Top 6 Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town | Vegan & Vegan-Friendly Restaurants, Cafes & Waffles Houses
Top 6 Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town | Vegan & Vegan-Friendly Restaurants, Cafes & Waffles Houses
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Top 6 Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town | Vegan & Vegan-Friendly Restaurants, Cafes & Waffles Houses
We went on a mission to find the top vegan-friendly restaurants in Cape Town. Take a look at what our team found, tasted and loved! We've given you the inside scoop!
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Top 6 Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town | Vegan & Vegan-Friendly Restaurants, Cafes & Waffles Houses

We went on a mission to find the top vegan-friendly restaurants in Cape Town. Take a look at what our team found, tasted and loved! We've given you the inside scoop!
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Top 6 Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town | Vegan & Vegan-Friendly Restaurants, Cafes & Waffles Houses
We went on a mission to find the top vegan-friendly restaurants in Cape Town. Take a look at what our team found, tasted and loved! We've given you the inside scoop!

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan, new to the scene or just curious about the vegan lifestyle, you’ll be happy to know that Cape Town has been sprouting some pretty fabulous vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants all over the place! And 2018 has already seen some of the tastiest cafes & waffle houses join the scene.

And because we’re all about giving you the inside scoop, we sent some of our team on a mission to scout out the top vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants that Cape Town has to offer.

Take a look at what we found, tasted and LOVED!

Quick JumpNourish'd – Cafe & JuiceryUnframed Ice Cream Harvest Cafe & Deli Jessy’s Waffles Wild Sprout PlantOther Vegan-friendly Spots Around Cape TownThe Hungry Herbivore Scheckter’s RawRaw and Roxy Pure Elixir Cafe Lekker Vegan Govinda's Natural Food Cafe O’ways Teacafe

Nourish'd – Cafe & Juicery

If you’re looking to escape the city hustle and step into a tropical paradise then Nourish’d Cafe & Juicery is the place to be! Kitted with environmentally friendly products and ingredients, this sunny cafe is making waves in the eco-conscious space.

Located in the the Old Garage on Hof Street, Nourish’d Cafe and Juicery serves up the best looking vegetarian and vegan smoothie bowls, light meals and treats Cape Town has ever seen.

Our visit was met with huge smiles, friendly staff and a delicious helping of health! We decided to feature the Acai smoothie bowl because it honestly blew our minds; it was the perfect mix of flavours, textures and natural sweetness. The unicorn coffee left us with a happy belly and a mouth full of glitter - what a vibe!

But behind the gorgeous smoothie bowls and glass straws, there’s a much bigger story. Natasha, founder of Nourish’d, is on a mission to make people aware of their impact on this beautiful planet. Her goal is raise consciousness and awareness for environmental issues that plague us all.

Her vision to turn the Old Garage on Hof Street into a bustling slice of heaven, is just a taste of what is to come. Watch this space!

P.S. Keep an eye out on 186 Lower Main Road in Obs!
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Fri: 7am - 5pm
    • Sat: 9am - 1pm
    • Sun & Public Holidays: Closed
  • Contact Number: 064 755 2431
  • Address: 177 Kloof Street (The Old Garage on Hof Street)
  • More Info: Website
  • Instagram Handle: @nourishdcapetown

Unframed Ice Cream

If you’ve been looking for some of the tastiest ice cream in all of Cape Town, then it’s time to call off the search and make your way to Unframed Ice Cream.

This artisanal ice cream store has managed to bring art back into artisan, and they’ve done it with your taste buds in mind. After opening their first store on Kloof Street in August 2016, Unframed has won the hearts of ice cream fans across the country, including those who’d prefer to stay dairy-free. Yes, I said it! Their vegan ice cream is THE BEST WE’VE EVER TASTED!

Take a look at some of the tasters we had the pleasure of tucking into. The beetroot, ginger and chocolate dairy-free scoop stole our hearts. But in all honesty, EVERY. SINGLE. SCOOP was absolute poetry.

The idea behind Unframed was born on the streets of NYC while French-born founder Yann Rey was “living” life in the finance industry. He decided that his life needed a bit of reframing. After resigning from banking to pursue his passion for ice cream, Yann met Stephane Auge, one of the most highly respected and awarded figures in the realm of ice cream.

