Top vegetarian restaurants in Lima

Calling all veggies! If you think fresh, organic, and delicious vegetarian restaurants are hard to come by in Lima, think again!
by Kathleen McAfee

Top vegetarian restaurants in Lima

Peru is a mecca for adventurous eaters, but not everyone is so eager to eat a baked rodent on a stick (even though cuy is quite delicious). While Peru is best known for its selection of exotic meat dishes, this doesn’t mean there aren’t any options for the vegetarian or selective eater. In fact, Lima restaurants in particular are increasingly expanding their menus to cater to the growing vegetarian/vegan niche.

If a hearty no-meat veggie burger or a filling quinoa salad is what you crave, check out my selection of the top 6 vegetarian restaurants in Lima. All of them have something delicious to satisfy your hungry vegetarian heart, and some even serve tasty meat dishes in case you are traveling with someone that enjoys a juicy hunk of beef on their plate.

Vegetarian, Vegan friendly

 Vegetarian ceviche from Bircher Benner, Lima, PeruTry Bircher Benner’s vegetarian ceviche made with mushrooms, red onions, and cancha.
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This is one of Lima’s most popular vegetarian hangouts with their newest location – that opened up in 2007 – in the city’s upscale Miraflores district. Bircher-Benner is known for serving classic Peruvian favorites that are vegetarian friendly. Try the lomovel saltado (the vegetarian version of lomo saltado made with breaded veggie filet) and vegetarian ceviche (made with fresh mushrooms). There’s also a wide variety of pizzas, yogurts, and desserts.

Price per plate: S./ 20 (between $7 and $8)
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM (closed Sunday)
Phone: (511) 242-7149 (reservations)
Address: Avenida Larco 413, Miraflores
Website: http://www.bircherbennerrestaurant.com/(Spanish)
Other features: Vegan options; accepts credit cards and reservations

El AlmaZen
Vegetarian, Vegan friendly

booth seating at AlmaZen, Lima, PeruBalance your chi at El AlmaZen in Lima’s Miraflores district.
Photo provided by Peru This Week

This little gem is arguably Lima’s best kept vegetarian secret. Tucked away in a turquoise-painted house off the main street in Miraflores, El AlmaZen is truly the retreat to balance your chi with a wholesome, fresh, organic, MSG-free plate of deliciousness. Although a bit pricy, it is definitely worth it. The owner is very friendly and has no problem explaining the plates in extensive detail and laying to rest any of your fears about eating fresh, raw veggies at his restaurant.  Show up hungry and with plenty of  free time, as the meal portions are sizable and the welcoming ambiance offers the perfect place to unwind.

Price per plate: S./ 30 (between $10 and $11)
Hours: 11:00 AM to 11:00PM (Monday through Friday); 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM (Saturday); (closed Sunday)
Phone: (01) 243-0474
Address: Recavarren 298,  Miraflores
Other features: Accepts credit cards

El Paraiso Bio Leben
Vegetarian, Vegan friendly

This is a delightful vegetarian restaurant/health food shop that offers a different daily menu that includes a soup, salad, and main plate. It’s a popular lunch spot for both visitors and locals alike, but finding a table isn’t usually a problem. I recommend the vegetarian lasagna followed by one of their numerous guilt-free and healthy desserts. There are two restaurants at this restaurant location: One is only open for lunch, while the other across the street is more of a juice, dessert, and ice cream parlor that’s open in the evenings.

Price per plate: Daily Menu – S. /7 (between $2 and $3); A La Carte – S./15 (between $5 and $6)
Hours: 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM (lunch); until 9:00 PM (desserts and ice cream)
Phone: (01) 428-4591
Address: Alcanfores 453-416, Miraflores (near Tarata, half block from Calle Schell)
Other features: Many of the dishes are made with vegan friendly products from their affiliated health food shop.

El Vegetariano
Vegetarian, Vegan friendly

El Vegetariano is a quiet restaurant in Miraflores that’s owned by a guy who used to work for Bircher Benner. As a result, the menus are very similar, but El Vegetariano is a bit more economical. One of the most notable things about El Vegetariano is that all of the staff are very helpful when it comes to explaining the dishes as well as substitutes if you are a strict vegan. If you want to change something about your dish, do not hesitate to ask. El Vegetariano is a great place for lunch.

Price per plate: S./ 8 (between $3 and $4)
Hours: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (closed Sundays)
Phone: (01) 445-6503
Address: Cantuarias 285, Miraflores (at the corner of Avenida La Paz)
Other features: Cash only; no credit cards

Las Vecinas Eco Bar
Vegetarian friendly

Las Vecinas Eco Bar, Lima, PeruWith literally hundreds of options to choose from, Las Vecinas Eco Bar is sure to satisfy your hunger. They even have homemade horchata!
Photo provided by Kathleen McAfee

Las Vecinas Eco Bar is a charming little spot that serves delicious organic and vegetarian small plates, as well as fresh juices and desserts. Housed in an old colonial house just off a main street in Lima’s artsy Barranco district, this cozy setting is also a second-hand shop where you can browse the vintage clothing or read a good book sitting on the shelf. Las Vecinas is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. My personal favorite from the extensive menu is the quinoa burger (called la preferida) dressed with fresh, organic tomatoes, avocado, and sprouts. Be sure to also sample one of their refreshing regional microbrews.

Price per plate: S./18 (between $6 and $7)
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Phone: (01) 477-3253
Address: Jiron Colina 108 , Barranco
Other Features: Free Wi-Fi; vintage shopping; accepts credit cards and reservations

Madre Natura
Vegetarian, Vegan Friendly

Madre Natura is a popular vegetarian restaurant with two locations in Miraflores and Surco. In addition to a diverse a la carte selection, the Miraflores location is also a bakery and health market. Housed in charming building with a courtyard and a terrace, this is an excellent location for lunch. Try the soy burger or the vegan empanadas stuffed with savory mushrooms. Madre Natura is also locally know for their delicious fresh juices. Just a quick note: if you are vegan, make sure you inquire about the ingredients used in the pasteries. Some are made with cow’s milk and eggs.

Price per plate: S./18 (between $6 and $7)
Hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Phone: (01) 445-2522 (Miraflores); (01) 344-4416 (Surco)
Address: Jiron Chiclayo 815, Miraflores; Avenida La Encalada 300, Surco
Other Features: Two locations in Lima; not open on holidays

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