforting winter classics like warming soups, porridge bowls, and stews.
Address: 165 Longmarket St, Cape Town
Phone: 021 422 4920
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 7am to 3pm
This popular city bowl eatery aims to cater to anyone who wants to live a healthier and more eco-conscious life – boasting a relaxing and wholesome environment welcoming everyone from families to students to young professionals, many of whom choose to eat a plant-based diet for health or environmental reasons. Plant sources organic when possible, offers a multitude of retail products including tempeh and seitan, and offers products and dishes available to order via Mr D and OrderIn. Don’t miss Tuesday nights at Plant, where local band The Rivertones jams out to some mellow reggae, and be sure to check out the new menu, which keeps old favourites but sees the addition of several new dishes.
Address: 8 Buiten St (cnr Loop St), Cape Town
Phone: 021 422 2737
Opening hours: Mon 9am to 5pm | Tue to Sat 9am to 10pm