Vegan travel in a meat loving country like South Africa? Yes, you heard right. Even in South Africa, where a ‘braai’ (BBQ) is a favorite tradition, a plant-based lifestyle is becoming more and more popular amongst people.
Cape Town already boosts 4 vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the CBD area with more still to open for sure. Quite surprisingly you’ll easily find vegan options in most restaurants. If you have booked self-catering accommodation, don’t panic either. You’ll find vegan products in most supermarkets and the Wellness Warehouse brand definitely has got you covered. The Wellness Warehouse on Kloof Street (city center) for example recently relaunched their store and there’s even a section with vegan products only.
Like in most countries, it’s easy to order pizza without the cheese or a simple Pasta Pomodoro. A lot of eateries also have a vegetarian burger patty on their menu that is most often vegan. Just be careful with sauces as they’re often mayo-based. Have your burger without the sauce and order tomato sauce on the side. More and more chains even have vegan cheese options or vegan mayo on their menus.
Let’s not forget about sushi here. In comparison to some countries sushi is fairly affordable in South Africa. Most sushi bars / restaurants have vegan sushi options (veg California rolls, avo & cucumber maki etc.) available and some offer fantastic specials. So definitely keep your eyes open for that.
Some restaurants have a small vegan menu or are very happy to “veganise” your meal .If you want to try something a little bit more exotic, definitely visit Masala Dosa (Indian food) in Long Street or Madame Taitou also in Long Street which offers amazing Ethiopian dishes that you can even get to enjoy in a tree house.
Vegan or not, Cape Town’s vegan restaurants are worth a visit for sure. I personally enjoy PLANT Café (Cape Town’s first vegan restaurant) and The Hungry Herbivore. You won’t go hungry here. Tofu scramble breakfasts, lunch bowls, burgers,pizzas and even cakes or waffles are just a few mouthwatering items to choose from their menus.
Welcome to Cape Town, a vegan friendly city!
Read one of Antonia’s Blog Post here 10 things you should know, when you visit Cape Town as a vegan ?