Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Vegan Cape Town Round-Up

We seem to have hit a LOT of the vegan and veg-friendly places in Cape Town. Here's my quick and dirty guide to eating vegan in CT:


Plant - Covered in depth two posts down. Just lovely. Eat there!

Kauai - A chain of healthy fast food. Vegan options marked, and they will make any smoothie dairy-free if you ask. They even use Fry's family 'chicken' strips, which I happen to like. Affordable, totally decent food. They seem to be everywhere.

The Meeting Place, Simon's Town - Omni place, but with some good veggie options including a salad with mixed sprouts and avocado that totally hit the spot. Cute, colourful, with a balcony overlooking the bay. They also have a gorgeous shop and cafe on the ground floor, with all sorts of vintage and local goodies.

Kalk Bay Cafe - View of the sea, vegan options clearly marked, including a full cooked breakfast. I love that they proudly use the V-word in the menu - The Full Vegan, Vegan Delight, etc. They even managed to feed us during a power outage. Sidenote, I found Kalk Bay totally charming. Very boho beachy feel.

We also walked past The Hungry Herbivore in the Food Market on the V&A Waterfront, but didn't eat there. It looks great though - from what I saw, mostly raw vegetable-noodle salads and some yummy looking raw desserts. We'd already eaten, so got a juice instead at Dr. Juice.

Juice and Smoothies:

Dr. Juice, also at the Food Market,V&A Waterfront. Not entirely vegan stall due to some bee products, but I tried the eponymous Dr. Juice juice and it was wonderful. My fella had green juice, also great.

The Woolworths in Cape Town International Airport stocks fresh juice in the front cafe, two types of green juice among them.

We also noticed, but didn't go to, a Boost juice and smoothie bar at the airport, Crush on St Georges Mall and Orchard on Long. The latter two looked especially good - I'd have stopped in but for the fact that we'd just been to Plant. Spoilt for choice, really. Kauai, mentioned above, do smoothies and Wellness Warehouse, below, do juice in the cafe I think.

Health Food and Grocery:

Wellness Warehouse on Kloof Street. Large, lovely health food shop. Think Whole Foods. Everything you might need, including natural baby-care products. Their baby section is really sweet!

Organic Living, Constantia Village Shopping Centre. Small, but quite well-stocked health food shop. They have a frozen section with burgers and things. If you're staying nearby, would be great, but probably not worth a trip unless you're passing by (we were).

One of the major grocery chains, Pick 'n' Pay, seemed to stock Fry's Family products in most locations. I know not everyone is keen on meat analogues, but I happen to quite like them a couple times a week, and Fry's are my favourite. I was even able to pick up some 'Braai Style Sausages' for an authentic braai in Hout Bay! The selection in Camps Bay Pick 'n' Pay was more limited, but they did still carry some Fry's products and soya milk. Woolworths seemed to carry non-dairy milk in most locations as well, but fewer protein options.

One resource I always use before I go someplace new, by the way, is Happy Cow. It's a great starting point for any trip. Happy travels!

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