For those following a meat-free, plant-based diet there is a steadily growing choice of great places to eat in Joburg where the entire menu caters to vegan and vegetarian tastes. Here's our guide to seven of the best.
A pure Sattvic (yoga) vegetarian restaurant, deli and spice shop. Shayona’s is the catering arm of the Swaminarayan Temple and supports the Swaminarayan Hindu charities that focus on disadvantaged communities. All products are manufactured by a group of dedicated volunteers. The restaurant is abuzz with locals enjoying delicious thalis, Indian street food (chaat), sweetmeats and people stocking up on spices and frozen food imports from India. The masala dosa is the best in town. Weekends are very busy but still the best time to go. 74 Church St, Mayfair
Little more than a hole in the wall, seating is around one big communal table which sits directly in front of the kitchen counter. The exclusively vegan menu changes weekly adding different curries, pastas or stir fries, but the huge leafy salads, bulked up with super foods like quinoa, are permanently on the menu. Cnr Delta St and Corlett Dr, Birnam
Promoting raw food, vegetarianism, peace, love and understanding. The Greenside Cafe is a perfect food fix for vegetarians and vegans. With its welcoming and bright interior, friendly owner Dimitri Gutjahr and team's street side patio and printed messages assure you that you are doing your bit to save the planet just by eating there. What's not to like? Try the fresh fruit and vegetable juices, raw food or the haloumi, avocado and quinoa salad, wheat-free pizzas or a 'Shooting Star', dainty filo parcel pastries filled with warm chocolate truffle. So tasty non-vegetarians won't be put out. 34 Gleneagles Rd, Greenside
Lexy's Healthy Eatery
'Eat More Plants' is the slogan of Lexi Monzeglio’s vegan-vegetarian cafe, that now has two locations, one at 24 Central in Sandton and one at The Zone@Rosebank. The eco-conscious ethos and plant-based menu is the same across both venues, as well as the greenery-filled interiors with eye-catching pot plants, statement plant walls and lush indoor shrubbery that make Lexi's stand out from the crowd. Crowd-pleasing favourites include the delicious bowls. At 24 Central in Sandton Central and The Zone@Rosebank
The Grind Greenery
The Grind Greenery occupies the mezzanine level of a cycling store and a coffee shop The Grind in Melrose Arch (famous for its most instagrammed coffee in a cone). A relation of Honest Food in Hyde Park the menu offers up plenty of healthy food options and is focused on plant-based eating. Melrose Arch
Fruits and Roots
A tasty daily vegetarian buffet feast gently puts those with food intolerances at ease with lots of gluten-free, preservative-free, fresh, healthy food plus an indulgent selection of sweet treats. A health-food emporium, Fruits & Roots Health Store stocks a wide range of supplements, nutraceuticals, groceries and household products. Hobart Corner Shopping Centre, Bryanston
Travel 40 minutes north of Sandton into the countryside and you’ll find places so dedicated to farm-to-fork dining that you can actually eat at the farm itself, like Antonia De Luca’s Leafy Greens, a colourful vegetarian café located on her family farm in Muldersdrift. Perfect for a leisurely breakfast or harvest table lunch en route to the Cradle of Humankind. Rocky Ridge Rd, Beyers Naude Dr, Muldersdrift. Leafy Greens also has a market stall at the Bryanston Market every Thu and Sat from 09:00-15:00.