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This Peru Vegetarian Guide was lovingly updated December 9, 2019, by two veggie lovers


The designer, Clem, was a long-time vegetarian and lived in Lima for many years sampling the plant-based delights of the city. He is now pescatarian and lives in Mexico City opening skateparks for underprivileged youth around the world.

The writer, Gina, lives in Lima and has been vegan since 2004 — though she has added organic, cage-free eggs to her diet a few times a week as of January 2019. She is on a (constant) quest for the best vegan dishes in Peru. She also has a serious sweet tooth and scopes out vegan desserts at every given chance (donut sundae from La Familia Groen, please).

BEST VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN RESTAURANT IN PERU


“Yes, I am vegetarian. No, I don’t just eat salad.”
As most vegetarians know, it is not always easy traveling and finding places that align with your dietary preferences. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Peru that specialize in vegetarian and vegan food. Enjoy!

El Jardin de Jazmin


Artsy vibes and tasty vegan food unite at El Jardin de Jazmin, a small restaurant in the city’s modern Miraflores district and walking distance from Parque Kennedy. You will feel the peace and love the moment you enter into the colorful space, and you’ll taste it too once you bite into their fully plant-based menu items.

The menu features Peruvian finger food with a vegan twist, like veggiepapas—a play on traditional salchipapas, which is french fries topped with chopped up hot dogs and condiments. Plus, find a variety of house-made hamburgers, sandwiches, nuggets with different toppings, pastas, pizzas, desserts, and a variety of artisanal beers. My personal favorite is the BBQ cauliflower wing wrap followed by a slice of their unbelievably decadent chocolate cake.

Logo Jardin De Jazmin
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan/Peruvian / Health Food / Bar Bites

  • Icon TimeHours: Mon-Sat | 12-10pm; Sun | 12-6pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Av. La Paz 838, Miraflores

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-40 soles

Em. Vegan Sweets & Salty


Is there a thing as love at first sight? Because that’s what I felt when I first saw the cookie dough cake at Em. Vegan Sweets & Salty. Two luscious layers of vanilla cake with an actual layer of chocolate chip cookie dough in between them, topped with vanilla frosting and another heavenly round of cookie dough on top. Other offerings include a variety tiramisu, cheesecakes, ice cream, cookies, crumb cake, brownies, and more. Savory selections include sandwiches, such as 3 cheez tocino (soy-based bacon) and empanadas, such as the creamy corn and cheez.

The setting is welcoming and modern, with vibrant blue walls and wooden tables with books that you can leaf through while you sip your coffee and delight in your delectable postre (dessert in spanish).

Logo Em. Vegan Sweets & Salty
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan/Cafe/Bakery/Sandwiches

  • Icon TimeHours: Mon - Sat | 12:30-8pm; Sun | Closed

  • Icon LocationLocation: Jiron Gonzales Prada 338, Miraflores

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 7-25 soles
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Las Vecinas


If a veggie meal and a cup of organic coffee is what you crave, look no further than Las Vecinas. The cozy decor, fresh plantlife, and chalkboard menus at this local eatery housed in a colonial building truly encompass the bohemian feel of Lima’s Barranco district. The food is really delicious too!

Las Vecinas is ideal for breakfast, lunch, or a light dinner. Sandwiches are prepared with artisan bread (like sunflower seed), salads are loaded with fresh greens, and there are a few hearty pasta and soup options as well. Ask for the beverage menu for listing of seasonal refreshments, Peruvian brewed beer, and coffee drinks. There is also a nice variety of juices, such as one that is a blend of cactus fruit, banana, and coconut milk.

Logo Las Vecinas
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan Options / Cafe / Lunch / Health Food

  • Icon TimeHours:
    Mon, Wed, Thu | 9am-9pm
    Tue | Closed
    Fri - Sat | 9am-10pm
    Sunday | 9am-7pm.

  • Icon LocationLocation: Jirón Domeyer 219, Barranco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-40 soles
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Raw Cafe


Raw Cafe is a 100 percent vegan restaurant with laid-back vibes. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and prepare to be nurtured. There are many raw items on the menu for those raw vegans in your party, but also an equally wide selection of cooked meals.

From tall glasses of fresh juice and other beverages, like Tonica that’s a tea infused with maracuya, ginger, garlic, and turmeric, to a selection of salads, wraps, bowls, pizzas and vegan sandwiches, the extensive menu impresses even a carnivorous skeptic. Save room for dessert too—the variety of cheesecakes, truffles, cookies, and ice cream are the perfect sweet ending to a scrumptious meal.

Logo Raw Cafe
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Raw / Cafe / Health Food / International / Desserts

  • Icon TimeHours: Mon-Sat | 9am-9pm; Sun | 10am-6pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Independencia 596, Miraflores.
    Other locations in Miraflores, Surco, and La Molina—check website for hours.

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-40 soles
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Veda Restaurante


This restaurant offers a fresh, trendy atmosphere while the kitchen lovingly prepares 100% vegan and gluten-free meals. An excellent menu pick is palta rellena (palta filled with veggies and vegan mayo) to start, followed by traditional lomo saltado or comforting beet ravioles. My personal favorite is their pizzas—so flavorful and satisfying, and their house-made vegan cheese is delicious! Finally, don’t forget to finish up with a dessert, like maracuya cheesecake. The best part? It contains 0 refined sugars.

Peru for Less’ Rachel Walker visited this locale as well, and tried their Aji de Gallina Feliz—a play on the traditional Peruvian chicken dish, prepared instead with a mung bean protein and mushroom and topped with a creamy cashew, yellow pepper, and almond milk sauce. “It has a pretty and comfy terrace with a cool bamboo structure and hanging plants too,” Walker shares.

Logo Veda Restaurante
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / International / Gluten-Free / No Refined Sugars

  • Icon TimeHours: Mon-Sat | 8am-10pm; Sun | 8am-5pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Schell 630, Miraflores

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-40 soles

Vegano Peruano


I went to this restaurant twice in the short 2 days that I spent in Paracas in October, 2019. I was absolutely amazed by the food, the ambiance, and the view! The portions were huge and the flavors were absolutely delicious. I had fried ceviche the first day, which featured a veggie fish, housemade from pallares, plus sweet potato, corn, red onion, and leche de tigre (traditional citrus-based sauce that gives signature flavor to classic Peruvian ceviche). The second day I started with vegan tequeños—a savory, deep fried pastry filled with vegan meat and complemented by an ocopa sauce. For my main dish, I had the lomo saltado, featuring a kidney bean-based meat.

The only thing as exquisite as the food itself was the view! I spent both meals on the balcony overlooking Paracas bay. The interior ambiance was relaxing, spacious, and adorable with colorful walls, tables, and couches to relax. There is also a performance space for live music acts on select occasions.

Logo Vegano Peruano
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan/Peruvian

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily, 12-9pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Av. Paracas C10 5to piso, Paracas

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-40 soles
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Pukasoncco Arte y Restaurante


This hidden gem looks like an art gallery from outside, but rest assured delicious veggie-friendly plates await beyond the eclectic and inspiring sculptures and paintings. Though not exclusively vegetarian or vegan, there are many plant-based dishes to delight in. For this reason, it is a great spot to dine if you’re the only veggie-based person in your group, but still want a substantial meal. If you are pescatarian, visitors rave about their fish dishes as well.

The friendly chef is actually also an artist, so the art studio and restaurant are side by side in the same building. His passion seems to flow seamlessly from his creative to his culinary expressions, and the generous portions ensure you won’t leave hungry. Some veg options include a delicious veggie arroz chaufa (Peruvian fried rice), noodles with veggies, veggie saltado, and plentiful salads. Pair it with a handmade cocktail served by a warm and welcoming waitstaff and you’re set.

