Vegan Tours Cape Town – A Day Exploring the Winelands

People live in a city for years and seldom attempt to explore it through the eyes of a tourist. Of all the many reasons that bring tourists to Cape Town, there is one that both South Africans and international visitors share a mutual love and appreciation of, and that is the Cape Winelands. Breathtaking mountain ranges, picturesque vineyards, superb restaurants, and our growing reputation of producing some of the best wines in the world make for a recipe that memoriesRead more

A Vegan Fiesta at Hacienda: Exploring Coastal Mexican Delights in Cape Town

If you’re a plant-based/vegan foodie (like me) looking for a taste of vibrant coastal Mexican cuisine in the heart of Cape Town, look no further than Hacienda on Bree Street. This modern twist on authentic Mexican dining offers a tantalizing array of vegan options that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight. One of the highlights of dining at Hacienda is the guacamole-making demonstration right at your table. Sadly, I am allergic to avocados, but the demonstration alone isRead more

Cushty Neighbourhood Deli, Green Point

Nestled in the heart of Green Point, Cape Town, Cushty Neighbourhood Deli is a charming haven that beckons you to relax and savour life’s simple pleasures. With its laid-back atmosphere, delectable food, and friendly ambience, it’s no wonder that locals and visitors alike find themselves drawn to this cosy spot. Cushty, a British slang word meaning “good” in a relaxed and comfortable way, perfectly encapsulates the essence of this delightful deli.  Their menu doesn’t have any items marked as specificallyRead more

Blended Health Cafe: Delicious Vegan Pies in Glencairn

If you’re a fan of fantastic homemade vegan pies, then prepare to be blown away by the offerings at Blended Health Cafe. This gem in Glencairn stole my heart with its wholesome food, relaxed atmosphere, and mouthwatering Coconut & Roast Veg Homemade Vegan Pie. Blended Health Cafe embraces a beautifully casual vibe that instantly makes you feel at home. During my visit, I encountered an eclectic mix of people – families enjoying a weekend outing, individuals seeking solace (with theirRead more

Vegan Sushi in the Deep South: A Review of Blue Kiwi

If you’re looking for exceptional (and consistent) plant-based offerings in the Deep South of Cape Town, look no further than Blue Kiwi. With newly appointed Sushi Chef Rozee on the team, owner Liz has created an eatery that excels at everything it sets out to do, from the vibe and decor to the friendly waitrons and their new plant-based sushi menu. The new sushi offerings include a variety of rolls, each with its unique blend of flavours and textures. TheRead more

Every Stranger Has a Story: A Review of Sonder Cafe in Observatory

Nestled in the charming and quirky neighbourhood of Observatory in Cape Town, Sonder Cafe is a place where one can find reflection, connection, and introspection. Despite its humble appearance, this vegan-friendly eatery offers some of the most exquisite breakfast dishes that will impress. Upon arrival, I was immediately drawn to the welcoming ambience of the cafe, which is unspoiled by any commercial takeover. Bae and I decided to try their Tempeh Trap, which consisted of two crispy BBQ tempeh pattiesRead more

Plushi Plus: Elevate Your Plant-Based Sushi Experience

Are you a fan of sushi or Asian cuisine, but don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your home? If so, you may want to check out Plushi, a 100% vegan sushi business based in Cape Town. Plushi offers delicious zero-waste plant-based sushi that can be delivered straight to your door. And now, they have added a new line of home-ready PlushiPlus retail products that will take your Plushi experience to the next level! PlushiPlus products are available for purchaseRead more

Vegan Coffee in Wynberg

Four and Twenty Cafe is a cafe/deli in Chelsea Village, Wynberg, that serves cakes, pastries, coffee, breakfast, and lunch. They have a great atmosphere and friendly staff, making it a good spot for a catch-up over coffee with a friend. However, if you’re vegan, the menu has limited options, with only one vegan item listed, a salad, and the Chocolate and Fig Slice, which is vegan and gluten-free. The Chocolate and Fig Slice is priced at R58, which I foundRead more

Vegan Foodie in Greyton

Recently, we had the pleasure of spending three nights in Greyton, a small town nestled at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. Our trip was an excellent opportunity to explore the vegan food scene in the area and enjoy some much-needed R&R. On our way to the small town, we stopped at Peregrine Farmstall in Grabouw, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. At bargain prices, we picked up some delicious gourmetRead more

Beluga is Back!

After months of dangling the carrot and whispers of a reopening, Beluga has finally relaunched its new location at Makers Landing, V&A Waterfront. Before the pandemic, Beluga was one of those rare places still thriving after 20+ years of business; for me, its closure hit harder than most. I was OBSESSED (OBSESSED!!) with their Tofu Crunch, and its existence burnt a big hole in my wallet during its reign.   Now I can become OBSESSED all over again! Walking intoRead more

Wild Sprout, new branch in Constantia

I’m a long-time fan of Wild Sprout. Since discovering them in their early days on Loop St to their relocation to Kenilworth, they have always been consistent in their quality. The local folk of Constantia now have a branch on their doorstep, having opened a second venue at Constantia Village. It’s a beautiful, light, airy space with plenty of seating inside and out. In addition to the eatery, Wild Sprout has a grocery section (similar to the one in Kenilworth),Read more

We Café, Gardens – plant-based cuisine at it’s finest

The vegan scene in Cape Town caters for most tastes and preferences. Still, there is always room for more, especially if it offers something different from what already exists. We Café is ticking that box with a Russian-inspired menu that excites and intrigues. The trio of owners have poured their hearts and souls into converting a residential parking garage into a bijou place with an open design kitchen where you can choose to sit at the bar and watch theRead more

Vegan Options in Knysna by Lauren Greve

Lauren Greve, @lols_the_vegan on Instagram, wrote a fantastic article on what’s happening vegan-wise in Knysna! Inside scoop from a vegan in Knysna, just in time for the Knysna Oyster Festival (that will have vegan options)! I’m not sure about you folks, but when I visit an area for a bit, I don’t want to spend valuable time scouring various eateries for delicious dishes. I am, therefore, handing you this little gift. Here it is, a Knysnarian’s guide to the goodRead more

Wild Eatery, City Centre

Something I love about our post-pandemic world (am I allowed to make that call?) is discovering all of these culinary gems that existed before Covid that I’m only experiencing now for the first time. A couple of weeks back, it was Pilcrow and Cleaver, and now the Wild Eatery has blown my hair back with its unique, quirky and above all flavour-packed food! Down a side alley attached to Nude Foods in Zonnebloem lives a caravan where food magic isRead more

Prashad in Constantia celebrates its 1st Birthday

Prashad in Constantia has just celebrated its 1st birthday, so Bae and I went along to enjoy a lil’ celebration to mark the occasion. Since becoming vegan, Prashad has become my go-to restaurant when I’m in the mood for Indian food. Their vegan offerings have always left the happy conundrum of “what shall I choose?” and I’ve always found their food to be consistent across all branches (Kloof St, Rondebosch). Their Constantia branch also has a shop with all ofRead more

Wildsprout, Kenilworth – NEW menu items

Wildsprout, situated in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, is a gorgeous café with a fantastic plant-based selection. And now, there are three additional menu items that were recently added. Bae and I were treated to a visit and left thoroughly satisfied. The “vegan blt” on sourdough (R88) – tofu bacon, lettuce, tomato & vegan cream cheese with a mustard vinaigrette The “salmon & cream cheese” on sourdough (R88) – vegan carrot salmon with vegan cream cheese & cucumber. WeRead more

Tobago’s Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Waterfront

Sitting on the deck of Tobago’s Restaurant at the Radisson Blu in Granger Bay is an instant mood lifter. No doubt about it. With endless ocean views and Robben Island in the distance, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better location on a beautiful day. Until recently, plant-based lovers would have had to settle for just the view and a sundowner, but there are now several options available on the menu to suit whatever your mood. A mince sub? Check!Read more

Blue Kiwi Organic Market and Café, Glencairn

You know that moment in a movie or TV series before somebody delivers some news over the phone and they say, “Are you sitting down?” Okay, good, because this is one of those moments. Nothing could have prepared me for the Blue Kiwi Organic Market and Café. Literally nothing. Bae and I took a drive to the Deep South this past weekend (an area affectionately known as ‘beyond the lentil curtain’) to a new eatery that will leave you withRead more

Vegan Activism

A vegan activist conjures up an image that most people associate with someone holding a sign outside a slaughterhouse. And absolutely, this is a common form of raising awareness. There are these days, however, so many other ways a vegan can advocate for the cause or movement. Here are a few suggestions: APPROACH LOCAL EATERIES TO ADD V+ OPTIONS TO THEIR MENU. Supply and demand, baby! BAKE A V+ CUPCAKE. Activism through food is my vibe and what I doRead more

We are Food – Healthy Frozen Vegan Meals

We are Food is a vegan-friendly SA-based company that makes marvellous food for your freezer. Founders Jane and Amy have included a selection in their range of 18 different plant-based/vegan options. I was fortunate enough to be sent a selection to try and share the details with you. All the information is on their website, and their customer service is OUTSTANDING. There are single servings or family servings (for 4). There are also gluten-free options AND…. 25% back if you areRead more

