Today, I am trying a different topic. I know it’s quite different from what I usually write about. Museums and exhibitions are a true passion but I have other interests that I would like to discuss and share. Food is one of them! It is random but life is right? Please feel free to comment and give feedback :).
Food is a big part of my life. First, I love eating and enjoy cooking (especially baking…). I am definitely a foodie. I am the kind of person who would take a detour to go to a good bakery or would spend the last coins of the month on ice-cream. Sugar is a true passion … ^^
However, I can’t eat everything. Indeed, I eat gluten free and dairy free. It is not out of choice but because I was diagnosed allergic to wheat and milk protein a few years ago (I think it was five years ago but I can’t quite remember the exact time; it was a process). If you’re wondering, I am not intolerant to gluten either am I coeliac. I am allergic. The diagnosis is different but the diet is the same. (For those of you who want to know more about the gluten discomfort, you can have a look at this web page: what is gluten?)
Anyway, I know what I can eat or not now and enjoy eating again (a lot!). but every time time I move to a new place, especially a new country, I have to get used to the new products and find places where I can eat. It’s always a bit of a struggle for someone with my diet. That’s why I am sharing this list of places in Cape Town which might help you guys out-there who are also G&D free foodies.
Cape Town is very open to all kinds of diets. In any restaurant, they would know what gluten-free means for instance (trust me, it’s not always the case) and would make arrangements to help if necessary. There are often already options indicated on the menu and a few places cater to gluten-free diets or vegans directly – vegan always being a good option when you need to eat dairy free (just so you know, I am not vegetarian). Here is my list of go-to places around Cape Town that cater for gluten-free and dairy-free diets. Let’s have some food!
I am starting this list with an ice-cream shop. It might seem odd but when you eat dairy free, finding a ice-cream place that cater for your needs is not easy. But finding an ice-cream place that cater for your needs and offer extremely creamy ice-cream is almost impossible. That’s what Moro Gelato does! Usually, when on a dairy free diet, you have to choose a sorbet, or pay for expensive industrial dairy-free ice-cream in organic shops. At Moro Gelato, some flavours are vegan and so creamy, the first time I went there, I was surprised! There’s also the shop Unframed on Kloof street which has a few vegan flavours. I tried both and find the variety of flavours more interesting at Moro’s – hazelnut is to die for! Plus, it’s cheaper. A go-to!
Moro Gelato, 165 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000.
This is THE place. At Jessy’s, you can eat gluten free/vegan waffles or flapjacks, savoury or sweet, with a dairy- free milkshake, sunday or cappuccino. It’s the best gluten-free waffle I have ever had. I tried a little bit of everything on their menu but now, I always go for the Say Cheese when I want something salty, a waffles stuffed with vegan mozzarella, or the Golden Girl for something sweet, a turmeric-ginger-based waffle with cococaramel and chocolate on top. Just be careful, it’s quite heavy. It’s not easy to finish a full waffle – a half is often just enough. And the service can be quite slow when it’s busy. But trust me, it’s worth the wait.
Jessy’s Waffles, 58 Barnet St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001.
There’re a few places around Cape Town where you can eat gluten-free pizzas (Col’Cacchio, Diva Pizza, Rockpool). This one is ma favourite. Da Vinci’s is a Italian restaurant with a casual family vibe. There’re numerous pizzas to choose from.I usually go for the CGP (called uber pizza on the food-ordering app): avo, chicken, bacon, fresh tomato and pepper, and I have never been disappointed. The staff is very friendly and will gladly help you if you need any advice. A good address to remember, perfect for a chilled Sunday evening.
One note: they do not have vegan cheese, so for the vegan or dairy-free, it would have to be a cheese-free pizza.
Da Vinci’s on Kloof, 70 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001.
Da vinci’s on 2nd, 37 2nd Ave, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708.
Situated very close to where I work in Cape Town, Plant became my go-to place for lunch. It’s a vegan restaurant which offers a few gluten free options. There are not indicated on the menu but the staff will go through it with you if you ask. It’s the first place where I found vegan/gluten-free nachos, which is still something I sometimes buy when I crave it. They also have good crepes, few nice breakfast options and some good cakes. There’s a very chilled atmosphere, it’s very zen – even though I have actually never sat in but always ordered take away, it’s always nice to walk in and spend a moment there. It’s a little bit pricey but they serve quality food. A nice place to keep in mind if you’re in the neighborhood.
Plant, 8 Buiten St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000.
Their tag line says it all, it’s vegan gourmet junk food! And when they say junk food, they don’t lie. When you eat gluten-free, dairy-free and I guess vegan, the problem is that you always eat healthy. Yes, trust me it is a problem. Sometimes, I want junk food! Not often, but it happens. However, all the places that cater for you are usually organic because of the diet requirements. Don’t get me wrong, it is important to have a healthy diet and to eat quality food, but sometimes, you crave fat (yes, you do). Lekker Vegan is the best combination of both: it’s quality junk food. You feel like in a fast food, which is nice – I never go to fast food places anymore – but the food is good and made with quality products. They did not have any gluten-free options in the past, they do now, and that makes it just a better place.
Lekker Vegan, 37 Barrack Street, Corner of Harrington & Barrack Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925.
Hudsons, The Burger Joint
Hudsons is a chain where, as the name says it, they serve burgers. And when it is very easy to ask for a bun-free burger basically everywhere, it’s rarer to find a restaurant that would serve you a burger with a gluten-free bun, especially in Cape Town for some reasons. Hudsons does it and that’s enough of a reason to go eat there. Service is not the best, chips are not included, but it is the only place I found in town to have a gluten-free burger. So when I crave a burger, I go to Hudsons.
Hudsons, The Burger Joint,
69A Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001.
1A, Portside mall, Main Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8001.
25 Protea Rd, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708.