Argentina is well known for its world-class steaks, so what’s a vegetarian to do in this carnivorous capital? Plant-based travelers ought not to worry as Buenos Aires is increasingly upping its meat-free culinary venues. Here’s our guide to the top 10 places to go for vegetarian food in Buenos Aires.
Owned by longtime vegetarian Mariana Chami, this cafe and bakery offers tasty and natural dishes for breakfast and lunch. From salads containing lentils and quinoa, to falafel sandwiches, to fresh juices, the cuisine at Meraviglia— cooked by chef Juliana López May, a renowned expert on natural food — is a breath of fresh air.
Try the empanadas at this lively and atmospheric restaurant; made with rice flour, the empanada dough is crusty and delicious, and the fillings change based on what is seasonal at the moment. The rest of the menu is not to be overlooked either, featuring gems like a seitan milanesa, tofu and vegetable curry, and pizza with cashew cheese.
Buffet-style restaurants are hugely popular in Argentina, and this particular one is entirely vegetarian. Serving up a mix of Chinese, Indian, and classic Argentinian items, there is something for every taste. Many of the dishes are vegan as well, and the helpful staff will be glad to point them out.
The menu at this nearly-entirely raw restaurant is chock-full of intriguing choices, from raw crêpes with cashew cheese to raw cakes and more. Make sure to check out the natural foods shop adjacent to the restaurant before leaving.
Porteños adore Armenian food, and the ever-present queue outside of this restaurant is proof. Vegetarians can enjoy an impressive array of items, including stuffed vine leaves, dumplings, falafel, and tabbouleh. For maximum time-efficiency, pre-order your food before the restaurant opens so that it’s ready right away.
This is a welcoming and atmospheric restaurant, with mismatched crockery, a sunny courtyard and rustic decor. Go for the polenta lasagne, the Artemisia salad, or try the Picada Vegetariana, a daily selection of dishes.
Tofu Curry at Natural Deli | Courtesy of Madeleine Bazil
With an airy, light-filled ambiance, a cheerful staff, and shelves full of healthy goodies for sale, this is the perfect place for a tasty meal. From salads, sandwiches, wraps, and curries to smoothies, baked goods, a full breakfast menu, and even a wine list, Natural Deli has it all.
For an exceptional Asian-inspired vegetarian meal, look no further than this Villa Ortúzar eatery. Diners sit on floor pillows at low tables to dine upon delights such as tofu in a mandarin orange reduction or a homemade carrot dip.
Located in convenient Microcentro, this three-story vegan cafe offers a variety of juices, smoothies, baked goods, and desserts (vegan tiramisu, anyone?) as well as savory options such as quinoa burgers, vegetable tarts and quiches, and even pumpkin lasagne.
This puerto cerrado, or closed-door restaurant, is ideal for a special occasion. The five-course meal incorporates a plethora of indigenous South American ingredients, many of which are grown in the owners’ own garden. Uniquely for a puerto cerrado restaurant, dining parties have their own tables instead of sharing one large table, making this a good spot for a romantic date or a birthday.