Sustainable restaurants in Cape Town

In Cape Town, you can find great food on almost every corner. The city is home to hundreds of award-winning eateries, and no matter what you’re craving, you’ll find it nearby. For those who like their food sustainably sourced, you’re also spoilt for choice. The Good Food Network is a newly launched directory of all things ethically foodie, dedicated to mapping out GOOD food in the Cape Town area. According to the website, “GOOD means GOOD for people (is produced in a healthy way), GOOD for the earth (helps to regenerate ecosystems and the soil) and GOOD for local economies and communities (pays fair prices and uses fair labour practices). GOOD includes ethical, fair, local, sustainable, organic and natural”. Here are 10 of our favourite GOOD food restaurants in Cape Town.

Vredenhof, Somerset West

Vredenhof is an organic estate set on 27 hectares of happy, healthy farmland in Somerset West. Over 100 different varieties of fruits and vegetables are grown here, all natural and chemical-free. The farm is great to explore, and the restaurant uses only fresh, local, organic, seasonal ingredients (many of which are grown right here on the farm). The menu includes healthy breakfasts, light lunches or substantial meals like pork belly and lamb shank, delicious baked goods, and a selection of organic wines and craft beers.

Website: vredenhoforganicestate.co.za

Raw and Roxy, City Bowl

Raw and Roxy specialises in raw and vegan cuisine. The open-plan space is flooded with natural light and tables are decorated with wildflowers, creaing a ligh and airy sancuary righ in the heart of the city. They serve up guilt-free treats ranging from salads, juices, and smoothies to raw lasagne, Thai curry, and pizza. Saying goodbye to animal products is anything but boring here! For those who need some inspiration for the kitchen, the owner runs raw food classes on Monday and Thursday evebnings.

Website: facebook.com/rawandroxy

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Raw and Roxy’s raw vegan veggie burger. The patty is made of seeds and parsley, layered with cashew mayo, raw pickles, tomato, red onion, avocado, sprouts, mustard, tamari infused mushrooms and pesto. We use a big portobello mushroom instead of a bread bun to avoid starch. And a big salad with micro cherry tomatoes. Starches are inflammatory and acid, mucus and fungal forming. All starches are hard to digest, and by the time you have digested and assimilated them it has taken more energy than they give back to you. Starches clog up the lymphatic system. The anticancer properties of mushroom is believed to be due to phytochemicals within mushrooms, that have positive effects on cell death, growth and proliferation of healthy cells, lipid metabolism, and immune responses. Portobellos contain CLA, which has been shown to help inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis (death of abnormal or cancerous cells). They are one of the only plant/non-meat sources of CLA. That CLA content, along with other phytonutrients, is why mushrooms like the portobello mushroom are considered some of the top cancer-fighting foods on the planet. Mushrooms in general are one of the best dietary sources of L-ergothioneine (ERGO). Studies have found that low levels of ERGO are associated with higher risk for many chronic inflammatory diseases, especially those affecting red blood cells/hemoglobin. According to researchers at Penn State University, ERGO is biosynthesized only by fungi and mycobacteria (not humans), making mushrooms one of the only ways that humans and animals consume any. In recent years, ERGO has been researched for its potential therapeutic effects in the treatment of red blood cell disorders that are caused in part by oxidative damage. Research also shows that as a very stable antioxidant with unique abilities, is helpful for counteracting damage to mitochondrial DNA and protecting against neurodegenerative diseases, especially Parkinson’s disease. Plates from @mervyn_gers_ceramics. Thanks to @delgrandefabioparis for the picture💕🌺💋

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Plant Café, City Bowl

Plant Café is a Cape Town classic, and it prides itself on the delicious plant-based food it’s famous for. They make their own dairy-free cheese, eggless mayo and smoke their own tempeh bacon. Everything is vegan, and there are gluten-free options too. All menu items have detailed allergen information and are free of preservatives and harsh ingredients. Try the nachos with “cheesey” sauce, the dim sum, or burgers, and make sure you grab a vegan baked treat before you leave!

