Yep, Argentina is beef paradise. It’s maybe the fact we Argentineans each so much beef that has caused some people to become vegan, or maybe it’s simply the fact that it’s becoming more and more popular allover the world. Still, it’s uncommon to be vegan in Argentina compared to other countries. In fact, despite having lived in Argentina for 23 years before moving to London, I have no “real” vegan friends. By that I mean I’m excluding people I’ve met in vegan forums or Facebook groups.
However, since I became vegan, I realised the vegan world in Buenos Aires has become so big! I found so many restaurants which are either vegan or vegan friendly and are delicious. And I dare say, better than the ones I’ve been to in London. The truth is that there are far less vegan processed products available in Argentina so vegan restaurants have to make everything from scratch. Not processed = healthy & tasty! I’ve chosen my favorite ones so that you can get exploring Buenos Aires’ vegan scene.
1. Vita Paradise
This restaurant is located in Plaza Armenia, a nice square in Palermo Soho surrounded by cool restaurants and bars. It serves vegan only dishes for a variety of cravings: comfort food, salads, filling hot food, and my favorite…fresh filled pasta! It’s the first vegan restaurant I’ve been in that serves ravioli and cannelloni. And yes, they are absolutely delicious, so definitely order them!
Donnet is one of a kind: it’s a mushroom focused vegan restaurant. All dishes revolve around organic mushrooms, and I promise they are nothing like the mushrooms you’ve tried so far. Make sure you order the “Hongos Donnet” dish. Also, the restaurant has a super casual and relaxed hipster/indie vibe which is quite charming. You feel like you are eating at a friend’s house not in a restaurant. To finish, it has a sign which reads “Pollería” (poultry shop) which adds in some irony. It’s cash only.
3. Bio Solo Orgánico
The focus of this restaurant is organic food, so it has loads vegan options, but also has veggie ones. Everything I tried was delicious. The menu has quite a big list of options, which include entrees, mains, raw dishes and delicious desserts. They do “Flan de coco with dulce sin leche” which is basically a veganized version of “Flan con dulce de leche” one of the most typical Argentinean desserts.
This is also a “natural & organic” restaurant. Not strictly vegan, but has a few good vegan dishes, including vegan brunch! The restaurant itself is beautiful: its high ceilings are decorated with hanging plants, an inner garden and a wooden mezzanine which accommodates more eaters. Very instagrammable!
5. Buenos Aires Verde
Definitely a favorite amongst porteños who love their salads! Buenos Aires Verde is vegan, with a few veggie exceptions. The menu is super extensive and has some very original dishes, as well as many desserts, sweets and cakes. You’ll end up licking your fingers!
6. Estilo Veggie
A vegan restaurant with good vibes. It serves vegan and fully homemade dishes which change every week, as well as craft beers. The restaurant also hosts events like cooking classes or talks about vegan activism.
7. Loving Hut
This restaurant is a vegan paradise! 100% vegan, this restaurant offers veganized versions of Argentinean classics: chori (thick sausage), bondiola (pork shoulder), lomito (sirloin), matambrito a la criolla (a creole dish), tostados (toasties of various flavours) etc. Same goes with desserts, they do alfajores, and Argentina’s most commonly eaten cakes such as Lemon Pie, Selva Negra (a very chocolatey cake). There’s loads of other options, but what I love about this place is that it literally veganizes all those dishes any Argentinean wouldn’t even dream about having again!
Oshawa is a restaurant which feeds its guests based on the macrobiotic principles of ying & yang. You won’t find a list of entrees and mains but instead, different options amongst the different components of the macrobiotic diet: grains, vegetables and protein. The result is a nice looking, well balanced plate. It’s not strictly, but mostly, vegan.
Very well located in San Telmo, this restaurant is also not strictly vegan but has really nice vegan options! The menu changes quite a lot, but I really like the sushi and the vegan cheeses they make.
10. Krishna Veggie
This is a veggie restaurant also located in Plaza Armenia which revolves around the Hindu god Krishna. The result is simple, original and balanced dishes some of them Indian style, some of them not, depending on your choice. The decoration is oriental as well.
Have you tried one of these or another one you liked? Tell me in the comments!