Logo Pukasoncco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Peruvian/Vegetarian and Vegan Options/Seafood

  • Icon TimeHours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: H.H. Alan garcia perez mz. B lt. 9, a 50 metros de la entrada al Chaco, Paracas

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 30-60 soles

Loving Hut


Locals and travelers alike gather for the delicious and economical meals served up by Loving Hut in Lake Titicaca. You can order the “menú” to enjoy the daily salad, soup, main, desert, and refreshment on offer. Visitors can try veganized traditional Peruvian meals, veggie burgers, and other mains along with a variety of snacks, cookies, cakes, soups, and drinks. Waitstaff is very accommodating and friendly.

Logo Loving Hut
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan/Peruvian/International/Desserts

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday to Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday Closed

  • Icon LocationLocation: Pasaje Choquehuanca 188, Puno

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 10-30 soles

La Receta


This is not an exclusively vegetarian or vegan restaurant, but there are some nice, affordable options to satisfy your appetite during your time in Puno. The simple and artistic atmosphere makes it a great spot to relax, gather with friends, and enjoy some yummy veggie fare alongside some national or Peruvian craft beers, or a chicha morada (traditional purple corn refreshment) if you prefer.

The menu features Andean ingredients in both traditional and modern presentations. Vegans can enjoy the classic quinoa soup with vegetables and yellow potato or a quinoa burger oven baked with squash, carrots, zucchini, and onion. Additionally, vegetarians can delight in the yellow potato cream soup, or a hearty quinoa salad with corn, beans, tomato, cheese, and a house dressing. French fries are a nice accompaniment to any meal.

Logo La Receta
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Peruvian/International/Vegetarian and Vegan Options/Burgers/Sandwiches

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily, 1-9 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Jiron Lima 633, Piso 1, Puno

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 10-20 soles

El Buda Profano


El Buda Profano is a vegan restaurant in Arequipa that serves plant-based cuisine with a Japanese twist. Open daily, this is a great place to enjoy an evening meal of sushi in a relaxed and uplifting environment. The restaurant itself is located in a historic building made of the white volcanic stone that the city is famous for. The stonework continues onto the walls and arches of the interior, with wood, plantlife, and buddha sculptures completing the scene.

The menu features a diverse and delicious list of starters and rolls made with fresh ingredients like avocado, mango, eggplant, and tofu. You can start your meal with a warming bowl of veggie ramen or a scrumptious plate of tempura veggies. Next, sample some creative rolls, like the beet, spinach, and avocado, or fried tofu, eggplant, and japanese cucumber. Don’t forget to pair with wine or sake and finish up with a chocolate maki or sweet mochi dessert.

Logo El Buda Profano Arequipa
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Japanese / Sushi

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 12-10 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Bolivar 425, Cercado De Arequipa

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 10-20 soles
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Mi Kcao Chocolates y Cafe


No list can be complete without a spot to get your (vegan) chocolate fix. This chocolate shop and cafe is beloved for it’s super relaxed vibes, its decedent organic, artisanal, fair-trade chocolate, and the inspiring two Peruvian brothers who own it. Located in a relaxed back patio less than 3 blocks from the Plaza, it’s worth stopping in to this sweet 100% vegetarian haven.

The menu features chocolates handmade with almond, soy, and coconut milk—more than 20 varieties without milk. There are also fruit bowls, smoothies, desserts, ice cream, a variety of sandwiches, including one with vegan cheese, avocado, and tomato, and an intriguing selection of coffee drinks that can be made with non-dairy milk. Coffee beans come from the owners’ very own family farm in Cusco.

Logo Mi Kcao Chocolates y Cafe
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Chocolate / Cafe / Vegetarian / Vegan Options

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday to Saturday 9 am-9 pm; Sunday closed

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Bolivar 209, Arequipa

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 10-20 soles

Omphalos


Omphalos features a healthy, vegetarian take on classic Peruvian food. Most vegan and vegetarian travelers find themselves returning here again and again during their time in Arequipa, to try all the amazing menu items or delight in their daily menú (a set selection of starter, soup, entree, and dessert for just 10 soles).

The restaurant is set in a pretty stone courtyard just a block from the Plaza de Armas, with cozy interior seating as well. The menu features veggie burgers topped with fresh sprouts and tomato, grilled vegetable and seitain plate, vegan lomo saltado, traditional vegetarian rocoto relleno (Arequipeñan stuffed pepper), and more. A variety of delicious vegan cakes are also served daily. To give an idea of what their daily set menú might consist of, on October 27, 2019 the starter was lentil salad, the soup was cream of vegetables, the entree was a choice between sauteed eggplant, vegetable lasagna, and pesto or bolognesa pasta,and the dessert was a creamy rice pudding.

Logo Omphalos, Peru
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian / Peruvian / Vegan Options

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 9:30 am-9 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Bolivar 107, Arequipa

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 10-30 soles

Chia Vegan Kitchen


This unassuming vegan spot just a block and a half from the Plaza de Armas is bursting with plant-based goodness. The vibrant, creative dishes are 100% vegan and feature organic, local ingredients. Not only are the meals hearty and satisfying, the presentation is absolutely beautiful. Some menu favorites include quinoa chaufa with generous pieces of seitan, quinoa burger with roasted potatoes and creamy sauces, lasagna, massaman curry, mushroom ceviche, paella, and more.

In addition to the main plates, the desserts, cocktails, and even herbal teas are little marvels of their own—delicate and wholesome from the ingredients to the garnishes. Come in to enjoy a nurturing breakfast, lunch, or dinner, while admiring the laid back atmosphere with artistic touches.

Logo Chia Vegan Restaurant, Cusco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / International

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 10:00 am-10:00 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Tecsecocha 466, Cusco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-30 soles

El Encuentro


This place is all about spreading the goodness of vegetarian and vegan food at an affordable rate. With a menu showcasing the rich nutrition and health benefits of a veggie-based diet, the food is not only delicious, but healthy as well! Stop in for one of their breakfast combos—eight options to choose from. For example, The Vegano comes with juice, fruit salad with cereal, tofu, toast, marmalade, and tea. Or just stick with a delicious stack of pancakes, if you prefer.

For lunch and dinner you can select from a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Or, order a hot plate, like the bistek apanado, featuring rice, breaded seitan, salad, and french fries; or the Delicia de Brocoli, which is essentially a vegetable and tofu stir fry accompanied by rice. You can also opt for the rotating daily menu, which is super cheap, tasty, and satisfying—and includes soup, entree, and salad bar. Plus, the environment is charming and welcoming, with wood finishes and artistic touches.

Logo El Encuentro, Cusco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan Options / Peruvian / International

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday to Saturday 9 am-9 pm; Sunday closed

  • Icon LocationLocation: Santa Catalina Ancha 384, Cusco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 8-15 soles

Green Point


Check out this review from Peru for Less’ Product and Account Manager Alexandra Aguinaga, who visited Green Point in October 2019:

“This restaurant is located in San Blas near hotels Casa San Blas or Casa Andina San Blas. It's a hidden restaurant—you would think it is small from the outside, but it was quite spacious, like going into a secret garden. It has seating inside and also on the patio, which is covered by a white tent; it also has a couple of trees that give shade from those sunny Cusco afternoons.

To start, they gave us complimentary homemade bread with a creamy pepper sauce and sundried tomatoes with olives and olive oil—a great way to calm the hunger until the food arrived. A cold strawberry, mango and passion fruit juice was just the trick to keep me cool on a warm day. My boyfriend was suffering from altitude sickness so he had a squash cream (vegan-almond milk) decorated with dried pepper and chives. Our mains were grilled veggies topped with vegan cheese on a bed of arugula, as well as stir-fried vegetables marinated with soy sauce accompanied by french fries and whole rice.”

