As meat-free restaurants and plant-based cafés continue to pop up across the world’s more cosmopolitan cities, discovering beautifully prepared vegetarian food served in lovely surrounds is easier than it has ever been. Those staying at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa can tuck into the cream of Cape Town’s vegetarian cuisine, with a wealth of innovative plant-based pioneers within a stone’s throw. Here, we pull up a chair at the city’s most pioneering restaurants for delicious meat-free dining.
Best for fast-casual vegan food
With a varied menu that’s entirely vegan, fuel your day with a plate of power oats or fluffy scrambled tofu at Plant. One of the first vegan restaurants in Cape Town, what started out as a small Bo-Kaap café in 2013 is now practically a household name for plant-based, fast-casual fare. The hearty pastas and loaded burgers are a hit with plant-lovers and carnivores alike. What’s more, educating patrons on the benefits of a vegan lifestyle is part of Plant’s philosophy, with a percentage of the profits donated to worthwhile charities.
Best for plant-based fine dining
Executive Chef Christo Pretorius curates a superb, seasonal à la carte menu at Azure Restaurant. Vegetarians in Cape Town seeking a sumptuous dining experience should sample the aromatic Cape Malay curry or, for something lighter, an expertly seasoned cauliflower steak. Several of the plant-focused dishes come care of Red Carnation Hotels’ Bea Tollman, including a raw vegetable salad and rich pasta primavera. Save space for a heavenly dark chocolate and passion fruit melee for dessert.
Best for an outstanding vegan high tea
An exceptional afternoon tea, complete with all the trimmings, awaits guests at The Twelve Apostles’ Leopard Bar. Simply inform us of any special dietary requirements when booking, and we will take care of the rest. Our sophisticated ‘tea by the sea’ experience features a tiered stand of finger sandwiches, beautiful cakes and traditional teatime treats, all served alongside glittering sea views and soaring mountainous sweeps.
Best for delicious fish-free sushi
For sushi lovers who don’t eat seafood, the menu at The Café Grill comprises delectable vegan options. The vegan roll and vegan futomaki are filled with freshly sourced avocado, cucumber, asparagus and mango, with orange segments and tofu chilli garlic sauce adding a medley of flavours. Meanwhile, the menu’s hearty vegan bowl comes chock-full of roast carrots, marinated chickpeas, pumpkins seed, quinoa and more.
Best for vegetarian Cape Town produce
If looking for a cleansing juice or a feel-good breakfast made from local ingredients, Scheckter’s Raw is where to go. The health-conscious hangout is all about nourishing, plant-based favourites, from organic smoothies and superfood salads to energising health drinks. The matcha flapjacks are a satisfying snack, while the vegan burger is served in a charcoal-black bun made from lentils, brown rice, oats and flax seed. For the perfect pick-me-up, grab a red cappuccino or velvety chai latte to-go.
Cape Town’s vegetarian restaurants are renowned for their inspired menus, with plenty to entice guests staying at Red Carnation Hotels’ The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa.