Sucre has a modest selection of vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants which largely cater to the gringo Spanish student, volunteer and tourist crowd. Thankfully, those that exist are really rather good, so there’s no need for vegetarians to go hungry in this magnificent colonial city. While many restaurants around town offer at least one passable vegetarian option, the following guide reveals the very best meat-free dishes the city has to offer.
Condor Café is a welcome newcomer to Sucre’s vegetarian scene, serving up a different menu each day with offerings like falafel, veggie pies, soups, empanadas and sandwiches. Almost all the produce is locally sourced, staying true to the owner’s strict environmental principals. The restaurant also forms part of a larger non-profit organization that invests its surplus cash in the local community. Visitors love that they can eat a delicious, healthy and reasonably priced meal while giving something back at the same time.
This vegan and vegetarian eatery offers delectable dishes with a mild Asian influence. Also popular for its gluten-free pesto and quinoa pasta, soya burgers, burritos and salads, it’s a great strictly-vegetarian dining option in the center of the city. The lunch menu is exceptional value at only 20BOB (under US$3), while an excellent selection of gluten-free desserts will keep the sweet toothed happy.
This longstanding restaurant has been serving up high quality fare to hungry gringo vegetarians for many years now. While not particularly glamorous, El Germen is popular for its good quality food at fair prices, with the daily lunch special being particularly good value. The restaurant does serve meat dishes, but the menu has several pages dedicated to vegetarian food including some delicious dishes such as curries, falafel, goulash and tofu.
Not strictly a vegetarian restaurant, but this Italian place is so good that it’s worth mentioning anyway. Monterosso’s vegetarian pizzas and pasta dishes are extremely flavorsome, while their meat-free side dishes like salads and bruschetta are excellent too. This low-key restaurant in the Italian owner’s downstairs living room. can be a little hard to find, so look out for a tiny sign on the door of a nondescript residential building.
This is the best place in town for vegetarians to try the classic Bolivian breakfast pasty known as the salteña. It’s widely accepted that Salteñeria El Patio make the best in town, but they only offer either chicken or beef. Salteñeria Flores, on the other hand, have an awesome meat-free option, stuffed with potato, veggies and a delicious gooey sauce.
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