Logo Green Point, Cusco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / International

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 8 am-12 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Carmen Bajo 235, Cusco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-35 soles

Prasada The Vegan Temple


The relaxed, spiritual vibe of this charming little vegan restaurant is paired with an exciting variety of wholesome dishes. You can try a curry plate (red, green, caribbean, and more), pizza finished with vegan cheese and veggies, a plant-based spin on Peruvian traditional tacu tacu, or one of their super hearty veggie burgers loaded with toppings.

Visitors also celebrate the huge and flavorful smoothies, lassis, and green juices the kitchen whips up. Some options include the “Bear,” featuring banana, cocoa, chia, algarrobina, and almond milk; and the “Summer,” comprised of strawberry, oats, avocado, chia, and almond milk. You can also try some yummy desserts, like the artisanal ice cream sundae or the mango ravioli.

Logo Prasada The Vegan Temple, Cusco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / International

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 11 am-8:30 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Choquechaca 430, Choqechaka 425, Cusco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-35 soles
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Vida Vegan Bistro


The comforting, homestyle food at this small, artsy restaurant is a vegan’s dream. With both Italian and Peruvian food on the menu, there are familiar and adventurous options to delight in. Try their pizza, loaded with toppings and vegan cheese, or maybe some vegan cheese ravioli covered in a creamy pesto sauce. To go the local route, indulge in the mushroom ceviche or veggie lomo saltado.

Finish off your meal with a vegan pisco sour, a maca banana smoothie, or a delicious dessert of rice pudding. These culinary treasures are awaiting just three blocks from the main Plaza. The service is excellent and the portions are big—so you will be sure to leave uplifted and satisfied.

Logo Vida Vegan, Cusco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / Italian / International

  • Icon TimeHours: Thursday to Tuesday 12-10 pm; Wednesday 2-10 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Tambo De Montero 508, Cusco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 15-25 soles

Alma Amor


Alma Amor is a cozy and uplifting wellness center and restaurant located in the majestic Sacred Valley. It is also the first and only vegan restaurant of Ollantaytambo. The dishes are regionally-inspired, and made of local and organic ingredients wherever possible.

The menu has a range of delectable plant-based fare. Start off with a creamy carrot and pumpkin soup finished with ginger and cumin, and continue on to the traditional tacu tacu, comprised of a bean and rice patty with spicy tomato salsa and salad. Don’t forget to pair your meal with passionfruit juice or maca latte, and finish off with a dessert of mazamorra morada, a local favorite made of purple corn.

Logo Chia Vegan Restaurant, Cusco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan / Peruvian

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday to Saturday 12:30-8:30 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Principal (Con Lari Calle), Ollantaytambo

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 15-30 soles
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Garden of Vegan


Who would have thought you can find vegan buffalo wings, mac and cheese, nachos, and meatball subs in the middle of the Andes mountains? Well, at Garden of Vegan, you can! Enjoy these American comfort foods and so much more at this amazing 100% plant-based restaurant in the quaint valley town of Urubamba.

All plates come with a soup or salad, and some other menu favorites include tacos, filled with vegan meat, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and sour cream, with Mexican rice and beans on the side; and eggplant parmesan, a satisfying dish of breaded eggplant, marinara, and parmesan over a bed of spaghetti. There is also a rotating daily menu, which includes soup, entree, and a drink. Pair your meal with one of their amazing elixirs, smoothies, teas, wellness shots, or maybe just a good ol’ bottle of beer and enjoy the cozy and uplifting environment.

Logo Chia Vegan Restaurant, Cusco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Comfort Food / Health Food

  • Icon TimeHours: Sunday to Friday 11 am-3 pm and 6 pm-9 pm; Saturday closed

  • Icon LocationLocation: Ave. Berriozabal &, Av. Ferrocarril, Urubamba

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-30 soles

Kaia Shenai


This chill, casual restaurant is the perfect place to crash with friends and enjoy a hearty vegetarian or vegan meal. Though not a 100% vegetarian establishment, you will not be at a loss for an excellent selection of regional dishes sin carne (without meat).

Located in the Sacred Valley town of Urubamba, the art, decor, and furniture inspires a strong sense of peace and love. Some menu favorites include the Hawaiian lentil burger, vegan purple corn tacos, macrobiotic salad, quinoa tabouli, artisanal pasta with mushrooms, and more. Don’t forget to ask your waiter about the daily desserts, because you may just find yourself with a deliciously fudgy vegan brownie paired with a strawberry smoothie. Menu incorporates items from the chef’s own organic garden. There’s even a playground for kids, so it’s a great place for the whole family to dine in harmony.

Logo Kaia Shenai, Cusco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian options / Vegan options / Regional / International

  • Icon TimeHours: 12-6:30 pm daily

  • Icon LocationLocation: Av. Mariscal Castilla 563, Urubamba

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-30 soles

El Albergue


This restaurant is set in a charming 3-star hotel conveniently located near the Ollantaytambo train station. It features beautiful gardens of vegetables, passion flowers, and avocado trees, frequented by hummingbirds. Peru Travel Advisor Adrienne shares “I recently went to El Albergue’s restaurant and they have a handful of dishes indicated as either veggie or vegan, with most ingredients coming straight from their huerto (garden)!”

These special and mindfully prepared meals feature such favorites as Locro de Zapallo, which is a pumpkin stew with diced cheese; a hefty plate of sauteed garden vegetables with local bread; or a pasta dish featuring handmade fettuccine and garden fresh tomatoes. Pair your meal with one of their celebrated cocktails, like their Caña Alta Azul (sugar cane rum) and Tonic garnished with molle leaf and peppercorn.

Logo El Albergue, Cusco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian options / Vegan options / Regional / International

  • Icon TimeHours: 5 am-11 am, 12 pm-3:30 pm, and 6 pm-9 pm daily

  • Icon LocationLocation: Estacion de Tren, Ollantaytambo

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-35 soles

Pachasara


This welcoming, vibrant restaurant in Urubamba is a vegan’s sanctuary. The cuisine is a blend of Andean with influence of other Latin cuisines, like Mexican and Venezuelan. Pachasara means “place of corn” in Quechua, and all the offerings on the menu are a tribute to the land and the abundance of vegetables it bears.

The gluten free and 100% vegan options include tacos, arepas, empanadas, tamales, soups, salads and more. The cooks incorporate fresh superfoods of the region in their dishes, like quinoa, chia, sacha inchi and native potatoes. Finish off with cake or a muffin and leave feeling nurtured and energized.

Logo Pachasara, Cusco
  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / Latin

  • Icon TimeHours: Wed-Sat 12:30-8:30pm; Sunday 12-4:30pm; Monday Closed; Tuesday 12:30-4:30pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Avenida Berriozabal, Urubamba

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 15-25 soles
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El Jardin de Jazmin
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Artsy vibes and tasty vegan food unite at El Jardin de Jazmin, a small restaurant in the city’s modern Miraflores district and walking distance from Parque Kennedy. You will feel the peace and love the moment you enter into the colorful space, and you’ll taste it too once you bite into their fully plant-based menu items.

