Top 5

Cape Town Vegan Top 5

At the end of 2020, I asked the South African Vegan Community to vote for their TOP choices in each category below. In the past, the choices were predominantly based on my preferences, but now the VEGANS of SA have spoken and joined forces to bring you the best of the best:

Grocery Stores (Physical Locations) for Vegan Goods

  1. Sea Point Spar, the undisputed Vegan Mecca of Cape Town
  2. Vegan Street Food ZA, Observatory
  3. Blue Kiwi Organic Market and Café, Glencairn
  4. Wellness Warehouse, various branches
  5. Organic Zone, Lakeside & Rondebosch
  6. Checkers, various locations nationwide (Constantia is particularly good)
  7. Woolworths, various locations nationwide

Online Stores for Vegan Goods

  1. Vegan Street Food ZA, website
  2. The Organic Vegan, website
  3. Herbivore, website
  4. Holistic Living, website
  5. Faithful to Nature, website
  6. Wellness Warehouse, website

Zero Waste

  1. Shop Zero, website
  2. Nude Foods, website

Fresh Fruit and Veg Delivery

  1. Freshly Delivered, website

Dried Bulk Goods

  1. CNC Products, website
  2. Komati Foods, website
  3. Atlas Trading Company, website

Meal Delivery Services

  1. Beulah, website
  2. We Are Food, website

Breakfasts

Cape Town Vegan Top 5

 

  1. Lexi’s, Sea Point
  2. Nourish’d, Gardens & Observatory
  3. Scheckter’s Raw, Sea Point
  4. The Conscious Kitchen, City Centre & Observatory
  5. Pilcrow & Cleaver, City Centre
  6. Plant, City Centre & Camps Bay

Unique Experiences

  1. A Gatsby at Lekker Vegan, City Centre
  2. A Platter of Sushi from Plushi Platters, website
  3. A trip to the Vegan Goods Market,
  4. Stuff your face with a doughnut or ten from Grumpy and Runt, City Centre
  5. A High Tea at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Atlantic Seaboard

Fine Dining

Azure Restaurant 12 Apostles Hotel Cape Town Vegan

  1. La Colombe, Constantia
  2. FYN, City Centre
  3. Thali, Gardens
  4. La Petite Colombe, Franschhoek
  5. Homespun by Matt, Table View

Family-Friendly

  1. Spur, various locations
  2. Panarottis, various locations
  3. Massimo’s, Hout Bay
  4. Hudsons, various locations
  5. Knead, various locations

Wine Estates (with V options)

 

  1. The Table at De Meye, Stellenbosch
  2. Longridge Wine Estate, Somerset West
  3. Babel at Babylonstoren, Franschhoek
  4. Creation Wines, Hermanus
  5. Constantia Glen, Constantia

Picnics

  1. The Table at De Meye, Stellenbosch
  2. Boschendal, Franschhoek
  3. Warwick Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
  4. Jonkershuis, Constantia

Tapas/Snacks

  1. Vegan Street Food, Observatory, Snack Box
  2. Salt, Kalk Bay
  3. Bistro Sixteen82, Tokai
  4. The Athletic Club & Social, City Centre
  5. El Burro Taqueria, Tamboerskloof
  6. Plant, City Centre & Camps Bay

Raw Vegan

Cape Town Vegan Top 5

 

  1. Nourish’d, Gardens & Observatory
  2. Scheckter’s Raw, Sea Point
  3. Harvest Cafe, Muizenberg
  4. The Poké Co, various locations

Ethiopian

  1. Timbuktu Café, Observatory
  2. Madam Taitou, City Centre
  3. Lucy’s, City Centre

Greek

  1. Maria’s Greek Cafe, Gardens
  2. Exhibit, Vredehoek
  3. Mykonos Taverna, Sea Point

Indian (and Cape Malay)

  1. Prashad Café, Kloof Street, Rondebosch & Constantia
  2. Punjab, various locations
  3. Moksh, various locations
  4. Thali, Gardens
  5. Eastern Food Bazaar, City Centre

Mexican

Cape Town Vegan Top 5

  1. El Burro, Green Point & Tamboerskloof
  2. The Fat Cactus, Gardens, Mowbray & Woodstock
  3. Didi’s Mexican, Mowbray & Woodstock
  4. Panchos, Observatory
  5. Blue Kiwi Organic Market and Café, Glencairn
  6. Guacamole, Canal Walk

