Condor Cafe

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Calvo 102, Sucre, Bolivia

Non-profit cafe serving breakfast, soups, snacks, desserts, and strong coffee. Vegans to specify. Has Wi-Fi. Involved in community development projects in Sucre and the surrounding countryside. Open Mon-Sun 8:30am-11:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Bolivian

Reviews (13)

First Review by veganonfoot

Very problematic for vegans - Edit

I loved this place but there has been one problem after another from a vegan perspective. I put them aside for a long time, because it is a non-profit organization helping local people and serves tasty food in a nice environment, but they have eventually soured my view.

I'd never use the word 'vegan(o/-a)' in a general restaurant, but in a vegetarian one it is (otherwise) always fine. However, it is as though Condor is vegetarian by chance or mistake. When I first went, the waitress had no idea what 'vegano/-a' meant. When we got to the bottom of it, she told me that the options were falafal (without yoghurt) or bruschetta. I alternated between them over the next eight or so times I went there.

Then I happened to notice on the menu that the soup of the day was 'begana', by which they meant 'vegana', i.e. vegan. This v/b mistake is weirdly common (if I can spell Spanish words correctly then why shouldn't native speakers?) but the letter V is so symbolically important in veg(etari)anism that it's indicative of Condor's odd stance relative to the movement that they would get that wrong. I pointed out the error but explicitly stated that I still loved the place and was going to give five stars in my reviews.

That time and the next I had the soup of the day twice each. It came with a bread roll and the fourth time I noticed that it was quite shiny. I asked the waitress and she said that it was egg. I went and raised the issue with the waiter I'd ordered from. He said that the soup was vegan but the bread wasn't, as though this were reasonable! I couldn't get him, or another waiter who joined in without my asking him to, to recognize what a big deal this was. The second waiter, to whom I had mentioned the misspelling, also said that he could not bear my complaining 'all the time', even though this consisted of one occasion in which I bent over backwards to wrap up a minor comment in compliments and this occasion in which my fundamental values had been rough-trodden. It was just so frustrating as I'd been there many times and very often used the word 'vegano/-a', including at the moment of ordering the soup. Any reasonable person would have understood that I was vegan all the time and that I didn't just want to randomly eat non-vegan bread.

I checked the following day about the falafel and the bruschetta. The waitress told me that that bread also had egg. I should therefore never have been told they were vegan. I feel sullied that I ate them so often.

Pros: Non-profit, Central location

Cons: Fewer and fewer actually vegan options, Staff cannot grasp veganism.

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Amazing place to hang out - Edit

Although it is not a vegan place they are vegan friendly. We fell in love with their Tucamanas. We struggle to get the possible recipe behind it, they were really amazing! Also the sauces accompanying the food were very good, as well as the falafels. They have soy milk.

A positive point for Condor Cafe is their community involvement. You should try their Organic Farm tour! It a worthwhile experience and the people you meet are amazing.
Condor Cafe es chalita!

Pros: TucumanasTucumanasTucumanas!, Organic Farm Tour, Friendly staff

Cons: Limited vegan options

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difficulties ordering - Edit

Even after asking multiple times if the menu contained egg, milk etc we were served a main dish of scrambled eggs and dessert with yogurth.
The alternatives were tasty enough but the first assurance 'si, todo es vegano' definitely was untrue...

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Great place for lunch! - Edit

The condor café is very lovely. The lunch special is 25 bolivians. It included a soup, a fruit drink, a main dish and a dessert. The soup included different types of vegetables. The main dish was lentil and rice- with lots of spices. All the portions are quite big and satisfying.

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No es solo un restaurante - Edit

El proyecto sin animo de lucro que gestiona este local es admirable. La comida muy rica, pero en el menu del dia no suele haber opcion vegana, espero que lo cambien pronto. Local agradable y muy espacioso. El menu cuesta 25-30 Bolivianos y todos los alimentos son organicos. Ademas contribuye con diferentes proyectos sociales.

Pros: Proyecto muy interesante. Comida organica

Cons: Poca opcion vegana

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Good - Edit

There are no vegan labels so you implicitly have to ask for it. The food is good. I had a falafel sandwich (without yogurt sauce) but I'm not quite sure if the bread was really vegan.

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cool place - Edit

great place to chill out in, good food but be careful to specify - had tucumans one day and the next didn't say we were vegan and they had whole eggs in them! our bad but yeah be careful.. I'm not entirely convinced they would of been milk/butter free anyway,
good soy coffee too

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Nice non profit restaurant - Edit

We had lunch at Condor Café when most of the restaurants in the city weren't serving lunch anymore - that's a good point about the place. We asked the menu for Bs 30 (drink not included). It was nice, nothing spectacular, but the soup was delicious. The place's atmosphere is nice, very bright and airy, and its location is very convenient within Sucre. The staff was also friendly and the food didn't take much time to come. The WiFi didn't work in my phone, though.

A very positive aspect of the place is its non profit status.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, Friendly staff, Non profit status

Cons: WiFi didn't work

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sopa= succulento - Edit

Lovely cafe, nice atmosphere, busy.
Small menu in spanish
We had the veggie sopa for 8 bolivianos. It came with brown bread, chili sauce and a lovely chutney.
Nice, healthy and cheap.
Will return again.

Pros: price, taste, location

Cons: menu not in English

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Great soups - Edit

I ate here twice and both times had the soup of the day. They were both vegan and delicious. The soup is a meal on its own since it comes with bread and salsa as well!

Pros: Vegan soup, Wholemeal bread and salsa

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Condor Cafe - Edit

The Condor Cafe is a great little place, you can book a tour or just play a game of scrabble. The staff were always friendly and helpful and the food is excellent. The prices are really low for the quality, which makes a welcome change to some of the other restaurants. It's non-profit, and if you ask the owners about where the money goes they will happily talk you through the projects that they are involved with. We really loved it, the atmosphere is really relaxed and you can easily while away a few hours.

Pros: Great food, Relaxed athmosphere, Lovely staff

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  Contributions +139

small menu - Edit

Visited here in may/june, staff &atmosphere were fab but menu was disappointing especially for vegan but they said it will imorove & expand in time

Pros: friendly staff, great atmosphere, great work with locals &travellers

Cons: limited menu

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Sweet place to grab a bite! - Edit

Condor Cafe is a great place to come for a bite, to hang out, or just grab a coffee. The staff are really nice, the wifi is fast, and the food is good and pretty cheap too!

The menu might seem a bit limited at first, but feel free to ask. They can make gluten free options, vegan options, dairy free, etc. They're used to accommodating specific diets and make fresh healthy food. They're also adding in menu del dia's soon, so stop by!

The best part about them is their nonprofit status, they give all profits to their community development projects and actually pay their workers a fair wage.

(Also check out their tours! One of the few places I've seen that offers all vegetarian/vegan food on their treks! Super sweet! )

Pros: friendly staff, great value, vegan options!

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