Website: plantcafe.co.za

Wolfgat, Paternoster

Wolfgat is a little outside of Cape Town (about a three hour drive), but it’s worth the trip to experience this magical fine dining restaurant. Chef Kobus van der Merve uses local ingredients, mostly foraged from the nearby coastline. The restaurant is set in an old fishing cottage next to an archaeological cave and only seats 20 diners per sitting. It was recently voted the Restaurant of the Year at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in France. Getting a booking has since become tricky; you’ll need to keep a close eye on their website.

Website: wolfgat.co.za

OZCF Farmers Market, V&A Waterfront

OZCF Farmers Market started as a small weekly market in Oranjezicht, next to an urban veggie farm. It became more and more popular, eventually moving to its current location at Granger Bay at the V&A Waterfront. The market takes place every Saturday and Sunday, and you can shop for fresh seasonal fruit and veggies to take home, or enjoy one of the many meals available.

Website: ozcf.co.za/market-day

Scheckter’s Raw, Sea Point

Scheckter’s is one of its kind on the buzzing Sea Point strip, attracting Cape Town’s young, glam crowd. The food is mostly raw and all vegan, and packed with super-foods, nut butters, and organic ingredients. You can sit down at the vibey food bar or grab a fresh ready-to-go meal out the fridge. Their flavourful and creative menu pops with vibrant colours, and it lists macronutrients. Try the pressed juices, breakfast bowls, probiotic salads, decadent tarts. It’s everything your green little heart could dream of.

Website: schecktersraw.com

Know Thy Farmer, Oude Molen, Pinelands

Oude Molen is a small, rural eco-village tucked away along the Black River. It is home to little restaurants, a school, several art galleries, veggie gardens, and even a backpackers. Know Thy Farmer offers the most wholesome, hearty, kid-friendly farm-eating experience you can get in Cape Town.

The Spinach King, Khayelitsha

Lufefe Nomjana is a township entrepreneur with a passion for health and spinach! Nicknamed ‘the Popeye of Khayelitsha’, he is
taking the Cape Town social entrepreneurship scene by storm. His conviction to improve people’s nutrition inspired his simple yet
genius idea to incorporate spinach into various tasty products to boost people’s health. Lufefe insists on keeping the price low so that health and nutrition are affordable for those who need it most. The outlet serves up the famous spinach bread (freshly baked daily) as well as veggie burgers, muffins, smoothies and other treats.

Website: spinachking.co.za

Whole Earth Cafe, Scarborough

Whole Earth prides itself on catering to everyone. They use seasonal, organic, and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. All meat is pasture-fed and the chicken and eggs are free range. You’ll find plenty to choose from no matter your dietary requirements—gluten-free, vegan, raw, or many others. They also have fresh juices and can make coffees with non-dairy milk.

Website: wholeearthcafe.co.za

Babylonstoren, Winelands

Babylonstoren has a lot to offer guests, from walks in the huge fruit and vegetable gardens and wine tasting to healing tea ceremonies and gourmet cuisine. Laid out over 3,5 hectares, the garden is divided into 15 sections that comprise fruit orchards, vegetables, berries, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant herb lawns, a prickly pear maze, ducks, chickens, hedgehogs and more.  There are also two restaurants. Babel serves farm-to-fork meals made with ingredients from the estate’s expansive gardens. Greenhouse Restaurant serves simple but hearty dishes, and no bookings are required.

Website: babylonstoren.com

Spier Wine Estate, Winelands

Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch is not only one of the most beautiful farms in the country, boasting a world-class hotel, two fantastic restaurants, an excellent conferencing centre and award-winning wines, it also leads the way in terms of sustainable and ethical farming. You can either eat at Eight, where the fresh veggies come from Farmer John’s chemical-free food garden, the meat comes from Farmer Angus’ grass-fed cattle, and the delicious eggs laid by happy hens that scratch around freely in the fields. You can also make up a picnic basket from a selection of cold cuts, cheeses, salads, bread, pâtés and dips, to enjoy on the lawn with a bottle of wine. Or you
can dine at The Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery in Spier’s historical Jonkershuis. There’s also log fire to keep you snug on winter days while you watch the baker pulling bread out of the wood-fired masonry oven.

Website: spier.co.za

 


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