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Vegan/Vegetarian guide in Peru
Enjoy the best non-plant based food in Peru.
Peru
Nicole Maxdeo
May 9, 2024

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This type of food, apart from animal meats or products, has blended in with the already well-known and traditional Peruvian and Creole cuisine. Many Peruvians have already made it part of their daily lives, adapting recipes and lifestyles to a healthier one. Peruvian vegan or vegetarian food can be found in major cities such as Cusco or Lima. Due to the abundance of local ingredients, it can be easily adapted. This Vegan/Vegetarian guide is all you need!

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Being Vegan/Vegetarian in Peru

In Peru, one of the main attractions to enjoy while visiting is to explore the various food options and ingredients on a culinary tour. Peru, being globally recognized as a culinary powerhouse, has been classified as the best culinary destination by the World Travel Awards as the leading culinary destination since 2012. So now, it's possible to enjoy acclaimed dishes like lomo saltado (sautéed beef), ceviche (classic fish-based dish), and ají de gallina (shredded chicken in a creamy yet slightly spicy sauce) in vegan/vegetarian restaurants of equal or better quality.

Welcoming different passengers from all over the world, Peru has generally adapted well to different lifestyles and dietary alternatives/restrictions. Thanks to new promotions by chefs, we can have blends of traditional food but in vegan versions. However, despite this growing awareness, it's not very easy to find vegan or vegetarian restaurants, but this trend has been growing steadily. Due to the wide variety of foods and organic products, many restaurants find it very easy to offer these options on their menus. Whether it's the coast, the highlands, or the jungle, we have a wide variety of vegetables, proteins, and accompaniments to accompany these delicious dishes.

Benefits of a Vegan or Vegetarian Diet

  • The vegan or vegetarian diet is one of the most restrictive diets. It excludes not only animal meat but also all products derived from animals such as milk, eggs, honey, among others. Despite this, there are several potential benefits, according to a recent review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:
  • Vegan or vegetarian diets generally have a high content of dietary fiber, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C and E, iron, and phytochemicals.
  • They consume considerably higher amounts of fruits, legumes, and vegetables compared to omnivores.

Where to Eat Vegan/Vegetarian in Peru

As mentioned before, fortunately, in Peru, there are delicious options for traditional characteristic Creole dishes. Whether you're looking for "ceviche" or "causa," you'll have the opportunity to enjoy it without straying from your diet and restrictions. Restaurants have become aware of this, and that's why, unlike in previous years, there are better and more diverse options. Join us in discovering the best vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Lima and Cusco.

Vegetarian Restaurants in Lima

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as the capital of Peru, there are various options for restaurants where you can indulge in these traditional dishes in their vegan or vegetarian form. This is the case with Raw Café, a pioneering plant-based restaurant in Peru, meaning it's 100% cruelty animal free. This restaurant boasts an elegant and modern space for diners and offers a variety of traditional Peruvian dishes as well as a selection of raw vegan dishes. Whether you're thinking of breakfast or a hearty dinner, you can delight in bowls, smoothies, and salads. Raw Café is located in Miraflores, right in the heart of Lima's tourist district.

Seitán Urban Bistro

This vegan and vegetarian restaurant is led by the famous chef Santiago Santolalla. This renowned chef has been providing plant-based cuisine for several years. At his restaurant, you can find fresh options like salads, pickles, hummus, and traditional Peruvian food with a fusion twist, incorporating elements from Chinese cuisine. Chef Santolalla explains that vegan food has been growing, and the misconception that this cuisine is less delicious than traditional food is gradually fading away.

Asiánica

Asiánica is a blend of traditional and Asian cuisine. Yes, you heard that right, this option will take us on a journey of explosive flavors that will make us question whether vegan or vegetarian food is truly bad or just prejudice. Founded by Ruei Tang Yeh and Ranulfo Rayme Cosio, this restaurant offers a fusion of Asian and Peruvian cuisine. It features dishes like sushi rolls, ceviche, Peruvian-style rice, gyozas, oriental pasta, and ramen.

The Vegan Chinese

This restaurant, located in Jesús María, is an emblem when it comes to truly traditional Peruvian criollo cuisine, in its vegan and vegetarian version. As its founder comments: "Criollo food has always been the main style in my kitchen, since I was very young it was a tradition at home to eat a lot of criollo food." On its menu, you can enjoy great options such as Lomo Saltado, Ceviche, among others.

Veda Restaurant

In this restaurant located in Miraflores, you can have slightly more international options such as vegan paella, mushroom ceviche, and avocado causa. Being very popular among gluten-free diners and vegans or vegetarians, we recommend going in advance to have an excellent evening. It is worth mentioning that this restaurant is more exclusive than the others.

Vegetarian Restaurants in Cusco

Unfortunately, in Cusco, the options for GOOD restaurants are somewhat limited. This doesn't mean that you can't find animal-free food, but rather that 100% vegan or vegetarian restaurants are few and far between. However, if you're not too restricted, you can find vegan or vegetarian options at regular restaurants. Here are our top picks:

Greens Organic

This restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best in the city as it is based on its 100% vegan or vegetarian philosophy, depending on your preference. Located very close to the main square, you can enjoy the best of its gastronomy based on salads, fusion cuisine between organic and traditional Cusco dishes. This restaurant features a wooden dining room from breakfast to dinner. Plant-based soups, stir-fries, and curry are also available with animal protein, making Greens an ideal option for travel groups with mixed diets.

Green Point

One of our favorites. In this restaurant, Green Point, you can taste vegan or vegetarian food with a 100% Creole mix. Unimaginable dishes like tacu tacu, lomo saltado, or "chicken" aji are the stars. It is located in the San Blas neighborhood, on Carmen Bajo street. Additionally, if you like to indulge in a treat after your meal, you can enjoy desserts like carrot cake, pancakes, or chocolate fritters. It has a cozy atmosphere (including outdoor seating). The on-site store also offers a variety of other healthy products including nut butters, organic coconut oil, seeded bread, and all kinds of fruit smoothies and juices.

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