The menu features Peruvian finger food with a vegan twist, like veggiepapas—a play on traditional salchipapas, which is french fries topped with chopped up hot dogs and condiments. Plus, find a variety of house-made hamburgers, sandwiches, nuggets with different toppings, pastas, pizzas, desserts, and a variety of artisanal beers. My personal favorite is the BBQ cauliflower wing wrap followed by a slice of their unbelievably decadent chocolate cake.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan/Peruvian / Health Food / Bar Bites

  • Icon TimeHours: Mon-Sat | 12-10pm; Sun | 12-6pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Av. La Paz 838, Miraflores

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-40 soles
Em. Vegan Sweets & Salty
Logo Em. Vegan Sweets & Salty

Is there a thing as love at first sight? Because that’s what I felt when I first saw the cookie dough cake at Em. Vegan Sweets & Salty. Two luscious layers of vanilla cake with an actual layer of chocolate chip cookie dough in between them, topped with vanilla frosting and another heavenly round of cookie dough on top. Other offerings include a variety tiramisu, cheesecakes, ice cream, cookies, crumb cake, brownies, and more. Savory selections include sandwiches, such as 3 cheez tocino (soy-based bacon) and empanadas, such as the creamy corn and cheez.

The setting is welcoming and modern, with vibrant blue walls and wooden tables with books that you can leaf through while you sip your coffee and delight in your delectable postre (dessert in spanish).

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan/Cafe/Bakery/Sandwiches

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday to Saturday, 12:30-8pm; Sunday, Closed

  • Icon LocationLocation: Jiron Gonzales Prada 338, Miraflores

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 7-25 soles
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Las Vecinas
Las Vecinas

If a veggie meal and a cup of organic coffee is what you crave, look no further than Las Vecinas. The cozy decor, fresh plantlife, and chalkboard menus at this local eatery housed in a colonial building truly encompass the bohemian feel of Lima’s Barranco district. The food is really delicious too!

Las Vecinas is ideal for breakfast, lunch, or a light dinner. Sandwiches are prepared with artisan bread (like sunflower seed), salads are loaded with fresh greens, and there are a few hearty pasta and soup options as well. Ask for the beverage menu for listing of seasonal refreshments, Peruvian brewed beer, and coffee drinks. There is also a nice variety of juices, such as one that is a blend of cactus fruit, banana, and coconut milk.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan Options / Cafe / Lunch / Health Food

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9 am-9 pm; Tuesday Closed; Friday and Saturday 9 am-10 pm; Sunday 9 am-7 pm.

  • Icon LocationLocation: Jirón Domeyer 219, Barranco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-40 soles
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Raw Cafe
Raw Cafe, Peru

Raw Cafe is a 100 percent vegan restaurant with laid-back vibes. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and prepare to be nurtured. There are many raw items on the menu for those raw vegans in your party, but also an equally wide selection of cooked meals.

From tall glasses of fresh juice and other beverages, like Tonica that’s a tea infused with maracuya, ginger, garlic, and turmeric, to a selection of salads, wraps, bowls, pizzas and vegan sandwiches, the extensive menu impresses even a carnivorous skeptic. Save room for dessert too—the variety of cheesecakes, truffles, cookies, and ice cream are the perfect sweet ending to a scrumptious meal.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Raw / Cafe / Health Food / International / Desserts

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm.

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Independencia 596, Miraflores. Other locations in Miraflores, Surco, and La Molina—check website for hours.

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-40 soles
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Veda Restaurante
Veda Restaurante, Peru

This restaurant offers a fresh, trendy atmosphere while the kitchen lovingly prepares 100% vegan and gluten-free meals. An excellent menu pick is palta rellena (palta filled with veggies and vegan mayo) to start, followed by traditional lomo saltado or comforting beet ravioles. My personal favorite is their pizzas—so flavorful and satisfying, and their house-made vegan cheese is delicious! Finally, don’t forget to finish up with a dessert, like maracuya cheesecake. The best part? It contains 0 refined sugars.

Peru for Less’ Rachel Walker visited this locale as well, and tried their Aji de Gallina Feliz—a play on the traditional Peruvian chicken dish, prepared instead with a mung bean protein and mushroom and topped with a creamy cashew, yellow pepper, and almond milk sauce. “It has a pretty and comfy terrace with a cool bamboo structure and hanging plants too,” Walker shares.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / International / Gluten-Free / No Refined Sugars

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday-Saturday 8 am-10 pm; Sunday 8 am-5 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Schell 630, Miraflores

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-40 soles
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PARACAS


Vegano Peruano
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I went to this restaurant twice in the short 2 days that I spent in Paracas in October, 2019. I was absolutely amazed by the food, the ambiance, and the view! The portions were huge and the flavors were absolutely delicious. I had fried ceviche the first day, which featured a veggie fish, housemade from pallares, plus sweet potato, corn, red onion, and leche de tigre (traditional citrus-based sauce that gives signature flavor to classic Peruvian ceviche). The second day I started with vegan tequeños—a savory, deep fried pastry filled with vegan meat and complemented by an ocopa sauce. For my main dish, I had the lomo saltado, featuring a kidney bean-based meat.

The only thing as exquisite as the food itself was the view! I spent both meals on the balcony overlooking Paracas bay. The interior ambiance was relaxing, spacious, and adorable with colorful walls, tables, and couches to relax. There is also a performance space for live music acts on select occasions.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan/Peruvian

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily, 12-9pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Av. Paracas C10 5to piso, Paracas

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-40 soles
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Pukasoncco Arte y Restaurante
Logo Pukasoncco Arte y Restaurante, Peru

This hidden gem looks like an art gallery from outside, but rest assured delicious veggie-friendly plates await beyond the eclectic and inspiring sculptures and paintings. Though not exclusively vegetarian or vegan, there are many plant-based dishes to delight in. For this reason, it is a great spot to dine if you’re the only veggie-based person in your group, but still want a substantial meal. If you are pescatarian, visitors rave about their fish dishes as well.

The friendly chef is actually also an artist, so the art studio and restaurant are side by side in the same building. His passion seems to flow seamlessly from his creative to his culinary expressions, and the generous portions ensure you won’t leave hungry. Some veg options include a delicious veggie arroz chaufa (Peruvian fried rice), noodles with veggies, veggie saltado, and plentiful salads. Pair it with a handmade cocktail served by a warm and welcoming waitstaff and you’re set.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Peruvian/Vegetarian and Vegan Options/Seafood

  • Icon TimeHours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation:H.H. Alan garcia perez mz. B lt. 9, a 50 metros de la entrada al Chaco, Paracas

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 30-60 soles
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PUNO


Loving Hut
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Locals and travelers alike gather for the delicious and economical meals served up by Loving Hut in Lake Titicaca. You can order the “menú” to enjoy the daily salad, soup, main, desert, and refreshment on offer. Visitors can try veganized traditional Peruvian meals, veggie burgers, and other mains along with a variety of snacks, cookies, cakes, soups, and drinks. Waitstaff is very accommodating and friendly.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan/Peruvian/International/Desserts

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday to Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday Closed

  • Icon LocationLocation: Pasaje Choquehuanca 188, Puno

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 10-30 soles
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La Receta
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This is not an exclusively vegetarian or vegan restaurant, but there are some nice, affordable options to satisfy your appetite during your time in Puno. The simple and artistic atmosphere makes it a great spot to relax, gather with friends, and enjoy some yummy veggie fare alongside some national or Peruvian craft beers, or a chicha morada (traditional purple corn refreshment) if you prefer.

The menu features Andean ingredients in both traditional and modern presentations. Vegans can enjoy the classic quinoa soup with vegetables and yellow potato or a quinoa burger oven baked with squash, carrots, zucchini, and onion. Additionally, vegetarians can delight in the yellow potato cream soup, or a hearty quinoa salad with corn, beans, tomato, cheese, and a house dressing. French fries are a nice accompaniment to any meal.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Peruvian/International/Vegetarian and Vegan Options/Burgers/Sandwiches

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 1-9 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation:Jiron Lima 633, Piso 1, Puno

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 10-20 soles
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AREQUIPA


El Buda Profano
Logo El Buda Profano, Peru

El Buda Profano is a vegan restaurant in Arequipa that serves plant-based cuisine with a Japanese twist. Open daily, this is a great place to enjoy an evening meal of sushi in a relaxed and uplifting environment. The restaurant itself is located in a historic building made of the white volcanic stone that the city is famous for. The stonework continues onto the walls and arches of the interior, with wood, plantlife, and buddha sculptures completing the scene.

