Located in Southwest Mexico, Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most captivating cities. Set at the link of three mountain-flanked valleys, this city is always alive and bursting with energy. For a long time it has inspired artists through its energy and creative atmosphere and archaeological sites. The food scene is pretty captivating too with charming inns, gorgeous markets and excellent restaurants, including some great spots just for veggies. Check out out favorites below.
Itanoni uses tortillas and antojitos (light tortilla-based dishes) to create some fantastic fine dining dishes and street food inspired beauties. It’s an interesting fusion that attracts everyone from businessmen to school kids to tourists. The philosophy is to support the country’s vanishing family farms; everything is prepared fresh from local ingredients and grilled over an open fire, creating healthy, sustainable dishes.
Belisario Dominguez 513, Reforma, Oaxaca, Mexico. +52 951 513 9223
Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian
Calabacitas Tiernas is a great place to enjoy delicious, healthy, traditionally Oaxacan vegetarian or vegan food. The service is great and the atmosphere laid back. Then menu often includes soup, salad, main dish, fruit water and homemade bread. It’s one of the best restaurants to visit in Oaxaca for a good, cheap meal.
Calle Macedonio Alcalá 802, Centro Oaxaca, Mexico +52 1 951 201 2582
Vieja Lira is one of Oaxaca’s best Italian restaurants. It’s a great place to visit of you want a break from the local cuisine. It’s an upscale Italian pasta-pizza place with a stylish courtyard eating space and a nice rooftop terrace. You can choose from their 11 types of pasta and 16 sauces, or go for the lasagne or a pizza. They also have an impressive wine list with international wines available.
Reforma 502, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico +52 951 516 1122
Cafetería Xiguela is a fantastic place to enjoy delicious breakfasts, salads, ice cream and coffee. It’s a paradise for vegetarians in Oaxaca and especially those whose diet depends on organic products. Their products come from the organic shop they own next door and the result is deliciously fresh dishes. It’s has a quiet and charming ambiance and a treat to visit.
Hidalgo 104 Barrio Jalatlaco Oaxaca, Mexico +52 951 132 9121
Trigo Verde Naturistas Cafe
Trigo Verde is a great place to enjoy vegetarian food and the best part is that is located inside a health food store. Most people order a takeaway from the menu of sandwiches, tamales, soy burgers and breakfast. They also have a set lunch menu priced at 35 pesos comprising of soup, salad, main dish, drink and dessert. It’s got a simple set up, mainly used by office goers for a healthy lunch or people in a hurry.
J.P. Gacía No. 207 Centro Oaxaca, Mexico +52 951 516 2369