South Africans make no excuses about their love for meat. Given that a traditional braai (barbecue) is a regular occurrence in many local homes, and many South Africans consume meat at least three times a day, it may come as a surprise that there’s a burgeoning vegetarian scene throughout the country. Although exclusively vegetarian or vegan restaurants are a difficult find, most establishments these days have several tasty meat-free options from which to choose.
The original Cape Town gourmet burger venue serves up some of the best vegetarian and vegan meals in the city. If you have a hankering for some vegetarian fast food in a trendy location, look no further than this. The casual but quirky Long Street restaurant is an institution, and they now offer more than 50 burger options to choose from – all of which are available meat-free.
This Sea Point vegan restaurant is one of the trendiest on the Atlantic Seaboard. Though they tend towards the expensive side of vegetarian eating, they offer a variety of healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch options that’ll leave even the pickiest vegetarian happy. If you’re in a rush or simply want to enjoy your meal on the nearby Sea Point Promenade, you can also get most options to go.
One of the city’s most respected Mexican restaurants, El Burro, may not be entirely vegetarian, but their established Green Point branch and newer Taqueria on Kloof Nek serve up several quality meat-free Mexican dishes. Though a little on the costly side, particularly for big appetites, it’s become a perfect middle ground for veggies and non-veggies to unite.