Local, Veggie-Friendly Restaurants

Being a vegetarian in Cape Town isn’t difficult especially if you know the right spots. The list of plant-based/veggie-friendly restaurants in the Mother City continues to grow exponentially, so here’s a narrowed-down version of some of my favourite places for a plant-powered meal.

  1. 1. Sheckter's Raw

    In terms of healthy, veggie-hotspots in Cape Town, Scheckter’s Raw is my number one. Located in Sea Point (also available in EGG at Cavendish), Toby Scheckter’s brainchild serves nothing but organic, nutrient-dense deliciousness. Products range from health juices, to plant-based burgers to vegan, cruelty-free sweet treats. 

    PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION: Scheckter’s Raw homemade Reese’s Cup is sugar free, dairy free, gluten free (fellow IBS warriors unite) and 100% organic. Not to sound dramatic or anything but this is probably the best dessert I’ve ever had.

  2. 2. Lexi's

    Also located in Sea Point, Lexi’s boasts a beautiful, plant-ridden interior and a menu jam-packed with healthy, veggie-friendly options. Their menu is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians and for those following banting, paleo or gluten-free diets. So; whether you’re in the mood for a bowl, smoothie or skin-cleansing charcoal shot, Lexi’s has you covered. 

    PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION: The Tofu Tango toasted sandwich on gluten-free bread/60% rye panini roll will blow your mind (yes, even for those of you who are a little weary of tofu)

  3. 3. Cocoa Cha Chi

    Although not exclusively plant-based, Cocoa Cha Chi is, without a doubt, my favourite restaurant in Cape Town. This uniquely bohemian café is located in Lower Main road Observatory, and has a vibe that cannot be matched. Not only do they have a well-priced cocktail menu and exclusive deals, they also cater for those of us following a plant-based diet. 

    PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION: The mushroom and walnut tagliatelle pasta truly is out of this world. And for those of you who drink; I would most definitely recommend the dom pedro, which pairs chocolate with a shot of whiskey and Amarula. 

Making the switch to a plant-based, healthy lifestyle was the best decision I’ve ever made. Even if it’s not something that you can commit to full-time, including just a few more veggie options in your diet makes a huge difference. Eating sustainably for the future doesn’t have to break the bank, and I promise that it can be just as (if not more) appealing to the palette.