The bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, nicknamed Joburg or Jozi, receives a huge influx of visitors each year. It is not always easy to find a vegetarian restaurant here, so we’ve decided to help you by selecting the ten best veggie-friendly venues in and around Johannesburg.
Fresh Earth Food Store was established with the aim of fostering a new understanding of healthy eating and sustainability. Their delicious vegetarian dishes are prepared from scratch and they don’t contain any artificial additives, sweeteners, colorants or preservatives, which makes their meals nutritious and healthy. Not only does Fresh Earth offer tasty vegetarian treats, but you can also shop for healthy groceries, supplements and baby food in their store or online. They also stock cleaning products and kitchen equipment. One added bonus is their collection of detailed vegetarian recipes available for free at the store. Address & telephone number: Fresh Earth Food Store, 103 Komatie St, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 646 4404
The Greenside Café
Cafe, Restaurant, Vegan, Vegetarian, French, Fast Food, $$$
Whether you consider yourself a vegan or vegetarian, you must pay a visit to The Greenside Café. Set in a peaceful environment, The Greenside’s mission is to encourage people to go green, be vegan and save the planet. The owner explains that the biggest compliment he has received is when non-vegetarians customers dine at the cafe and express their love for the taste and the freshness of the food. Order from a wide selection of healthy dishes, from salads and pizza to wraps and pastas. Try the new French pizza with mustard, tomato, onion and avocado.
Free Food seems like an odd name for a restaurant that charges for their meals. However, this is the ideal place to have vegan and vegetarian dishes at a reasonable price. The food here is always gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar, preservative and meat free. You will be happy to discover that not only is their food healthy, but that it doesn’t compromise on taste. Get there ready to enjoy meals like wraps and bean burger patties, and purchase other delectable items sourced from a variety of supermarkets around South Africa. Their tasty vegan ice cream is a must-try. Address & telephone number: Free Food, Shop 5b Reithmere, Delta St., Birnam, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 87 802 7190
Located inside a natural and organic food store on Grosvenor Road is Fruits and Roots Vegetarian Restaurant. Fruits and Roots offers a buffet with the intention to showcase a variety of tasty and healthy foods. Choose from a wide selection of sandwiches, pizzas, hot meals, wraps and burgers served on rye or whole wheat bread, with a side order of crisps. Dine in a light and airy courtyard while catching up on the latest gossip with friends. After your meal you can do a little shopping inside the store, where you will find an extensive variety of supplements, body care products, house cleaning products and gluten-free-foods.
Located at Waterfall Country Estate, Aurelie’s Health & Lifestyle Café is a trendy venue with a Mediterranean vibe that caters for vegans and vegetarians. They specialize on holistic health and wellness. Come and experience dishes with tofu, non-dairy cheese, falafel, veggie sausages and burger patties. They also offer a smoothie and veggie juice bar, gluten free baked treats, lunch boxes for children, full-day cleanse packages, health supplements and much more. Don’t leave without tasting their freshly brewed coffee made from the highest quality beans from Origin Coffee Roasting. Address & telephone number: Aurelie’s Health & Lifestyle Café, Waterfall Country Estate, Midrand, South Africa, +27 10 596 8900
If you are a vegetarian on the hunt for some delicious Indian cuisine, make a stop at Shayona. Whether you prefer your food savory or sweet, Shayona knows how to prepare it just right. You have the option to choose from a simple lunch for one, or the deluxe lunch that provides enough food for two. What really makes Shayona a winner (other than its great flavors) is that they use products manufactured by a group of dedicated volunteers who render their services in order to help disadvantaged communities.
Elemental Café is a 100% vegan and vegetarian restaurant that serves the finest food made from the freshest ingredients. The elegantly styled cafe is noted for their wood fired pizza, delicious meat-free burgers, tasty wraps, mouthwatering sandwiches and divine salads. They also have gluten-free options. Check out their shop, where you can purchase the famous range of NIGIRO teas and glass wear. You can also get hormone free eggs, strawberry jam, and raw honey among other unique items.
Address & telephone number: Elemental Café, Shop 5, Cnr. First Ave. & Standard Dr., Pine Park – Victory Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 782 1594
Leafy Greens is another vegan and vegetarian food cafe and health store in Johannesburg. Leafy Greens Café is conveniently located on an organic farm and shares the premises with the renowned Casalinga Restaurant. Dine in a relaxing environment sampling some mouthwatering dishes which are made using produce straight from the farm. The menu offers a wide range of home-made breakfast and lunch options. You also have the option to try the remarkable buffet available from 11am. Stop by at the shop where you can purchase a variety of vegan health, beauty and food products.
Simply Divine is a small restaurant that serves vegetarian dishes from across the globe, with some vegan options also included in the menu. The setting is casual, with outdoor seating and a takeaway option available for those who would prefer to eat at home. Though the interior is simple and rustic, after tasting their divine treats you’ll probably come back for more. Feel free to request a small sample of each dish to help you make a good choice.