The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Durban

Courtesy of Earth Mother Organic
Courtesy of Earth Mother Organic
Photo of Shubnum Khan
2 June 2017

South Africans may love their braais (barbecues) and boerewors (sausages) but there’s a growing trend toward healthy and environmentally conscious eating. We look at some of the best places in Durban for vegetarian food.

Earth Mother Organic

Cafe, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian
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The interior also hosts an organic fruit and vegetable store
The interior also hosts an organic fruit and vegetable store | © Earth Mother Organic

Set in the leafy heart between Morningside and Berea, this quaint little eatery in a house offers fresh shakes and smoothies, healthy vegan wraps and even sweet vegan desserts. The chef also works on a menu specified for particular health issues. Seating can be outside in the garden or the airy interior. It also houses an organic fruit and vegetable shop, a homeopath, a crafts store and an alternate therapy space.

Surat Vegetarian Delights

Restaurant, Fast Food, Vegetarian
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Try the punjabi samosas at Surat Vegetarian Delights
Try the punjabi samosas at Surat Vegetarian Delights | © Nuzree / Pixabay

This little gem of a takeaway is tucked behind a bedding store and opposite a tailor in a shopping arcade in the busy Indian district of Brickfield Road. They have a loyal customer base who swear by their vegetarian snacks – like moong dhall (lentil) samosas, sweetcorn and cheese samosas, vades (a fried onion and pea lentil snack), vegetable biryani, bunny chows, and broad beans and rice. Basically everything on the menu is delicious.

Falafel Fundi

Cafe, Vegetarian
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Starting off as a food stall at markets, Falafel Fundi became so big it recently opened its own store in Durban’s bustling Morningside area just off Florida Road. Their famous falafel balls come plain or wrapped with homemade hummus and salad. They also have a variety of Middle Eastern delights, like a Mediterranean platter, omelette made with four different herbs, a roti wrap, and a tasty baguette.

Out To Lunch

Cafe, Healthy, Vegan
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Vegan Burger | © Shubnum Khan
Out To Lunch is a 100% vegan and vegetarian food stall that’s been around in Durban for a few years now. Their burgers made out of walnuts, mushrooms and aubergine are delicious, and their funky breakfast wraps are an absolute treat. For those with a sweet tooth, they also have orange, cacao and ginger protein balls. They sell their yummy, vegan fruit-based wraps in bulk at the stall and you can find them weekly at the Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market and at the Morning Trade, and monthly at I Heart Market.

It's All Good Organics

Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian, $$$
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Based in La Lucia, It’s All Good Organics is a cosy little shop selling organic and wholesome meals, while it also has a fruit and vegetable store on the premise as well. They have a broad range of meals on their menu and serve an amazing almond cappuccino.

Krishna's Vegetarian Cuisine

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, $$$
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A savoury platter
A savoury platter | © Vrushnik's Vegetarian Foods

With Indian culture playing a big part in Durban, it’s no surprise that many of the vegetarian hotspots in the city have Indian cuisine on offer. South India has an array of vegetarian meals that have spread to Durban. Krishna’s Vegetarian Cuisine is known to specialise in paneer (a vegetarian cheese of sorts) and their daily menu has vegetable biryani, a variety of soya curries, and an array of vegetarian savouries.