Puerto Vallarta has been a sweet surprise in so many ways, one of which was the culinary offer the city boasts. I didn’t imagine I could find so many vegan restaurants and many others with vegan and vegetarian options. I will tell you all about it in this post.
DISCLAIMER – I have absolutely no affiliations relationship with the mentioned restaurants and my reviews are based exclusively on my personal opinion and experience, as usual.
MAP OF THE VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN PUERTO VALLARTA
VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN PUERTO VALLARTA
MACAI SUPERFOOD DELI (VEGAN)
A delicious new kid on the block. It seems that Puerto Vallarta is getting more and more sensitive to healthy food and vegan eaters, which I like. This tiny restaurant is a jewel among the vegan places, located close to the hotel zone and the shopping centers. It’s not an area where you go and walk around, but it’s worth going just for this cozy and healthy deli.
The space is relatively small but looks fresh and breezy. They offer a good choice of smoothies and juices, salads and nice burgers and sandwiches with a quinoa base and all sorts of veggies in a joyful combination of tastes and colors.
The burgers or paninis can be combined with roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes. I haven’t tried the desserts yet, but those are vegan as well, and I will definitely have to go back and try them.
THE GREEN PLACE (VEGETARIAN)
A beautiful spacious room with huge tables and comfortable chairs, looking like a working space. It’s actually a delight for all your senses. While eating your healthy meal, you can admire works of art hanging on the walls. You might like it or not, but it certainly gives a cozy feeling to the open space. The exposition changes every couple of months.
The menu doesn’t offer elaborate dishes, but it has a good variety of salads and sandwiches made with different kinds of the bread of your choice and is served in lovely wooden trays. The sandwiches come with a lentil or vegetable soup of your choice. We had the portobello burger but in a sandwich multigrain bread, and it came with 3 different types of sauce for us to try. Delicious. They offer a vegan cheese option as well, which is nice.
They also have a huge variety of smoothies made with superfood, nuts, veggies, and fruits with a lot of creative combinations. Their dessert menu is also very inviting. It’s almost all vegan. We have tried the key lime pie ( also raw) and the ice cream. I loved them both, but the ice cream was to die for. I tried to get the recipe but with no success. 😉
The place has excellent vibes, and the owner Sahara is a great host and loves to come to your table, promote her culinary specialties, and speak English. Everybody, there has a welcoming smile a kind word for you. It’s definitely one place where I will want to go back and try different desserts or smoothies. They open from 8 am to 4 pm and take only cash payment (or PayPal).
Playa Detox is absolutely among the few authentic Vegan restaurants that I know. And to gain extra points, they even have many RAW Vegan dishes. I have found Playa detox much more focused on health besides taste, which I always appreciate very much. The only less positive element is that it is a bit further from the normally frequented area and. If you don’t have a car, you might have to walk a little in the sun to get there or grab a taxi. It’s totally worth it anyway.
The delicious and delicate plates make you want to come back over and over to try everything. Since I was almost sure that I wouldn’t have the time to go back I believe I have exaggerated ordering.
But I wanted to try as much as I can, and everything seemed so inviting. I had a coconut “ceviche,” some tacos (made with cabbage), and the dessert. I left the place that I thought I was about to explode, but as always happens when you eat well (vegan), you feel fine and full of energy with your palate fully satisfied after half an hour.
I absolutely loved it but make sure when you go there you are super hungry. In fact, it’s a buffet only restaurants, and they have such a variety of plates that you need to really be hungry to try them all.
And they are all delicious. It’s the demonstration that you can really be creative and eat vegan without missing great flavors. The combinations of vegetables with so many different dressings make it an outburst of colors and flavors too.
The buffet is a joy to look at but also to eat. They call themselves vegetarian because sometimes they use cream or yogurt for the dressing, but they are 90 % vegan, if not more.
If you are vegan, to make sure, always ask before creating your plate. The personnel is very kind and friendly, and the place, although not pretentious, is really colorful and cozy with nature-themed paintings all over the walls.
Unfortunately, it was closed for the summer break. I was curious to know how my fellow citizens can do with vegan cuisine, and I heard only praise about this restaurant. Let me know if you check it out.
Here I will report the comment of one of my local friends, though:
“Veggitalia is an excellent restaurant. It is mainly vegetarian but there are vegan options also. I often have a pizza, all of which are really good (stone oven) and the lasagne is probably the best I have tasted just about anywhere. Good artisanal beers, quality wine and infused water at the table. Tiramisu is really light (vegetarian only). The chef is Italian from Bologna and he also makes his own Limoncello which he often gives free at the end of your meal.”
