While Windhoek is renowned for its meat loving locals, vegetarians need not fear, as more and more eateries in the city embrace an organic, clean eating approach. Although one won’t stumble across many restaurants solely dedicated to vegetarian or vegan tastes, there are plenty in the city that offer good veggie options on their menus. Here are a few spots in Windhoek that should make vegetarians smile.
Restaurant, German, $$$
This well established restaurant serves an eclectic blend of African fusion food, inspired by Namibia and with a good dash of German influence. Although catering generously to the meat eater, Bauern Stube has a good selection of vegetarian options that range from soups and salad to traditional German dishes such as savoury pancakes served with apple sauce and sour cream, and a noodle casserole accented with cream cheese and onion. One chilly nights a fire gets lit creating a great, cosy atmosphere. There is also an excellent selection of authentic German beer served on tap.
Restaurant with Rooms, Healthy, $$$
Just the place to stop for a healthy bite, Earth Deli focuses on healthy food and conscious living. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free and banting, this delightful little eatery caters for all dietary requirements, sourcing fresh, organic ingredients wherever possible. Tasty options to tempt your taste buds include zucchini and carrot noodle stir fried in rosemary, and creamy polenta quiche spiced with organic spinach. The restaurant is located in a house and lends itself to informal, easy going and relaxed dining.
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Garnish Restaurant serves fresh and delicious meals with a good selection of veggie options. All vegan and vegetarian meals are clearly marked on the menu and served up with authentic Indian taste and flair. Options such as rotis and naan breads go well with the lentil daal and other side dishes such as cottage cheese in tomato gravy or potato and peas in tamarind gravy. Friendly and sociable, Garnish makes for a great night out.
Sumi is a contemporary Asian styled restaurant that takes the Japanese izakaya culture, where tapas style food is meant to be shared among friends, and unites this social tradition with Japanese robata cuisine in a singular dining experience. Although the main concentration is on sushi in all its delicious forms and flavours, there is also ample to choose from on the vegetarian side. Vegetable tempura and mushroom skewers can be preceded by tempting soups such as the steamed soya beans with smoked salt and truffle option. Upmarket and clean cut, this fine dining restaurant brings a cosmopolitan touch to Windhoek.
Fresh ´n Wild at Utopia
Pub, Contemporary, $$$
Catering for vegetarians and vegans alike, the name pretty much says it all for Fresh ´n Wild at Utopia with an emphasis on healthy, fresh tastes. Enticing menu options include a starter of fried halloumi served on marinated quinoa with an avo and papaya salsa. There is also a unique Custom Creation menu that allows patrons to choose from a selection of proteins, sides and sauces to create a meal perfectly suited to their pallet. Only the best quality seasonal ingredients are used to serve up elegant yet simple dishes.
Bistro, Healthy, $$$
For something a bit different head in the direction of Yaeli’s Bistro where the emphasis is on healthy eating and great smoothies. This Israeli styled eatery serves freshly baked goods on a daily basis and fabulous falafels that get your tastebuds wanting more. Other light meals and crispy salads compliment the menu. Attentive service and casual and relaxed atmosphere round up Yaeli’s Bistro’s offerings. The restaurant is located in the Maerua Mall.
Haiku Sushi & Wine Bar
Wine Bar, Fusion, $$$
Haiku Sushi & Wine Bar is an Asian fusion restaurant that serves a delightful combination of Thai and Japanese cuisine. Besides fresh and mouthwatering sushi, patrons have a choice of various blends of Eastern fusion food that add a bit of spice to your life. Try a vegetarian gunkan, green and zesty california rolls or a miso soup while relaxing in the casual ambiance. Garden and veranda tables are a great choice when the weather is good.
Restaurant, Portuguese, $$$
Dim lighting, plush carpets and plenty of wood finishes give Kubata a distinctive and elegant old style restaurant feel. The food however is modern and fresh with a strong emphasis on Portuguese dishes. Offering something unique and slightly different, here fabulous food joins merrily with good wine and peaceful surrounds to lull patrons into a slow, sensory evening of delight. Kubata caters to vegetarian tastes.
Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
Kick off with a freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juice as you browse through the tempting options on the menu at Craft Café. Besides a wide selection of open sandwiches made from home baked health bread there is also a great assortment of fresh salads and pita breads to choose from. More substantial vegetarian meals include vegetable strudel and patrons will be hard pressed to leave without trying out one of the menu’s delicious dessert options. After your meal you can browse around and purchase some jams, chutneys, preserves, and other Namibian specialties.
Mon - Tue:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Fri:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wilde Eend Bistro
Bistro, Contemporary, $$$
This charming bistro is located within the tranquil peace of a former nursery and serves tasty, down to earth meals with a smile. It’s a great spot to forget about life for a while as you enjoy an excellent cup of coffee and drift your eyes over the various breakfast and lunch options. Vegetarian breakfasts, gorgeous salads and some of the tastiest wraps in the city are all up for grabs as well as a host of sweet treats.