The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Sayulita, Mexico

Vegans and vegetarians will be spoiled for choice on a trip to Sayulita in Mexico
Vegans and vegetarians will be spoiled for choice on a trip to Sayulita in Mexico | © Design Pics Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

As vegetarian and vegan options have increased across the globe in recent years, travellers to Mexico will have noticed a significant shift towards vegan and vegetarian lifestyles in the country. Despite being a small town, Sayulita in particular has an impressive array of vegan and vegetarian restaurants, so we’ve picked out the very best of them.

Yah-Yah

Cafe, Mexican
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The extensive coffee menu is enough of a reason to pay Yah-Yah a visit at its new trendy location, but there are a few good vegan options too. The vegan bagel sandwiches, vegan bliss balls and healthy smoothie bowls are among the highlights of the menu, and pairing them with a cup of strong coffee is guaranteed to set you up for a day in Sayulita.

Veggie Land

Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
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One of the few places in town that fully commits to serving vegan and vegetarian cuisine, Veggie Land is open all day and is influenced by traditional Mexican cooking methods. The owners source fresh produce from local farmers, allowing for a farm-to-table experience that appeals to any type of eater. Some of the menu’s highlights include the taco mestizo, an homage to tacos al pastor prepared with soy instead of pork, and a creamy soy-based pasta alfredo.

Atico Breakfast Cafe and Bar

Cafe, Mexican
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This vibrant café serves vegetarian and vegan breakfasts. The staff are very accommodating, and all vegetarian dishes can be adapted into vegan versions on request. There are delicious dishes like wholemeal pancakes and perfectly poached eggs, but the highlight of this place is its quirky atmosphere. With swing seats at the bar and funky artwork covering the walls and ceilings, this place is the epitome of what you want Sayulita to be.

Coffee on the Corner

Cafe, Mexican
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This charming corner café is not fully vegan or vegetarian, but there are enough options to suit everyone’s needs. It even serves Bulletproof coffee which is popular with the paleo and keto diet crowd. Some of the best non-animal-product items on the menu are the enchiladas and the potatoes with veggies. The coffee alone is worth the visit.

Tierra Viva

Restaurant, Mexican
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Outside, Tierra Viva ,a neighborhood restaurant in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
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This restaurant might not seem vegetarian, but is incredibly accommodating. Want the salmon and avocado maki without the salmon? Just ask. No request is too weird here. There is a diverse range of items on the menu and, though the restaurant specializes in seafood, the vegetarian choices are next level. For lunch, a cheese and avocado panini, or try a feta and tomato bruschetta followed by the vegetarian fajitas for dinner. The breakfasts here do steal the show and it’s hard to decide whether to start your day with pancakes or the mixed veggie bowl. Or try two eggs, any style, topped with hollandaise sauce and your choice of tortilla or toast. A really cozy atmosphere with attentive staff and innovative dishes make dining here a pleasure.

El Itacate

Cafe, Mexican, Vegetarian
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While this taco restaurant does serve a lot of meat-based dishes, the meatless section on the menu takes up quite a bit of space and is truly delicious. Some of the vegetarian tacos on offer include garlic mushrooms, poblano chile strips with cheese and carrot tinga, a dish normally made from shredded chicken in a chipotle and tomato sauce. Oh, and the hibiscus flower quesadilla is a must. El Itacate is located near the main square, and combined with the reasonable prices and delicious dishes ensures a steady flow of customers.

Orangy

Juice Bar, Healthy
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This aptly named juice bar exclusively serves vegetarian and vegan options, ranging from what they call “liquid breakfasts” (juice blended with yogurt) and amazing smoothies to a more “solid” menu. The café serves dishes with locally sourced produce and the favourite seems to be Orangy’s breakfast bowls, all served with fruit and healthy toppings including chia, flax and granola. It’s the ideal healthy start to the day.

Yeikame

Cafe, Mexican, $$$
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This family-run restaurant serves mostly Mexican dishes, however, Yeikame also pays homage to the local indigenous culture through the murals featuring Huichol elements on its brightly coloured walls. While not strictly vegetarian, the restaurant serves quite a few meat-free dishes, like the blue corn quesadillas and the huevos rancheros. There’s also a vegetarian Mexican plate and tacos with poblano strips and corn – all just as delicious as the traditional dishes.

La Esperanza

Restaurant, Healthy
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La Esperanza restaurant in the town of Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico.
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An Aztec design and vibrant color palette give a welcoming Mexican boho vibe. La Esperanza is an innovative health food café that creates and serves conscious and nutritious food for the health of their community. Its intention is to educate individuals about nutrition and sustainability, serving a variety of organic superfoods. The attention to detail is apparent in the pristinely presented dishes and it even offers vegan beer.

Alquimista

Restaurant, Mexican
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Just three blocks from the beach, Alquimista serves Mexican comfort food with simple, fresh ingredients. Again, not a completely vegetarian restaurant, but there are some great choices. For breakfast, it has to be the chilaquiles, which is two eggs, any style, with red or green salsa, beans, avocado, cheese and cream, served with a cup of coffee. For lunch it has to be the vegetarian tacos with sweet potato fries and salsa verde.

ChocoBanana

Cafe, Mexican, $$$
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Located right on the plaza, ChocoBanana is the perfect place for people watching while enjoying the super tasty food. With vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, this little café offers local cuisine and its huevos rancheros come highly recommended. Open for breakfast, lunch and brunch with outdoor seating, table service, free wife and wheelchair access, the restaurant is very accommodating and the staff only add to the wonderful atmosphere. The carrot cake is the best, especially when enjoyed while sitting outside with a freely brewed coffee as you watch the world go by.

La Rustica

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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This sleek restaurant has a monochrome palette and air of modernity, making it stand out for all the right reasons. La Rustica isn’t primarily a vegetarian restaurant, but it has some pretty good choices for a pizza place. Vegetarian options include the margarita, veggie and fungi – but if you’re not in the mood for something so filling, we recommend opting for a cheese and wine board – the perfect way to end a chilled evening.

Additional reporting by Vanessa Gainford

These recommendations were updated on September 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.