Saib’s Kitchen – Vegan-Friendly Catering

Saib’s Kitchen is a gorgeous vegan-friendly catering company by Fatima Saib, who spends her time reading, writing and developing recipes! Bae ordered my “lockdown” birthday cake from Saib’s Kitchen last year (the day before the lockdown started). Fast forward to more than a year later, Fatima’s gorgeous cakes are still making their way around Cape Town! Bae and I were fortunate enough to be gifted a selection of her latest mini-cakes: 🍰 Vegan Chocolate Cake 🍰 Vegan Coffee Cake 🍰Read more

Delheim Wines

We decided to celebrate lighting the first fire in our new home by opening up some bottles we had saved from lockdown (how’s that for willpower!!) The wonderful folk at Delheim (who have a superb selection of vegan-friendly wines) sent us a care package about a year ago that we decided to save because they sounded so incredible. We cracked open the 2018 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, which was smooth and fruity with a hint of pepper. A good one toRead more

NEW Cheaky Co Salted Black Pepper Chyps

Lucas from Cheaky Co asked me to give him some feedback on the NEW Chyps flavour… And so I got my hands on the new Salted Black Pepper variety. To be honest, I have been going through a black pepper phase. It must be something that happens when you are in your late 30s. FEEDBACK: I personally PREFER these to the Salt & Vinegar variety, 1) because of my current obsession with pepper and 2) cos it’s something DIFFERENT onRead more

Plushi adds a new Starter Menu to their offering

Just when you thought the Plushi couldn’t possibly get any better, the team at Plushi has included a STARTER MENU that provides for: 🌱 Thai Spring Rolls 🌱 Chinese Spring Rolls 🌱 Japanese Spring Rolls 🌱 Filipino Spring Rolls 🌱 Vietnamese Spring Rolls All 4-piece, with an option to add a Thai Sweet Chilli or Plushi Mayo You can order by visiting the Plushi website.Read more

Greystones Beach House – Langebaan

This is a non-foodie related heads-up but one that is certainly worth sharing. I was probably knee-high the last time I visited Langebaan. A recent invite though from Gretta and Claire at Greystones Beach House had Bae and I venturing on our first road trip since the beginning of lockdown. Situated just 90 minutes up the West Coast, Greystones Beach House was originally built in the 1920s. It was one of the very first homes built in Langebaan and hasRead more

Shopping Tip – Zero Waste Salad

Take your Tupperware to your local supermarket’s DIY Salad Counter like Sea Point Spar.  This salad for four people cost me R80: A variety of leaves, roasted butternut, red, yellow and green peppers, tomatoes, carrots, red cabbage, seeds and croutons.  And: ZERO WASTE because I took my own container.  No more excuses! Read more

Amma’s Creamery Vegan Butter

Amma’s Creamery makes a homemade cultured plant-butter from creamy cashews and coconut oil! ✨ Each brick of Amma’s vegan butter is made by hand, which takes a little longer, but care and attention to detail are what it’s all about! Visit Amma’s Creamy’s website to find out the details of how their artisanal butter can be delivered to YOU!Read more

Recipe – Vanilla Cashew Milk

VANILLA CASHEW MILK ✨ One of the best parts about this milk is that, unlike almond milk, it does not need to be strained. Just blend and drink.  🥛 6 cups water 🥛 1 cup raw cashews 🥛 2 pitted dates 🥛 1 tsp vanilla essence Soak the cashews for a minimum of 4 hrs by covering them with water in a bowl. Drain and rinse.  Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 min or untilRead more

Delheim Wines

Alcohol: a subject that has got many of us hot under the collar during the lockdown.  The announcement by Cyril on Saturday that the ban is lifted (again!) will be a massive relief to many businesses that have been clinging on to their livelihoods and with our support, allow them to continue to survive and thrive. Some of the most affected have been our beloved wine farms, and just before the current ban, I received some wine from Delheim Wines,Read more

Pekel by Sandy Goldberg

“pekel” in Yiddish means “little parcel” or “package.” Cuuuuuute!!!! I had a little parcel (or a pekel 😌) delivered to me from none other than Sandy Goldberg (of the Talya Goldberg legacy 😍 ) , owner of Pekel.   In the package was a range of delicious, handmade, homemade pickled products!  The entire range is preservative and colourant-free and, of course, suitable for vegans!  You can find the Pekel range at Yuppie Chef, Granadilla Eats, CNC Products, or several stockistsRead more

Dolcé Bakery – The Cruffin

(Read this post in your best movie trailer voice:) From the creators of the best vegan croissants in Cape Town comes their next epic vegan treat: THE CHAI LATTE & CHOCOLATE CHIP CRUFFIN  (cue action music)  Just when you thought they had you sold on their Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart or Carrot and Orange Cake, the CRUFFIN hit the market.  Ask yourself: When last did YOU have a moist CRUFFIN’?  Check them out at Dolcé Bakery in Observatory.  (drops mic) Read more

Crumb Cakes SA – Sweet Treat Squad via post!

Crumb Cakes has done it again! They are delivering treats VIA POST! And, believe it or not, it works: really, really well! I had my doubts when a courier package arrived via PostNet filled with treats from Somerset West.  Due to the expertise of Anmar of Crumb Cakes, however, the goodies were packed to perfection. There was not a crumb was out of place, even when I opened the package upside down!  Inside I found Biscoff Brownies and Vanilla AquafabaRead more

Rumsy’s Noose Vegan Bakery

OG is a term used to describe old-school, original or quite literally: “Original Gangsters.” Part of the success in my early stages of transitioning to veganism was Rumsy’s Noose Vegan Bakery.   I stumbled across them at the Vegan Good’s Market in 2016. A few weeks later ordered a HUGE box of their vegan Tinkies (American: Twinkies) that had a coconut cream filling with a white chocolate glaze and candied macadamia nuts. Yip. I remember that well! Then, after severalRead more

Wake and Bake – Bespoke Catering

My family decided to have a VEGAN CHRISTMAS last year, and so we asked Wake and Bake to cater a full spread of Christmassy delights.They certainly made the event, and my family still raves about it to this day. We recently went to stay with my Mom, and to avoid cooking in a strange kitchen (and fights over washing dishes), we sought the help of Megan and Ruhan of Wake and Bake once again to cater for us for theRead more

Earth Body & Skin @Home Facial Kits

When last have you had a treatment at a beauty salon? At least with beauty salons reopening, you won’t have to wait much longer.  But what if you still want to stay home?  Earth Body & Skin is bringing the experience to your doorstep with their At-Home Facial Kit!  The kit is 100% organic, vegan and cruelty-free and includes everything you need for that salon-style facial treatment.  The instructions include variations for ALL skin types as well.  For more details,Read more


A quick story:When I FIRST became vegan (five years ago) and went to the first Vegan Goods Market at the Khanyisa Waldorf School, I stumbled across only three vendors.It was a rainy day, and the world’s tiniest 3-vendor market didn’t have much to offer back in the day.However, one stall, named “Belightfull” was advertising some spaghetti bolognese. Like all new vegans I had to ask, “Is everything vegan?” just to make sure, of course! I remember being absolutely BLOWN awayRead more

“The Vegan Box” from Tessa’s Bakery

I chatted with Tessa from Tessa’s Bakery, and she said, “Vegan baking is actually cheaper than normal baking, and I don’t believe in overcharging because it’s a niche.” Can I get an AMEN!? Such incredible value right here in “The Vegan Box.” 🍰 Carrot Cake Tray – 6 servings 🍰 Chocolate Brownie Tray – 6 servings 🍰 Oat Crunchies x4 🍰 Pecan Nut Caramel Bars x4 ALL for R295! Which works out to R15 per serving. How amazing is that??? Read more

Niche Vegan Lifestyle Meal Plans

Some of the BEST vegan food I have tasted in a while!  Niche Vegan Lifestyle offers weekly or monthly meal plans with FREE DELIVERY, or you can order some of their meals via a delivery service.  They have GORGEOUS options and some of the most affordable pricing I have seen in a LONG time.  Also: their portion sizes are GARGANTUAN: always a good thing.  I’m not a Miso Broth fan: but I was BLOWN AWAY. I don’t eat Pad ThaiRead more

Vegan Fair: Zu’s Indian Kitchen

I am genuinely BLOWN AWAY by what I experienced with Vegan Fair AKA Zu’s Kitchen!  Zulayga (or “Zu” for short) delivers gorgeously prepared, beautifully presented, and absolutely delicious home-cooked Indian cuisine.  It is clear that Zu is passionate about food and will feed you, your family, or any event you may need her for.  And EVERYTHING is vegan!  We tried the vegetable biryani with sambal, white bean stew with rotis, lentil stew with basmati rice, potato samoosas, and vegan doughnuts. Read more

