The Fussy Vegan 

The Fussy Vegan in Blairgowrie is a favourite among vegans in Randburg. The eatery here offers a wide range of delicious vegan meals, treats and snacks. The menu features three wraps, the Breakfast Burrito, the Lunchtime Burrito and the Mac + Cheese Burrito. While all of these are worthy contenders for the best wraps in the city, we're suckers for the creamy and oh-so cheesy mac and cheese wrapped up in a chewy burrito.

Contact details: 060 716 6029 | Caltex Waterfall, Jan Smuts Avenue, Blairgowrie | [email protected] | thefussyvegan.co.za

Doppio Zero

Doppio Zero has become one of our favourite spots to grab a bite to eat, thanks to their many tasty vegan offerings. One such offering is the Nomad Wrap. This wrap is stuffed with beetroot pealafal fritters, hummus, salsa, cos lettuce, radish, tahini dressing, chickpeas, mangetout, carrot and cucumber. With several branches scattered across the city, there really is no reason not to stop by.

Contact details: 011 486 4119 | [email protected] | www.doppio.co.za

Lexi's Healthy Eatery 

Lexi's Healthy Eatery is the place to be when you're craving a yummy wrap that's easy on the calories. Their menu offers five varieties of wraps, all satisfying in their own right. But if we had to choose just one, it would be the Pulled Mushroom with pulled oyster mushrooms in a smokey sauce, cashew cream African-style spinach, chilli and red cabbage. This can be served on your choice of a low-carb or gluten-free wrap. Or, switch things up and make a sandwich out of it.

Contact details: [email protected] | lexiseatery.com

Greenside Cafe

Based in Greenside, the Greenside Cafe offers a healthy range of vegan meals that are good for you and the planet. And they are incredibly delicious too. The BLT Wrap is a must-try. Choose between a wholewheat, nori seaweed or gluten-free wrap filled with vegan bacon, tomato, lettuce, onion and cashew nut cream. Before you leave, make sure you have a slice of their famed Raw Maple Cheese Cake.

Contact details: 011 646 3444 | 34 Gleneagles Road, Greenside | [email protected] | www.thegreensidecafe.co.za

Jackson's Real Food Market 

With branches in Bryanston and Kyalami, this eatery is your go-to for delicious and nutritious treats of all sorts. Their Hummus Raw Veggie Wrap consists of carrot and cucumber sticks, raw kale, avocado, sprouts, turmeric kraut, cocktail tomatoes, chopped rocket and basil and raw cashew nut hummus served on a beetroot and acai wrap. There's no better way to get your vitamin boost.

Contact details: 011 463 1598 | [email protected] | jacksonsrealfoodmarket.co.za

Wrap Shack 

For the most colourful wraps around, head to the Wrap Shack. This food stall crafts a rainbow of wraps, infused with beetroot, spinach, sweet potato, sundried tomato and butternut. Not only do they look good, but they taste good too. You can purchase packs of these wraps or get them stuffed with falafel balls, rainbow slaw, pineapple salsa, avo slices and homemade cashew mayo. You can find the Wrap Shack at most vegan markets in the city.

Contact details: [email protected] | www.wrap-shack.co.za

What is your favourite vegan wrap in the city? Let us know in the comments section below!

Kaylee's Eatery

How does all-day vegan breakfast sound? If this gets your mouth watering, then pay a visit to Kaylee's Eatery in Bedfordview as soon as you can. Their menu offers up healthy options, like the Oat Bowl and Acai Bowl, and more hearty options such as the Shakshuka and Breakfast Burrito. But we're suckers for the Belgian Waffles, served either with chocolate and grilled banana or with strawberry and blueberry compote and toffee syrup. This is perfectly topped off with a delicious hot drink, made with your choice of almond, soya or coconut milk.

Contact details: 011 524 7603 | 147 N Reef Rd, Bedfordview | https://www.facebook.com/kayleesbedfordview/

Lexi's Healthy Eatery

This upmarket eatery is based in three locations across Joburg, so there's no excuse to not pay them a visit. The menu at Lexi's focuses on healthy meals that are mostly plant-based. They have a wide variety of breakfast items from savoury stacks and gourmet toast to sweet treats and smoothie bowls. The Polenta Breakfast Stack is our definite must-try item. With earthy mushrooms, tart cherry tomatoes, vibrant green spinach and a seed and dukkha sprinkle on a bowl of polenta, this is one of the most unique breakfasts in the city.

Contact details: Locations | [email protected] | https://lexiseatery.com/

Jackson's Real Food Market

Another venue serving all day breakfast, Jackson's Real Food Market has an in-store eatery in Bryanston and Kyalami. Diners can enjoy a range of freshly made juices and smoothies for an extra vitamin kick. Alternatively, have a pot of luxury tea with your breakfast. From the diverse range of wraps, bowls, burgers and sandwiches, our favourite has to be the Vegan Toastie. Think rustic sourdough bread topped with smashed avo, fried mushrooms and baby spinach, yum!

