There are many health benefits of switching to a vegan diet – scientific evidence points to longevity and the possible reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes. With such nutrient-dense meals, vegans often feel more satiated as their body absorbs more antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Across South Africa, many are turning to a plant-based diet yet with any new eating plan, it can feel quite daunting eating out and trying to find locations that won’t leave you hungry. Following a vegan lifestyle shouldn’t be mission impossible, and to help, here’s our pick of delicious vegan-friendly restaurants to visit:
The Hungry Herbivore – Cape Town
An artisanal plant-based restaurant, The Hungry Herbivore also makes delicious guilt-free snacks for those who need to eat on the go. With a diverse menu that features both sweet and savoury, they bridge the gap between health and comfort food. Their Oh Sweet Kim Burger, made from lentils, kimchi, sweet potato and quinoa is a house favourite, worth the trip alone.
Plant Cafe – Cape Town
Offering tasty Vegan food, Plant believes in creating “compassionate choices without sacrificing on taste”. It’s a trendy space that puts fresh, healthy living at the forefront of their business, catering for a vast array of dietary requirements and allergies.
Using ingredients that are free from preservatives and chemicals, they provide solutions for fast-paced living, and they also make their own dairy-free cheese and eggless mayo.
The Greenside Café – Johannesburg
Their mission is to show people that a vegan diet is not only healthy and varied, it is utterly scrumptious. By choosing to follow a plant-based eating plan, they believe that they’re contributing towards a better, cleaner future and from burgers to salads, their choices come in filling portion sizes, bursting with flavour.
Leafy Greens Café – Johannesburg
Striving to provide seasonal, fresh dishes that deliver not only on high nutritional value, but also on taste, Leafy Green is a peaceful escape from bustling city life. Hear the roar of traffic fade to the gentle lull of crickets and bird song, and swap fast food for freshly picked produce that helps to foster local development.