The Eatery Wood Fired Grill, Claremont

For some people, a trip to the Southern Suburbs from the Atlantic Seaboard for lunch would be unthinkable. Well, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t require a visa and it can be worth it.  Address: 70 Belvedere Rd, Claremont Hours: 11am-10pm Mon-Thur, 9am-10pm Fri-Sun & Public Holidays The Eatery Woodfired Grill at Belvedere Square in Claremont has a few vegan options on their menu worth making the trip. Owner Marius Pieters has noticed the trend in people requestingRead more

Pop Secret Gourmet Vegan Ice Lollies

Sisters, Keri and Taryn are the passionate foodies behind Pop Secret: gourmet vegan ice lollies that are totally guilt-free! I was gifted four flavours to try: Mango Chocolate Peanut Butter Choc Chop Tropical Turmeric Pop Secret is available for trading at events, festivals or weddings and can be contacted on, 072  435 8104, Insta DM (@popsecret_ct) or their website. You can also find their products at various Wellness Warehouse branches.Read more

Rhythm Full On – Vegan Accommodation in McGregor

We were recently invited to spend three nights at Rhythm Full On, a 100% vegan self-catering cottage in the (not-so-sleepy) town of McGregor. Rhythm Full On is a simple cottage nestled among the tall trees in one of McGregor’s most picturesque and quiet streets. Owner, Pnina, describes it as “a space to live your life by the rhythm of the sun, rising with its rays and sinking with it below the ‘Krans’.” And that’s EXACTLY what we did during our stay!Read more

Vegan Picnic at Boschendal Wine Farm, Franschhoek

Wine farms have cottoned on to the fact that the world is changing and that plant-based eating is here to stay! A new addition to the many offerings is the Vegan Picnic now available at the beautiful Boschendal Wine Farm in Franschhoek. The farm is one of the most picturesque in the Cape Winelands, with beautifully maintained grounds and buildings and is the perfect spot to get lazy for the afternoon where you can enjoy great food and wine andRead more

Vegan Wines – Spier Wine Estate

As Christmas day and all the festivities that go with it fast approaches, I’m receiving a few messages about vegan wines. Some people might be surprised to learn that not all wine is naturally vegan in the first place. In some cases when producing wine it goes through a process called ‘fining’ to remove yeast and protein molecules which create cloudiness. These animal-derived fining agents include casein (milk protein), gelatin (animal protein) and Isinglass (fish bladder protein). SHAME. However, moreRead more

A Plant-Based Christmas at the Radisson Red

Something extraordinary is happening down at the Radisson Red’s Oui Bar in the Silo District on Christmas Day! They have decided to host an ENTIRELY PLANT-BASED festive lunch in their restaurant – and tickets are flying!!! I had the privilege of experiencing what they have in mind at a pre-event tasting last week,  and let me tell you, it is going to be excellent! ADDRESS: No. 6 Silo, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront DATE & TIME: 25 Dec 2019, 12pm-3pm HereRead more

Review – The Table at De Meye, Stellenbosch

One of my all-time favourite wine farm eateries, The Table at De Meye was recently taken over by new management, husband and wife team, Leigh and Brendan. I am relieved to say it has lost none of its charm and style and retained all of that delicious food and more! ADDRESS: De Meye Wine Farm, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch HOURS: closed Mon-Tue, 12pm-5pm Wed-Sun The Table at De Meye is everything that lunch on a wine farm should be: reasonably priced hearty mealsRead more

Soët Emporium, Durbanville – Launches Summer Menu with New Vegan Options

Soët Societ Cafe in Durbanville is well-known for its vegan-friendly cakes. I have to admit that while I haven’t yet been, the photos of their Vegan Chocolate Log has me drooling every time! Great news though: they have just launched a new summer menu that includes several savoury vegan options! Address: Cnr Oxford Rd & Wellington Rd, Durbanville Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm Sat, closed Sun The new options include: Vegan Bowl – vegan nuggets, vegan cheese, hummus, avo on a bed of brown riceRead more

Review – Her Harvest at Rosenhof Farm, Elgin Valley

The first thing that would spring to mind when thinking about the Elgin Valley is its abundance of apple and pear orchards and smattering of wine farms. So it was during a recent weekend away that I was thrilled to discover that it also boasts one of the best plant-based eateries in the Western Cape. So good in fact, that we went back the next day! ADDRESS: Rosenhof Organic Farm, Highlands Rd, Elgin Valley HOURS: closed Mon-Thu, 11:30am-2:30pm Fri, 9am-3pmRead more

Prashad Café – Various Locations

It is no secret that I am a HUGE Prashad Café fan! They have three locations: Location 1 Address: Shop 11B, Palmhof Centre, Kloof Street, Gardens Hours: 11am-9pm Mon-Sat, closed Sundays Location 2 Address: Fountain Square, Main Rd, Rondebosch Hours: 10am-9pm Mon-Sat, closed Sundays Location 3 Address: The Ironworks Building, 242 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock Hours: 10:30am-9pm Mon-Sat, closed Sundays Prashad is a collaboration between mother and son, chef Theresa and manager Krishan Peters, from the famous Maharajah Vegetarian brand. You can catch aRead more

Review – Lupa Osteria, Durbanville

Animal rights activist and vegan chef, Nikki Botha recently visited Lupa Osteria in Durbanville to try their new vegan menu. This is what she had to say: Address: Shop 7, Village Square Mall, Queen St, Durbanville Hours: 12pm-9pm Mon-Sun “My best friend recently suggested we meet for a Sunday lunch at Lupa Osteria in Durbanville, after it was announced that they had a separate vegan menu. Finding a vegan-friendly eatery behind the “boerewors curtain” is challenging enough, let alone finding oneRead more

New menu at Scheckter’s Raw, Sea Point

Having reviewed Scheckter’s Raw many times before I am going to jump straight to the important bits: ADDRESS: 98 Regent Rd, Sea Point HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am-8:30pm The new menu (in addition to their regular menu, which you can find here), boasts the latest import to South African shores, the Beyond Meat burger as well as quinoa-based flapjacks, juices and a decent sandwich option: Their new monster burger, titled The Ultimate Beyond Burger caused some controversy when it was first announced surrounding theRead more

The Beyond Meat Burger at Hudsons

I was recently invited to try the new Vegicheese Burger from Hudsons at their Green Point branch. Having tried the new tastes-just-like-meat burger patty from creators, Beyond Meat, I had several experiences to compare it to. This review sums up my thoughts. Branches: Cape Town: Claremont, Gardens, Green Point, Stellenbosch Johannesburg: Bedfordview, Hazelwood, Parkhurst Hudsons are the first chain of restaurants (or burger joints if you will) to serve the Beyond Meat burger patty (following independently run enterprises such as Pure Cafe in Greyton, Wellness Warehouse Cafe in Kloof Street and TheRead more

Review – Meeting Point Tanzanian Cuisine, City Centre

I haven’t been this taken by surprise in a while: mostly because it was not what I was expecting at all. You need to try Meeting Point. The only negative part of the experience: I could have kicked myself for not supporting it sooner. Address: 67 Strand Street, City Centre Hours: 9am-10:30pm Mon-Sun If you blink, you could potentially miss it. Meeting Point is between Loop St and Bree St on Strand St opposite Alexander Bar Café & Theatre. Its unassuming interior andRead more

OGs (Original Gangsters)

There are some 100% vegan eateries that have been around for a fair amount of time. It sometimes amazes, NAY, shocks me that a lot of plant-based folks have never tried most of these. Here is a small list of Cape Town’s finest 100% vegan/plant-based eateries that you NEED to get onto/into/on top of this year. Seems like a pretty good New Year’s Resolution to me! In alphabetical order: Flourish Bistro 403 Albert Rd, Woodstock Owner and chef, Johanna deRead more

Top Ten Stories of 2018

Hi all. Let’s count down the top ten starting from the 10th most read: 10. Kauai always had vegan menu items. But they were the kind of menu items that needed to be “veganised” without any reduction in price. I announced that Kauai finally joined the growing trend and added specifically vegan items to their menu. Click here to see the original post. 9. Shortly after the V&A’s Cooked announced their Middle Eastern and Meditteranean vegan options, Balducci announced an entirely vegan menu featuring over 50 vegan dishes.Read more

Review – Bacini’s, Gardens

In 1994, Bacini’s moved to the Mother City, setting up shop in both Rondebosch and the bottom of Kloof Street before finding its home at no. 177. Address: 177 Kloof St, Gardens Hours: 12pm-10:30pm Mon-Sun Bacini’s has a laid-back charm and it is perhaps for this very reason that Capetonians are still strolling through their doors to indulge in some hearty Italian cuisine. The option to “veganise” pizzas on their menu isn’t new, they just haven’t been shouting about it. You can either change-upRead more

Legendary eatery opens Mouille Point branch

Mary-Ann’s Emporium & Eatery has opened its doors to its second restaurant in Mouille Point and it is creating exactly the type of buzz that you would expect from one of South Africa’s original vegan pioneers! Address: 3 Park Rd, Mouille Point Hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm Sat-Sun Mary-Ann and Mark Shearer are household names in the vegan community in South Africa and when they moved to Cape Town, they opened Mary-Ann’s Emporium & Eatery in Gordon’s Bay. The original venue wasRead more