Recognising that ice cream had been neglected for far too long, Yann and Stephane launched a plan to create a different and truly remarkable experience around everyone’s favourite treat.

Their dream is to enlighten people to the art of this special indulgence while bringing happiness to the inner child within each of us.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun: 11am - 11pm
  • Contact Number: 063 601 0287
  • Address: 45C Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town
  • More Info: Website
  • Instagram Handle: @lifeunframed

Harvest Cafe & Deli

This Cafe & Deli is fairly new to the foodie scene in Cape Town but they’ve definitely made it to our list of favourite restaurants in Cape Town. Situated in the heart of the eclectic Bo-Kaap area, Harvest Cafe & Deli is an absolute breathe of fresh air.

Surrounded by stunning, uninterrupted views of Table Mountain, the Cafe offers you the chance to soak it all in while sinking your teeth into some of the most delicious coffee and food on offer. Their menu boasts colourful (and SUPER affordable) healthy meals with a handful of vibrant vegan and vegetarian options to choose from.

We had the pleasure of tasting this purple bowl of goodness - the beetroot & berry smoothie bowl with toasted coconut, frozen berries, granola & cacao nibs. It was honestly perfect start our day, topped off with a cup full of gorgeous coffee!

But it’s not just the food that makes this Cafe a must-visit, it’s the space, the feel and the people that really make it something special. Filled with luscious plants, unique delights and trendy finishes, Harvest is the epitome of health. The ceramic crockery is just the cherry on top!

Owners Sean Moncrieff and Lloyd Becker of The Nice Company (which produces classic artisanal ice creams, frozen yogurt and fruits sorbets) share a common goal of bringing healthy, gorgeous and affordable food into the heart the city centre. They’ve done it and they’ve done it right!

Tip: Arrive early if you plan to have lunch as the cafe fills up really quickly.
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 4pm
    • Sat: 8:30am - 1pm
  • Contact Number: 021 422 1199
  • Address: 102 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town
  • More Info: Website
  • Instagram Handle: @harvestcafect

Jessy’s Waffles

My, oh my, was this a treat! Whether you’re on the prowl for a late-night snack or you simply want to treat your bestie to the most fantastic waffles around, then Jessy’s Waffles is the place to be!

This new dessert cafe in Dunkley Square, Gardens, offers vegan and gluten-free waffles, delicious smoothie bowls and uber-trendy super lattes.

Started by Jessy Berry, this little cafe has changed the game for anyone with a sweet tooth! From the moment you walk through the door to the moment you’ve finished licking your plate, the smell of fresh waffles is the stuff dreams are made of. I’ll just let this picture do the talking.

Using locally sourced ingredients and vegan ice cream from Unframed Ice Cream, EVERYTHING on the menu is gluten-free and vegan! I mean, cummon - does it get better than this?

The space itself is cosy, filled with natural lighting, quirky artwork and hanging plants. There’s also free WiFi and great tunes…. It really doesn’t get any better!

  • Operating Hours:
    • Tues & Wed: 9am - 6pm
    • Thurs - Sat: 9am - 9pm
  • Contact Number: 079 167 5446
  • Address: 58 Barnet St, Gardens, Cape Town
  • More Info: Facebook Page
  • Instagram Handle: @jessyswaffles

Wild Sprout

Set in the heart of the Cape Town CBD, Wild Sprout is a haven of organic, healthy food and delicious treats. They strive to create flavours that leave a twinkle in your eye and a spring in your step.

The masterminds behind this collaboration, Bryan Walter and Candice Coles, are both passionate about health, healthy food and conscious eating. Their passion is tangible from the moment you walk in the door- it’s clear that Wild Sprout is an extension of who they are and not simply a run-of-the-mill operation.

The menu is peppered with a wide variety of options that will meet all of your foodie dreams; they cater towards diets free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Their vegan and vegetarian options are delightful and well-priced!

