Where to enjoy a plant-based Christmas lunch in SA

December 20, 2023 (Last Updated: December 19, 2023)
Christmas vegan lunch restaurants

It’s Christmas time. The time for festivities, and get-togethers and also the time when over-indulgence is at its peak. Perhaps it’s time to do things a little bit differently this year and indulge in a plant-based Christmas lunch. Here are our plant-based Christmas lunch recommendations in SA.

1. OuiBar + Kitchen at Radisson RED V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


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Cape Town has firmly established itself as one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world. In fact, in one survey done a few years back, the city scored in the top 10 globally when it came to affordable vegetarian restaurants.

“Yes Ve-gan” offers a vegan Christmas menu. So, what can you expect on the day? On the menu will be:

Tinsel Treats

  • Curry vetkoek, black pepper, and fennel rolls, seed loaf
  • Vegan cream cheese & tamatie smoor, nori and garlic butter, pickled red onions

Jingle Bells

  • Summer pea soup, wild mushrooms, spring onion, mint oil


  • Beetroot falafel, herbed quinoa, dukkah yogurt, paaper crisps, cucumber salsa, lemon syrup

The Nut Cracker

  • Smoked sausage, roast butternut, walnut & nut crumble, miso caramel, fried sage, oat milk tofu

Frosty The Snow Man

  • Carrot cake, frosting, carrot puree, lime sorbet

“Yes Ve-Gan” takes place on 25 December 2023 between 12h00 and 16h00. Tickets are R700 per person. Children aged between 5- and 10 years old pay R350, and children under 5 eat for free when accompanied by an adult.

Book your tickets to “Yes Ve-gan” now.

2. Southern Sun Christmas Feasts

Enjoy Christmas Eve or Christmas lunch dining experiences at various Southern Sun hotels across the country. While the menu offerings are not exclusively plat-based, they offer a buffet-style dining option, which means that vegetarians and flexitarians could enjoy their money’s worth. The Christmas dining options go from R445 up to R850, and prices are location-dependent. For more information, visit Southern Sun.

3. Simon’s Restaurant at Groot Constantia, Cape Town

Simon’s Christmas buffet lunch isn’t strictly plant-based, but they have an extensive vegetarian option, making it the ideal choice for bigger families that require a more diverse offering. The Christmas buffet lunch at Simon’s will set you back R995 per person and R395 for children under 12 years old⁠. Make a reservation by visiting Simon’s website or contacting them via email [email protected] ⁠or call: +27 21 794 1143⁠.

4. Nature’s Finest in Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Nature’s Finest is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant. They offer all-day breakfasts, salads, veggie bowls, vegan and vegetarian mains, pasta, and burgers. Call them on ​​011 620 3065 to secure your seat.

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Article originally written and published by Marian Volkwyn for Woman&Home.

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