Cooking Experience hosted by Bhanoo of Fusion Foods

Bhanoo of Fusion Foods’ Lil Quinoa Girl is hosting a #FoodAsMedicine Conscious Cooking/Eating Meditation demo. When: Sunday 18 April, 9:30am-1:30pm Where: Venue (in Southern Suburbs Cape Town) TBC The demo is priced at R600 per participant and includes: light breakfast spring water with buchu demo #CookingMeditation, get the low-down on some of Bhanoo’s signature dishes (bring a pen and notebook)  wellness “tips” discussion Q&A session  banquet-style lunch #EatTogether #EatingMeditation post-meal chai (traditional Indian masala/spice tea) as part of closing/feedback/networking session… additional takeaway meals for family/friendsRead 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

My Sugar’s Limited Edition Vegan Easter Egg

My Sugar (77 Regent Rd, Sea Point) are offering a LIMITED EDITION Vegan Easter Egg. The dark chocolate egg will be filled with dark chocolate orange eggs and dark chocolate raspberry eggs and will retail for R200 each. The perfect gift to prove just how much you love your Bae #justsaying Their trading hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am-6:40pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am-8pm. Phone them on 021 433 2335 or email them on to place an order for your very ownRead more

Event – Vegan Goods Market’s 2nd Birthday, Plumstead

What Sarah Beckett, the founder of the Vegan Goods Market, has done is nothing short of remarkable. Her aim has been that of bringing the vegan community together through offering them local (and even international) products, goods, foods, and resources in her monthly market setting at the Khanyisa Waldorf School in Plumstead. Can you believe it – this market now turns 2 years old! The time has now come to celebrate with Sarah and the very many vendors that makeRead more

Review – Salad Bae, Sea Point

Gone are the days of a salad being a side dish! Establishments such as Salad Bae are reinventing the way we look at the humble collection of fruits, vegetables and grains and even a caveman such as myself is finding the idea of tucking into one of these bad boys far more appealing than ever before! Address: Mojo Market, 30 Regent Rd, Sea Point Hours: 10am-10pm Mon-Sun First of all, let’s clarify: What exactly is a “Bae” – it’s a noun,Read 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”, One Three Six, Simon’s Town

One Three Six Restaurant is conveniently located in the “Historical Mile” in the picturesque Simon’s Town. The word “vegan” features three times on their menu – this makes it worth writing about! Address: 136 St. George’s St, Simon’s Town Hours: 11am-9:30pm Mon-Wed, Closed Thu, 11am-10pm Fri, 11am-9:30 Sat, 11am-3pm Sun As this is not an official review, but rather a “did you know that…”, I am going to dive straight into what their online menu states… While a vegan burgerRead 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

Review – Hilton Hotel’s “Most Delicious Vegan Brownie Ever” (MDVBE)

When you’ve named your new vegan dessert, “Most Delicious Vegan Brownie Ever” like the Hilton Hotel did, you better not be wasting my time, especially if you are not known for being a pioneer in the vegan food world. I am willing to admit that I had my “judgypants” on. What I experienced was by far the MOST. DELICIOUS. VEGAN. BROWNIE. EEEVVVEEERRR. Address: 126 Buitengracht Street, City Centre Hours: 6am-10pm Mon-Sun I could write about this MDVBE for hours, tellingRead more

Heads-Up, Good Food & Co., Franschhoek

If you’re ever in the Franschhoek neck of the woods, make sure to check out the Good Food & Co. Deli/Restaurant that (amongst other trends such as gluten-free meals, platters, takeaways, etc.) specialize in vegan options! Address: Vendrome Lifestyle Centre, cnr. Uitkyk & Huguenot St, Franschhoek Hours: 8am-6pm Mon-Sat, 8am-4pm Sun So much choice… BREAKFAST The Kickstarter – muesli, soya yoghurt, maple-flavoured syrup (R69) Spring Onion & Potato Rosti – topped w/avo, sundried-tomato and rocket with grilled artichoke on the sideRead 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

Heads-Up, Vegan Dinner with Chef Cola Hits Cape Town!