We decided to feature this Matcha Majik smoothie bowl and slice of vegan millionaire shortbread. The shortbread was hands-down the best sugar-free treat we have ever tasted (for reals) and the smoothie was fresh, scrumptious and left us smiling from the inside. The smoothie bowl was topped with homemade Goji and Cacao granola and home-grown paw paw, it was the picture of health!

The goal of Wild Sprout is to keep their food fresh and interesting by playing and innovating in the kitchen, using unique techniques and healthy, organic, ingredients. They create treats that provide nutritional value - one bite of the vegan millionaire and, trust me, you’ll be sold!

They also have a pretty mean harvest table every day at 12 noon - get involved!

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 5pm
    • Sat: 8am - 1pm
  • Contact Number: 021 007 3355
  • Address: Unit F, 179 Loop St, CBD
  • More Info: Website
  • Instagram Handle: @wildsproutcpt

Plant

Located in the heart of the Mother City, Plant is proud to be one of the first vegan eateries established in Cape Town. Their journey all started in Bo-Kaap back in 2013, when the owner brought her dream to life by providing clean, healthy, plant-based food where vegans and people with food allergies could enjoy a meal without sacrificing on taste.

In winter 2017, the owners of Plant decided to close shop due to some unforeseen circumstances. Fortunately, Pierre, a French food lover, saw the potential in Plant and flew to Cape Town to reignite the fire.

Their vision is to promote a more compassionate lifestyle by making plant-based options readily available to South Africans - championing for the people, the animals and the planet.

The restaurant is home to some of the most delicious, homemade vegan comfort food on offer. With luxury options such as Mac ‘n Cheese, Burgers and Croissants, they want to show just how versatile a vegan lifestyle can be.

We had the pleasure of tasting their gluten-free quesadillas, a Moringa smoothie to share and, of course, a chocolate croissant to take away. We were pleasantly surprised as every mouthful tasted even better than the last. We left feeling inspired, satisfied and convinced that their vegan croissants were of the best we’ve had.

P.S Lea is French, so that says a lot!

If you’re keen for heartwarming vegan cuisine in a laid-back setting, this is the place to visit!

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon- Sat: 8am - 10pm
  • Contact Number: 063 823 1198
  • Address: 8 Buiten St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
  • More Info: Website

Other Vegan-friendly Spots Around Cape Town

Unfortunately, we couldn't make our way to all of the vegan-friendly restaurants in Cape Town so we've put together this list of the other must-visit spots around Cape Town.

The Hungry Herbivore

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sat: 12pm - 10pm
  • More Info: Website

Scheckter’s Raw

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun: 8am - 8:30pm
  • More Info: Website

Raw and Roxy

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Thurs: 10am - 6pm
    • Fri: 10am - 10pm
    • Sat: 10am - 5pm
  • More Info: Website

Pure Elixir Cafe

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sat: 7am - 5pm
    • Sat: 8am - 3pm
  • More Info: Website

Lekker Vegan

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Thurs: 12pm - 10pm
    • Fri: 12pm - 3am
    • Sat: 1pm - 12am
    • Sun: 3pm - 10pm
  • More Info: Website

Govinda's Natural Food Cafe

  • Operating Hours:
    • Wed - Sun: 12pm - 6pm
  • Address: 17 St Andrews Rd, Rondebosch

O’ways Teacafe

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Fri: 07:30am - 5pm
    • Saturday: 9am - 2pm
  • Address: 20 Dreyer St, Claremont

There you have it, a taste of some of the best vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in and around Cape Town. We had the best time exploring and tasting the different foods, smoothies and drinks on offer. But what we loved most was finding out more about the masterminds behind these great cafes and restaurants.

Lea & Meg - The Vibescout Tasting Team

We are beyond proud of the vegan and health conscious movement making its way through Cape Town. To everyone that hosted us, we can't thank you enough!

If you would like your establishment featured, please feel free to contact us (Info@Vibescout.com) and find out when our writers are available to come out and sample your vegan treats.

Our vision at Vibescout is to provide the most relevant, current and comprehensive information.

If you feel we've missed something amazing or have any suggestions regarding our system, we would love to hear from you! Contact: info (at) vibescout.com
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