Contact details: 011 463 1598 | [email protected] | http://jacksonsrealfoodmarket.co.za/

The Fussy Vegan

The Fussy Vegan is one of our favourite vegan eateries in the city. Not only do they cook up some of the tastiest vegan food in South Africa, but they also stock a wide variety of vegan snacks, treats, drinks and toiletries. Stop by on any morning for your fill of tasty vegan breakfasts. We adore the Breakfast Burrito, featuring a toasted tortilla stuffed with tofu scramble, seitan bacon, avo, salsa and black rice. If you're in the mood for something on the sweeter side, grab a gourmet doughnut, a sugary cinnamon roll or a flaky croissant. Pair any of these with an Almond Cappuccino and you're set for the day.

Contact details: 060 716 6029 | Caltex Waterfall, Jan Smuts Avenue, Blairgowrie | [email protected] | https://www.facebook.com/TheFussyVegan/

Free Food*

For a healthy breakfast option that is free from meat, dairy, eggs, gluten, sugar and preservatives, pay a visit to Free Food* in Birnam. Try the Golden Chickpea Omelette, made with chickpea flour folded with greens, onions, avo and tofu mayo. This is served with a gluten-free toast triangle, date chutney, hummus and coriander salsa. If this doesn't float your boat, the Free* Stack is bound to satisfy any craving. Brown rice flapjacks are served with berry and banana ice cream and scattered with coconut and almond shavings.

Contact details: 082 406 4699 | Shop 5 Reithmere, cnr Delta Road & Corlett Drive, Birnam | [email protected].za | https://www.freefood.co.za/

The Whippet 

Now serving a plethora of vegan options, The Whippet in Linden in your go-to for good coffee and good grub. Although not a vegan or health food hub, this coffee shop has a wide variety of healthy vegan meals to suit any palate. Our top choice is the Tofu Benedict, which offers smashed avo topped with tofu and vegan Hollandaise on a toasted English muffin. For something sweeter, we love the Almond, Chia and Strawberry French Toast, with golden fried vegan French toast, topped with caramalised banana and strawberries. With either choice, you'll be in breakfast heaven.

Contact details: 061 512 1373 | Corner 7th St & 4th Ave, Linden, Randburg | [email protected] | https://thewhippetcoffee.com/

What's your favourite vegan breakfast in the city? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Fussy Vegan 

Tucked away behind a garage in Blairgowrie, this is a vegan haven. The Fussy Vegan serves up tasty vegan snacks and treats, toiletries and other items of convenience. But they make it onto this list because of their delectable vegan fare. Our favourite menu item is definitely the Rib Burger. Served on a sesame seed bun, with a crunch of colourful veg, this is a must-try! But those looking for something a little healthier can opt for one of the bowls, we recommend the Poke Bowl with crispy cashews, creamy avo, ginger, endamame beans and fresh mango, sprinkled with black sesame seeds. 

Contact details: 060 716 6029 | Caltex Waterfall, Jan Smuts Avenue, Blairgowrie | [email protected] | https://www.facebook.com/TheFussyVegan/

The Greenside Cafe

The Greenside Cafe focuses on healthy and clean living in an effort to conserve the planet. They do this by offering healthy and cruelty-free meals that are still delicious and packed full of flavour. The menu features an array of delicious items, from breakfasts, wraps and pizzas to health burgers, desserts and pasta. Their vegan hot chocolate is reason enough to visit. Made with quality belgium chocolate, this Paris-style indulgence is well worth it. Pair this with a sublime pizza for the ultimate binge. 

Contact details: 011 646 3444 | 34 Gleneagles Rd, Greenside | [email protected] | https://www.thegreensidecafe.co.za/

Kaylee’s Eatery

Vegans of Bedfordview have flocked to Kaylee’s Eatery since its opening not too long ago. And we don’t blame them. Serving all day breakfasts, hearty sandwiches and oh so sweet treats, this is a must visit for any vegan in the city. Being a lover of all things sweet, we can’t resist one of the fluffy Belgian waffles, topped off with a thick and creamy gourmet milkshake. If that wasn’t sweet enough, give the Lemon Meringue, Traditional Apple Pie or Chocolate Mousse a go! Not a fan of the sweet stuff? No worries! Kaylee makes a wide variety of yummy savoury options, from the world famed Beyond Meat Burger to healthy and filling Power Bowls. 

Contact details: 011 524 7603 | 147 N Reef Rd, Bedfordview | https://www.facebook.com/kayleesbedfordview/

Free Food* 

Located in Birnam, Free Food* offers food that is free from meat, dairy, eggs, sugar, gluten, wheat and preservatives. Not only that, but they also don’t use microwaves, tin openers or fryers. This results in fresh whole food that is yummy and nutritious. We can’t resist the Free* Jacks, made with quinoa and rice flour layered with strawberry jam and chocolate, with a sprinkling of hazelnuts. But if you’re looking for something a little more hearty, go for the Red Lentil & Vegetable Curry. This delight consists of grilled mushrooms, cauliflower, green beans, baby tomatoes, sweet potato, butternut, kale, celery and potatoes, all cooked in a range of spices and served with fluffy jasmine rice - yum!

Contact details: 082 406 4699 | Shop 5 Reithmere, cnr Delta Road & Corlett Drive, Birnam | [email protected] | https://www.freefood.co.za

Leafy Greens Café

Hidden away behind lush greenery, Leafy Greens in Muldersdrift uses self-sustained, organic and home grown produce to provide tasty meals that are vegan, healthy and top quality. The menu offers a wide variety of vegan dishes for you to explore. But the top choice for any regular has got to be the buffet. This buffet is nothing like the flavourless, cold and overcooked buffets offered elsewhere. Instead, this table serves up freshly prepared food that is perfectly cooked each and every time. Don’t believe us? Then try it out for yourself. 