The menu features a diverse and delicious list of starters and rolls made with fresh ingredients like avocado, mango, eggplant, and tofu. You can start your meal with a warming bowl of veggie ramen or a scrumptious plate of tempura veggies. Next, sample some creative rolls, like the beet, spinach, and avocado, or fried tofu, eggplant, and japanese cucumber. Don’t forget to pair with wine or sake and finish up with a chocolate maki or sweet mochi dessert.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Japanese / Sushi

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 12-10 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Bolivar 425, Cercado De Arequipa

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 10-20 soles
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Mi Kcao Chocolates y Cafe
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No list can be complete without a spot to get your (vegan) chocolate fix. This chocolate shop and cafe is beloved for it’s super relaxed vibes, its decedent organic, artisanal, fair-trade chocolate, and the inspiring two Peruvian brothers who own it. Located in a relaxed back patio less than 3 blocks from the Plaza, it’s worth stopping in to this sweet 100% vegetarian haven.

The menu features chocolates handmade with almond, soy, and coconut milk—more than 20 varieties without milk. There are also fruit bowls, smoothies, desserts, ice cream, a variety of sandwiches, including one with vegan cheese, avocado, and tomato, and an intriguing selection of coffee drinks that can be made with non-dairy milk. Coffee beans come from the owners’ very own family farm in Cusco.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Chocolate / Cafe / Vegetarian / Vegan Options

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday to Saturday 9 am-9 pm; Sunday closed

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Bolivar 209, Arequipa

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 10-20 soles
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Omphalos
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Omphalos features a healthy, vegetarian take on classic Peruvian food. Most vegan and vegetarian travelers find themselves returning here again and again during their time in Arequipa, to try all the amazing menu items or delight in their daily menú (a set selection of starter, soup, entree, and dessert for just 10 soles).

The restaurant is set in a pretty stone courtyard just a block from the Plaza de Armas, with cozy interior seating as well. The menu features veggie burgers topped with fresh sprouts and tomato, grilled vegetable and seitain plate, vegan lomo saltado, traditional vegetarian rocoto relleno (Arequipeñan stuffed pepper), and more. A variety of delicious vegan cakes are also served daily. To give an idea of what their daily set menú might consist of, on October 27, 2019 the starter was lentil salad, the soup was cream of vegetables, the entree was a choice between sauteed eggplant, vegetable lasagna, and pesto or bolognesa pasta,and the dessert was a creamy rice pudding.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine:Vegetarian / Peruvian / Vegan Options

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 9:30 am-9 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Bolivar 107, Arequipa

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 10-30 soles
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CUSCO


Chia Vegan Kitchen
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This unassuming vegan spot just a block and a half from the Plaza de Armas is bursting with plant-based goodness. The vibrant, creative dishes are 100% vegan and feature organic, local ingredients. Not only are the meals hearty and satisfying, the presentation is absolutely beautiful. Some menu favorites include quinoa chaufa with generous pieces of seitan, quinoa burger with roasted potatoes and creamy sauces, lasagna, massaman curry, mushroom ceviche, paella, and more.

In addition to the main plates, the desserts, cocktails, and even herbal teas are little marvels of their own—delicate and wholesome from the ingredients to the garnishes. Come in to enjoy a nurturing breakfast, lunch, or dinner, while admiring the laid back atmosphere with artistic touches.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / International

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 10:00 am-10:00 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Tecsecocha 466, Cusco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-30 soles
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El Encuentro
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This place is all about spreading the goodness of vegetarian and vegan food at an affordable rate. With a menu showcasing the rich nutrition and health benefits of a veggie-based diet, the food is not only delicious, but healthy as well! Stop in for one of their breakfast combos—eight options to choose from. For example, The Vegano comes with juice, fruit salad with cereal, tofu, toast, marmalade, and tea. Or just stick with a delicious stack of pancakes, if you prefer.

For lunch and dinner you can select from a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Or, order a hot plate, like the bistek apanado, featuring rice, breaded seitan, salad, and french fries; or the Delicia de Brocoli, which is essentially a vegetable and tofu stir fry accompanied by rice. You can also opt for the rotating daily menu, which is super cheap, tasty, and satisfying—and includes soup, entree, and salad bar. Plus, the environment is charming and welcoming, with wood finishes and artistic touches.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan Options / Peruvian / International

  • Icon TimeHours:Monday to Saturday 9 am-9 pm; Sunday closed

  • Icon LocationLocation: Santa Catalina Ancha 384, Cusco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 8-15 soles
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Green Point
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Check out this review from Peru for Less’ Product and Account Manager Alexandra Aguinaga, who visited Green Point in October 2019:

“This restaurant is located in San Blas near hotels Casa San Blas or Casa Andina San Blas. It's a hidden restaurant—you would think it is small from the outside, but it was quite spacious, like going into a secret garden. It has seating inside and also on the patio, which is covered by a white tent; it also has a couple of trees that give shade from those sunny Cusco afternoons.

To start, they gave us complimentary homemade bread with a creamy pepper sauce and sundried tomatoes with olives and olive oil—a great way to calm the hunger until the food arrived. A cold strawberry, mango and passion fruit juice was just the trick to keep me cool on a warm day. My boyfriend was suffering from altitude sickness so he had a squash cream (vegan-almond milk) decorated with dried pepper and chives. Our mains were grilled veggies topped with vegan cheese on a bed of arugula, as well as stir-fried vegetables marinated with soy sauce accompanied by french fries and whole rice.”

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / International

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 8 am-12 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Carmen Bajo 235, Cusco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-35 soles
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Prasada The Vegan Temple
Logo Prasada The Vegan Temple, Peru

The relaxed, spiritual vibe of this charming little vegan restaurant is paired with an exciting variety of wholesome dishes. You can try a curry plate (red, green, caribbean, and more), pizza finished with vegan cheese and veggies, a plant-based spin on Peruvian traditional tacu tacu, or one of their super hearty veggie burgers loaded with toppings.

Visitors also celebrate the huge and flavorful smoothies, lassis, and green juices the kitchen whips up. Some options include the “Bear,” featuring banana, cocoa, chia, algarrobina, and almond milk; and the “Summer,” comprised of strawberry, oats, avocado, chia, and almond milk. You can also try some yummy desserts, like the artisanal ice cream sundae or the mango ravioli.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / International

  • Icon TimeHours: Daily 11 am-8:30 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Choquechaca 430, Choqechaka 425, Cusco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-35 soles
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Vida Vegan Bistro
Logo Vida Vegan Bistro, Peru

The comforting, homestyle food at this small, artsy restaurant is a vegan’s dream. With both Italian and Peruvian food on the menu, there are familiar and adventurous options to delight in. Try their pizza, loaded with toppings and vegan cheese, or maybe some vegan cheese ravioli covered in a creamy pesto sauce. To go the local route, indulge in the mushroom ceviche or veggie lomo saltado.

Finish off your meal with a vegan pisco sour, a maca banana smoothie, or a delicious dessert of rice pudding. These culinary treasures are awaiting just three blocks from the main Plaza. The service is excellent and the portions are big—so you will be sure to leave uplifted and satisfied.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / Italian / International

  • Icon TimeHours: Thursday to Tuesday 12-10 pm; Wednesday 2-10 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Tambo De Montero 508, Cusco

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 15-25 soles
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SACRED VALLEY


Alma Amor
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Alma Amor is a cozy and uplifting wellness center and restaurant located in the majestic Sacred Valley. It is also the first and only vegan restaurant of Ollantaytambo. The dishes are regionally-inspired, and made of local and organic ingredients wherever possible.

