Every time someone asks me how our honeymoon in South Africa was, I’m filled with memories of all the beautiful places we visited and the delicious food we ate. The moment we decided on this destination I went into what my sister calls my “travel agent mode” i.e. creating google docs filled with sights to see, restaurants, bars, activities, hotel and flight information, everything. South Africa was all I imagined it to be and more! Of course I put together a list of the best restaurants for vegetarian food in Cape Town and the Winelands, South Africa so I can share them with the world.
There is a definite awareness of veganism and gluten-free diets there; I noticed that several cafes had soy and almond milk available. Many restaurants in the Winelands are literally farm-to-table and the quality of produce is excellent all across. More importantly, the avocados were to die for. When you come from a land sorely deprived of good avocados, you eat as many as possible in a span of two weeks. And on some days that meant at two (ok, three) meals in the day.
This list features the best restaurants for vegetarian food in Cape Town. The next one (Part 2) will feature restaurants and cafes across the Winelands in Franschhoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch.
The best part? Your carnivore friends or family traveling with you won’t hate you because these places have great options for them as well!
Part 1: Cape Town
This place serves great coffees (with almond and soy milk!), salads, wraps, eggs, burgers, cakes and cookies. The carrot cake here was one of the best I had on the trip. It’s one of few spots we came across that serves their menu all day. Several locations across Cape Town.
This place is testament to the excellent produce South Africa has – a HUGE variety of salads, pizza and pasta, with paleo options! It isn’t difficult to eat healthy on vacation in South Africa when you have options like Col’cacchio. They home deliver too if you want a night in at your hotel (after a long day of shopping and exploring ;). This one also has several locations across Cape Town and the country.
Another all-day dining spot that we absolutely loved. I wish they would open in India! Their menu is filled with healthy and delicious options: everything from wraps, quinoa bowls, avocado toast, salads, eggs to smoothies, juices and coffee. Lots of locations across Cape Town and the country. They have a location at V&A waterfront as well if you’re looking for something quick and easy.
The name sounds just like another well-known American burger chain, but they don’t actually have that much in common (nutritionally) with In-N-Out burger if you look at the menu. They have a menu with several vegetarian and vegan options in addition to the usual meat fare. They also offer bunless burgers on a bed of greens instead of bread. I got the goat cheese roasted beet and bean patty with a balsamic reduction which was excellent. Oh, and sweet potato fries! How can you say no?
The V&A Waterfront is amazing to shop and explore but also, naturally, filled with tourist traps. This spot is everything – the food was fresh and perfectly portioned with authentic flavors. Ranoushe offers a huge menu of choices in both small plates and mains. A lovely place to enjoy sitting outside by the water and take in the Table Mountain views.
Look out next for Part 2 – my feature on the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the Winelands!