Contact details: 010 595 4563 | Rocky Ridge Road 1724, Muldersdrift | https://www.leafygreens.co.za/

Lexi’s Healthy Eatery 

Lexi’s healthy eatery, located in Sandton, Rosebank and Modderfontein, is not an entirely vegan restaurant. Although the vast majority of menu items are plant based, they do cater to meat eaters too. This makes Lexi’s a top choice for diners of different dietary requirements. We love their wide offerings of breakfast choices, our favourite being the Sexy Spinach Scramble. Tofu is scrambled with spinach, kale and parsley and served with roasted tomatoes, fresh avocado and crispy rye toast. But for a fancy dinner affair, nothing beats the Slow Roasted Cauliflower Steak or the Black Rice Porcini Mushroom Risotto. 

Contact details: https://lexiseatery.com/#contact-section | [email protected] | https://lexiseatery.com

Want more? Check out our list of the best vegan friendly restaurants in Joburg!

What is your favourite vegan restaurant in Joburg? Let us know in the comments section below!

Vegan Bowls 

The Fussy Vegan

When driving through Jan Smuts Avenue in Blairgowrie, it's easy to pass by The Fussy Vegan without a second glance. But this vegan eatery, hidden away at a petrol station, is certainly worth another glance, and a visit. Serving up a delightful range of vegan snacks, burgers and confectionery, this is a one-stop vegan haven. Their menu boasts several bowl options, but we are enamored with the Poke Bowl. With sushi rice, mango chunks, cashews, creamy avo, edamame beans, teriyaki soy sauce, sushi ginger and carrot roses, this is a must-try vegan delight.

Contact details: The Fussy Vegan | 060 716 6029 | Caltex Waterfall, Jan Smuts Avenue, Blairgowrie | [email protected] | Facebook

Doppio Zero

Doppio Zero has become the go-to for vegan and vegetarian meals. With the wide and delicious vegan offerings, we are not surprised. One of the items on their vegan menu is the Rainbow Bowl. Served with a trio of quinoa, pearled couscous and buckwheat, lightly tossed with chimichurri tofu, roasted beetroot, blistered cherry tomatoes, avo and nigella seeds. This delightful bowl is dressed with a creamy green hummus and an earthy tahini drizzle. The nuttiness of the grains combine beautifully with the sweet vegetables and the nigella seeds add a finishing touch that perfects the dish.

Contact details: Doppio Zero | 011 486 4119 | Various locations | [email protected] | https://www.doppio.co.za

Kaylee's Eatery

This vegan eatery in Bedfordview has grown in popularity since its initial opening. Serving an all day breakfast, thick and creamy milkshakes, gourmet burgers and indulgent hot drinks, this is a must visit for any vegan or vegetarian. They prepare six sumptuous Power Bowls that are all worth a try. We recommend the Falafel Bowl, with deconstructed falafel mix, cherry tomatoes, marinated cucumber brunoise, red onion, olives and grilled aubegine. All of this is lightly tossed in a creamy coriander and tahini dressing.

Contact details: Kaylee's Eatery | 011 524 7603 | 147 N Reef Rd, Bedfordview | Facebook

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Vegetarian Bowls

Mugg & Bean

Mugg & Bean has long been a South African favourite. With their giant muffins, bottomless coffee and generous cake displays, we can see why. The restaurant now serves a selection of salads, smoothies and summer slushes in an effort to bring healthier options to their menu. One of our favourite bowls is The Benedict Bowl. This delight features fluffy cous cous, wilted baby spinach, roasted baby tomatoes and slivers of avocado topped with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and basil pesto.

Contact details: Mugg & Bean | 0860 672 326 | Various Locations | https://themugg.com

Lexi's Healthy Eatery

This restaurant caters to all dietary requirements, from vegan and vegetarian to meat eaters. This makes the eatery a go-to for any group of mixed eaters. Often left out vegetarians will adore the many options to choose from. One such option is the Farmer's Breakfast Bowl. This early morning meal is a mishmash of grilled mushrooms and tomatoes, roasted potatoes and avocado, blanketed in vegan hollandaise and sumac. All this is topped with a poached egg, but vegans may opt for a tofu scramble instead.

Contact details: Lexi's Healthy Eatery | 083 300 1210 | Various Locations | [email protected] | https://lexiseatery.com

tashas

Another restaurant accommodating all dietary requirements, tashas is a solid choice for any vegetarian or health fundi. The focus of this restaurant is simple food made with simple and good quality ingredients. The freshness of the ingredients can be tasted in every bite of the Feta Quinoa Fritter Salad. Comprising of quinoa, feta and pea fritters served on a bed of labneh, mixed seeds and nuts, gem lettuce, cucumber, chives and cauliflower, all drizzled in a lemon vinaigrette.

Contact details: tashas | 011 883 0389 | Various Locations | https://www.tashascafe.com

vegetarian bowl

What's your favourite vegan or vegetarian bowl? Let us know in the comments section below!