The menu has a range of delectable plant-based fare. Start off with a creamy carrot and pumpkin soup finished with ginger and cumin, and continue on to the traditional tacu tacu, comprised of a bean and rice patty with spicy tomato salsa and salad. Don’t forget to pair your meal with passionfruit juice or maca latte, and finish off with a dessert of mazamorra morada, a local favorite made of purple corn.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan / Peruvian

  • Icon TimeHours: Monday to Saturday 12:30-8:30 pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Calle Principal (Con Lari Calle), Ollantaytambo

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 15-30 soles
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Garden of Vegan
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Who would have thought you can find vegan buffalo wings, mac and cheese, nachos, and meatball subs in the middle of the Andes mountains? Well, at Garden of Vegan, you can! Enjoy these American comfort foods and so much more at this amazing 100% plant-based restaurant in the quaint valley town of Urubamba.

All plates come with a soup or salad, and some other menu favorites include tacos, filled with vegan meat, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and sour cream, with Mexican rice and beans on the side; and eggplant parmesan, a satisfying dish of breaded eggplant, marinara, and parmesan over a bed of spaghetti. There is also a rotating daily menu, which includes soup, entree, and a drink. Pair your meal with one of their amazing elixirs, smoothies, teas, wellness shots, or maybe just a good ol’ bottle of beer and enjoy the cozy and uplifting environment.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine:Vegan / Comfort Food / Health Food

  • Icon TimeHours: Sunday to Friday 11 am-3 pm and 6 pm-9 pm; Saturday closed

  • Icon LocationLocation: Ave. Berriozabal &, Av. Ferrocarril, Urubamba

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-30 soles
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Kaia Shenai
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This chill, casual restaurant is the perfect place to crash with friends and enjoy a hearty vegetarian or vegan meal. Though not a 100% vegetarian establishment, you will not be at a loss for an excellent selection of regional dishes sin carne (without meat).

Located in the Sacred Valley town of Urubamba, the art, decor, and furniture inspires a strong sense of peace and love. Some menu favorites include the Hawaiian lentil burger, vegan purple corn tacos, macrobiotic salad, quinoa tabouli, artisanal pasta with mushrooms, and more. Don’t forget to ask your waiter about the daily desserts, because you may just find yourself with a deliciously fudgy vegan brownie paired with a strawberry smoothie. Menu incorporates items from the chef’s own organic garden. There’s even a playground for kids, so it’s a great place for the whole family to dine in harmony.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian options / Vegan options / Regional / International

  • Icon TimeHours: 12-6:30 pm daily

  • Icon LocationLocation: Av. Mariscal Castilla 563, Urubamba

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-30 soles
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El Albergue
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This restaurant is set in a charming 3-star hotel conveniently located near the Ollantaytambo train station. It features beautiful gardens of vegetables, passion flowers, and avocado trees, frequented by hummingbirds. Peru Travel Advisor Adrienne shares “I recently went to El Albergue’s restaurant and they have a handful of dishes indicated as either veggie or vegan, with most ingredients coming straight from their huerto (garden)!”

These special and mindfully prepared meals feature such favorites as Locro de Zapallo, which is a pumpkin stew with diced cheese; a hefty plate of sauteed garden vegetables with local bread; or a pasta dish featuring handmade fettuccine and garden fresh tomatoes. Pair your meal with one of their celebrated cocktails, like their Caña Alta Azul (sugar cane rum) and Tonic garnished with molle leaf and peppercorn.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegetarian options / Vegan options / Regional / International

  • Icon TimeHours: 5 am-11 am, 12 pm-3:30 pm, and 6 pm-9 pm daily

  • Icon LocationLocation: Estacion de Tren, Ollantaytambo

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 20-35 soles
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Pachasara
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This welcoming, vibrant restaurant in Urubamba is a vegan’s sanctuary. The cuisine is a blend of Andean with influence of other Latin cuisines, like Mexican and Venezuelan. Pachasara means “place of corn” in Quechua, and all the offerings on the menu are a tribute to the land and the abundance of vegetables it bears.

The gluten free and 100% vegan options include tacos, arepas, empanadas, tamales, soups, salads and more. The cooks incorporate fresh superfoods of the region in their dishes, like quinoa, chia, sacha inchi and native potatoes. Finish off with cake or a muffin and leave feeling nurtured and energized.

  • Icon type of CuisineCuisine: Vegan / Peruvian / Latin

  • Icon TimeHours: Wed-Sat 12:30-8:30pm; Sunday 12-4:30pm; Monday Closed; Tuesday 12:30-4:30pm

  • Icon LocationLocation: Avenida Berriozabal, Urubamba

  • Icon PricePrice Range: 15-25 soles
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STAFF PICKS

We have many vegetarian, vegan, and vegetable-loving foodies right here in our Lima-based office! Here are some bonus spots throughout Peru that they recommend you check out, and why they loved it:

Rachel, Peru For Less

Rachel loves:

  • Seitan Urban Bistro, Calle Grimaldo del Solar 168, Miraflores, Lima
    “Cauliflower wings with this Asian-style dipping sauce.”
  • Papachos , multiple locations throughout Lima, including in Larcomar
    “They have 3 veggie burgers on the menu—The Mister Locro is my favorite. They also have a really good vegetarian-friendly mac n cheese.”
  • Las Gringas , Santa Catalina 204, Arequipa
    “Delicious vegetarian and vegan pizzas with crusts made out of flour from Andean grains, they also have craft beers.”
Monique, Peru For Less

Monique loves:

  • Panetteria, Av. Almte. Miguel Grau 369, Barranco, Lima
    “They do the best pastel de acelga, which I usually get with a fresh mango juice. The bread here is to-die-for as well.”
  • Rucula , Ataud 266, Cusco
    “My favorite dish is their goat cheese salad—it's full of bright greens, edible flowers, seeds, and roasted vegetables, and very generously portioned.”
Clem, Peru For Less

Clem loves:

  • Twins Gluten-Free Cafe, Jr. Colina 109, Barranco, Lima
    “Their lasagna de berenjena (eggplant) is amazing + any of their cake.”
Adrienne, Peru For Less

Adrienne loves:

  • Yaku, Huaynapata 410, Cusco
    “Healthy, organic, creative BEAUTIFULLY presented dishes at very reasonable prices.The yucca croquettes were delicious!”
  • Cuchara Llena , Pata Calle, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley
    “They have a lot of vegan versions of Peruvian classics, like papa rellena, lomo saltado, and aji de champinones. The place has a very chill, bohemian vibe, almost like a beach shack…but surrounded by mountains.”
Ale, Peru For Less

Ale loves:

  • Green’s, Sta Catalina Angosta, Cusco
    “We had a substantial quinoa veggie soup and squash cream drizzled with Indian spices that gave it that spicy kick to it (not overpowering at all).”
Alexa, Peru For Less

Alexa loves:

  • Nuna Raymi, Triunfo 356, Cusco
    “It is filled with vegan, vegetarian and even gluten free options! The atmosphere itself is very relaxed and they even grow their own food right in the restaurant!”
Liz, Peru For Less

Liz loves:

  • Kinjo Ramen , Av. Almte. Miguel Grau 680, Barranco, Lima
    “It has two veggie ramens, which is super hard to find in the city!”

EATING ORGANIC IN PERU


Organic Food - “produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.

