Category Archives: Support your Local

Ethical Co-op – Organic food online

Collection points located conveniently in numerous suburbs:

Ethical Co-op offer fresh organic fruit, vegetables and dairy in Cape Town.
Countrywide, the offer a wide range of high quality products such as herbs and spices, body products, seeds and paints.

Their online website and ordering process is efficient and very usable and a decent % of their range is well priced as they source directly from local farms and suppliers.

Twitter: /ethical_co_op

Plant Cafe – Cape Town city centre

One of the biggest pioneers of food in Cape Town.

A cafe established in 2013 to promote plant-based food choices and to provide a space in Cape Town for vegans, vegetarians and people with food allergies. Their website has a great resources page (including Vegan recipes).
Recent news: Fridays now open until 21:00.

FB: /PlantCapeTown
Twitter: @PlantCT

Basic Stock – Community Grocer & Cafe

Marissa from the Netherlands fell in love with South Africa and has opened a inspirational shop in Somerset West. A lovely selection of local produce goodies ranging from Gluten Free, Organic to Free Range.

‘I believe that many of our health problems are connected to food and can be treated through a change of diet. It is my passion to help people find their way to better ingredients, free of chemicals and preservatives, while not having to compromise on quality. ‘

Main Road, Somerset West
FB: Facebook
Twitter: /basicstockdeli

Farmer Angus – Pasture raised Meat & Eggs

Angus McIntosh has been innovating farming practices in South Africa with concepts like ‘Egg Mobiles’, ‘Global warming reversing cattle’ and legitimate access for hens and cattle to roam in the pastures.

Their hens are fed a vegetarian diet.
their cattle are solely grass fed.

No additives or hormones etc.

Spier Wine Farm – Stellenbosch
Twitter: /FarmerAngus

Cape Venison – Deli / Butchery

Nothing gets closer to free range and organic than Wild Game.
Free range beef cheaper than Woolies.

Incredibly well priced friendly butcher run by a dedicated family Team.
Free range beef cheaper than Woolies.

Much of their sourced game is hunted at night: No abattoir / slaughter house.

They also have ‘no-salt’ boerewors options which is the 1st we’ve seen.
Call in advance, their produce is popular and they’re a ‘small/medium’ scale operation.

(Accurate at last visit early 2015)

Tel: 021 558 9005
FB: Facebook

Apollo beer – Vegan / vegetarian friendly beer

Quality craft beer Cape Town

Apollo Brewing Company are the 1st brewery in Cape Town to source a settling agent alternative to Gelatin (Beef/Horse/Pig derived).

Vegecoll by Laffort is a potato based product which aids the settling of proteins in beer to help produce a clear beer.

Tel: 081 725 3959
FB: /ApolloBeer
Twitter: /ApolloBeer

96 Winery Road Restaurant – Stellenbosch Helderberg

Free range beef, free to roam on the Zandberg farm, grass fed and hormone free.

Premier eating, without the pretentious need to dress up.
Prepare for fine wine and quality dining!

Check out their Facebook page for numerous winter special bargains.

Tel: 021 842 2020
Zandberg Farm, Winery Road (Off R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West)
FB: /96WineryRoad
Twitter: /96WineryRoad

Upcoming reviews for ethical eat out Stellenbosch

Schoon De Companje

Superb menu with a creative range of salad, hot drinks, fruit juices.
The back of their menu proudly states that they source only free range meat from animal welfare conscious farms.

(Accurate at last visit early 2015)

Tel: 021 883 2187, Church street, Stellenbosch. (Corner of Bird & Church street)

FB: /SchoonDeCompanje
Twitter: @DeCompanje

Cape Town Markets – Community

Oranjezicht CityFarm

The Oranjezicht City Farm is a non-profit project celebrating local food, culture and community in Cape Town, South Africa.

They’re always looking for volunteers. Be sure to join their Facebook page to get the latests news.

Open to the public every Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm, one is able to pick an incredible selection of locally grown seasonal produce. Really worth checking out and supporting.

Tel: 021 801 5799. corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht, adjacent to Homestead Park. Cape Town city centre

FB: /OZCFarm
Twitter: @OZCFarm

City Bowl Market on Hope

City Bowl Market on Hope is becoming the place where Cape foodies meet.
Relax at this fun market every Thursdays (16:30 – 20:30) and Saturdays (09:00 – 14:00)

Enjoy live music, good company and delicious food from around the world.
Their mission is to be a viable and sustainable, independent, quality food market, rooted in the local community

Address: 14 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town

FB: /CityBowlMarket
Twitter: @CityBowlMarket

City Bowl Market vendors to check out:

The Hungry Herbivore (Raw vegan meals / Desserts / Snacks)

FB: /HungryHerbivore
Twitter: @HungryHerbivore


Namaste Cape Town Waterfront

Vegan & vegetarian indian street food at its best right here in Cape Town @ the Waterfront’s Market on the Wharf.
Filling lunchtime rice pancakes cramped full of vegan delights, spicy dhal infused soup, etc. See menu screenshot below.

You can find them in the upstairs section of the market and enjoy your meal in chilled Indian lounge setting.

Tel: 076 518 5315.
FB: /VaFoodMarket

Bay Harbour The Market Hout Bay

Packed full of vendors who are leading way forward with conscientious food. This is a market not to be missed!