Chef Cola proudly presents a three-course vegan meal – best you get those diaries out and start making a plan to be there! What? A Three-Course Vegan Meal, with a live performance by Afro-Soul singer, Tatenda wekwaTezi When? Tuesday the 27th of February at 7pm Where? The Station, 207 Bree Street, Cape Town How Much? R295pp (including a complimentary drink) Booking? – limited to only 30 – so get booking! See you there? Peace xx Before you go, check outRead more

WIN with OrderIn and The Hungry Herbivore

OrderIn is giving 2018 the green light! When you’re ordering takeaways, fresh ingredients and vegan options don’t exactly spring to mind, do they? Well, OrderIn is changing that. They’ve partnered with the best vegan eateries in the city and they’re joining the vegan revolution. They’re going back to their roots… Get it? OrderIn is now the leading vegan food delivery platform with the widest variety of options for vegans (and they want to reach non-vegans who may be thinking thereRead 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 Beetbox RX at Mojo Market in Sea Point 8am-10pm BelugaRead more

Review – Beluga, De Waterkant

In my pre-vegan days, sushi did nothing for me – in fact, I loathed it. That was the case until a close friend made me try something called “Tuna Crunch” from Beluga Restaurant in De Waterkant. Tuna Crunch became my new addiction – I needed it daily. That was until I went cold turkey (awful vegan phrase) and became fully plant-based. I said to myself (in secret) that if ever I was to ‘cheat’ on my vegan diet that I wouldRead 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

Review – Mary-Ann’s Emporium & Eatery, Gordon’s Bay

You know that annoying saying, “Things Happen for a Reason”? Well, this time, I think it actually fits beautifully. Let’s chat about Mary-Ann’s Emporium & Eatery. Address: 74 Mountainside Boulevard, Gordon’s Bay Hours: 9am-4pm Mon-Fri, Closed Sat-Sun Vegans all over Cape Town and beyond watched the devastating effect that a fire had on Mary-Ann and Mark’s dream when their restaurant, cooking school and warehouse were completely destroyed in November last year. With it, they lost all of their equipment, stock,Read 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

Heads-Up, You Bet It’s Ice Cream, City Centre

It’s taken me too long to write about You Bet It’s Ice Cream, so I’m going to cut straight to the chase and mention two words, 1. Boozy 2. Sorbet. Enough said! Address: 90 Bree Street (in the courtyard of the Cape Heritage Hotel) Hours: 11am-10pm Mon-Thu,  11am-11pm Fri-Sat, Closed Sun You Bet It’s Ice Cream popped up on Instagram overnight, and this obscure little joint immediately crept into my heart when I went to go check it out forRead more

Heads-Up, Royale Eatery Milkshakes, City Bowl

I’ve raved about Royale Eatery in a previous blog post, and I still rate them as having the best burger in Cape Town. But now… they have vegan milkshakes. Address: 273 Long Street, City Bowl Hours: 12pm-11:30pm Mon-Sat, Closed Sun When Royale Eatery first announced their Vegan Mint-Choc-Chip milkshake, it was made from avos, and if you follow anything I do, you will know that I’m allergic to avos and bananas and have had really bad experiences with mushrooms too #worstveganeverRead 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 – Green Vine Eatery, Constantia

With the Cape Town summer now in full swing and its long days of abundant sunshine (and wind, dammit!) it’s always a double win if you can find somewhere that can cater for vegans along with an epic view and the chance to sit outside. The Green Vine Eatery at Silvermist Wine Estate in Constantia is one such place. Run by Chessa Louw and her partner Kyle, the estate is very much a family business (her father is also herRead more

Interview with Sebastian Joy from ProVeg

Sebastian Joy is the CEO of VEBU, an animal charity in Germany that is expanding internationally under the name “ProVeg.” He is among the most important representatives of the vegetarian and vegan movement in Europe and I was fortunate enough to be able to meet with him recently at Addis in Cape and ask him for his take on the vegan movement in South Africa. The following is a summary of our conversation… CTV: You’re in South Africa to connectRead 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

Event – It’s Lekka to Be Vegan, Fri 24 Nov

Sometimes we are so hell-bent on creating a vegan world, that sometimes we neglect our own kind! That’s right! In order to welcome people into the vegan “community” in Cape Town, we need to first have a community, and this community needs to consist of ALL of us – not just the same people I’ve been seeing at event after event. Although… the people that are always at these events are now my friends… so you can stay! I’ll admitRead more

Review – The Light Side Café at Now Showing, De Waterkant

Warning: You need a sense of humour to visit this place. So if the find the F-bomb offensive then best you visit a different eatery. Address: Upstairs at 109 Waterkant St, De Waterkant Hours: 7am-6pm Mon-Fri, 7am-3pm Sat, Closed Sun A (mostly) vegan eatery with (some) dairy, but no meat that insists you don’t call vegetables “veggies”. What? To understand this place you need to go there, because come the 27th of January 2018 it will be GONE. Think ofRead 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

Review – Plant, CBD

Take everything you remember about Plant (good or bad) because it has just re-opened and it REALLY means business this time around. I frikken LOVED it. Address: 8 Buiten St, CBD Hours: 8am-10pm Mon-Sat, Closed Sun I was very tempted to call this review Plant 2.0 because essentially that is exactly what the re-opened version is – an entirely new operating system! Where to start??? Long story (very) short, after living in Asia (Malaysia and Vietnam) French Chef Pierre Lambret found it quiteRead 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

Heads-Up, Wild Sprout, CBD

Wild Sprout is the product of a collaboration between Candice Coles and Bryan Walter, who both had a love and passion for healthy, delicious food. While not entirely vegan, Wild Sprout aims to provide conscious eaters (like ourselves) with tasty food that caters for diets free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Address: Unit F, 179 Loop St Hours: 7:30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-1pm Sat, Closed Sun In terms of vegan options, there are a few, but more in the smoothie/nut mylk categories:Read 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 – Marika’s Greek Restaurant, Gardens

Marika’s – one of my favourite restaurants of all time – just added vegan options to their menu!   Address: 176 Upper Buitenkant St, Gardens Hours: Closed Mon, 6pm-10pm Tue-Fri, 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10pm Sat-Sun Marika’s Greek Restaurant in Gardens became one of my top three favourite restaurants EVER when I moved to Cape Town in 2011. Every time mates of mine came to visit from Port Elizabeth I’d show off this gem of an eatery, much to the delight ofRead 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

Review – Stardust Theatrical Dining, Woodstock

I remember my first Stardust experience. Like anyone who has set their foot inside this magical venue will agree, it’s tough to explain what happens to you. You are a changed diner from that point on. Address: 118 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock Hours: 5pm-late Mon-Sat, closed Sun Website Facebook   There is a reason that Stardust is often at the top of Tripadvisor’s “must-do” list for Cape Town: and that reason is that it is probably one of the most uniqueRead 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

Review – Mustacchio Caffe, Gardens

Address: 8 Kloof St, Gardens Website Facebook I had been threatening to go to Mustacchio SO MANY times as it was always beckoning me on my way here or there or in and out of the Gardens/Kloof Street area. I had been told that they have specifically vegan options on their menu! I finally pulled myself together and decided to go grab one of their vegan burgers, considering that they have a 2-for-1 deal with the Cape Town Entertainer voucherRead more

Heads-Up – Wellness Warehouse Takeaway HEAVEN!