What to Expect

The Beyond Meat Burger was designed to "look, cook and satisfy like beef". And it does. Once cooked, these patties look exactly like a perfect medium rare beef burger. Not only does it look the same, but it also tastes the same. This might not be preference to all vegans and vegetarians. But for those starting out or who really miss that meaty taste, this is the ultimate vegan burger. The only difference between the Beyond Burger and the real thing, is that the Beyond is ever so slightly softer and more tender - the way a meat burger should be, but rarely is. For those keen to try out this burger for themselves, here are a few places now offering it.

Hudsons The Burger Joint

This burger joint has become a fast favourite among vegans for the fantastic burger choices. Their Beyond Meat offering, The Houdini, comes with mounds of vegan mozzarella, vegan bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mustard. You can also substitute any of the other patties with a Beyond Meat Burger for just R35.

Find more information here.

Woolworths Cafe

This grocery store cafe have also started crafting their own Beyond Meat creations. Served on a brioche bun with cheese and mayo, this burger is definitely not vegan. However, it is still a good choice for vegetarians and meat eaters wanting to try out the Beyond Burger.

Find more information here.

Kaylee's Eatery

Kaylee's Eatery offers two Beyond Meat options. The regular burger comes with fresh lettuce, crisp red onion slices and juicy tomatoes loaded onto a soft bun. The Beyond Cheese Burger features those same ingredients finished off with velvety vegan cheese.

Find more information here.

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The Fussy Vegan

The Fussy Vegan is well known for having what is possibly the best Rib Burger in Joburg. But they also have a pretty good Beyond Meat Burger. Available in both gluten and gluten-free options, these burgers come with a perfectly cooked patty, melted cheese, fresh tomato and a crown of lettuce.

Find more information here.

Food Lover's Market Café

Food Lover's Market Café serves up the Beyond Meat Burger at two of their branches, Stoneridge Shopping Centre in Edenvale and Sunward Park Lifestyle Centre in Boksburg. The burger patty comes on a fresh white bun with a crunch of lettuce, finely sliced tomato, vinegar-infused pickles, a bite of onion and creamy mayonnaise, served with a side salad or spiced golden chips.

Find more information here.

Asher's Farm Sanctuary

The onsite eatery at this sanctuary offers a great burger. Served on a crusty bun, piled with lettuce, tomato, onion, optional vegan cheese, tangy sauce and the infamous patty. What makes this burger worth the drive to Pretoria is the grilled pickles. These add a deliciously acidic note to the rest of the rich burger.

Find more information here.

Jackson's Real Food Market

Jackson's serves up their take of the ultimate vegan burger on a vegan bun with cheese, gherkins, red onion, lettuce, rocket, tomato and mayo, with a side of chips fried in olive oil. We recommend finishing this off with a dirty vegan chai latte made with your choice of soya, almond, coconut or macadamia milk.

Find more information here.

beyond meat

Have you tried the Beyond Meat Burger? Let us know in the comments section below!

*Images sourced from Beyond Meat's Facebook page.

Arriving here, some may feel a bit lost, out of place or have horror scenes playing in their mind. With the remote and quiet surroundings, this can be expected. However, once you're on the property, you'll made to feel like a welcomed guest.

After the pleasant drive from Joburg to Pretoria, we arrived at the sanctuary worried we were at the wrong place. Although well-marked, it is eerily quiet. Having arrived for the tour early, we ordered drinks at the vegan eatery, while exploring the on-site store. Drinks included a luscious hot chocolate topped with the most delicious whipped cream and a hazelnut latte crowned with melting vegan marshmallows. They were a treat, even to an omnivore palate.

The tour, which runs from 10:00 - 11:00 and 11:30 - 12:30 on Saturdays and Sundays, is completely free. The hour-long tour starts with the floppy-eared, curly-tailed pigs. There are currently three of them housed at the sanctuary, lovingly named Babe, Willow and Alfie. The tour discusses their stories in-depth, including how they got to the sanctuary, their path to health and their current lives. All while visitors get to watch as the pigs terrorise the poor ground keepers, demanding some love.

The tour then followed onto the rabbits and chickens, then to the majestic horses and the naughty goats - Basil, Libi and Beverley. Basil, has to be the personality of the sanctuary with his naughty and demanding antics. But he was able to charm us into falling in love with him at first sight. Beverley has to be the most adorable little kid we have ever seen.

Next, we got to meet the stars of the show. The ladies and the lads are a group of affectionate-hungry donkeys including India, Juliet, Charlie, Delta, Tango, Bravo and Echo. After being rescued from cruel conditions, many of these equines prefer to stay away from human interaction, which the facility supports. However, some of the donkeys have a lot of love, affection and cuddles to offer. Just be careful, a few of them are quite drawn to handbags and may choose to take a bite or steal them.

donkey

The sanctuary also has a few rescued cows. We had the honour of meeting their photogenic girl Grace, and their huge and beautiful boy, aptly named Mr T. We were also lucky enough to be afforded the opportunity to play with the cow's flaps, the loose skin under their necks, and to get some soggy kisses. These animals, who were tortured in the farm and animal testing industry, now live full and happy lives thanks to all the hard work from the dedicated team at Asher's.