Burgers

Cape Town Vegan Top 5

  1. Hudsons, The Burger Joint, various locations
  2. Lekker Vegan, Gardens
  3. Scheckter’s Raw, Sea Point
  4. Junior, Gardens

Pizzas

Cape Town Vegan Top 5

 

  1. Vegan Street Food, Observatory
  2. Col’Cacchio, various locations
  3. Ferdinandos, Observatory
  4. Butler’s Pizza, various locations
  5. Hudsons, The Burger Joint, various locations

Pies

cape town vegan pies

  1. Peregrine Farm Stall, Grabouw
  2. Grumpy & Runt, Gardens
  3. Vegan Street Food, Observatory
  4. Mary-Ann’s Emporium & Eatery, Gordons Bay
  5. Ou Meul Bakery, various locations

 

Sushi

cape town vegan sushi

  1. Plushi, website
  2. Active Sushi on Bree, City Centre
  3. Linko, Observatory
  4. Willoughby & Co., V&A Waterfront
  5. Mr Lin’s Sushi & Thai, Observatory

Baked Goods, Cakes and Cupcakes

  1. Dolcé Bakery, Observatory
  2. Grumpy and Runt, Gardens
  3. Vegan By Crumb, website
  4. Tessa’s Bakery, Milnerton
  5. Plants Only, website
  6. Saib’s Kitchen, website
  7. Secret Potion Bakery, website
  8. Thank Goodness Foods, website

 

Cape Town Vegan Top 5

 

Ice Cream

Cape Town Vegan Top 5

  1. PoP Secret, website
  2. Unframed Ice Cream, various locations
  3. Moro Gelato, City Centre, Green Point & Sea Point
  4. Kristin’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream, Noordhoek & Constantia
  5. Gaia & I, website
  6. Mylk, various locations
  7. Grumpy & Runt, Gardens
  8. LIS, website

 

Milkshakes

cape town vegan milkshakes

  1. Royale Eatery, Claremont & Mouille Point
  2. Hudsons, various locations
  3. Moro Gelato, City Centre, Green Point & Sea Point

STORE-BOUGHT PANTRY/FRIDGE/FREEZER ITEMS

Bacon Alternative

  1. Herbivohr, website
  2. Urban Vegan, website

Baking Premixes

  1. Outcast Foods, website
  2. Ina Paarman, Carrot Cake, Chop Chip Cookies, Chocolate Brownies, Chocolate Cake, Raisin & Bran Muffins, Red Velvet Cake, Vanilla Cake
  3. Glutagon, Buckwheat Bread, Choc Brownies, Chocolate Cake, Choc Chip Muffin, Classic Flapjacks, Classic Waffles, Double Chocolate Muffin, Lemon & Chia Seed Muffins, Red Velvet Cake, Soft White Bread, Vanilla Choc Chip Muffin, Vanilla Sponge Cake

Biltong/Droewors

Biscuits/Cookies/Rusks

  1. Yum Baker, website
  2. Mama Bongi, website
  3. Oreos, available from most grocery stores nationwide
  4. The Allergen Baker, Pick n Pay, Wellness Warehouse, Spar and health shops
  5. Bakers, Romany Tarte, Original Digestive, Ginger Nuts, Mini-Ginger Nuts, and Snacktime Golden Grain
  6. Ouma Rusks, Condensed Milk and Muesli flavours

Breakfast Cereals

  1. Woolworths, French Vanilla Granola; Fruity Muesli, Bran Flakes, Puffed Rice; Special Choice Wholegrain Flake, Original Instant Oats, Quick Oats and Rolled Oats
  2. Bokomo Weet-Bix
  3. Kellogg’s Corn Flakes

Burgers (Store-Bought) – Meat Alternatives

  1. Urban Vegan Prime Burger, website
  2. Fry Family Food Co. Big Fry Burger, available nationwide
  3. Beyond Burger, in Woolworths outlets
  4. Fry Family Food Co. Chicken-Style Burger, available nationwide
  5. Linda McCartney’s Quarter Pounder, slowly returning to Checkers stores

Burgers (Store-Bought) – Veggie Patties

  1. Outcast Foods, website
  2. Naked Leaf, website
  3. Veggiewors, website
  4. McCains, website
  5. Woolworths, website

