Chapter 6: Vegetarian & Vegan - Updated 2021
Plant-based eating, it seems, has gained major traction in the Mother City, with a slew of quality vegetarian and vegan eateries popping up faster than you can sprout mung beans. Being (health-)conscious has never tasted this good.
Housed in a venerable old building said to date back to 1830, Aubergine makes for an unbeatable choice for a 5-star dinner, with a garden to sit in and enjoy the top-quality cooking of Harald Bresselschmidt.
Creative, hearty dishes are served with some of the Cape’s best wines, several of which are made specially for the restaurant.
a: 39 Barnet St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 465 4909
h: Tuesday—Saturday: 18h00-22h00, Closed Sunday—Monday.
Comprising a beautiful bakery and an award-winning restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, Foxcroft has seen a fast rise into becoming the darling of the Constantia set.
Despite there being a fine-dining feel, it manages to not feel overworked or pretentious. And sitting outside in the shade of the fabulous oak trees ensures things are comfortably casual.
a: Shop 8, High Constantia Centre, Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia
t: +27 21 202 3304
h: Monday—Sunday: 08h00-21h00
Lekker Vegan is in the business of ‘gourmet junk food’. Fill up on burgers, chips, Cape Town’s famous gatsby’s and soft serve—all vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.
This is an indulgence for all diners alike, who want junk food with a little gourmet plant-based speciality thrown in.
a: 105 Kloof St, Cape Town
t: +27 64 268 6959
h: Monday: Closed, Tuesday—Saturday: 12h00-20h00, Sunday: 12h00-19h30.
For those yearning for alternatives to animal products, this vegan paradise sells vegan mozzarella, tasty mushroom biltong, take-away desserts and many other handy items to add to the pantry.
This is the perfect spot for a summer lunch, as the fresh ingredients make for bright and inviting made-from-scratch platefuls of food.
a: 8 Buiten St, Cape Town
t: +27 72 521 9252
h: Sunday—Mondays: 09h00–17h00, Tuesday—Saturday: 09h00–22h00
There’s a buzzing serenity around Scheckter’s, which single-handedly spearheaded Cape Town’s raw food revolution. Whatever organic craving you’re feeling, you can be confident that Scheckter’s can satisfy it.
You won’t be able to get enough of the fresh, raw and super-healthy offerings.
Featured image credit: Anna Pelzer