I was so pleasantly surprised with the food in Cape Town after a long 2 months of MSG in Asia. The vegan and gluten free restaurants here were easy to find and all offered plenty of greens and veggies alike. I couldn't remember the last time I had a shot of wheatgrass or a green smoothie! Even more fun were the specialty teas (like rooibos) and superfood supplements.
Rooibos (pronounced roy-bose) leaves are used to make the antioxidant rich tea. I adore the taste of it as it has such an earthy flavor that is incredibly grounding. Unlike in the U.S., rooibos is native to Africa and can be found everywhere. There is something so gratifying about the tea it makes me want to cuddle up by a fire with both hands cradling the mug.
Moringa, a native plant to the Congo, is rich in protein, beta-carotene and vitamin C. The leaves are offered at many vegan restaurant in Cape Town as a dried supplement to your smoothies. What a perfect boost! I had never even heard of the plant prior to this trip. I had so much energy and warmth between the moringa and rooibos in CT.
These restaurants were such a treat during my 4 days in Cape Town.
I frequented here the most because I fell in love with their GF bread and beet burger. Their cacao mint smoothie was also to die for. The vegan burgers were so filling even Kyle was full after this shop. Grab a wheatgrass shot before your meal to get your green fix in.
2. Elixir Cafe
This tiny rustic juice bar was one of my favorites. Specialty smoothies with maca and moringa are offered along with tons of vegan treats. If they have veggies that day, green juices and smoothies are available. Also available are specialty teas and coffee.
This vegan friendly juice shop and cafe offers a wide range of organic raw chocolate bars, green smoothies (must custom order) and salads. They even have a wide range of dry snacks like spirulina crackers and bars that are great for a Table Mountain hike! I was so grateful for these when we were on the steepest part of our hike. It was like a surge of energy having that spirulina and sesame cracker!
4. Victoria and Alfred Market
This market is such a godsend if you are staying on the waterfront like I was. Practically attached to the V&A Hotel, this market has a raw food stand (The Hungry Herbivore), a juice bar, an amazing coffee shop, and even a gelato bar with vegan coconut ice cream. I grabbed a smoothie every morning and picked up this raw pizza with some chocolate for a later night snack.
Loose leaf teas and juices. This little cafe was the perfect afternoon delight in a relaxed setting. If you are traveling with a meat eating companion this offers a great compromise.
Quinoa salads and wraps galore! Come here for lunch or morning juice. This little shop had great options both vegan and gluten free. It even has a retail selection of health products.