It’s true! Wellness Warehouse (with its 16 stores in and around Cape Town!) has just brought out a new range of vegan takeaway goodies at really reasonable prices! The list includes: Vegan Lasagne (R58) Vegan BLT (R62) Vegan Boerewors Wrap (R58) Vegan Kimchi Burger Wholewheat Wrap (R55) WHAT?!?!?!?! YES!!!! I was trying to take pictures without appearing to be “THAT GUY” that takes pictures. The result was that I got shit quality pictures and still had people staring at me.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 – Plantdurance

You ever had one of those moments where you meet someone and you’re like – this is an awesome human being. Well… introducing Gary te Roller, a plant-based endurance athlete who happens to (lucky for all of us) be a qualified health coach whose aim in life is to make the world a happier place! I dig that. “Through my own personal struggles with addiction and abuse, by some miracle I turned my life around and wholeheartedly adopted a holistic approachRead 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 – Vegan Goods Market – Mar 2017, Plumstead

Address: Khanyisa Waldorf School, 4 Victoria Rd, Plumstead Hours: 10am-2pm 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month Facebook If you were #observant you would notice that the Vegan Goods Market is now operating TWICE a month!!! This is a REALLY BAD thing – because I literally emptied by bank account visiting this last one. I walked away with: 12x Samoosas (that I shared with a certain red-haired friend) 6x “Tinkies” 3x Ice Creams (Peanut Butter Choc Chip, Caramel Pretzel &Read more

Review – The Kitchen, Woodstock

Address: 111 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock Hours: 8am-3:30pm Mon-Fri, closed Sat-Sun Website I have a confession. I got emotional and ended up crying over this one. So – to jump straight to the good stuff – I met a friend at The Kitchen for lunch, with the aim to (obviously) review the place as well as to catch up with my (aforementioned) friend. It turns out that AF (Aforementioned Friend) actually knows the owner, Karen Dudley, a Cape Town culinary legend! WeRead more

Review – Vegan Goods Market – Feb 2017, Plumstead

Address: Khanyisa Waldorf School, 4 Victoria Rd, Plumstead Hours: 10am-2pm first Saturday of every month Facebook When the January Vegan Goods Market was canceled, I was seriously distraught. I had been counting down the “sleeps” quite literally! So when the day finally arrived, I made sure my (non-leather, vegan) wallet was stuffed to the brim with my hard earned moola and headed down to Plumstead to my favourite vegan hotspot. If you read my last post about the Vegan GoodsRead more

Review – Knead Bakery, Sea Point

Address: The Point Centre, 76 Regent Rd, Sea Point Hours: 7am-6pm Mon & Tue, 7am-9pm Wed-Fri, 8am-8pm Sat, 8am-5pm Sun Website Facebook I have been coming to the Knead in the Point Centre for about 3-4 years now. It’s sort of my go-to place when I can’t decide where to eat… you know… when you are torn between three options and then you decide, “F*** it! Let’s just go to Knead!” Consistent, Easy, Tasty and Quick – the folks atRead 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 – Farm Sanctuary SA, Franschhoek

Address: Dirkie Uys St, Franschhoek Hours: 11am-3pm Sat-Sun, by appointment only Mon-Fri Website Facebook On the 2nd of October last year, I was kidnapped. I wasn’t told where I was going to be taken and felt nervous as all hell. We drove for what felt like hours, to Franschhoek into (what felt like) the middle of suburbia, until we turned a corner, drove up a ‘back street’ and came face-to-face with a sort of metal statue of a pig… aRead more

Review – Meet and Greet with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

HAPPY 2017 fellow vegans (and anyone else who is flirting with the idea!) When I bought my ticket to go to the ‘meet and greet’ with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau I had no idea what I was in for. Firstly (as it’s my duty to be honest to you all), I had no cooking clue who she was. Secondly, I had no idea technically what a ‘meet and greet’ was. I am very awkward in most social situations and this might haveRead more

“VEGANUARY” – For those who REALLY want to make a difference.