Review – Tessa’s Bakery, Milnerton

November 1st was World Vegan Day, and Tessa’s Bakery in Milnerton invited my friends and I around to celebrate the launch of their new range of vegan treats! Address: Milpark Centre, Jasmin Rd, Milnerton Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat, closed Sun Upon arrival, we were greeted by Des, Tessa’s daughter and led to the private “cake” room where our own World Vegan Day feast had been laid out. There was possibly more cake than 5 humans were able to manage, but we wereRead more

Products – Wazoogles launches range of “Supernatural Oats”

Last month, Wazoogles (well-known for their organic superfood products) launched a range of breakfast pots that they’ve called Supernatural Oats, a feat that took them 15 months to develop. The range includes 6 “supernatural” flavours: Peanut Butter Coconut Cup Salted Caramel & Mulberries Cinnamon Banana Bread Double Chocolate Maca Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Wildberry Fig Crumble Convenience is the main selling point (in my opinion), but it needs to be mentioned that they are also: organic 100% plant-based/vegan gluten-free high in protein takeRead more

Review – Curry Club, Online Delivery

Picture this: It’s a Friday night. You are exhausted. The last thing you feel like doing is cooking for the family. Solution? Curry Club. That is all. Address: ONLINE ORDER – Hours: 12:30pm-9:30pm Mon-Sat, closed Sun Curry Club is an online delivery platform that brings a vibrant London-style Punjabi flight kitchen straight to your doorstep, offering free delivery in the City Bowl and it’s surrounds (Camps Bay to Woodstock).  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we’d had a particularlyRead more

Review – Peregrine Farm Stall, Grabouw

Peregrine Farm Stall, situated on the N2 highway just outside Cape Town, is a legend in its own right. This could be because of its family-friendly atmosphere, it’s respite from a long day of travelling, or simply because of its world-famous pies. Okay, who am I kidding? It’s the pies. Always the pies. Address: N2 Highway, Grabouw Hours: 7:30am-6pm Mon-Sun Peregrine Farm Stall is permanently “pumping” – crammed with people wanting to get their “padkos” before heading on the roadRead more

Product Review – ESSE Probiotic Skincare

Probiotics (the live microbes that are good for you) are often associated with gut health, but they are just as relevant for the skin. This science behind it may be complicated, but the principle is pretty easy to understand. Probiotics shift the microbial ecology on your skin to favour a diverse ecosystem that is healthy enough to protect you from pathogens and slow the rate of inflammation-related ageing. In essence: feed your skin the best food, and it will thankRead more

Heads-Up – Punjab Express, Westlake

Punjab Express in Westlake is all about artisan Indian street food, catering to the needs of all their vegan clientele. Address: Unit 13, Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Drive, Westlake Hours: 11:30am-9:30pm Mon-Sun I have been in direct contact with Punjab Express who are able to offer the following to all those plant-based eaters who come through their doors: Indian Starters Pea and potato samosa Gobhi amritsari Indian Mains Tardka Dal Tofu malabar Jeera aloo Baigan Bharta Chole Amritsari Green bean poriyal Roti andRead more

Heads-Up – Dapper Coffee Co., City Centre

This is just a quick one to let you know about some recently-discovered vegan goodies on the Dapper Coffee Co. menu! Address: Corner of Bree St and Strand St, City Centre Hours: 7am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm Sat, closed Sun Dapper Coffee Co. is a coffee shop situated on the popular Bree Street in Cape Town. Linked with a sports car dealership they boast a concept like no other AND cater for vegan clientele. Lauran Molsen, from Dapper Coffee Co. sent me the following information: “WeRead more

Review – Charly’s Bakery, City Centre

The Charly’s Bakery tagline is “mucking afazing“. I am going to be so bold as to say that their decision to start a vegan range of treats is fucking amazing. Let’s be honest. Address: 38 Canterbury St, City Centre Hours: closed Mon, 8am-5pm Tue-Fri, 8:30am-2pm Sat, closed Sun I remember reading somewhere online that someone had seen or heard of a vegan option at Charly’s Bakery and a fair amount of time passed until I decided to contact them to find out whatRead more

Review – Harald’s Bar & Terrace (Park Inn by Radisson), City Centre

It’s been a while since I have seen someone pay THIS much attention to detail when creating nutritiously balanced vegan meals. For the price, portion size, protein content and killer views, Harald’s Bar & Terrace at the Park Inn by Radisson is a winner! Address: Park Inn by Radisson, 29 Heerengracht St, City Centre Hours: 10:30am-11pm Mon-Sun Executive Chef, Nigel Stemmet, explained that the owner switched to a plant-based diet when he first joined the team at the Park Inn by Radisson. Using the freshestRead more

Rocomamas burgers ARE vegan-friendly

Love them or hate them, Rocomamas are now vegan-friendly. Branches in Durbanville, George, Green Point, Harrington Square, N1 City, Okavango, Stellenbosch, Willowbridge Hours: vary depending on branch For a long time, the Rocomamas franchise could not label their burgers as being suitable for vegans due to the fact that their patty mixture was bound by egg. I’m pleased to say that after a (vegan) friend enquired about this recently, a local branch told her that they changed the recipe to including chia seedsRead more

Delheim launches vegan-friendly wines

Delheim has just released a vegan-friendly Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, perfect for a vegan household or to toast to a Meatless Monday. The famous Stellenbosch winery used zero animal products traditionally used in winemaking to produce its 2018 Delheim Pinotage Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc. An FYI if you didn’t already know: Animal products derived from milk, eggs, fish and including gelatine are used in a part of the winemaking process to refine and clarify the liquid before it is bottled. This limitsRead more

Review – Origin Coffee Roasting, De Waterkant

Origin Coffee Roasting was a regular spot for the best scrambled tofu in town. That was until they took it off their menu. I’m hoping it makes a big comeback soon – that dish was INCREDIBLE and a perfect choice for breakfast/brunch. However, all is not lost, as I was invited to try their two new additions to the menu, both of which are (obviously) vegan. Address: 28 Hudson St, De Waterkant Hours: 7am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm Sat, 8am-2pm Sun It goesRead more

Product Review – Royal Juice SA

I need to be honest: I drink juices out of necessity. I don’t particularly ENJOY them, and I don’t go out of my way to buy them. I see them as a convenient way to down some pretty cool nutrients in a few seconds flat. Done. A quick way to get the most out of fruits (and some veg). That is until I tasted Royal Juice. I don’t know WHAT is in this stuff that makes it so amazing, or whetherRead more

Heads-Up – Vegan Winter Yoga Retreat, Greyton

Great to see so many of these popping up around South Africa! Quick summary: 2x yoga classes a day 3x vegan meals a day a visit to the Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary kirtan (yoga chanting) walks, etc. The yoga is for all levels, including beginners. Prices: R3750 per person sharing, R4500 for a room of your own. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Check this out below, and contact Kirsti on if you have any questions. Before you go, checkRead more

Cape Town Vegan in Moscow (again!)

Just in case I didn’t bore you enough the FIRST time I went to Moscow, I thought I’d share my second trip with you. This is mostly because one of you reading this might feel compelled to want to make it a holiday destination, or simply because you are nosy and want to see what I get up to in my spare time!   I flew with Emirates who offered great vegan meals: And at this point, I have to say thatRead more

Heads-Up – Simply Asia – New VG Options Marked on Menu

YES! You heard right! Simply Asia​ has marked their menu clearly with a “VG” meaning that not only do you not have to guess what’s vegan anymore, but also that the plant-based trend is taking off faster than I am able to keep up with this blog! Their store locations are too many to mention, but rest assured that they make vegan takeout option so much more accessible than ever before. So what’s on the menu? 101 – Vegetable Spring Rolls (R38)Read more

Heads-Up – Cooked, V&A Waterfront

FINALLY, there is an option at the V&A Waterfront that is worth sharing! Address: The Watershed, Dock Rd Hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sun I chatted to Jess from The Cooked Cook who passed on these available vegan options: Now THAT is an offering and a half! Make sure to head on over next time you’re facing the madness that is the V&A Waterfront and check out the Cooked Facebook Page for updates. Peace xx Before you go, check out my Eateries by Map page and don’t forgetRead more

Heads-Up – Bootlegger Coffee, Various Locations

GREAT NEWS: Bootleggers Coffee has FINALLY added specially marked (decent) vegan options to their menu! ADDRESS & HOURS: Century City: Shop 5, 5 Esplanade Rd – 6:30am-6:30pm Mon-Fri, 7:30am-5pm Sat, 7:30am-5pm Sun & Public Holidays Green Point: Ground Floor, Chelsea on Main, 37 Main Rd – 6:30am-9pm Mon-Fri, 7:30am-9pm Sat-Sun Harrington: Unit 001, The Harrington, 50 Harrington St – 6:30am-4pm Mon-Fri, 7:30am-3pm Sat, closed Sun Kalk Bay: The Majestic, 125 Main Rd – 6:30am-6pm Mon-Thu, Fri 6:30am-9pm, 7am-9pm Sat, 7am-6pmRead more

