South Africa’s finest vegetarian eating places


Heading off on vacation however wanting to maintain your meals plant-based? We’ve accomplished the arduous yards and located a number of of one of the best veggie meals haunts.

Just a few years in the past, meat options on restaurant menus had been arduous to seek out with out asking for substitutions or omissions to dishes, and completely vegetarian or vegan eating places had been few and much between.

These days are virtually within the rearview mirror as we velocity previous, and most eating places now provide a good collection of usually tasty vegetable-focused dishes, and the variety of completely plant-based eating places has grown exponentially.

Cooks countrywide are pushing the boundaries and exploring meat-free eating.

Western Cape

Plushi, Cape City

This on-line, zero-waste, vegan sushi restaurant experiments with vegan and Asian delicacies. It goals to seek out one of the best plant-based sushi and ship it to your door. Look out for the month-to-month thriller roll that includes thrilling flavour mixtures. The eight-piece Zebra Roll ought to undoubtedly be in your order, as ought to the California rolls with pan-seared teriyaki tofu, brown mushrooms and mung bean sprouts, topped with charcoal-truffle mayo.

Nina’s Café, George

The Mediterranean eggs on toast at Nina’s Café are the stuff of vegetarian goals. Husband and spouse crew Wern and Tasha van der Watt do fusion meals, and all substances are sourced domestically. The restaurant isn’t completely plant-based, however you may’t go fallacious with its veggie providing. The beetroot and butternut salad is a wonderful alternative for a light-weight lunch, and the bare vegan burger packs a flavourful punch.


Leafy Greens Entire Meals Café, Muldersdrift

Positioned on an natural farm, the menu has a variety of breakfast and lunch choices. The vegan pizza is a wonderful contender for finest in Joburg. However the buffet (served from 11am) is the principle attraction – stack up the home made crackers with a wide range of toppings, salads, home made hummus and contemporary bread. The store additionally sells numerous vegan well being, magnificence and meals merchandise. Go to their Facebook page.

The Fussy Vegan

Go right here for among the tastiest burgers, chimichangas and subs. And thank us later. A undertaking that was initially set as much as disrupt and encourage, it has challenged the established order – it’s on fireplace. There are three areas in Gauteng – Blairgowrie, CityROCK and Greenside – and one in Gardens in Cape City. When you order just one factor, make it a chimichanga – a wholegrain tortilla filled with Past chilli, vegan mozzarella and soiled rice, deep-fried and topped with cashew bitter cream, salsa and guacamole.


Saskia High quality Eating Restaurant

High quality eating on the Fusion Boutique Lodge in Polokwane: it’s named after Rembrandt van Rijn’s spouse and muse, and is a stunning vegan-friendly choice. Each merchandise on the intensive menu appears to be like like a murals, and is tasty besides. Order the burnt lime cauliflower starter and the gourmand mushroom risotto; you gained’t be sorry. Saskia additionally has an in depth wine listing and a enjoyable cocktail menu.

Free State

Koekela Café

The quirky home and exquisite gardens are an inviting Bloemfontein haven. Gabrielle Moggee du Plooy invitations you into her artistic house to style among the finest treats within the Free State. The menu is vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, and the burgers are a deal with – simple on the attention and on the tastebuds. Gabrielle may even make up a road-trip field for a protracted automobile trip should you telephone upfront. By no means drive previous Bloemfontein once more; flip off the freeway and pull as much as this gem in Westdene.


Divine Meals at The View and Divine ME

Suppose Graskop and also you suppose Kruger pitstop, a spot to stretch the legs and fill the stomach, vegetarians and vegans included. Because the title suggests, at Divine Meals at The View, you might be greeted by a top-shelf view over the escarpment. However eyes on the menu; the vegetarian platter is a big portion of flavour. At Divine ME, go for the vegan mushroom burger. Go to their Facebook page

Previous Joe’s Kaia

In case your journey to Kruger, Mozambique or Swaziland has been a protracted one, and you should relaxation your head for an evening, Previous Joe’s Kaia is the place to do it. Your complete lodge is vegan. When you’re staying over, meals are taken at The Seedling Plant-based Kitchen, and are solely served to non-residents by appointment. There are additionally numerous plant-based cooking workshops.

Japanese Cape

The Kindred Kitchen

The primary plant-based eatery in Gqeberha, it’s within the bustling and inventive suburb of Richmond Hill. On provide are numerous meal choices, from tremendous wholesome uncooked smoothies and smoothie bowls packed stuffed with superfoods to cooked breakfasts, deep-fried chips and a burger. The Falafel Wrap, filled with falafel, beetroot hummus, crunchy cabbage slaw, creamy vegan mayonnaise and contemporary greens, is simply the ticket for a pick-me-up lunch. Go to their Facebook page.

Baobab Wholefood Café

This plant-based and health-focused café is discovered contained in the WERK warehouse within the Decrease Baakens Valley in Gqeberha. Right here the emphasis is on unprocessed meals that’s as near its pure kind as potential. Your complete menu is vegan, and gluten-free choices can be found. When the Japanese Cape wind is tough and chilly, the macadamia and amaranth porridge is consolation meals at its finest, the topping of dried white mulberries enticing and attractive.

Northern Cape

Café Zest

We’re going to exit on a limb right here and say that the Gourmand Vegetariano Pizza is without doubt one of the finest pizzas within the nation. And never simply because the drive to Upington from, properly, mainly wherever takes without end. It’s our go-to on highway journeys to the Kgalagadi, and it by no means disappoints. Ask the waiters for suggestions – and belief us once we advocate the Go Inexperienced Pasta and the toasted sourdough with mushrooms and avo. That is the way you make a vegetarian menu.

A model of this text initially appeared within the February 2023 print subject of Getaway.

By Mart-Marie du Toit

Photos: Danie Bester, Paul Drews, Courtesy Photographs

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