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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.

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.

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)

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.

I'm currently in second year at UCT, pursuing a BSocSci. I am triple majoring in psychology, political science and gender studies. As of late 2020, I began working as the co social media director for Her Campus at UCT. My vision for our community is one that promotes environmental sustainability, is politically active and is centered around providing a platform for South African women to create and inspire.
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