Many restaurants in Lima and Cusco are using organic ingredients in mouthwatering dishes which celebrate the fusion of Peruvian cuisine. Organic markets are also popping up around the vibrant capital of Lima. From nutrient rich greens and colorful citruses to fresh grains and honey, the flavor diversity of these markets are a great way to spend downtime in the city. Organic products are nearby when a BioFeria or EcoFeria sign hangs above rows of vendors. - Look for these logos when you’re buying organic. -

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Benefits

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Organic farming prohibits GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. If you eat organic, your body will be GMO free.

In 2012, Peru kicked off a 10-year ban of genetically modified seed and foods.

“The law is aimed at safeguarding the country's agricultural diversity and preventing cross-pollination with non-GMO crops. It will also help protect Peruvian exports of organic products.” (source)

icon loveicon loveMade by Mother Earth

Sunshine, water, and fertile soil nurtures the growth of organic produce. No chemicals or pesticides are used in organic farming.

Since Inca times, farmers from the Sacred Valley have used mountainside agrarian terraces to capitalize on the wide set of microenvironments to grow hundreds of veggies, cereals, and an enormous variety of potatoes. Today, agriculture in the region is principally pesticide free and many restaurants in Cusco proudly announce that food from their menu has been made with organically grown produce from the Sacred Valley.

icon loveicon loveSupport the Local Economy

Buying organic produce at neighborhood markets and eating at restaurants which buy produce (that’s often organic) from small farmers helps create jobs and allows local economies in Peru to thrive.

Vegetarian recipe from Peru

Vegan Peruvian Ceviche

The quintessential seafood dish of Peru, made from raw fish marinated in citrus, and finished off with spices and red onion. You can also find this classic at just about every vegan or vegetarian restaurant sin pescado (without fish). No visit to Peru is complete without trying some fresh veggie ceviche at lunch time. Or, if you can’t make it to Peru, you can bring the Pacific coast of Peru right to your kitchen with the recipe below.

Time: 60-90 minutes
Yields: 4-6 servings
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pound oyster mushrooms, diced tofu or seitan, chickpeas, or hearts of palm, depending on your preference
  • Juice of 5-7 limes
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 red onions, sliced thin
  • 2-3 ajo limo peppers, or habaneros if you cannot find
  • Minced ginger, to taste
  • Minced garlic, to taste
  • Nori or seaweed flakes (optional), to taste
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Fresh boiled Peruvian Corn
  • Chifles (fried plantain chips)
  • Chopped cilantro (optional), to taste
  • 2 sweet potatoes, skinned, halved, and boiled
  • Cancha (toasted Peruvian corn)
METHOD
  • 1) Soak the sliced onions in salted water, to cut the bitterness
  • 2) Meanwhile, place the chopped garlic, ginger, and pepper on a flat surface and mash them into a paste.
  • 3) Next, place your mushrooms, chickpeas, or other fish substitute in a medium bowl and stir in the paste to distribute evenly.
  • 4) Now, add the lime juice and coconut milk and stir all the ingredients together. Cover and chill for an hour.
  • 5) Next, drain the onions and add them into the ceviche mixture, along with nori or seaweed flakes if using.
  • 6) Distribute the ceviche over the lettuce leaves onto your serving plates.
  • 7) Arrange the sides, boiled corn, chifles, sweet potato, and cancha according to visual preference. Garnish with cilantro, if using, and enjoy!

Papa a la
Huancaina

This traditional creamy potato dish is vegetarian by default. No matter where you go in the great country of Peru, you can find it on the menu and enjoy—without worrying about the animal products. Although the name suggests that this dish is from the city of Huancayo in the Andean highlands, it actually finds its origins in the capital city of Lima. Usually a starter, this plate is comprised of sliced boiled potatoes topped with a creamy cheese and yellow pepper sauce. It is finished off with halved hard-boiled eggs and olives for some added flavor and nutrients.

Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
METHOD
  • 1) Place the pepper paste, milk, oil, crackers, cheese, and salt in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • 2) To plate, place a lettuce leaf or two on each plate as a base. Next add potatoes over the leaves, and smother with your freshly-made sauce.
  • 3) Garnish with black olives and boiled egg and enjoy!
*Vegan alternative, skip the cheese, cream, and egg and use instead unsweetened, non-dairy milk in place of evaporated milk, and any soft vegan cheese in place of the cheese!
INGREDIENTS
  • ½ cup of aji amarillo paste
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 8 Saltine crackers (soda crackers)
  • 8 oz of fresh white cheese (queso fresco)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • 6 boiled and peeled yellow potatoes, thickly sliced
  • Black olives
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced

Superfood from Peru

Peru is an amazing place to be a vegetarian or vegan. With so many different climates and microclimates, fruits and vegetables grow in the multitudes. From the mountain peaks to the deep jungle, there are an abundance of plants bursting with nutrients that can improve physical and emotional health. Here is a list of some of the top superfoods in Peru:

MACA


Growing in the high Andes of Peru, maca root, also known as Peruvian ginseng, contains fiber, protein, vitamin C, iron, potassium, B vitamins, and manganese. It is known to increase sex drive and fertility, boost mood and sports performance, and relieve menopause symptoms.

Maca, Peru

QUINUA


Quinoa is found to have originated in the Lake Titicaca basin of Peru some three to four thousand years ago. The seeds of this flowering plant of the amaranth family contain all nine essential amino acids, fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, calcium, phosphorous, iron, antioxidants, and more. Due to high levels of iron and protein, it is a must for anyone with a plant-based diet.

Quinua, Peru

CAMU CAMU


This riverside tree of the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon produces a red/purple cherry-like fruit bursting with antioxidants and vitamin C. Long used by native people, the fruit can fight inflammation, reduce weight, improve blood sugar levels, reduce harmful bacteria, and lower blood pressure.

Camu Camu, Peru

SACHA INCHI


Also known as the Inca peanut, this perennial plant of the Peruvian Amazon produces large edible seeds. These super peanuts contain omega 3 and 6, eight essential amino acids, fiber, vitamin E, and more. They are known to reduce bad cholesterol, improve mood, regulate appetite, and enhance brain, heart, bone, and joint health.

Sacha Inchi, Peru

LUCUMA


Hailing from the Andean valleys of Peru, the lucuma tree bears a fleshy fruit that is described to taste like a cross between sweet potato and butterscotch. It is rich in antioxidants, calcium, vitamin C, niacin, fiber, and 14 trace minerals. Benefits range from fighting disease and cancer to controlling blood sugar levels.

Lucuma, Peru

GOLDENBERRY


This plant of the nightshade family Solanaceae is commonly known in Peru as aguaymanto. Used since the times of the Inca, the fruit contains antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K, and more. Benefits include fighting cancer, preventing organ damage, reducing blood sugar levels, enhancing brain health, and preserve eyesight.

Goldenberry, Peru

PURPLE CORN


The magic of purple corn, which is literally corn that is purple in color, lies in its antioxidants. Coming from the Andes, this plant contains a very high content of anthocyanins, which is a powerful antioxidant that can fight against obesity, diabetes, and other diseases. Other benefits include reduced inflammation and blood pressure, and improved eye and kidney health.

Purple Corn, Peru

WHERE TO BUY ORGANIC FOOD IN PERU?


Organic Markets

MIRAFLORES

Bioferia


Founded in 1998, Bioferia de Miraflores is the oldest organic market in Lima. Vendors sell veggies and fruit; superfoods like quinoa, chia, and maca; artisanal breads and cheeses; fresh baked snacks; herbal teas and coffee beans from the Amazon. Explore the market and then relax at the beautiful Reducto Park.

  • Icon TimeEvery Saturday 8am to 2:30pm

  • Icon LocationCalle 15 de Enero, Parque Reducto Nro. 2, Miraflores

  • Icon PriceFree entry | Bring soles to make purchases
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MIRAFLORES

Feria Ecomarket


This is popular EcoMarket is hosted Sundays in Miraflores. This year, the season is starting up again on November 24, 2019. In addition to organic fruits, veggies, and dairy products, you’ll find vendors selling crafts, potted plants, and promoting free yoga classes. It’s best to arrive to EcoMarket San Isidro before 10am to avoid crowds.

