The Fresh Earth Food Store in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Emmarentia offers a one-stop destination for vegetarians, vegans and health foodies. Not only does the store stock everything you need to prepare wholesome, karma-free meals, it also serves these dishes itself at its on-site bakery-cum-coffee shop.

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The Fresh Earth Food Store is a health, vegetarian and vegan haven that is a restaurant, coffee shop, bakery and retail shop all rolled into one. It’s the ideal spot at which to browse, shop, lunch or just drink something and catch your breath.

The store, in the Johannesburg suburb of Emmarentia, is an absolute blessing if you have a sweet tooth and crave quality chocolate and pastries, but don’t eat eggs or any animal products. It sells a vegan raw chocolate mousse cake that is just sensational. That’s over and above its brownies, fruit tarts, cookies and rusks. The bakery section is a must.

This vegetarian restaurant serves a daily vegetarian luncheon buffet from noon, from a cost of about R75 person and up.

Favourites on the buffet include satisfying stews that feature what’s seasonal and freshest that day at the market; curries so fragrant they draw you in; refreshing salsas and salads; delicious quiches; and sweet treats.

If it’s just coffee, a slice of cake and a chat with a friend you’re after, then kick out your heels, feast your eyes on the selection of baked goodies and let your gaze wander over the vast selection of goods in the shop. Anything from guilt-free make-up, vitamins, and teas and coffees to inspiring recipe books and CDs line the shelves.

This health emporium stocks organic produce, gluten-free breads and pastries, veggie ready-meals and organic baby food under the Toddler and Baby Tastes brands. What’s more, it’s situated around the corner from an Asian spice shop, a bookstore and a greengrocer.

And thumbs up to the Fresh Earth Food Store for making donations to worthy causes such as the Salvation Army and primate care, and for recycling all its refuse.

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Who to contact

The Fresh Earth Food Store
Tel: +27 (0)11 646 4404

How to get here

The Fresh Earth Food Store is located in Komatie Road, Emmarentia, just off the main road of Barry Hertzog Avenue, which you can access from the M1 highway via Empire Road.

Best time to visit

The Fresh Earth Food Store is open from 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday, and from 8am - 4pm on Saturdays and public holidays. The restaurant is open from 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday, from 8am - 3pm on Saturdays and from 8am - 4pm on public holidays. Both the store and café are closed on Sundays.

Around the area

Visit Emmarentia Dam and the adjacent Johannesburg Botanical Garden.

Get around

You can either organise a transfer or taxi from your hotel to Emmarentia, or pop through to the store in your own car.

What will it cost

The store stocks a wide range of goodies, so the price will vary depending on what you’re after. The café serves cooked breakfasts, salads, wraps, burgers, melts and gluten-free pizzas from R50. There’s also a good selection of well-priced smaller meals, as well as smoothies, shakes and hot drinks.

Where to stay

There a selection of guest houses in the area, but for five-star luxury, try The Westcliff hotel on nearby Jan Smuts Avenue.