When the tour, sloppy kisses and Instagram snaps were done, we decided to end the day with a meal and mini shopping spree. Their store and eatery can easily be described as the Pretorian version of The Fussy Vegan, with the hard-to-find vegan items and scrumptious vegan fare. The menu is small but includes a range of coffees and milkshakes, burgers and hot dogs. We decided to try the Turkish Delight Milkshake, the Crumbed Burger and the Beyond Meat Burger, both served with a side salad and chips.

While waiting for our order, we browsed through the selection at their store. The selection includes vegan biltong, chocolate and caramel sauces, Nature and Moi cheese, vegan ice cream, cool drinks, bags, vegan hot chocolate, vegan sweets, vegan chocolate, Asher's Farm Sanctuary shirts and hoodies, black salt, jack fruit and so much more. And all the proceeds from this and the eatery, go towards caring for the animals on the farm.

After making a few purchases and sponsoring our chosen fluff balls (the noble Mr T and the playful Basil), we sat down for our meal. Wow. The Turkish Delight Milkshake, which was vegan, was mouth-watering and delectable. The salt and pepper chips were golden and crisp on the outside and perfectly fluffy on the inside. And the burgers? The Crumbed Burger was a "chicken" schnitzel on a fresh bun with creamy and tangy sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion slices, cheese and grilled pickles. The Beyond Meat Burger was glorious in size and taste. And for those who haven't tried it yet, it does look and taste exactly like real beef. Or at least the way we remember it tasting.

This was a wonderfully entertaining and informative day out, fulled with vivacious personalities, tasty food and lots of love. We'll definitely be back soon.

If you would like to offer some much need assistance to this organisation, you can do so by volunteering, supporting their cafe and shop or sponsoring an animal. You can also book a free tour here.

Alternatively, contact them on 065 120 2664, email [email protected] or visit their website.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The Fussy Vegan

The Fussy Vegan is a small eatery hiding out in a garage in Blairgowrie. They supply a few vegan items like biltong, ice cream, iced coffees and even shampoo. It is definitely worth checking out this small restaurant just for their pre-packaged BLT, with seitan bacon and vegan mayo. Their breakfast burrito is also worth a try, a toasted tortilla stuffed with avocado, bacon, tofu scramble and black rice. But the reason they're on this list is for their delicious seitan rib burger. You'll be hard-pressed to find another rib burger, vegan or meat, that is as good as this one. This consists of a sesame seed bun topped with some fresh greens, slaw and seitan ribs smothered in barbecue sauce.

Find more information here.

Dukes Burgers

Dukes Burgers has an entire page of options dedicated to vegetarian burgers. They offer to make any of these vegan by removing the dairy and switching to an egg-free bun. Switching to an egg-free bun is free of charge, an added bonus for those of us who are sick of paying an extra R12 for soy milk. A favourite burger here is the Kung Fu Tofu; tofu, carrot, cashew and basil patty in a Thai peanut soy sauce, with carrots, pineapple, red cabbage and sesame seeds. This is the perfect sweet and sour combination.

Find more information here.

Hudsons The Burger Joint

Hudsons has many vegan burger options. Each one of these is mouthwatering in their own right, but we go there for The Stack burger. This consists of a lentil and chickpea patty topped with caramalised onions, Violife feta cheese and creamy avocado. We are suckers for anything with creamy avocado. And at this joint, we can wash it all down with a vegan Oreo milkshake.

Find more information here.

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Craft Restaurant

If you find yourself in the Parkhurst area craving a burger, then you should stop at Craft. In fact, even if you are on the other side of Joburg, it is worth making the trip to this establishment. Why, you ask? Because this restaurant makes one of the most amazing vegan burgers this side of the world. We're talking about a black bean and freekeh patty topped with avocado and edamame purée and a chickpea and coriander patty in a spicy vegan mayonnaise. This has got our mouths watering.

Find more information here.

Lexi's Eatery

Lexi's, based in Sandton and now Modderfontein, is a vegan restaurant with a few non-vegan choices. Which can be a nice change from regular restaurants, where you'll be lucky to get three vegan options. At Lexi's, you'll certainly have many more choices. One such choice is the Activated Charcoal Burger. This consists of a sweet potato, chickpea and activated charcoal patty served with carrot hummus, purple sauerkraut, chipotle mayo, tomato and greens on a fresh burger bun.

Find more information here.

Special Mention: Beyond Meat Burger

This burger patty hit South African shores in 2018 and ever since we have all been going crazy trying to get our hands, or rather mouths, on them. What's all the fuss about? Well, Beyond Meat uses special technology to make fake meat that looks, tastes and feels like the real thing. If you haven't tried this product yet, here are some of the places to get it.

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Lupa Osteria

This Italian eatery has their own vegan menu which includes pizza, desserts and pasta. Their house made spaghetti is made without egg, making it perfectly vegan. You can dress this pasta with the Loula; tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, basil and garlic. Or you can choose to build your own pasta, selecting from a choice of ingredients such as caramelised onions, roasted peppers, olives, artichokes, mushrooms and aubergines, all rounded off with Napoli Sauce. We wouldn't say no to Rosemary Focaccia, with roasted pepper and olive spaghetti in a tangy and sweet tomato sauce, finished off with Mixed Berry Sorbet.