REGULAR RESTAURANTS WITH VEGGIE OPTIONS IN PUERTO VALLARTA
The place is really cozy and fresh, and the service very attentive. I went with my lovely doggie girl to whom I was housesitting, and they welcomed her with lots of love, which was really nice. However, I wasn’t really impressed with the food, unfortunately.
In fact, the menu for a vegan is reduced to a salad or a potato with some vegetables and tofu. I was full but not wowed by choice.
There was no other option. If you are vegetarian, I guess you would be happier as you could add cheese, and I presume for breakfast you would have a varied choice of pancakes, eggs, and other vegetarian options.
If you are up for a simple salad, though you will be happy. However, I didn’t see any kinds of seeds or nuts to add on and enrich your healthy meal.
Barra Light is closed on Sunday, while the rest of the week opens from 8.30 to 19.00. They do have wi-fi.
I loved my vegan pita kebab. This is a little place run by a very nice and friendly gentleman from Israel, named Alon, who loves to talk a lot. Therefore I really enjoyed my delicious pita there while talking with him about life and Mexico and vegan food.
He is vegan, too, and the majority of the food he sells is vegan. However, he says, with a reason, that to serve a bigger portion of the population, he needs to have a couple of dishes with meat for those who want the original kebab.
Other than that, it’s all totally vegan, and he keeps separated dishes and cutleries. Oh! The tamarind water that he makes is special too.
The place is simple but cozy. You can eat there or take away, and they also offer a delivery service.
Open from 8 to 20 every day and have wifi.
A pleasant place in the Zona Romantica at a few steps from the beach with outside and indoor sitting ( no air conditioning). The menu offers a variety of dishes based on rice and quinoa. All of them can be prepared in vegan and vegetarian options.
I had a vegan Thai bowl with brown rice, and they offered me the options of Tofu or more veggie instead. I chose the second one. It was delicious and so it was the “Agua de la Casa” which was Pineapple and mint water.
Salud superfood is also a popular place for its breakfast bowls and smoothies or juices. They have wifi and are pet-friendly. I enter with my doggie girl, and she was more than welcome with a pot of water to keep her cool in such hot weather. Both staff and owners very attentive and super nice.
Open from 9 to 5 every day except Sunday. They have WIFI.
It’s a tiny lovely place located in a non-touristic area but still walking distance from the main road in the Hotel Zone.
It’s actually an organic and superfood shop, most of all offering organic vegetables, eggs, and well, yes, chicken, plus all sorts of seeds, herbs, and corporal products. They also have a little cafe’ where they do sandwiches and salads and other simple dishes.
They do have vegan options also for dessert. I have actually tried a mini muffin, which was great, and I took home a huge portion of vegan brownie, which didn’t make it to the following day.
It was absolutely amazing. You can take away, but there is a lovely patio where you can enjoy your meal in the shade if you have time.
The staff is lovely. Oh! they make also a great “focaccia“.
I haven’t personally tried it but I went to check out the menu.
The place is nothing special, but apparently, they have great food as it was hectic. While reading the menu, I couldn’t understand why it had been suggested to me as a plant-based restaurant as the menu was totally based on fish, the majority being ceviches and tostadas.
I asked the kind waiter, and he told me that all the dishes could be prepared as vegan substituting the fish with different kinds of vegetables depending on the texture they want to create.
That sounds very interesting and definitely something different to try.
MAIKAI POKE BOWLS
Some friends suggested this place as the new cool place that everybody is talking about and I went to check it out. It’s a lovely little shack on the road, with 3 tables on the side so that you can take away or eat there.
The menu is mainly fished based bowls of salads with curious combinations of veggies, fruits, and seeds but you can have your vegan one as well.
The name is quite deceiving. The place is great, nicely decorated with comfortable tables and chairs and a co-working area where you can purchase your membership and spend your day working in an air-conditioned tranquil space.
However, the huge menu is quite disappointing if you like to eat healthily. You would read cheese, cream, chicken everywhere, and there is no hint of vegan options. I am sure if you ask, they can make you a salad with no meat or cheese. There are smoothies (with yogurt) and juices, though. I had a lemon and mint juice on the rock, which was great, though.