Review – FitChef 2-Week Vegan Meals

I was recently given the chance to review the FitChef Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner – Two Week Vegan Kit. Here’s what I thought… The Fit Chef tagline is You Are What You Eat and along with their hashtag #eatclean helps stand by the fact that they are committed to making food that uses only easy-to-understand whole-foods ingredients, devoid of any man-made chemical preservatives, colourants, additives or highly refined ingredients. More importantly, they don’t add any sugars (whether artificial or concentrated), or refined salt. Once you’ve placed yourRead more

Review – The Sunshine Food Co., Sea Point

Sea Point has a new 100% vegan eatery. Blink it and you’ll miss it! Situated between Clicks and the Three Anchor Bay Medical Suite (at the bottom of Glengarriff Road), The Sunshine Food Co. is the new kid on the block. Address: 6 Main Rd, Sea Point Hours: 8am-8pm Mon-Sun There is probably only seating space for 5 people max, so it is more of a grab-and-go kind of joint, although if you go at a quiet time it’s perfect to sit and watch theRead more

Review – “Eat Like a Local” Vegan Food Tour

  Cape Town has it’s very own Vegan Food Tour operated by one of the nicest humans you will ever meet, Rupesh Kassen. Rupesh is the owner and founder of Eat Like a Local, a company that provides curated walking tours through the Mother City. The aim is to immerse yourself fully in the various cuisines that make up our unique heritage, and vegans are not left out of the equation! I was fortunate enough to be part of the very firstRead more

Review – Daily Dish Vegan Box

I recently collaborated with Daily Dish, a company that offers a weekly service of providing you and your family with four vegan meals. All the ingredients are measured and provided for in exact amounts, meaning that there is absolutely zero food waste. There are four menu cards (that you can keep for future use!) that are simple to follow. Simply put: Daily Dish keep cooking simple, and inspiring – and takes the guesswork out of trawling recipe books for inspiration. I was fortunateRead more

Review – Homage 1862, City Centre

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a restaurant/eatery that left me with mixed feelings – right down the middle – 50/50. Do I love it or loathe it? Help me decide! Address: 168 Loop Street, City Centre Hours: closed Mon, 11:30am-4pm Tue, 11:30am-11:30pm Wed-Sat, closed Sun My notifications have been off the charts since Homage 1862 launched their plant-based menu with followers urging me to give it a try, sending me photos of the most gorgeous dishes. Bae and I decidedRead more

Review – Mary-Ann’s Emporium

We are very familiar with online shops such as Faithful to Nature or Wellness Warehouse but I feel it needs to be said that the ORIGINAL queen (and king!) of the vegan-friendly online shopping legacy has to be Mary-Ann’s Emporium. Mary-Ann and Mark Shearer are pioneers in the vegan world, having made a lasting impact on the vegan community in Cape Town through their work on programmes such as 100 Days to Health (which I am currently trying!), their workshops and DVDs as wellRead more

Review – Nonna Lina, Gardens

Nonna Lina in Gardens is a quick and easy no-frills no-fuss eatery that will definitely sort you out before a trip to the Labia or Fugard Theatres for a pre-show dinner. This is exactly what we did on Saturday night and weren’t disappointed. Address: 60 Orange St, Gardens Hours: 10am-10pm Mon, 8am-10:15pm Tue-Fri, 9am-10:30pm Sat-Sun Nonna Lina’s vegan options are clearly marked on their menu (V+) and they have a fairly standard and rather healthy offering: Salads Serramanna – a typical Sardinian saladRead more

Yoga & Vegan High Tea

EVOLVE Yoga & the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa invite you to their first ever, YOGA & VEGAN HIGH TEA! Start your Sunday morning with a nurturing yoga flow overlooking the beautiful scenery that the Twelve Apostles has to offer. The yoga is suitable for all levels. Please bring your own yoga mat. There will be limited availability for mat hire (on request). Following the yoga, you will be treated to a Vegan High Tea; a delicious assortment of sweetRead more

“Heads-Up” – Thali, Gardens

It’s simple: INDIAN. TAPAS. Simple is good. And this place to be a firm favourite across the board from ambience to service and of vegan options of course! Get to Thali in Gardens. Address: 3 Park Rd, Gardens Hours: Lunch 12pm-2:30pm Tue-Sat, Dinner 5pm-9:30pm Mon-Sat, closed Sun If the name Liam Tomlin sounds familiar, it’s because he is one of Cape Town’s most sought-after chefs who started Thali. That’s pretty much reason enough to go methinks. Cost-wise you are looking at roughly R350Read more

“Heads-Up” – Basic Bistro, Stellenbosch

Basic Bistro is a cosy restaurant right in the heart of Stellenbosch. They have been making locals and strangers feel at home for many years, with a dedicated focus on using quality ingredients to prepare all meals while setting a comfortable and intimate atmosphere for their guests. Address: 31 Church St, Stellenbosch Hours: 7:30am-10pm Mon-Fri, 9am-10pm Sat-Sun Basic Bistro focuses on creating dishes of an international standard.  They also pride themselves on a finely selected and intimate wine list that ranges from ‘Easy Drinking’Read more

Review – El Burro, Various Branches

It is shameful that it has taken me THIS long to write about El Burro, but hopefully (having probably been yourself several times) it will jog your memory as to their fantastic vegan offerings! The general consensus among vegans across the Western Cape is that this is a firm favourite for fans of Mexican food. So if you haven’t been, then go! Address and Hours: 81 Main Rd, Green Point (12pm-11:30pm Mon-Sat) 37a Dean St, Newlands (12pm-11pm Mon-Sat) (Taqueria) corner 1 NewRead more

100 Days to Health

Food seems to be the centre of many vegan’s worlds. I know it is the centre of mine. My Parental Unit once said to me, “I eat to live, but you live to eat!”. She wasn’t wrong! Of course, this whole Cape Town Vegan gig is centered around the best of what Cape Town has to offer, and boy – I am seldom disappointed! This brings me to the big problem (the word “big” is a pun FYI). There isRead more

Review – NEW Vegan Items at Kauai

One could argue that (although few), Kauai always had vegan menu items. But they were the kind of menu items that needed to be “veganised” without any reduction in price. I am so happy to announce that Kauai has finally kept up with the worldwide vegan trend and has added two specifically vegan items to their menu. It’s a great start, and we need to show our support because as the demand grows, so will the supply. Let’s do it! I was fortunate enough toRead more

“Heads-Up” – Myoga Restaurant, Newlands

As a tribute to veganism and a testament to the beautiful fresh produce that the Cape has to offer Myoga Restaurant in Newlands has added an extra course to their tasting menu for vegans, vegetarians or anyone wanting to test the water. Address: 60 Colinton Rd, Newlands Hours: 6:30am-10:30pm Mon, 11:30am-2pm and 6:30pm-10:30pm Tue-Sat, closed Sun Menu Sweet potato pumpkin seeds, orange Stuffed courgette flower mushroom duxelles, pine nut veloute Temple bowl freekeh, ponzu poached beetroot, tempeh, roasted mushrooms, raw mushrooms, nasturtiumRead more

“Heads-Up” – The Strangers Club, Green Point

The Strangers Club is a trendy (but tranquil) hidden gem. It’s a space to catch up with friends, bury your head in work or simply just to take some time out of the hustle and bustle of the streets of Cape Town. The vibe? Comfy and casual! Address: 1 Braemar Rd, Green Point Hours: 8am-3pm Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm Sat, closed Sun DRINKS various coffees (w/almond or soya milk options) various lattes (turmeric, beetroot & matcha) various juices SMOOTHIE BOWLS The Nutty – almondRead more

Yay, A New Vegan Product!

TODAY *posts a picture of a NEW vegan product on social media* ME: Yay! A new vegan product! SOMEONE: It has palm oil in it! ME: Yay! A new vegan product! SOMEONE: That’s way too expensive! ME: Yay! A new vegan product! SOMEONE: But it has so much sugar in it! #diabetes ME: Yay! A new vegan product! SOMEONE: Look at all the plastic it’s wrapped in. ME: Yay! A new vegan product! SOMEONE: Not fair! They need to haveRead more

“Heads-Up” – Hub Café, Scarborough

The Hub Café in Scarborough is the perfect spot to sit on the balcony and take in a sunset dipping beyond the ocean whilst sipping champagne and feasting on their extensive menu. Light and airy with a relaxed and convivial atmosphere, the Hub Café offers a balanced menu of classic dishes as well as daily chefs specials and decadent desserts. Address: 2 Watsonia on Main Rd, Scarborough Hours: closed Mon, 12pm-8:30pm Tue-Fri, 9am-8:30pm Sat, 9am-7pm, Sun WEEKEND BREAKFAST MENU Vegan Heaven, toastedRead more

“Heads-Up” – Olive Terrace Bistro, Tulbagh

The Olive Terrace Bistro offers à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. As their emphasis is on sourcing local fresh seasonal produce, their menu changes weekly and is an eclectic celebration of South African and international cuisine, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Address: The Tulbagh Boutique Heritage Hotel, Hours: 8am-9pm Mon-Sun Upon a recent dinner visit, this is what they had to offer on their menu: Mediterranean Vegetable Stack – locally grown king oyster mushrooms in Oakhurst olive oil and balsamicRead more

