18 awesome SA restaurants that serve incredible health food

Are you in love with the three S's? Salads, smoothies and superfoods. Then this is for you!

24 Aug 2016
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Cape Town

The General Store
A more gourmet style eatery that is all about the salads. Salads that look like Yotam Ottelengi creations, with those bright ingredients, bursting with nutrients and natural flavour. Colette Robert has a knack for combining a few simple complementary ingredients, to create a wholesome meal. It’s a very tiny space so order a take-away of 3 salads and a protein – the salmon is always a good choice.  

Scheckter Raw's, Sea Point
This health spot is still new to Sea Point but pulls a serious crowd of diners. The health food at Scheckter's is on another level. Toby Scheckter aimed to bring a new kind of health food to Cape Town after experiencing New York's finest in the way of healthy options. His philosophy is about serving exciting, inventive food without compromising on flavour and nutrients. Food is organic and vegan and served with a real passion for health.

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(Image by Scheckter's Raw)

IYO Burgers, CBD
Ok so we can’t call this a health spot but we kinda can because they do great healthy and vegetarian options. These healthy options come in the form of a burger bowl, which is utterly delicious and totally satisfies that burger craving. The burgers come topped with home grown alfalfa and sunflower sprouts. There is a variety if veggie patties and grass fed beef patties. Also try their spiralised Asian salad, the sweet potato fries or kale fries, and if you feel like a cheat, the curly fries are organic.

Café Frank, City Bowl and Century City
Café Frank feels like a New York city café. They focus on nutritional and ethically sourced street food, as well as freshly squeezed juices and great coffee. You'll find free-range meat and poultry, seasonal salads and delicious gourmet sandwhiches all of which can be eaten-in or taken-out.

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(Image by Café Frank)

Orchard Jucie and Health Bar, CBD
Orchard, on Long Street, is a lovely clean, natural sanctuary in the vibrant city center. The have an extensive menu that focuses on fresh juices, cold pressed juices and smoothies. They also have a small menu of vegan and vegetarian wraps, sandwiches and salads.


Grove Green Café, Parkhurst
Grove Greene serves fitness food, food that fits in with your active lifestyle. You'll find high protein and low carb dishes as well as smoothies and juices for on-the-go. They are also known for their incredible guilt-free sweet treats like dark chocolate brownies and quinoa crunchies. Grove Green will leave you feeling fresh and light and ready for any activity.

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(Image by Grove Green)

Conscious 108, Greenside
A totally vegan café that doesn't neglect the importance of tasty, good food. As the name suggests, the café strives on their philosophy of kindness to the natural world around them. They encourage a consciousness about food choices, by serving vegan wraps, vegan burgers, and salads. Try the almost perfect veggie burger and the potato quinoa croquettes.

The Green Side Café, Greenside
This vegan café has been open for a number of years now, promoting a green lifestyle, in the perfectly suited suburb of Greenside. At a glance the menu looks like your average restaurant menu with a large variety of burgers, pizzas, pastas and breakfasts. Upon closer inspection you will see that everything is vegan, making the extensive menu really impressive. Even non-vegan eaters will most certainly find something to enjoy, which might even encourage you to go green!

Fresh Earth Food Store, Emmarentia
Fresh Earth is both a store, and online store and a café that promotes healthy and conscious eating. They steers clear of any cooking or preparation methods that impact negatively on the food and the environment, so all food is preservative free, and full of nutrients. They combine ideals of health and sustainability to give their customers natural vegetarian food. Look out for their buffet tables that cater for vegans and banters.

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(Image by Fresh Earth)

Love Food Kitchen, Braamfontein
Silwood graduate Jamie is totally passionate about food and it's evident in her healthy, home-style cooking. The café space will make you feel right at home and totally relaxed. Jamie draws inspiration from cuisines around the world. You'll find deli foods, Middle Eastern flavours, British dishes and many more. The deli table is freshly prepared each day with changing dishes.


It's All Good Organic Café, Durban North
A wholesaler and café, It's All Good, provides Dubanites with vegetarian and vegan food with gluten-free and sugar-free options. Menu items reference famous movies and TV shows, like Notting Hill and Casablanca. For breakfast try the smashed avo and poached eggs and for lunch try The Mexican wrap.

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(Image by It's All Good)

The Chatterbox Café, Umhlanga
Their philosophy is based on the premise that healthy food and good coffee make for happy people. Chatterbox serves food that is comforting and nourishing. They don't follow a stringent health regime but rather serve classic health conscious convenience food like wraps, salad jars and protein plates. You will also find raw juices, smoothies and Nespresso coffee.

Delish Sisters, Ballito
Two young sisters run and own the lovely, clean and open space in the Litchi Orchard at Salt Rock. They are driven by a serious passion for good quality, honest and wholesome food. Each day a beautiful, inspired harvest table is prepared, and changes on a weekly basis. For breakfast try the pecan crusted French toast.

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(Image by Delish Sisters)

Market, Greyville
A large, clean industrial-style space with an expansive garden courtyard. It's a great place for big groups or a celebration. Food is locally sourced and organic where possible. The cuisine doesn't stick to any kind of health plan, but you will find a variety of wholesome dishes made from premium quality ingredients. Lunch options include burgers, both meat and vegetarian, pastas, fishcakes and ploughman's platter.

Carlton Café + Delicious, Menlo Park
Chef Rachel Botes focuses on seasonal, wholesome food. She incorporates South African cooking techniques and flavours with cuisines from around the world. Her cooking-style is creative and unique to the Pretoria area. The menu includes sarmies, breakfasts, and comfort food, with changing specials.

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Pure Café, Colbyn
Pure pride themselves on catering to specific dietary needs like Paleo, Banting and vegetarian.  The menu consists of wraps, salads, sandwiches and pastas as well as breakfast. There are also changing daily bakes like cakes and quiches. If you're after simple food and light meals then Pure is the place for you.

Café Zing, Menlyn
Café Zing has branches in both Pretoria and Joburg. Their food is mostly organic and totally preservative free. They serve grass-fed and hormone-free meat and free-range chicken. Zing serves a variety of gourmet burgers, salads and sandwiches which include vegetarian options. They also offer fitness meals that are delivered to you and developed by a dietician.

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Afro-Boer, Die Wilgers
This café has earned it's title as of one of Pretoria's finest eateries and a go-to for many locals. Although it cannot be considered a health spot in the general sense, it does however offer its customer's flexibility in food choice. Afro-Boer offers Banting and gluten-free options like their homemade breads as well as different daily bakes and dishes, like the chocolate macadamia cake and the crustless quiche.

- Food24

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