If you’ve read my Welcome… page, you’d know that transitioning to veganism was not an easy lifestyle change for me. At the risk of sounding dramatic, I really was a bit lost to begin with. If it wasn’t for stumbling upon Veganuary, I might have given up far more easily. What the hell is Veganuary? Veganuary is an initiative that aims to reduce the suffering of animals by INSPIRING and SUPPORTING people across the globe to go vegan for theRead 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

Review – Saucisse Boutique Deli, Woodstock

Address: Unit A112, The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock Hours: 8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2:30pm Sat, closed Sun Website Facebook Saucisse is French for “little sausage”. In my head it’s a little vegan sausage, made with chickpeas, lentils and unicorn dust! This quaint deli, situated in Woodstock’s Old Biscuit Mill, is everything this Cape Town Vegan wanted it to be! From the moment you enter, you spot owner, trained chef, and self-confessed ‘foodie’, Amanda Lewis, buzzing about with a confidence and ease whileRead more

Review – Govinda’s Pure Vegetarian Café, Rondebosch

Address: Isckon, corner St Andrew Rd & Teddington Rd, Rondebosch Hours: closed Mon, 12pm-6pm Tue-Sat, 12pm-4pm Sun Website  Facebook I went with zero expectations and wasn’t quite sure what awaited me when a good friend told me he was taking me to the Hare Krishna Centre (Iskcon) in Rondebosch for lunch as they made amazing vegan food. I didn’t realise their café was called Govinda’s – a place I had been meaning to visit for over a year. Suddenly allRead more

Review – Chardonnay Deli, Constantia

Address: 87 Constantia Main Rd, Constantia Hours: 7:30am-6pm Mon-Sun Website Facebook Situated in the Constantia Valley near Groot Constantia, this little farmstall/bakery/deli was the perfect place to take Granny for her birthday, having just turned 81. Who doesn’t love a good ‘padstal’ vibe? Especially when you think of freshly baked bread! My experience was not an entirely positive one sadly. I will speak truthfully… Upon arrival it was jam-packed, on a Friday, at lunchtime. Does no one in Cape TownRead more

Review – The Hungry Herbivore, City Bowl

Address: 11 Orphan St, City Bowl Hours: closed Mon, 9am-6pm Tue-Wed, 9am-10pm Thu-Sat, 9am-3pm Sun (though their website doesn’t state this – it’s new, and should be updated on their site soon) Website  Facebook  I LOVE this place. A lot of people draw parallels to the TINY little stand that they used to have at the Waterfront, but this is NOTHING like it. Whenever someone says, “Oh ja! I haven’t been to their new place in Orphan Street, but IRead more

Review – Royale Eatery, City Bowl – updated Jan 2017

Address: 273 Long St, City Bowl Hours: 12pm-11:30pm Mon-Sat, closed Sun Website Facebook  UPDATE: Jan 2017 Royale Eatery has just added a NEW vegan burger to their menu called the Vegan Do It.  We love them for this!  It is a 160g patty made with brown lentils & spices, topped with chilli hummus, pickled red onions and fresh coriander leaves, sprinkled with sesame seeds for R82. HELL YES! I HAVE TO TRY THIS! Thank you, Royale!  Truth be told, thisRead more

Review – Col’Cacchio Pizzeria, Various Locations

Address: Belvedere Square (Mio), Shop 20, Corner Keurboom & Belvedere Rd, Claremont Blouberg, Shop 15, Seaside Village, Corner Otto du Plessis & Cormorant Drive Camps Bay, Isaacs Corner, Corner Victoria Rd & The Meadway Canal Walk, Shop 167, Entrance 3, Lower Level, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Boulevard, Century City Cape Town (Foreshore) Shop 2, Redefine North Wharf, 42 Hans Strijdom Ave Cavendish, Lower Ground, Shop L67, corner Vineyard Rd & Dreyer Rd, Claremont Durbanville, Shop 7 & 8 (Mio),Read more

Review – Unframed Artisan Ice Cream, Gardens

Address: 45c Kloof St, Gardens Hours: 11am-11pm Mon-Sun Facebook  Instagram  I was angry. I went there three times. Every time I went they were out of the Vegan Caramel. That is ALL I wanted. I stomped off like a spoiled brat. Why was everyone else allowed to taste it, and review it and post Instagram pics all over Facebook but me? Then it happened! I had the Vegan Caramel. And the Peanut Butter. And the Raspberry Coconut. I was onRead more

