5 Vegan Restaurants in San José

You’re coming to Costa Rica but are afraid you might not find any vegetarian or vegan places? Nothing to worry about. CR Nomads is providing you with a list of different options available in different areas of the country where you can find delicious and high-quality vegan dishes.

You’re coming to San José but afraid you might not find any vegetarian or vegan places? Nothing to worry about: CR Nomads is providing you with a list of different options available in different areas of the metropolitan area, where you can find delicious and high-quality vegan dishes.

If you’re looking to find great food, we recommend looking for specific vegan restaurants, since the menu is made specifically for this kind of gastronomy.

It’s worth noting that most Costa Rican restaurants might have vegetarian options available, but not incredible vegan food.

Check out the list for our favorites in San José:

Huacamole

Huacamole is one of the best options in the city. Located in the beautiful Barrio Escalante neighborhood, this restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes from mushroom dishes, vegan “pulled-pork”, burritos, beers, different kinds of juices, and desserts..

Huacamole Restaurant on Google Maps

El Búho

El Buho Vegetariano is one of the most famous vegan restaurants in the city, with more than 10 years of providing the best recipes for its customers.

Located in the vicinity of the Universidad de Costa Rica, their restaurant offers a wide variety of options in a very special restaurant and coffee shop where you can stay working for a few hours.

El Buho Vegetariano on Google Maps

Pú Ti, Guadalupe

This is one of the very special ones. A fully vegan Taiwanese food experience and owned by a Taiwanese family, this place will blow your mind.

Located in Guadalupe, a very urban area, the inside of this place offers a very cozy and Asian-like atmosphere. Their menu is all about natural nutritional food with very tasty flavors.

Pú Tï on Google Maps

Árbol de Seda

Located in Barrio Escalante, Árbol de Seda is an inclusive restaurant created by a couple of chefs who love their vegan recipes.

With a full menu and specials every day, this place is a great option for a nice delicious vegan meal. You might also find local “nature conscious” products, beer, and coffee if you’re in the area for the afternoon.

Árbol de Seda on Google Maps

Mr. Veggie

Mr. Veggie is one of the newest restaurants in town that is getting lots of attention.

Its varied menu attracts different kinds of food lovers, from hamburgers, falafel, pasta, salads, empanadas, burritos, and more!

Without a doubt, this place provides a number of great vegetarian options for when you’re really hungry.

Mr. Veggie on Google Maps

Indian Restaurants Traditional “Sodas”

Talking about Indian food, we can assure you that you’ll find incredible vegan or vegetarian dishes.

Places such as Taj Mahal in Escazú or Indian Palace in Barrio Escalante are great options, especially when going out to eat with a non-vegetarian friend.

Traditional “Sodas”

Lastly, the so-called “sodas” can be one of the most authentically Costa Rican culinary experiences all around. Not only can you find some vegetarian options, but also very nutritional foods.

For instance, the typical breakfast “gallo pinto” (special mixed rice & beans) is an excellent veggie option, sometimes served with sweet plantain, salad & fruits.

However, the typical “casado” plate, which is usually served for lunch, has rice, beans, salad, and animal-based protein (beef, chicken or fish). Some sodas, but not all, could remove the meat from what is already a sizeable plate, or replace it with other plant-based items (such as potato-based “picadillo”, sauteed bell peppers, etc.).

Still, sodas remain an authentic and affordable option for a nice price, found everywhere in the country.

Stay tuned for more Vegan Restaurant Recommendations on the CR Nomads Blog!

Andres Vedova

CR Nomads Commercial Director

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