“Heads-Up” – Salt, Kalk Bay

Salt in Kalk Bay is known for their “small plates” of which they have a few vegan options. Address: 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay Hours: 6:30am-11pm Mon-Sun The owner, Nic Mcleod, has assured me that they are vegan-friendly and served the following small plates: flash-fried zucchini with kale pesto cauliflower couscous spun in a homemade herb paste & roasted pistachios winter slaw w/3 different carrots, cabbage, fennel and pawpaw sugar snap peas flashed in chilli oil w/mint salt patatas bravas served w/tomato reduction TheirRead more

Cape Town Vegan in London – Part 2

The 2nd part (of three) detailing my London Vegan Foodie Adventure! Wasn’t feeling all too great (the start of some sort of cold brewing), so stayed put after the hotel breakfast, which now consisted of vegan bacon, vegan sausages, beans, and toast – thanks to a shopping trip and an obliging hotel chef. Determined not to let the sniffles descend into anything too savage, I left for lunch after spending the morning doing some admin in my hotel room. Friday 23rdRead more

“Heads-Up” – Postcard Cafe at Stark-Condé, Stellenbosch

There is a reason why Postcard Cafe is so appropriately named. This is simply because of its picture-perfect postcard-like setting, which in one word, is idyllic. Address: 69 Jonkershoek Rd, Stark-Condé Wines, Oude Nektar Wine Estate, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch Hours: closed Mon-Tue, 9am-4pm Wed-Sun Here’s another place to add to your list for a trip out to a wine farm, or even just a tranquil boozy Sunday lunch out Stellenbosch way. Vegan-friendly? Breakfast Menu Chocolate & Banana Chia Seed Pudding, chia,Read more

Review – Hemelhuijs, City Bowl

Hemelhuijs is a small oasis in the heart of Cape Town; an ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle and sit and watch the city go by whilst enjoying freshly made juices and indulging in some of their seasonal meals. Address: 61 Waterkant Street, City Bowl Hours: 9am-4pm Mon-Fri, Sat 9am-3pm, closed Sun Truth be told, I had perused their menu online and didn’t hold out much hope for any options when a (vegan) friend invited me. I was pleasantlyRead more

Review – Bistro Sixteen82, Tokai

Named after the year in which Steenberg was established, Bistro Sixteen82 first opened its doors in 2009, and has been the tapas and bistro-style darling of the dining world ever since. Plus, you know, they do ‘vegan’ pretty well too. Address: Steenberg Rd, Tokai Hours: 8am-9pm Mon-Sun We phoned ahead (as part of a large group booking for a friend’s birthday) and were pleasantly surprised with the fantastic range of dishes that came from the kitchen as part of theirRead more

Review – Cosecha, Paarl

The name Cosecha, Spanish for “harvest”, reflects the location next to the working harvest area where grapes are sorted and crushed at Noble Hill wine estate in Paarl. Ingredients are grown on the farm where possible and Cosecha maintains a pepper and vegetable garden which you are free to explore during your visit. What better way to spend an afternoon than over a lazy vegan luncheon. Address: Klapmuts-Simondium Rd, Simondium, Paarl Hours: 10am-5pm Mon, closed Tue, 10am-5pm Wed-Sun On our visit, weRead more

Review – The Courtyard Café, Kalk Bay

The Courtyard Café is a relaxed quality eatery with a sheltered courtyard in Kalk Bay. Located between Artvark Gallery and The Kalk Bay Theatre on Main Road, The Courtyard Café has both inside and outside areas, some of which overlooks bustling Kalk Bay and the ocean beyond. Their menu includes a large and interesting salad selection, vegetarian and vegan options, and some treats for those with a sweet tooth. Address: 48 Main Rd, Kalk Bay Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Sun Having been recentlyRead more

Cape Town Vegan in London – Part 1

Every year I come to London for many reasons. One of them (that I’m excited to share here) is the INCREDIBLE offering of vegan food. This is part one (of three) detailing my Vegan Foodie Adventure. So to help you understand the order of events – I checked myself into an AirBnB (in Clerkenwell) for three days, then I stayed in a hotel (that provided breakfast in Kings Cross) for 8 days and then (by the time you read Part 3)Read more

“Heads-Up”, Ohana Café, Kalk Bay

Open 7 days a week, Ohana Café in Kalk Bay claim to have the best coffee, breakfast, salads, wraps and baked goods and more in the area. What’s more is they have dared you to try it out for yourself! Address: 57 Main Rd, Kalk Bay Hours: 8am-3pm Mon-Sun According to Ohana Café’s online menu, they have freshly pressed juices, kombucha, a homemade falafel, roasted butternut & hummus wrap (R58) as well as “vegan toast” (which is their breakfast option for R55). TheRead more

Heads-Up, The Red Herring, Noordhoek

Whether it’s the rustic charm and roaring winter fires of the restaurant or the freshly baked pizzas straight from the wood-fired oven and cooling cocktails bidding farewell to the lingering sun, The Red Herring caters to all. Even vegans. Address: Cnr Beach Rd and Pine Rd, Noordhoek Hours: 5:30pm-11pm Mon, 12pm-11:30pm Tue-Sun This is what they have on offer (on their menu that is clearly marked): Marinated Olives R39 Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls R42 Vegan’s Choice Wood-Fired Pizza R72 Moroccan Wrap R62 Hawaiian Burger R92Read more

“Heads-Up”, Rootbar, Newlands

Rootbar is the new kid in town with a variety of vegan options (putting larger “health” chains to shame!). They take pride in the lengths they will go to to ensure they deliver an earth to table experience by working closely with growers, coffee roasters, producers and suppliers to bring all of us seasonal, sustainable organic and ethical meals/beverages. Address: 31 Dean St, Newlands Hours: 7am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat, Closed Sun The menu at Rootbar is very vegan-friendly and listed belowRead more

Heads-Up, Fat Henry’s Pizzeria, Caledon

Who would have known that in Caledon, 100km east of Cape Town, there lies an eatery with vegan options?! Address: Shop No.18A, Victoria, Hoop St, Caledon Hours: 8am-10pm Mon-Sun Fat Henry’s Pizzeria claims to have the best pizzas in the Western Cape. Whether that’s true or not – let’s just be grateful that there is something on that side of the world that is brilliantly priced. The two options are: Vegan Pizza: aubergine, marrow, mushroom, pepper, cherry tomato, spinach (R55  medium,Read more

“Heads-Up”, Doppio Zero, CBD

This is just a quick one in case you didn’t know about Doppio Zero, snuggled in the iconic Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel. Best part? They’re open on a Sunday! Address: Cnr. Church Street and St George’s Mall, CBD Hours: 6:30am-10pm Mon-Fri, 7am-9pm Sat-Sun Sadly, their Falafel Burger IS NOT VEGAN, despite many South Africans posting online about the great find. A friend and supporter of Cape Town Vegan notified me of this, and then I contacted Doppio Zero who confirmed that unfortunately, they use eggRead more

Cape Town Vegan in Johannesburg

Before I go any further I have to make it very clear that I was only in Johannesburg/Joburg/Jozi for (almost) two days. There was no humanly possible way to eat at every single vegan eatery that I wanted to check out, based on 1. the size of my stomach (believe it or not), 2. our location (Parktown North – without a car) and 3. time! If ONE more person asks me why I didn’t eat at Leafy Greens!!! Bae and IRead more

Heads-Up, The Little Red Bike at The Hive, Muizenberg

The Little Red Bike can usually be found trading at the Friday night Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market. The good news is that they are now trading daily at The Hive. Address: The Hive, 37 Palmer Rd, Muizenberg Hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, Closed Sat-Sun Barista, Darren, apparently makes the best coffee in Muizenburg, and owner, Ma Belle cooks daily: from breakfast to buddha bowls, salad to cakes or even a “dish of the day” for R50. A typical day might look asRead more

Heads-Up, Caffé Villagio, Milnerton

Caffé Villagio in Milnerton has three vegan options on their menu that are worth checking out. Address: Sable Square, cnr Bosmansdam Rd & Ratanga Rd, Milnerton Hours: 7am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm Sat, 9am-3pm Sun What’s on the menu? Falafel in Pita – chickpea croquettes, hummus, tomato, cucumber, gherkin, onions, grilled peppers & fries (R90) Paleo Falafel – chickpeas croquettes, salad, hummus, fresh lemon (R80) – gluten-free and carb free Vegan Burger – chickpea vegan patty, lettuce, onion, tomato, gherkin, avo, hummus, sun-dried tomato & friesRead more

Heads-Up, Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

  Here’s the low down on vegan Valentine’s Day events so far in Cape Town and around the Western Cape! The options are LIMITED FOLKS. Let me know if you find more so we can grow this list! xx Dolcé Bakery, Observatory Russell and his team from Dolcé are offering VEGAN Red Velvet Hearts filled with Buttercream and topped with Fresh Berries… along with a personalized message… maybe something like “Netflix and Chill?” #orsomethinglikethat Find them at 239 C LowerRead more