FB: /pages/Cape-Country-Lamb/141019789248441
Twitter: @BayHarbourMkt

Bay harbour market vendors to check out:

Cape Country Lamb (Organic free range meat)

“Our A Grade lamb is sourced from farms using low stress stock handling techniques and is free from unnecessary additives, hormones and preservatives.
This enables us to guarantee the free range lamb that you get is 100% organically produced and can be traced back to its farm of origin.”

FB: /pages/Cape-Country-Lamb/141019789248441


Africa Cafe – Cape Town city centre

Set in the heart or Cape Town city centre, this is a culinery experience not to be missed. If you decide to a bit of everytihng by order the set course meal, do not order 1 per person. It’s so much food!

A menu takes advantage of fresh, seasonal vegetables available at local markets. Including plenty of organic and free range ingredients in line with healthy eating trends.

Free range chicken and lamb (sourced in the Karoo).
They only fry in healthy coconut oil and they cater gluten intolerant customers.

Tel: 021 422 0221. 108 Shortmarket Str. Cape Town


House of Machines – Cape Town city centre

Be sure to read House of Machine’s website “about” page: An ‘old vs new’ décor, honouring both man and machine.

Motorbikes and man stuff galore!

Open from 7am on weekdays, the café offers an range of locally-source healthy meals.

Cashew granola and ‘avo on toast’, and serves up a devilish cup of the black gold, in their exclusive espresso brand, Evil Twin.
The 100% organic arabica bean is grown in the rich fertile soils of Honduras, sourced from a single estate, where they are shade-grown, free from any of the pesticides, chemicallydrenched fertilizers or crap that might find its way into your cup”

Tel: 021 426 1400. Shortmarket Street. Cape Town
FB: /TheHouseOfMachines

Tibetan Teahouse – Simons Town, Cape Town

Food for body & soul.

The Teahouse leads onto a deep-set and sheltered verandah which has fabulous views over False Bay and is ideal for whale watching.

The menu offers imaginative and tasty vegetarian and vegan food, styled on original Tibetan recipes

Tel: 021 786 1544. 2 Harrington Road, Seaforth, Simon’s Town

FB: /TibetanTeahouse

Banana Jam Cafe – Kenilworth Cape Town

Headquarters of South Africa’s CRAFT BEER REVOLUTION.
A phenomenal range of both local and imported beers.

Their Caribbean menu takes a step out of the ordinary: All chicken and eggs are free range.

Tel: 021 674 0186. 157 2nd Avenue, Harfield Village, Kenilworth, Cape Town

FB: /Pages/Banana-Jam-Cafe/159500330781316
Twitter: @BananaJamCafe

‘Support your Local’

This is a huge concept overseas and so crucial to develop more into our culture of thinking in SA.
At every level, supporting your local boosts industry instead of importing and makes so much sense!

Initially, this wil be a category heavily crowded with Craft Beer tales and local Markets worth checking out.
We absolutely thrilled that South Africans can enjoy a variety of beer & ales brewed locally.

You may have observed that there are already a decent number of Breweries in SA now, and the number will definitely grow.
We’ll highlight 1 – 2 beers from each brewery and tell you why we reckon their product resists the ordinary.

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Boycott = Voting. Who’s on our Boycott list?

Remember: Your spending votes and shapes the world we live in. This list will become much longer but initial culprits we recommend to NOT support:

  1. Proctor & Gamble (test on animals! Chances are you unknowingly have household items in your home from this corporate giant)
  2. All the fragrance, skin care and make up brands that you see when you walk into an Edgars. Yes! All of them! (test on animals)
  3. Johnson & Johnson (the biggest organ in your body is your skin. It’s highly absorbant. Your baby’s body should not be exposed to all the synthetics in this product)
  4. Nestlé (evil) own Loreal (animal testing)
  5. Macdonalds (low grade, factory farmed meat, children media targeting)
  6. KFC (factory farmed, genetically modified chickens)
  7. Garments made in China (major sweat shop issues likely: South Africa’s garment industry collapsed and many lost their jobs as we cannot compete with slave labour prices)
  8. Monsanto (patenting the world’s free seeds, bankrupting poor farmers for fertilisers or reuse of GM seeds, bankrupting organic farmers who’s crops turned GM from neighbouring GM Monsanto fields)

…And Yes, before you say it, we agree:
Clearly boycotting is a luxury of choice available to only those who can afford, this Blog is aimed at folks who spend their salary freely or without minimal thought etc etc.
Reminder: Not all boycott decisions imply a higher price. Initially it requires you to have curiousity & to start inspecting the labelling of items you regularly pick up off the shop shelf.

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Carlyles on Derry – Vredehoek Cape Town

At the foot of Cape Town’s stunning table mountain are the slopey charming streets of Vredehoek.

“Whether it be a quiet after work drink, an intimate dinner or a boisterous celebration of sorts, we cater for all occasions.

We endeavor to use the finest, freshest local and seasonal ingredients available.
All our chicken is certified organic free-range and all eggs used are free-range, with vegetables sourced daily.”

Wheat free pizza & gluten free pasta options available!

Italian menu themes offering delicious thin-based, oven-baked gourmet pizzas.
Fresh handmade pasta dishes, salads & a variety of meat and fish dishes, affordably priced.

Tel: 021 461 8787. 17 Derry street, Vredehoek, Cape Town
Twitter: @CarlylesonDerry