I don’t know about you, but I’m awfully tired of today’s fast food culture! That’s why I’m always on the lookout for new eateries that are devoted to providing meals that are fresh and healthy. I’ve rounded up a list of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town that serve up tasty, nutritious drinks and foods. Most of them cater for all dietary constraints, including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and Banting. If juices, smoothies, salads and wraps are your thing, you’ll want to know about these fabulous little healthy spots!
This trendy little spot is conveniently situated on the corner of Buiten and Loop Streets. They’re a 100% vegan eatery that serve up healthy and delicious plant-based grub. Their all-natural, flavourful smoothies (all R40) are irresistible! I especially love the Mint Choc-Chip smoothie, which is a blend of rice milk, mint, spinach, banana, cocoa chips, protein mix and ice. Yum! Their Quinoa Salad (R39) and Mushroom Burger (R55) are great, too. What’s more, is they even make their own vegan-friendly mayo, cheeses and tempeh bacon!
8 BUITEN STREET, CAPE TOWN CBD
This informal yet very inviting little fresh food café in the heart of the city offers nutritious meals prepared with exclusively seasonal ingredients. They serve up raw, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as freshly-squeezed juices, herbal teas and organic coffees. Be sure to try the carb-free Poached Egg on Sautéed Kale and Spinach breakfast (R62) and the Superfood Salad (R75). I must also add that their Green Alkaliser juice (R32 for 500 ml) is the ultimate detox drink!
SHOP 8, ST GEORGE’S MALL, CAPE TOWN CBD
The lines out the door of Nü every day speak volumes! They serve up a drool-worthy selection of smoothies, salads, wraps and sandwiches. I can’t get enough of their New-Me smoothie (large cup for R36), which is a fruity mix of blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, low-fat plain frozen yoghurt and purified water. Also, their sugar- and gluten-free Protein Flapjack breakfast (R49) is must-try! Because, I mean, what’s better than blueberry flapjacks topped with banana, walnuts, honey and cinnamon that are completely guilt-free?
PIAZZA ST JOHN, 341 MAIN ROAD, SEA POINT
#4: Pure Good
This lovely, colourful eatery was founded by passionate foodie and MasterChef SA finalist Shannon Smuts. They’re all about dishing up the finest, freshest eats at unbelievably affordable prices. The menu boasts items like soups, wraps, sarmies and fruit salads. On the drinks side, there’s Bootlegger coffee, organic herbal tea, raw juices and smoothies on offer. The Skinny Bitch Wrap (R30) is perfect for the calorie-conscious, as is the Clean Cleanse Smoothie (R32 for 500 ml).
21 ST JOHN’S STREET, GARDENS
#5: Wellness Café
Situated in the popular Wellness Warehouse on Kloof Street, this café offers delicious smoothies, salads, sandwiches and other healthy snacks. They cater for a wide range of food intolerances in their menu, such as wheat and dairy. Their Chia Coconut breakfast (R60), which is a bowl of coconut and cinnamon chia with berry compote, Greek yoghurt and almond butter, is enough reason to pop in! Furthermore, if you feel like taking some snacks back home, the food market stocks a huge selection of organic health foods.
LIFESTYLE CENTRE, 50 KLOOF STREET, GARDENS
#6: Raw and Roxy
If you’re a dedicated vegan or trying to rev up your metabolism by eliminating nonsense, this is just the place to visit. Though not much more than a hole-in-the-wall deli, the buzzing shop offers mouth-watering raw, wholesome and unprocessed eats. Tantalise your taste buds with the Raw Pasta (regular portion for R80), which is a bowl of zucchini pasta in a creamy cashew nut and rosemary sauce, and the Peppermint Oreo Cookie (R30), which you simply won’t believe is 100% vegan and super-healthy!
300 ALBERT ROAD, WOODSTOCK