Review – High Tea at the 12 Apostles Hotel, Camps Bay

I believe there is no greater validation of the rapid growth of veganism than when an establishment like the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa takes a culinary tradition and offers a vegan version. Address: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay Hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Sun The 12 Apostles Hotel has once again acknowledged the demand for plant-based dining and followed up their Vegan Tasting Menu with a Vegan High Tea. With teeth a sweet as mine I literally couldn’t get there quick enough!! Vegan HighRead more

Review – Giovanni’s Deliworld, Green Point

Giovanni’s Deliworld seems to be somewhat of a Cape Town institution. I know a few people who live there: only drinking their coffee, or eating their freshly prepared takeaway dishes. It’s a friend to the Italian community, the Jewish community, the gay community, the hipster community, the Green Point mafia, as well as the Sea Point locals. This place is the real deal. Address: 103 Main Rd, Green Point Hours: 7:30am-8:30pm Mon-Sun There seems to be a misconception that veganRead more

Restaurants open on a Sunday in Cape Town

What is this KAK in Cape Town about everything shutting down on a Sunday? Yes, there are restaurants that are open (sort of generally speaking), but the places that offer DECENT vegan options seem to be few and far between. I get messaged almost every weekend with the same question: “Where can we eat on a Sunday?“ Ask and Ye Shall Receive. Babylon Theatre Cafe in Claremont 12pm-12am The Backyard Cafe in Bergvliet 10am-1:30pm Basic Bistro in Stellenbosch 7:30am-10pm Beetbox RX at MojoRead more

Heads-Up, Café Caprice, Camps Bay

Café Caprice situated on Camps Bay beachfront has dedicated vegan options on their menu! Who would have known? Address: 37 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay Hours: 12:30pm-2am Mon, 9:30am-2am Tue-Sat, 9:30am-12am Sun I always thought Café Caprice catered to the young and trendy Cape Town social butterflies, but apparently, they cater for vegans too now! For breakfast, you can tuck into (specifically vegan) gluten-free activated charcoal, coconut and banana flapjacks served with seasonal berries and dairy-free ice cream for R68, whichRead more

Review – Nourish’d, Gardens

Nourish’d in Gardens is a café-slash-juice bar that serves us frenzied city folk in an environment that is laid back, tranquil and wholesome. Address: 177 Kloof St (the old garage on Hof St) Hours: 7am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm Sat, Closed Sun The best part about Nourish’d is they are (almost solely and wholly) devoted to sustainability. But you don’t need to focus on that when you eat there – it’s as if they have done all the work for you! ByRead more

Heads-Up, Green Beans Cafe, Tokai

Green Beans Café in Tokai has a menu with specifically marked vegan options, making it easy for vegan diners to pick out options quickly. Address: 12 Westlake Lifestyle, Corner of Westlake Drive and Steenberg Road, Tokai Hours: 7:30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8:30am-2pm Sat, Closed Sun This is what they have to offer: Fresh Fruit Salad, seasonal fresh fruit in a glass (R14) Smashed Avo on Toast, w/chilli flakes, lime and coriander (R45) Oats, Blueberries, and Coconut Flakes, small (R28) large (R42) Vegan Sandwich,Read more

Product Review – Awake Superfood Snacks

When the team from Human Waking contacted me to ask whether I’d be keen to try their Awake Superfood Snacks I was naturally keen! Get the pun? “NATURALLY keen!” Okay sorry, I’ll stop. When the parcel arrived I was immediately impressed as there was not a piece of plastic in sight: everything was wrapped in brown paper packaging, with a string holding it together. It’s the little things that make such a huge difference. So firstly: what are they? They are basically aRead more

Heads-Up, A Touch of Madness, Observatory

A Touch of Madness? More like a stroke of genius! When a quirky and eclectic neighbourhood bar recognizes the need to cater for its vegan patrons, then you know the world is changing one restaurant/bar/eatery at a time. Address: 12 Nutall Rd, Observatory Hours: Closed Mon, 12pm-10pm Tue-Sat, 12pm-5pm Sun “Obs” is fast becoming one of the biggest tourist attractions this city has to offer in terms of it’s diverse and ever-changing melting pot of cultures, rituals, practices and dietaryRead more

Heads-Up, Mango Ginger, Observatory

Mango Ginger in Observatory is a coffee shop and bakery that makes one of the best vegan pies I have ever eaten. I love me a good pie. Address: 27 Lower Main Rd, Observatory Hours: 7:30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm Sat, Closed Sun There is something to be said for passion, drive and a tiny bit of extra effort that can make one’s experience that much better: this is Mango Ginger. When my Wheat-Free Lentil & Baby Veg Pie (R40) arrived, it was accompanied byRead more

Review – Warwick Wine Estate Vegan Picnic, Stellenbosch

Warwick Wine Estate has an exclusively vegan picnic experience that is so unique and tranquil that you’ll be finding an excuse to go back at the soonest available moment! Address: R44 between Stellenbosh and Klapmuts Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-2pm (which is when they will serve the picnic baskets) Situated in the gorgeous winelands of Stellenbosh, Warwick Wine Estate boasts (amongst other attractions) a picnic experience that (depending on when and what you book for) can be different every time. There are several areasRead more

Heads-Up, Cafe Extrablatt, Green Point

Cafe Extrablatt on Green Point Main Road has two new specifically vegan burger options on their menu. Address: 79 Main Rd, Green Point Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-late, Sun & Public Holidays 9am-late I have yet to try them, but owner Guido Dierschke assures me they are GREAT! You can choose from: Are-You-Nuts Burger – Dig into our Vegan Chakalaka Burger. Enjoy this spicy bean relish on top of our Crunchy patty with nuts and baby marrow. Viva Summer! (R104,90) Nature’s Garden Burger – Our Vegan Broccoli Patty withRead more

Review – High Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Gardens

After posting a quick “Heads-Up” article I decided I HAD to try the Belmond Mount Nelson vegan afternoon tea – for research purposes, of course!   Address: 76 Orange St, Gardens Hours: 9:30am-11:30am, 1pm-3pm, 3:30pm-5:30pm, 6pm-8:30pm Mon-Sun The concept of a traditional high tea might be a tad intimidating for some (me!), but I mustered all the courage I had, bought a new jacket (!), and set off to experience an afternoon of sheer indulgence! Upon arrival, the waitrons/staff/floor managers/etc. wereRead more

Review – Delish, Hout Bay

Delish in Hout Bay is another one of those eateries that have taken note of the growing need to accommodate vegan diners. Their menu has specifically marked vegan items.. and a few surprises if you ask nicely. Address: 8 Beach Crescent, Hout Bay Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Sun Bae and I stopped for a quick lunch and were both pleasantly surprised and a little torn as to what we should select from their  menu: Smash Avo… smashed avo, topped w/roasted chickpeas andRead more

Heads-up, High Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Gardens

YES FOLKS, Cape Town DOES offer a vegan traditional high tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Gardens. Address: 76 Orange St, Gardens Hours: 9:30am-11:30am, 1pm-3pm, 3:30pm-5:30pm, 6pm-8:30pm Mon-Sun A huge thank you to marketing manager Louise Pheiffer and Chef Rudi Liebenberg who have provided me with the following information: A VEGAN afternoon tea will be served on a tiered stand alongside a wonderful selection of loose-leaf teas or coffee and include, Savoury Cold Baby gem leaves w/Guacamole, tomato salsa,Read more

Review – Moro Gelato, CBD

My Instagram account has been abuzz with pictures of Moro Gelato. So what the hell is all the fuss about? Address: 165 Long St, CBD Hours: 11am-10pm Mon-Sun (!) Moro Gelato is definitely the “new kid on the block” but has undoubtedly shaken the vegan scene to it’s very core with it’s “sorbet”. I use the inverted commas, because there is simply nothing “sorbet”-ish about this creamy product. Truth: the first time I walked past and saw the word “sorbet” IRead more

Heads-Up, Homespun by Matt, Table View

Homespun by Matt is the result of Matt Schreuder’s culinary journey across the globe where he drew inspiration from all his experiences he had and brought them back home to Cape Town. Address: 1 Porterfield Road, Table View Hours: 6pm-11pm Mon-Sat, Closed Sun I first chatted to Matt when he was offering a Vegan Chef’s Table evening that I sadly wasn’t able to attend. Hopefully, if we show him some love he’ll do one again soon. Even though Homespun by Matt is anRead more

Review – Ground Zero – Marley Coffee, Observatory

I have to start by confessing that I don’t really know what the NAME of this place is. Is it Marley Coffee? Is it perhaps Ground Zero? Or dare I say: is it a combination of both!? Ground Zero, Marley Coffee. Regardless, it’s great. And has lots of vegan options. That’s all that matters. Address: 122b Lower Main Rd, Observatory Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Sat, 9am-2pm Sun You know things are going to go well when you are casually offered coffee as you walk throughRead more

Mojo Market, Sea Point

The Mojo Market in Sea Point, Cape Town is a 7-day-a-week indoor food and lifestyle market. If you haven’t been – where HAVE you been? Address: 30 Regent Rd, Sea Point Hours: Varies depending on vendor but food stalls are generally 10am-10pm I’m going to ATTEMPT to list all the vegan options I’ve come across at Mojo Market but would love YOU to help my add vendors to the list as you come across them. There’s only so much eatingRead more

A Post on a Vegan Facebook Group

Something a little different… It’s no secret that I belong to a few South African vegan Facebook groups. Whilst these groups have been the most amazing source of inspiration and motivation, they have also led to a lot of frustration and irritation. One would ASSUME that if COMPASSION towards animals was the main goal then all vegans would be compassionate, at least towards each other. This is sadly not always the case. Instead of letting it upset me, I brushRead more

Review, Ferdinando’s, Observatory

Ferdinando’s in Observatory seems to be a Cape Town institution that has gone unnoticed by me until now. This is possibly because it’s one of those hip/cool/trendy places that your’s truly would only stumble upon if invited by one of his cool friends. Boy oh boy, am I glad I went! Address: 205 Lower Main Rd, Observatory Hours: 4pm-11pm Tue-Sat, Closed Sun-Mon In order to understand the unique history of Ferdinando’s, you have to read Kiki’s menu, which is moreRead more

Heads-Up, Mr. Lin’s Sushi & Thai, Observatory

I have it on good authority from @abigailk_ on Insta that Mr. Lin of Mr. Lin’s Sushi & Thai in Lower Main Rd, Observatory is vegan-friendly and very happy to cater for us all in terms of his sushi and his Thai cuisine! Address: 109 Lower Main Rd, Observatory Hours: 11am-11pm Mon-Sun Of course, a lot of sushi and Thai food is easy to “veganise”, but when you have someone who is willing to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled,Read more

Review – Posticino, Sea Point

Posticino has been an Atlantic Seaboard institution since 1998 and a regular haunt of mine since moving to Cape Town seven years ago. I recently had lunch there again with well-known endurance athlete and certified health coach, Gary te Roller, the brains behind the Plantdurance brand. Address: Albany Mews, Cnr Albany & Main Rd, Sea Point Hours: 12:30pm-10pm Mon-Sun Website Facebook We were looking for something healthy, and of course… vegan, as Gary is 100% plant-based and I’m well… I’m moreRead more

Heads-Up – Indigo, Belville

Address: Corner of Old Paarl & Hadley Street, Belville Hours: 10am-9pm Mon-Thu, 9am-10pm Fri-Sat, 10am-9pm Sun Facebook WHAT’S UP NORTHERN SUBURBS!???!!!? LET ME HEAR YOU SAY WOOHOO UP IN HERE! (awkward silence) Okay, Northern Suburbs… you’re doing great. Keep up the spirit! Just kidding (not kidding). Northern Suburbs… this one is for you! Indigo serves authentic Durban Indian vegan fast food! And rumour has it that they use separate fryers for their vegan food! I made contact with the administratorsRead more

Heads-Up – The Foodbarn Restaurant, Noordhoek

Address: Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner Village Ln & Noordhoek Main Rd Hours: 12pm-2:30pm and 7pm-9:30pm Tue-Sat, 12pm-2:30pm Sun-Mon Website Facebook When looking for vegan options in the furthest reaches of Cape Town (i..e Noordhoek) one doesn’t have to look too far! I ate at the Foodbarn Restaurant for a birthday celebration (in my pre-vegan days) and was blown away. I literally rolled out of the restaurant – the food literally never stopped coming! The Foodbarn Restaurant has a Vegetarian Menu thatRead more

Heads-Up – The Avenue Restaurant & Grill, Harfield Village

The Avenue Restaurant & Grill in Harfield Village, Cape Town has a dedicated vegan and vegetarian menu that includes soy steaks, burgers and onion rings! Address: 47 2nd Ave, Harfield Village Hours: 5:30am-late Mon-Sat Website Facebook Look, let’s be brutally honest – there are times where (no matter how hard you try) you just cannot please every Tom, Dickhead or Susan. I have found this to be the case with my new YouTube channel. On one hand I have peopleRead more

Heads-Up – Tashas, Waterfront

I’ve had a chat to Liezle from Tashas about vegan options at the Waterfront branch of this popular restaurant. Although their kitchens are not specifically equipped to prepare vegan cuisine, they are totally prepared to change items that are currently listed on their menu. Address: V&A Waterfront Hours: 7:30am-9pm Website Facebook This is what they can offer: Hummus Toastie – specify no egg, feta and butter Fruit Salad LSA Porridge – specify no honey Picnic Roll – specify no cheeseRead more

Review – Cape Town Vegan in London, United Kingdom

Once a year I get to go to London to eat. And to do some work. But mostly to eat. So this year I went for a month, which would explain why I was so quiet with posting entries between March and April. So this year I went for a month, which would explain why I was so quiet with posting entries between March and April. So, here it finally is! Better late than never I say! Instead of boringRead more

Heads-Up – Lily’s Restaurant, Mouille Point

Address: Shop 1, East-West Building, Corner of Beach Rd & Surrey Pl, Mouille Point Hours: 7:30am-10pm Mon-Sun Website Facebook Another vegan breakfast spot in Cape Town that also happens to be an all-day eatery! I happened to stop here over the weekend for a relaxed brunch with friends on the Mouille Point “Golden Mile” and was surprised to find “Vegan-Friendly” options on their menu! Bowls Rolled Oats Porridge (R60) Carb Clever Granola (R90) Overnight Oats Alotta Almond (R75) Carrot (Cake) For Breakfast (R65)Read more

Heads-Up – Tortilla Modern Mexican

Address: Icon Building, Corner of Lower Long St & Hans Strijdom Ave, City Bowl Hours: 7am-7pm Mon-Fri, Closed Sat-Sun Facebook According to the guys at Tortilla Modern Mexican, there are a “ton of vegan options,” and you get to choose exactly what you want when putting together your meal. For example, you could build a bowl with a mixed green salad, vegetarian filling, black and pinto beans, add one of their “secret” sauces, some corn, tomato fresca, jalapenos and someRead more

Review – Cape Town Vegan in Moscow, Russia

I went to Moscow. I know. How random. What does this have to do with a website about Cape Town … and being vegan? Not much really. But I bet you are just a tad interested AND surely some Capetonians might have wondered whether it’s a vegan-friendly holiday destination? Well…vodka IS vegan! Did I love it? Absolutely. Q&A with the CAPE TOWN VEGAN “What made you want to go there?” I wanted to be able to say, “When I wasRead more

Heads-Up – Italian Kitchen, Tokai

Address: 21 Tokai Rd, Tokai Hours: 12pm-10pm Mon-Sat, 5pm-10pm Sun Website Facebook Sometimes life can grab you by the balls and turn you into a boy soprano. If you’re a lady (that was brought up properly), then this metaphor (?) may be awkward. My point is that if I had the time – I would write a review on a daily basis – but I just can’t. So… Welcome to the first of my “Heads-Up” entries where I literally justRead more

Review – Green & Vegan Pop-Up Dining, Green Point

Address: Clydebank Rd, Green Point Hours: When advertised, Saturdays 7-10:30pm Facebook Okay, first off – a confession: It has been FOREVER since I posted a review. I have a legitimate excuse… I was in London, eating my way through every vegan eatery I could find (for a month), then I went to Fat Camp, and now I am back (reviews to follow!). Nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced this past Saturday in a very narrow and almostRead more

Review – Cape Town Vegan in Greyton

I went to Greyton! I went to Greyton and had such a great time in Greyton that I FORGOT (!!!) to go to the Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary. WHAT. AN. IDIOT. The “plan” was to stay in Greyton for three nights and to go to the sanctuary, but then, I fell in love with Greyton and forgot about the reason for going. And then it was too late. This just means I will need to go back to Greyton againRead more

Review – Cape Town Vegan in Melbourne, Australia

Okay, don’t shout at me! I know this isn’t strictly a post about a Cape Town based eatery. You may just be inspired after reading about my experience, so get out those reading glasses! Last night I returned from a 12-day trip to Melbourne, Australia for a wedding. I had zero expectations and understood (from the little bit of research I did on Google) that Melbourne would have a few vegan options. OH. MY.  ****! Melbourne is literally the veganRead more

Review – Whole Earth Café, Scarborough

Address: 257 Main Rd, Scarborough Hours: 8:30am-5pm Mon, closed Tue, 8:30am-5pm Wed-Sun Website Facebook In the quest to try to cover as many vegan restaurants as possible I have literally tripled my petrol budget for the past month. When you find me homeless begging outside The Hungry Herbivore in town, please throw me your vegan scraps! Bankruptcy is nigh! So I thought I’d drive to the furthest end of Cape Town on my petrol fumes to the seaside town ofRead more

Review – Dolcé Bakery, Observatory

Address: 239c Lower Main Rd, Observatory Hours: 7:30am-4pm Mon, 7:30am-5pm Tue-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat, closed Sun Website Facebook I am literally OBSESSED. I think the owner, Russell Soffer, may think I’m a bit weird. But I am in love with his food. This man and his crew know how to bake. I sort of found out about Dolcé through some Googling and it had been on my list for a while, so a month or two ago I decided to giveRead more