Cafe and CIA

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 2 reviews )

Rua Sao Jose 185, Ouro Preto, Brazil

Serves meat, vegan options available. Brazilian pay by weight buffet. Many vegan choices, including salads, rice and beans, and a couple of cooked veggies such as yam, sweet potato, spinach. Staff does not speak English but understands vegano/vegetariano and will point out what you can eat. If you are vegan and not sure also ask if the dish is sem leite pronounced sim lehchee meaning without milk. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-3:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Buffet, Salad bar, Brazilian, Non-veg

2 Reviews

First Review by Hridayan

Lots of options! - Edit

Self-service restaurants are a good bet for vegans like me because, in the worst scenario, you will eat lettuce and rice and call it lunch. But this one is FULL OF VEGAN OPTIONS! Beans without bacon (quite rare in Minas), brown rice, chickpeas, lots of leafy and starchy vegetables, everything delicious. My family eats meat and they also liked the place. The view is also very beautiful. Not expensive, for what it offers.

Pros: Lots of vegan, healthy options., Nice view

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Best place in world heritage listed town - Edit

We spent four days in Ouro Preto. This is an amazing town. It has been listed as a world heritage spot. If you are visiting Belo Horizonte then it's only a short drive or bus trip to Ouro Preto (about two hours).
There are many tourists here and many places to eat but no dedicated vegan/vegetarian places.

Cafe and Cia was by far the best we found. It is a pay by weight buffet and they have a lot of variety. They do serve meat but there are many salad choices as well as rice and beans and a couple of cooked vegetables such as sweet potato and wild spinach.

It's very clean and if you sit up the back section you get a great view out the window.
You can ask them what is vegetariano and sem leite (pronounced sin lechee meaning without milk - a very important phrase if you are a vegan in Brasil along with sem frango, without chicken, sem carne, without meat)
The staff don't speak English but understand the above.

The salads were all fresh and a lot of variety. No vegan deserts however so get some fruit on your plate if you have a sweet tooth.

Pros: Clean, Good variety, Fresh

Cons: Serves meat , No vegan deserts except fruit

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