Conscious Café is a really nice vegetarian and vegan café/restaurant at 24 Old Main Road, Hillcrest, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. We used to live in Hillcrest, and man, I wish this place was open when we lived there.
The setting is really nice; it is located inside an old castle-looking building next to a nursery. Once you’ve parked, you’ll see the seating outside, underneath lush trees. If you walk a bit further, you’ll get to the entrance, where you’ll likely be greeted by two chubby sleeping cats, turn right into the doorway, and you’ll be greeted by the friendly people who work there. The interior has a kind of esoteric, new-age vibe (as do most veg places in SA for some reason), but it is not overwhelming.
This was our second time there and we sat in the covered seating area with the cats. Cara ordered the The Falafel Classic (hummus, chopped salad, falafel, pickles and tahini sauce) in a wrap, and I got the Hummus Roasted Veggie (variety of roasted veggies, fresh hummus, chickpeas, crispy greens, garlic sauce), also in a wrap. Both were super delicious. The sauces that come with them are amazing. Their “power balls” from the counter are super good too. As far as refreshments go, I’d suggest the apple, carrot, beetroot and ginger juice.
Other cool things about Conscious Café:
– The fact that they are working towards growing all the food served on the menu themselves.
– Free wifi.
– They are not just “foodie” vegans. In the store and on their Facebook page, you will come across literature and links promoting the ethics of veganism, which is awesome to see. Veganism is so much more that just a diet.