Butter/Margarine

  1. Flora, Flora Vegan
  2. Amma’s Creamery, website
  3. Fauxmage, website
  4. Miyoko’s, website

Cheese

  1. Fauxmage, website
  2. Utopia, website
  3. Violife, website
  4. Nature et Moi, website
  5. Le-Coquin, website
  6. Irene’s Gourmet, website, cheese sauce powder

Chicken Alternatives

  1. On The Green Side, website
  2. Urban Vegan, website
  3. Fry Family Food Co., website

Chips/Crisps

  1. Flings
  2. Doritos Sweet Chilli Pepper
  3. Eat Real Snacks, Hummus Chips, Lentil Chips, Quinoa Corn Puffs
  4. Woolworths Range, MANY, incl. Chickpea Chips, Flavoured Tortilla Corn Chips, Kale Chips, Pop Chips, Quinoa Chips
  5. Santa Anna’s Corn Chips

Chocolate

  1. Cheaky Co. Orbs, website
  2. Lindt, Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa and 85% Cocoa Dark
  3. The Chocolate Yogi, the full range including Oscar and slabs
  4. De Villiers, their Dark Chocolate Bars range
  5. Honest Chocolate, the full range of slabs
  6. Woolworths,  Organic Dark Chocolate, Organic Dark Chocolate & Orange, boxed sets including Ginger Chocolates and Orange Chocolates, Swiss Chocolate Dark and Swiss Chocolate Ginger, or Organic Chocolate Truffles

Cape Town Vegan Top 5

 

Cream

  1. Orley Whip
  2. Nature’s Charm Coconut Whipping Cream

Fish Alternatives

  1. Dear Vegan, website
  2. Fry Family Food Co., website

Mince Alternatives

  1. Urban Vegan, website
  2. Beyond Mince, website
  3. Atlas Trading Company Soya Mince, Bo-Kaap
  4. Fry Family Food Co. , website
  5. Herbivore, website

Plant Milk – All-Purpose

  1. Clover Good Hope Regular Unsweetened Soy Milk
  2. OKJA (pronounced OAK-JAH) Oat M*lk
  3. Alpro, Soy Milk (unsweetened), Soy Milk (sweetened), Roasted Almond Milk (unsweetened), Almond Milk (sweetened), Chocolate Flavoured Soy Milk
  4. Almond Breeze, Original Almond Milk (sweetened), Original Almond Milk (unsweetened), Vanilla Flavoured Almond Milk (sweetened), Vanilla Flavoured Almond Milk (unsweetened), Chocolate Almond Milk, Barista Blend Almond Milk
  5. SOMA, website
  6. ButtaNutt, Macadamia Milk, Oat Milk, Almond Milk

Salad Dressing

  1. Woolworths, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Greek Vinaigrette, Reduced Oil Greek Dressing, French Vinaigrette, Sun-Dried Turkish Fig Balsamic Reduction, Sherry Vinegar, Cranberry Oil-Free Dressing, Preserved Cranberry Balsamic Dressing, Sun-Dried Mango Chilli Balsamic Dressing, Japanese-Style Soy & Sesame Dressing, Thai-Style Lime and Chilli Dressing, Reduced Oil Balsamic Dressing with Blueberries, Vietnamese Style Dressing
  2. Ina Paarman, Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette, Classic Red Wine Vinaigrette, Creamy Herb Dressing, Reduced Oil Balsamic Dressing, Reduced Oil Greek Dressing, Reduced Oil Lime & Coriander Dressing

Sausage/Boerewors/Hotdog

  1. Urban Vegan (Country Style Boerewors), website
  2. Beyond Sausage, website
  3. Fry Family Food Co., website
  4. Herbivore, website
  5. Veggiewors, website
  6. Spice Journey Gauteng, website

Wines

  1. Delheim Wines, website

Yoghurt

  1. Urban Vegan, website
  2. Utopia, website
  3. Woolworths, soya yoghurts available in strawberry, black cherry, smooth mixed berry, and vanilla
  4. Yokos, website
  5. Phat Fox, website
  6. Coco Bolgari, website

 

Suggestions are MORE than welcome. Leave a comment below or inspire me to go try something, somewhere on some menu. I’m always up for a challenge (or a duel!).