Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Colombia

Yummy Vegetarian Food ColombiaIf you’ve been travelling for a while in Colombia, you’ll know that vegetarian food isn’t exactly a speciality. Most restaurants serve meals that come complete with a massive amount of meat and, if you ask for their vegetarian options they’ll look at you with a puzzled look. Some might even offer you chicken since you asked for something without meat.

Colombia is traditionally a very carnivourous country. Exploring the countryside will prove very difficult for vegetarians in search for good food, and coastal regions are extremely reliant on fish and various other meats for their meals.

There are a few options in the country, however. Mostly these are to be found in Bogotá (although Cartagena and Medellín do have some vegetarian food, too), which has an excellent selection of vegetarian cuisine, even if it wouldn’t exactly compare to international standards in terms of quantity.

One of the best options in the country is undoubtedly Crepes y Waffles. They boast an extensive vegetarian menu that is reasonably priced, as well as a salad bar that comes replete with a wide selection. Best of all? You can take your meat-eating friends with no complaints. You could find Crepes and Waffles Restaurants in Colombia main cities.

Colombian cuisine generally isn’t geared towards vegetarianism, and if you’re not in the major cities you will find it very hard to get healthy, nutritious vegetarian meals. Be sure to bring any vitamin supplements you feel you may need.

Below, check our veggie options in Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena.

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BOGOTA
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In Bogotá’s historic Candelaria region there are also many options for vegetarian meals, so be sure to wander the area because you’re sure to find something. One good option is ReverdeSer. It is vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic in a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere. They also sell food and organic products to take away.

Reverdeser
Opens from 12am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday.
Calle 17 No2-46 Las Aguas
Tel: +57 1 284 0820 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.facebook.com/pages/ReVerdeSer/141383742557389

Other options in Bogotá include:

Loto Azul
A hare krishna restaurant that serves excellent, big vegetarian meals for decent prices. It’s not just food either, these guys do yoga classes, cooking courses and more. Cra 5A No. 14-02.

Quinua y Amaranto
This delicious restaurant offers lunch menus at an accessible price y, during the rest of the day, a good selection of baking with te or coffe. They work with women who prepare the food in a traditional way. Calle 11 No. 2-95

Sésamo
Another good option in the center of Bogotá, the serve a rich lunch menu and also offer their own soy made products, such as jam, hamburguers, tofu, etc. for sale. Av. Jimenez No. 4-64

Maya
Mexican restaurant with a good selection of vegetarian options. Cra 7 con Calle 46.

Masa
Excellent salads, as well as delicious vegetarian sandwich options. Cra 40 No. 4-83.

Maha
One of the firts vegetarian restaurants in the city, the have a variety of daily menus and the all come with a good portion of dessert. Cra 7 No. 46-42

Deli Soy
A macrobiotic vegan restaurant that serves an excellent corriente for just 10.000 pesos. Calle 78 No. 12-03.

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MEDELLIN
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Medellin hosts a little gem called Verdero. The setting is great, the food very fresh and it is conveniently located in trendy Parque Lleras. Try the organic falafels!

Verdero Vegetarian Restaurant MedellinVerdero
Cra 35 No. 8A-3
Check our page Verdero Restaurant Medellin

Other options:

Lenteja Express
This restaurant specialises in chickpea burgers, but offers a variety of other meals such as lasagna, quesadillas and more. Cra 35 No. 8A-76.

Zen Wei
Taiwanese cuisine at affordable prices with a veggie menu to rival any restaurant. Calle 33 No. 74B-240

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CARTAGENA
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In Cartagena be sure to check Girasoles or El Bistro both in the old city. El Bistro is not a vegetarian restaurant but offers fresh and good vegetarian cuisine.

Girasoles
A good vegetarian and veggan option in the old town, dishes start from 5,000 Pesos. Great atmosphere as well. The place is only opened for lunch and breakfast.
Calle de los Puntales 37-01 San Diego
Tel: +57 (5) 664 5239

El Bistro
Calle Ayos con 4-46
Check our page El Bistro Restaurant Cartagena

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=> Also check our articles about Colombian Fruits

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