Review – El Burro Taqueria, Tamboerskloof

Hola Amigo! Como estas? Me llamo Cape Town Vegan. Mucho gusto! If I got that wrong, then let me know #couldbeawkward Address: Shop 1, 12-16 Kloof Nek Rd, corner of Kloof Nek Rd and New Church St, Tamboerskloof Hours: 12pm-11:30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-11:30pm Sat, closed Sun Facebook This is HEALTHY Mexican at it’s finest. Fresh, spicy and cheeky… and that’s just the waitresses! Kidding. Really. I’m not like that. El Burro Taqueria (younger sister to El Burro in Green Point) has carvedRead more

Review – Deer Park Café, Vredehoek

Address: 2 Deer Park Drive, Vredehoek Hours: 8am-9pm Mon-Sun Website Facebook Situated on the upper slopes of Vredehoek overlooking the city, this City Bowl eatery is great for all ages with inside and outside seating available with big bay windows overlooking The Rocklands Rd Park. Table Mountain is the backdrop with Deer Park being the popular gateway into the reserve. This Cape Town Vegan needed somewhere to have a breakfast meeting, so I popped in here on the off chance thatRead more

Review – Enchanted Pizza & Pasta, Parklands

Address: Unit 4B, Cavalier Shopping Centre, Parklands Main Rd, Parklands Hours: 12:30pm-9pm Mon, 9am-9pm Tue-Thu, 9am-10:30pm Fri, 9am-10pm Sat, 12:30-8pm Sun Website Facebook Two words: COMPLETELY. UNEXPECTED. Enchanted Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Parklands, was founded and established by the Goddess of Pasta and Cakes (Dianne) and the Queen of Pizza’s and Ice-cream (Rochelle). These two special ladies had started up a business out of Rochelle’s home where they were feeding their passion to produce wonderful pizza and pasta combinations whenRead more

Review -Vegan Goods Market, Plumstead

Address: Khanyisa Waldorf School, 4 Victoria Rd, Plumstead Hours: 10am-2pm first Saturday of every month Facebook This is going to be an easy review because I am so fiercely passionate about this initiative. The first Vegan Goods Market was held earlier in April this year, and was then just a tiny collection of food and vegan merchandise stalls. Back then I was impressed; I mean hell – I got to eat vegan wantons, vegan lasagna as well as a veganRead more

Review – Scheckter’s Raw, Sea Point

Address: 98 Regent Rd, Sea Point Hours: 8am-4pm Tue-Sun, Closed Mon Website Facebook With most of us having been born into an omnivorous lifestyle, one can forgive the masses for finding the concept of veganism a little scary at first: “But what do you eat?!” … “Food.” When I first stepped into Scheckter’s Raw a little over a year ago as a newborn vegan, I was a little scared too – I mean “raw” food. What does that even meanRead more

Review – Orchard Juice & Health Bar, CBD

Address: 211 Long St, CBD Hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, Sat 10am-2pm, Closed Sun Website Facebook Okay, so at first glance you may think, “This Cape Town Vegan guy is all about the burgers and pizzas!”. How wrong you are my friends. The more I review the more you will find out that as long as it’s edible (and vegan) (and not an avo, mushroom or banana), I’m on it! Orchard Juice & Health Bar is your one-stop-shop for all things healthy.Read more

Review -The Raptor Room, CBD

Address: 79 Roeland St, CBD Hours: 11am-11pm Mon-Sat, Closed Sun Website Facebook Quirky, cheeky, and definitely for the ‘everyman’, this little eatery will satisfy the hungriest of patrons! Situated in the heart of the CBD, The Raptor Room pays tribute to the little brunch venues scattered throughout New York and has added the best of Cape Town’s local ingredients to make it one of the best places to find some comfort food whether it be for a late start toRead more


Let’s get REAL for a second. Let’s put aside ethics, morals, spiritual beliefs, etc. Of course those things matter immensely as we are all vegan (or at least flirting with the idea) and vegans care about these matters. BUT – being vegan ISN’T EASY. Anyone who tells you it is is LYING. It’s hard and sometimes very exhausting. But, the good news is… it DOES get easier every day. And the world is becoming more and more informed. And yourRead more