12 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
Playa Cocles 25 mts North of Cabinas El Tesoro, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Organic, Fast food, Take-out, Caribbean
Local producer of organic fair trade coffee and chocolate. Serves light vegetarian food, coffee, ice cream, and breakfast. The chocolate factory is still open. Re-opened at new location Sept 2012.
20m East of Main Bus Station, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Organic, Fast food, Juice bar, Delivery, Take-out, Caribbean, Fusion
Tiny beach cafe on Corral Beach serving dishes with a mix of the owner's multi-ethnical background, including Caribbean, fusion, indigenous, Indian, and Italian cuisines. Offers sandwiches, gluten free and vegan options, made-in-house truffles using local organic chocolate.
Avenida 69 (at Calle 219), Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Raw, Salad bar, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Caribbean, Fusion, Gluten-free, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A vegan based cafe located in a beachside community. Offers organic only fruits and vegetables, gathered daily from local farms. Pescatarians can add fish and some selections on the breakfast and brunch menu are for ovo-lacto vegetarians. Serves iced coffee, among many other drinks and made-in-house chocolates. Each night offers a new experience, including cinema, art, spoken word, music and conversations with friends.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, South Caribbean of Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Caribbean, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Vegetarian food items include veggie sandwich, gazpacho, bagels, salads, biscuits with mushroom gravy, crispy potatoes with jerk sauce, and vegan cake.
Calle Principal, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Asian, Caribbean, Fusion, Costa Rican, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Laid back setting. Reported menu offers vegetarian choices and regularly vegan specials like vegan sushi. Call ahead to let them know if you are vegan and making a reservation.
Calle 215 (at Avenida 73), Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Italian, Organic, Salad bar, Juice bar, Take-out, Fusion, Non-veg
Serves fish, vegan options available. Almost exclusively vegetarian, with vegan and gluten free options, has tuna fish by request in salads. Small coffee shop with an artistic ambiance created solely with recycled materials. Has vegan and gluten free choices which include cakes, wraps, snacks, pancakes, jams and more. All dishes are in-house-made using organic local products. A variety of Costa Rican coffees are prepared Italian style. Located downtown on the second floor with a view of the Caribbean Sea. Next to the organic market on Saturday morning. Free Wi-Fi.
Main road to Manzanillo near Shawanda Hotel, Playa Chiquita (at across from Playa Chiquita Lodge), Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Caribbean, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Breakfast and lunch place with a store attached. Menu includes vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten free, and other dietary options. Has whole wheat pancakes, citrus french toast, lentil burger, vegan lasagnas, veggie scrambles, Caribbean plate, salads, organic fair trade coffee and chocolate, smoothies with almond, soy, or rice milk. Uses organic and all natural ingredients. Re-opened late 2016 following change from fully vegetarian to non-veg.
Avenida 73 (at Calle 215, opp. Como en mi casa Art), Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Cuisine: International, Caribbean, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A restaurant/bar with a large menu, some of which are vegan items, including the chickpea burger, rice with vegetables, pasta with broccoli, juices. Free Wi-Fi.
Hone Creek, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Buffet, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Costa Rican, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Open air restaurant and bar at Samasati Nature Retreat overlooking a view of jungle and sea. Vegetarian meals and occasionally fish are served-buffet style, three times a day.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, International, Caribbean, Fusion, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers a variety of veggie dishes as well as tofu and tempeh. Indian curry, Jamaican spiced stir-fry, and other differently spiced foods. Located 200m south of town. Previously named El Loco Natural.
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Main Road 256, opp. El Nido Cabinas, Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
A family business offering vegan ice cream (not soy). Homemade artisan ice cream made with organic ingredients including local chocolate from Bri Bri and fresh fruit and herbs from own backyard and local organic sellers. Gluten Free is the default (cookies and cream and a couple other exceptions are sometimes available, so ask if you are allergic). No additives, preservatives or artificial extracts. Uses raw sugar (no bone char) and salt without fluoride.
Downtown Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Saturdays 7-10am. Market selling organic vegetables, preserves, cookies, tempeh, kombucha, kimchi, dried fruits, seasonal fruits, locally made breads, coffee, chocolate and local vegetarian food, local handcrafts, natural soaps and beauty products.
Calle 73, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (at /Next Door to Mango Sunset Bar), Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
An organic co-op shop located seaside, selling organic local products. Also a small restaurant where you can try the products they sell and many other options. Has a vegan and gluten free menu, organic juices with coconut water, desserts. Located in front of the bus stop.
Still hungry? Try searching for areas surrounding Puerto Viejo.