Find more information here.

Doppio Zero

Doppio Zero has become the coffee shop of choice for vegans across Joburg. This is simply because of their wide range of vegan choices that are amazingly delicious. One such choice is the Vegano Fettuccine, luscious strands of fettuccine lightly tossed with mushrooms, baby marrows, red onion, coconut milk, garlic, chilli and spicy chimichurri. This is beautifully complemented with a Cappuccino Vero, an Italian styled cappuccino, perfectly rich and bitter after a warm and hearty meal.

Find more information here.

Col'cacchio

Col'cacchio is an Italian restaurant that has become a go-to for vegans craving Italian fare in recent years. This is because they offer delicious vegan salads, pizzas and pastas. They have two vegan pasta options on their menu, these are the Pomodoro, a simple basil and tomato pasta. But often, simple is best. The other vegan option is the sought-after Spaghetti and Vegballs, vegan 'meatballs' with the Pomodoro sauce and vegan Parmesan.

Find more information here

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The Fussy Vegan

This eatery is a hidden gem tucked away behind a fuel station in Blairgowrie. They have become the popular choice for their amazing freshly prepared food, pre-packed food and vegan snacks. We love going there just for a bottle of Almond Creamery and a loaded smores doughnut. But if you're in the mood for something a little more filling and much more hearty, they make some of the best Mac and Cheese, wheat pasta in cashew cheese sauce with seitan bacon bits. And better yet, they serve this in a burrito. That's right, a macaroni and cheese burrito. Can you think of anything more glutenous yet completely worth it? We can't.

Find more information here

Free Food

Free Food is a vegan restaurant and supplier based in Melrose. They offer two vegan pasta choices. These two options consist of the Free Ball Tomato Pasta, vermicelli and 'meat balls' in a tomato, onion and thyme sauce with kalamata olives and almonds loaded on fresh greens. There is also the Pesto Pasta, vermicelli with mushrooms, tomatoes and kalamata olives brought together with basil pesto, also with fresh greens and chopped almonds. We love the fresh and healthy take on pasta at this eatery.

Find more information here

The Greenside Cafe

Greenside Cafe focuses on healthy, green eating. Green as in environmentally-friendly, not broccoli. This restaurant has the widest range of vegan pasta of all the places on this list. Their pasta choices include spaghetti, chewy tofu ribbons and gluten free. These pastas can be paired with Bolognaise, Vegan Pesto, Italian and Algerian sauces. No matter your choice, we recommend rounding off your meal with a slice of the Raw Maple Cheesecake.

Find more information here

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What is your favourite vegan pasta? Let us know in the comments section below!

Jokes like "what is the Native American word for a vegan? Bad Hunter!" was cool when we were 15 years old. Now, it's just silly. Giggles aside, we're headed straight to flavour town (sorry, Guy Fieri you're not coming with), so buckle up and sit tight - you're in for a treat. We're headed to one of our new favourite vegan places in Joburg.

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What started out as a dietary change, soon turned into a lifestyle and eventually a business for the self-taught chef and owner Werner Prinsloo when The Fussy Vegan opened its doors on 21 January 2018. Werner noticed that there was a gap in the market for good vegan food on the go. "There are only so many times you can eat plain salted Lays," Werner jokes. The gap in the market Werner is referring to is vegan fast food. The type of stuff that you grab at a petrol station on your way to work ... but better. With that said, this hidden vegan gem does not slap a sandwich together and send you on your way. Nope. The aim here is what Werner calls "slow fast food". The Fussy Vegan sets out to create meals stuffed with attention to detail.  An example of this would be my absolute favourite menu item, the toasted tofu mayo and bacon sandwich. Wait, what? Bacon? Yeah, vegan bacon. It's made from something called seitan - a wheat gluten meat substitute dating back to 6th century China.

the fussy vegan

Werner is a bit of a mad scientist in the kitchen and enjoys experimenting with different ingredients. Patrons can expect dishes such as mushroom risottos, mac 'n cheese, shiitake lasagna, and a variety of other comfort foods. Not to mention a display of ready-made sandwiches packed in biodegradable packaging; the BLT and Tofu Mayo are some of the best sellers and are so delicious even carnivores love them. Other favourites include the Breakfast Burrito, Philly Cheese Steak roll and the Pulled Mushroom Sandwich that are so good that you don't even miss the meat and dairy. The Fussy Vegan has also recently started making the much anticipated Beyond Meat Burger; a veggie burger that looks, smells and tastes like the real thing.

The Fussy vegan is well priced for the freshness that you get. In fact, for the price of a chicken mayo wrap at Woolies, you can buy a toasted sandwich and a cupcake at the Fussy Vegan.

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The Fussy Vegan also sells pressed fruit and veg juices, vegan kefir, kombucha, vegan cheeses, yogurts and butter to name but a few ... oh! And vegan biltong! To boot, Werner's right-hand man, Dave Sampson is a rock star when it comes to brewing a cup of coffee that uses almond milk to create rich and creamy cappuccinos. You can also get a bottle of the best macadamia and almond nut iced coffee, sold in a glass bottle. The Fussy Vegan also acts as a mini convenience store for vegans, stocking cooking and cleaning products, toiletries, as well as glass straws and bamboo toothbrushes which have no impact on the environment.

