Vegan Dining In The East

Johannesburg North has long been the go-to for vegan dining. But no more. The eastern suburbs of Joburg now offer their very own delicious vegan options. 

vegan dining in the east

Kaylee’s Eatery 

This vegan restaurant offers all day breakfasts, open sandwiches, Beyond Burgers, Belgian Waffles, Hot & Hearty dishes, Gourmet Shakes, Smoothies and tasty sweet treats. If you only try one thing here, let is be a waffle. Thick and fluffy golden waffles are topped with an assortment of ingredients, from grilled banana and chocolate to berry compote and toffee syrup. These are served with a luscious scoop of vegan ice cream. If that doesn’t sound like the ultimate vegan indulgence, we don’t know what does!

Contact details: 011 524 7603 | 147 N Reef Rd, Bedfordview | Facebook Page

Lupa Osteria

Italian cuisine is a favourite classic for most of us, but is also rich in meat and cheese. Luckily, vegans can enjoy their favourite Mediterranean food at Lupa Osteria. This eatery has an entire menu dedicated to meat-free options. Start your dinner with Oven Baked Veggie Balls, served with tomato, basil and vegan mozzarella. For mains, indulge in your choice of pasta, pizza or a yummy burger. And for a sweet touch, enjoy a thick and creamy Vegan Oreo Milkshake with Hershley’s Chocolate Sauce.

Contact details: 011 622 0131 | Bedford Centre, Van Der Linde Rd, Bedfordview | |

Kaylee's Eatery
Kaylee’s Eatery

Lexi’s Healthy Eatery 

This popular Sandton Eatery has recently opened a new branch at Flamingo Shopping Centre in Modderfontein, bringing the east a wide variety of vegan options. Lexi’s Healthy Eatery serves up cuisine for all dietary requirements, including vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. Most of their menu offers plant-based choices. While their menu has a variety of fine dining options, we’re suckers for the Beet Smashed Falafel Wrap. With beetroot falafels, carrot hummus, grated carrots, sliced tomato, red onion, cucumber, mixed greens and tahini dressing, this is a must-try.

Contact details: 083 300 1281 | Flamingo Junction, Cnr Queens St and Valley Rd, Modderfontein | |

The Vegan Chef

Located at Green Thumb Nursery, The Vegan Chef is the new kid on the vegan food block. Their menu is dotted with delicious vegan options, which include Southern Fried Chickn, Vish and Beyond Burgers. The Sticky Wings served with slaw and chips has become a favourite for patrons looking for a tasty alternative to meaty dishes. We, however, are enamored with the Decadent Vegan Donuts, a fine treat for any occasion.

Contact details: 082 606 6836 | Green Thumb Nursery, 152 President Brand Street, Benoni | |

Lexi's Healthy Eatery
Lexi’s Healthy Eatery

Doppio Zero

Doppio Zero is a favourite among vegans and health food fundis alike. Not only do they offer one of the best vegan bowls in the city, but they also offer a wide range of tasty and nutritious plant-based meals. Those new to veganism or missing the taste of meat should give the Beyond Bangers & Mash a try, made with Beyond Meat sausages, smoor, coconut crushed potatoes and pearl onions. Those who don’t want imitation meat have a plethora of other meals to choose from. We recomend the Nomad Wrap, The Veg Spread and the Grain Slaw.

Contact details: 011 450 1542 | Cnr Van Buuren and Hawley Road, Bedfordview | |

The Secret Garden 

The Secret Garden is a hidden gem of the east. Surrounded by lush greenery and quirky decor, this eatery is the ultimate garden setting for an intimate brunch date. The menu caters to both vegans and meat eaters. Infact, almost every menu item is available in both vegan and non-vegan options. The Vegan Falafel Salad is a favourite for locals. Crispy falafel balls are served alongside roast pepper, butternut and brinjals. Finished off with a mini health loaf, this healthy salad will satisfy even the hungriest appetite.

Contact details: 083 299 2160 | 40 High Road, Benoni | | Facebook Page

The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden

Food Lover’s Market Eatery

The East Rand is home to two of the Food Lover’s Market Eateries. Based in Edenvale and Sunward Park in Boksburg, these two branches are the only two of the Food Lover’s Market Eateries to offer the famed Beyond Meat Burger in Joburg. Loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles onion and creamy mayonnaise, this burger tastes and looks exactly like the real thing. It is the perfect meal for those struggling to satisfy any meat cravings.

Contact details: Sunward Park: 011 913 3407 ; 266 Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg | Edenvale: 011 452 2835 ; Stoneridge Centre, 1 Modderfontein Rd, Edenvale | [email protected] |

Hudsons The Burger Joint

Hudsons is the go-to for anyone looking for good old ‘dude food’. From pizzas and burgers to nachos and tacos, they have all the tasty grease you need. Vegan options include several burgers and pizzas, nachos, a taco, ice cream and a milkshake. While they may be a burger joint, their best vegan option, in our option, is the Panko Crumbed Wings appetiser. Wing style seitan is dipped in panko bread crumbs and fried to perfection. These are served with vacon bits, spring onion, sriracha and vegan garlic mayo. If you’re still hungry, add in a side of Avo Fries for the ultimate gluttonous meal.

Contact details: 011 455 0616 | Cnr Skeen Boulevard & Hawley Road, Bedfordview | |

Hudsons The Burger Joint
Hudsons The Burger Joint

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