  • Icon TimeEvery Sunday 8am to 4pm

  • Icon LocationAv. Arequipa 4501, Case Miraflores

  • Icon PriceFree entry | Bring soles to make purchases
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BARRANCO

Feria Ecologica


Every Sunday local vendors set up shop under a row of green tents at Parque de los Héroes in Barranco. Sprinkled between spreads of organic strawberries and leafy greens are tables with natural products. Discover exotic varieties of loose leaf tea; learn about the health benefits of kiwicha, quinoa, and maca; and browse handcrafted toys and beauty creams fragranced with natural oils.

  • Icon TimeEvery Sunday 9am to 3pm

  • Icon LocationParque de Los Heroes, Barranco (Avenida San Martin & Avenida El Sol Oeste)

  • Icon PriceFree entry | Bring soles to make purchases
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SURQUILLO

Bioferia


The street in front of Mercado 1 Surquillo (a local commercial center open daily) transforms into a pedestrian walkway for its bioferia vendors every Sunday. Peruse an ample selection of organic veggies, grains and spices galore, exotic oils like sacha inchi, specialty clothing, and cooked goods. Parking at BioFeria de Surquillo is limited; it’s more convenient to walk, bike, or take a taxi.

  • Icon TimeEvery Sunday 9am to 2:30pm

  • Icon LocationJr. Narciso de la Colina block 5, Surquillo (Picard Palma and Av Paseo de la Republica)

  • Icon PriceFree entry | Bring soles to make purchases
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LA MOLINA

Mercado Saludable


Unlike other organic markets in Lima, Mercado Saludable de La Molina (Healthy Market of La Molina) is open both Saturday and Sunday. Vendors sell fresh produce and organic products such as coconut oil, cosmetics, chocolate, and juices. The market organizes yoga classes and recycling workshops.

  • Icon TimeEvery Saturday 8am to 1pm
    Every Sunday 9am to 2pm

  • Icon LocationAlameda del Corregidor - block 5, La Molina (near Universidad Agraria de La Molina)

  • Icon PriceFree entry | Bring soles to make purchases
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CIENEGUILLA

Ecoferia


The Lima district of Cieneguilla resides inland, about an hour drive from Miraflores. Many city dwellers escape the coastal grey clouds of winter and go inland to Cieneguilla for sun and relaxation. If you’re there on Sunday, visit Ecoferia de Cieneguilla! Vendors sell organic honey, locally grown produce, Andean herbs, and more.

  • Icon TimeEvery Sunday 8:30am to 4pm
    Every Sunday 9am to 2pm

  • Icon LocationAv Nueva Toledo (no number), III Etapa, Cieneguilla (Picard Palma and Av Paseo de la Republica)

  • Icon PriceFree entry | Bring soles to make purchases
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VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Ecoferias Perú


Follow their Facebook page to learn about different eco-events around Lima. All of their rotating events hold the same mission: to sell a diverse range of organic and healthy products from Peru, while reducing the use of plastic and other contaminants of the earth. Products include quinua, kiwicha, maca, lentils, beans, organic fruits and vegetables, artisanal bread, cooking oils, snacks, fruits, personal hygiene products, and more. There are also select workshops and events that help teach attendees achieve a healthier, more earth-conscious lifestyle.

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Organic Shops

Logo La Tienda a Granel, Peru

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La Tienda a Granel is a zero-waste, bulk shop located in Surco. In terms of food, the shop carries organic chocolate and coffee, organic Andean grains like quinua and kiwicha, organic panela, as well as nuts, rice, beans, organic sacha inchi and more. There are also personal hygiene products in bulk, like shampoo, conditioner, soap, and coming soon makeup. The adorable shop with wooden finishes also hosts workshops and other community events, making it an excellent place to learn more about how to reduce your environmental impact.

  • Icon Location Av Monte de los Olivos 919, Surco, Lima
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Punto Organico

Since 2010, Punto Organico has been providing a wide variety of organic products to Miraflores and surrounding areas. The shop sells a complete selection of organic fruits, vegetables, yogurts, dried fruits and veggies, salt and other herbs and spices, quinua, pasta, pestos, tapenades, cheese, butter, eggs, honey, dairy and nondairy milks, snacks, and much more. Stop into the warm and welcoming shop and stock up on your organic goods.

  • Icon Location Av. Mariscal La Mar 718, Miraflores, Lima
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Logo Ecotienda Natural Market, Peru

Ecotienda Natural Market

This vibrant shop is bursting with organic and natural food products. They also have products for many different dietary needs, like vegan, gluten free, sugar free, fiber rich, lactose and casein free, and more. There is a nice variety of Andean grains, beans, lentils, dairy and nondairy milks, dairy and nondairy cheese, snacks, and more. There is also a small cafe where you can enjoy a fresh cup of tea or coffee, smoothie, or a slice of cake.

  • Icon LocationCalle Colón 355, Miraflores, Lima
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Use our interactive map to pinpoint vegetarian restaurants in different cities and locate the closest organic markets and stores to you in Lima.
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IN-HOUSE TIPS


Words of wisdom for our vegetarian friends in Peru.

#1 - Be safe, not sorry

  • It’s best to clarify your meal preferences with your waiter. Our Vegetarian Spanish Phrasebook is here to help.
  • The understanding of vegetarianism and veganism are both varied in Peru.
  • Now and then restaurants think that not eating meat means that you don’t eat red meat.

#2 - Veg-friendly Peruvian dishes

  • Sopa de quinoa (quinoa soup) - Quinoa is a grain that’s packed with protein.
  • Locro de zapallo - A creamy criollo dish with potatoes, onions, pumpkin, cheese, and aji peppers that’s often served over rice.
  • Tallarines en salsa huancaina - Pasta served with huancaina sauce made of mild aji peppers, cheese, and breadcrumbs).
  • Restaurants can sometimes tweak Peruvian dishes to accommodate vegetarians.
  • Ceviche is a seafood dish. Veggies can order ceviche de champinoñes (mushroom ceviche) to enjoy the classic lime flavor without the fish.

#3 - Vegans...beware of pisco sours

  • A pisco sour is a popular Peruvian lime-flavored cocktail. Bartenders blend egg whites into the beverage to create its signature white froth, so vegans should opt for another option.
  • Blogpost tipRead more about Pisco Sour.

#4 - Chat with your travel advisor

  • Your travel advisor can often coordinate veg-friendly meals served during a day tour or stay at an all-inclusive Amazon jungle lodge, et cetera. The trick is sharing your dietary requests and restrictions with them early on during the planning stage.

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Vegetarian Spanish Phrasebook

Here are important Spanish phrases to help you — the vegetarian or vegan — from eating anything against your will. Remember, don’t be afraid to talk! Peruvians like when you make an effort to speak the language.

Our travel-loving team would like to share this Vegetarian Spanish Phrasebook with you! It’s full of useful words to help you make a successful meal order and understand restaurant menus. Please download a PDF copy of this phrasebook and keep it on your smartphone so you’ll always be veggie ready.

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Sense Peru Vegetarian Guide Edition

    SENSE PERU

    Vegetarian Guide to Peru Edition


  • PUBLISHER: Peru for Less
  • CONTENT CREATION: Britt Fracolli & Gina Cronin
  • FEATURED GUESTS:
    • Zonia from Las Vecinas
    • Vida Vegan
    • Alan from El Buda Profano
    • Marie from Alma Amor
    • Rachel from La Tienda a Granel
  • DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Clement Taquet
  • LAST UPDATED: December 2019

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