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All in all, if you're not a vegan or a vegetarian (and you're like me who just loves food), then do yourself a favour and stop by the Fussy Vegan - you won't be sorry. The service is great, the dudes are friendly and the food is off the charts. Be warned though, the toasted BLT sandwich can get you hooked. Also, there is a daily lunchtime rush so either pop in before or after regular lunch hours. Pro tip: If there is a lunchtime rush at an eatery then it means the food is good.

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You know you're South African (or a fan of good food) when you've developed a biltong addiction. To soothe those cravings, pop by these top rated stockists of your favourite snack.

Boskruin Butchery 

Voted as one of the best biltong spots in Joburg, the Boskruin butchery in the northern suburbs of the city, specialises in biltong made from game meat. From Wildebeast to warthog and everything in between, there is something tasty and tantilising for everyone.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/BoskruinButcheryandDeli/

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Sloan Meat Market

For some of the best biltong in town, your favourite cuts of lamb and beef, poultry and spit braai catering, visit Sloane Meat Market and see what they have on offer! There is a huge selection of prime cut and quality meats to choose from, no matter what you are planning on preparing for dinner. And be sure to check out their bulk specials!

Details:  Sloan Meat Market

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Country Meat

This wholesale family butcher and deli brings out the freshest and best quality meats straight from their farm. Their biltong comes in all shapes, sizes and flavours. Try the whole cuts of silveside and eat it like a beast without cutting it into strips - be the savage that you are.

Details: http://www.countrymeat.co.za/

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Rembrandt Slaghuis

From artists to TV stars swear by the products for sale at Rembrandt Slaghuis in Linden. It's as old school as can get and has survived regardless of the rise of super market butcheries. Their biltong is so beautiful that you can't help but eat it all in one sitting. In fact, the billies at Rembrandt Slaghuis is so good that it's enjoyed the world over.

Details: https://www.biltongspitbraai.mahoonas.co.za/

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The Fussy Vegan

Yeah, yeah the odd one out but great nonetheless. Swing by the Fussy Vegan in Blairgowrie for awesome cruelty free biltong. Sounds strange? Well, there's an amazing and cruelty free alternative to the traditional... in fact, there are quite a few. Cut off a piece of perfectly spiced seitan slabs of faux silverside or snack on slices made from mushrooms or coconut shavings. You'd be surprised how tasty vegan billies can be.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/TheFussyVegan/

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Jokes like "what is the Native American word for a vegan? Bad Hunter!" was cool when we were 15 years old. Now, it's just silly. Giggles aside, we're headed straight to flavour town (sorry, Guy Fieri you're not coming with), so buckle up and sit tight - you're in for a treat. We're headed to one of our new favourite vegan places in Joburg.

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What started out as a dietary change, soon turned into a lifestyle and eventually a business for the self-taught chef and owner Werner Prinsloo when The Fussy Vegan opened its doors on 21 January 2018. Werner noticed that there was a gap in the market for good vegan food on the go. "There are only so many times you can eat plain salted Lays," Werner jokes. The gap in the market Werner is referring to is vegan fast food. The type of stuff that you grab at a petrol station on your way to work ... but better. With that said, this hidden vegan gem does not slap a sandwich together and send you on your way. Nope. The aim here is what Werner calls "slow fast food". The Fussy Vegan sets out to create meals stuffed with attention to detail.  An example of this would be my absolute favourite menu item, the toasted tofu mayo and bacon sandwich. Wait, what? Bacon? Yeah, vegan bacon. It's made from something called seitan - a wheat gluten meat substitute dating back to 6th century China.

the fussy vegan

Werner is a bit of a mad scientist in the kitchen and enjoys experimenting with different ingredients. Patrons can expect dishes such as mushroom risottos, mac 'n cheese, shiitake lasagna, and a variety of other comfort foods. Not to mention a display of ready-made sandwiches packed in biodegradable packaging; the BLT and Tofu Mayo are some of the best sellers and are so delicious even carnivores love them. Other favourites include the Breakfast Burrito, Philly Cheese Steak roll and the Pulled Mushroom Sandwich that are so good that you don't even miss the meat and dairy. The Fussy Vegan has also recently started making the much anticipated Beyond Meat Burger; a veggie burger that looks, smells and tastes like the real thing.

The Fussy vegan is well priced for the freshness that you get. In fact, for the price of a chicken mayo wrap at Woolies, you can buy a toasted sandwich and a cupcake at the Fussy Vegan.

vegan sandwiches

The Fussy Vegan also sells pressed fruit and veg juices, vegan kefir, kombucha, vegan cheeses, yogurts and butter to name but a few ... oh! And vegan biltong! To boot, Werner's right-hand man, Dave Sampson is a rock star when it comes to brewing a cup of coffee that uses almond milk to create rich and creamy cappuccinos. You can also get a bottle of the best macadamia and almond nut iced coffee, sold in a glass bottle. The Fussy Vegan also acts as a mini convenience store for vegans, stocking cooking and cleaning products, toiletries, as well as glass straws and bamboo toothbrushes which have no impact on the environment.

fussy vegan

All in all, if you're not a vegan or a vegetarian (and you're like me who just loves food), then do yourself a favour and stop by the Fussy Vegan - you won't be sorry. The service is great, the dudes are friendly and the food is off the charts. Be warned though, the toasted BLT sandwich can get you hooked. Also, there is a daily lunchtime rush so either pop in before or after regular lunch hours. Pro tip: If there is a lunchtime rush at an eatery then it means the food is good.

Can I tell you a vegan joke? I promise it won’t be cheesy ...

Find more information here.

Are you looking for vegan-friendly restaurants in and around Johannesburg? Then you are in luck! Come with us as we take a trip around to town to introduce you to some of the coolest vegan hangouts in town.

The Greenside Café

Greenside Café is a vegetarian and vegan haven dedicated to healthier eating! Choose from a large selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes from pizzas and pastas, to stir-fry along with freshly squeezed, seasonal fruit juices. Their Greenside ‘Bacon’ Pizza (crispy tofu bacon with black mushrooms, onions, tomato and cashew cream on a homemade sourdough base) sounds delicious! Or, if you are not in the mood for pizza, try their Brown Rice and Tofu Stir-Fry (with vegetables and Greenside parmesan).

The Fussy Vegan

Looking for some good modern vegan cuisine to tickle your taste buds, but it needs to be vegan-friendly? Then make a stop at the Fussy Vegan and try out their Crispy BBQ Tofu (crispy strips of tofu served with mixed veggies in an Asian BBQ sauce)! Or try some of their modern-style burgers, bowls, and sandwiches. The Fussy Vegan is by far one of our favourite vegan-friendly restaurants in Joburg.

Vegan-Friendly Restaurants

The Red Chamber

For Chinese food with vegan/vegetarian alternatives, stop by the Red Chamber for something delicious (and slightly more expensive)! Their cucumber-based Tiger Salad is recommended from their menu! Feeling peckish? Then try the tasty Vegetable Spring Rolls. Or, if you are looking for a more substantial meal, see their vegetarian/vegan dishes in the Health corner of their menu. Order Braised Tofu with Chinese Shiitake Mushroom!

Free Food

Check out this vegan spot that has opened out in Birnam! Visit their shop and stock up on some delicious vegan food products from meals, vegan burgers, to cheese and chocolates. Or rather make a stop and order a take-out from their specials board! There is a new menu every week, packed with freshly prepared salads, stir-fries, wheat/gluten free pizzas, curries and stews! A must-try is their fantastic vegan-friendly ice cream!

Tasha’s

Tasha's offers you a nice selection of vegan/vegetarian dishes. To start off your day with a healthy breakfast, why not try the Granny Smith (rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, dried banana, dried mango, dried apple and shredded coconut soaked in apple juice topped with yoghurt [leave this out to make it vegan] and fresh grated apple)? Or order the Wild Mushroom Pasta (wild mushrooms with parsley, garlic, lemon ... just ask them to leave out the parmesan shavings) for lunch?

Kung-Fu Kitchen

Visit Kung-Fu Kitchen and indulge in some delectable Chinese food and best of all, sushi! Veggie soup, veggie spring rolls, veggie Chop Suey, Chow Mein or Chow Faan, they definitely have a veggie choice for every dish that they serve! And if you are looking for veggie sushi, then look no further! Whether you are craving California Rolls, Hand Rolls, Maki, or a fashion Sandwich – there is a veggie option for you!

Fresh Earth

Whether you are looking for a shop to do a little grocery shopping for organic foods or to have a relaxing stop at a healthy café for a bite to eat, head down to Fresh Earth Food Store! Fresh Earth Café will whip up some healthy vegetarian and vegan delights which cater to your dietary requirements, from wheat/gluten intolerances to hypoglycaemia. The Chickpea Avo Wrap sounds like a winner – chickpea stew, avocado, fresh lettuce, spring onion and coriander!

Col’ Cacchio

From pizza to pasta, there is sure to be a good selection of vegetarian/vegan options available at Col’Cacchio’s! The Ortigiano pizza topped with olives, artichokes, asparagus, green peppers and mushrooms sounds like an interesting mix. And, if you want pasta, why not try the Fresca – roasted vegetables, rocket, sundried tomato and pine nuts?

Vegan-Friendly Restaurants

Mexican Fresh

A lekker vegan-friendly restaurant in Joburg is Mexican Fresh. If it's Mexican food you want, it's Mexican food you'll get! Mexican Fresh has a selection of vegetarian and vegan options, so you don’t have to miss out on eating the good stuff! The Grilled Veg Burrito sounds like quite the mouthful! Grilled peppers, sweet corn, chopped broccoli and cauliflower, onions, beans, cheese (can be removed if you ask), lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream all wrapped up in a thin burrito! And you can add a little more bite to your meal by asking for extra chilli.

Leafy Greens Café

Leafy Greens Café is a plant-based, living food café. This is Joburg’s first raw vegan café, and offers you a fresh, organic, raw vegan menu for you to choose from. From delicious cold or hot soups to raw sushi, they have selections of flavours and textures depending on what you feel like munching on for a healthy breakfast or a lunch out. Their Mushroom ‘Calamari’ sounds quite interesting and creative! The ‘calamari’ is made from mushrooms with a flaxseed coating served with raw tree nut cheese tartare sauce and capers!

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