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El Arbol de la Vida

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    ( 11 reviews )
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Carrera 64 C 48-188 Local 1, Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia,

Small, casual restaurant right near Plaza Suramericana, focusing on house-made vegetarian fare. Daily changing menu created by the chef/owner. Many items contain ghee, ask for vegan options. Also includes a small shop offering natural sweets, deserts, and other products.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto

Reviews (11)

First Review by sc1t

Agradable, tranquilo - Edit

El dueño es muy amable y suele estar en el lugar, la comida (a pesar de que utilizan poca sal) tiene mucho sabor y se puede tomar el tiempo de dusfrutarla. El lugar suele ser silencioso. Como detalle especial sirven té (o café ) al final de las comidas para quien lo desee, amistoso con el estómago.


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Great little family run place - Edit

The owner speaks great English and was able to explain the wonderful menu of the day. So chilled and food made with love.
Also great organic products for sale. Unique herb teas, face washes etc. loved it!!

Pros: Family owned and run, Healthy, Good size portions

Cons: Hard to find in Suramericana plaza


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nice simple - Edit

They offer a menu of the day without card. I had a soup with minca (new for me but tastes like quinoa) and the main dish consisting of some lentil patties salad some mash potatoe dish and some green beans salat. To that I had a juice. The small desert with hot


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Lovely food for almost no money - Edit

The best time to go here is between 12.00 and 16.00. They have a daily menu from which you get all different kind of foods on a plate. The varying colours, smells and tastes are surprisingly good. You get a soup, juice, plate with 5 different foods, desert and coffee or tea. We paid 13000 COP each. It's fast, tasty and cheap. Perfect!


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Great food and good service - Edit

The menu was vegan, very good and healthy (Soup, drink, plate, dessert and infusion) for 13000. The manager was very nice and asked me if I had enough to eat, if I wanted more, but It was enough! They have a small grocery with vegan cookies and other products. The restaurant is right next to the metro station Sudamericana.


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Very tranquilo, nice atmosphere and great food - Edit

What a nice treat to get Colombian homecookin' in a restaurant that is all vegetarian. The food is very unique compared to the non-meat options at little Colombian restaurants, and the service is excellent.

Just a couple blocks from the metro station in a very nice neighborhood. Definitely a good spot.

Pros: Varied plate of food & dessert, Excellent service, Quiet location


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Great food, good price, excellent service - Edit

This out of the way restaurant has been in business for over 25 years, and it may be Medellín's best kept secret. It serves lunch only (executive menu), and by limiting itself to one meal a day, it achieves great food at a good price. The executive menu includes, soup, salad, entree, dessert, drink, and herbal tea to end the meal, all for a very reasonable price. The owners make a special effort to come out to each table to speak with the diners and really go out of their way to ensure your satisfaction with both the food and the service. I have dined here several times and have always had a good experience. It is a true gem in the heart of carnivorous Medellín.

Pros: Great vegan food with local flavor, Warm, hospitable service, Good price

Cons: Limited to one meal a day, Not easy to find without a local, Limited seating capacity


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the home of Medellin home-cooking - Edit

This is a gem of a place tucked into a quiet street very close to the Museum of Modern Art. As others have stated, it's run by an owner/chef with some very creative ideas and a real homemade touch. Also as mentioned below, the price is a bit higher than most restaurants offering a set menu, but not by an extreme amount and it is reflected in the quality and atmosphere. They also sell some natural food products at the counter. Note that it is only open for lunch from 12-4. Recommended!

Pros: homemade, friendly, pleasant location

Cons: limited hours, only set menu


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Good food, nice atmosphere - Edit

This restaurant is a bit expensive for Colombia, but the atmosphere is nice and the food is good. As of March 2010 the meal of the day is 10.000 pesos (I never paid more than 7.000 at other veggie restaurants during a month-long trip in Colombia, but at least the food is good. It's located only a few blocks from the Suramericana Metro station, and it's in a nice neighborhood. It's on the ground floor of an office building, and you'll recognize it by the green color scheme.

Today's meal was a bowl of cream-of-carrot soup, followed by the main plate with several different items on it. I was given a choice of soy milk or pineapple juice for the drink. Then after the meal they brought me some tea and a small peach dessert. The meal seemed well-balanced with both carbs and protein. The food was good and I would go back again.

Pros: Balanced meal, Good flavor, Pleasant dining room

Cons: Expensive for Colombia


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El arbol de la vida - Edit

It's my number one vegetarian spot...cheap and delicious.
I only can say that the food is very very very simple....no salt or sweet. That dissapoints me a little, 'cause vegetarian doesn't mean insipid or dull, and it happends to be that way some of the time.

I would love the restaurant to be more big and fresh..It's very small and full of clients most of the time.

A traditional healthy place, known by everybody here in Medellin.


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great food, super-friendly staff - Edit

A wonderful, unassuming restaurant with excellent food and a friendly staff.

el arbol de la vida offers a set menu of regional food:. when we visited, there was a first course of soup followed by a sauteed tofu dish accompanied by carmalized plantain, rice, a chocolo (sweet corn) patty, and salad. fresh fruit juice and later tea and desert were also served. The food was plentiful, delicious, and *very* reasonably priced (around 10000 pesos, about $5 american dollars).

we loved the food, and then became touched by the owner (who is also the cook). when we learned that tamales were available for take out, the owner prepared one for us. it too was authentic and delicious. later when my colombian partner recognized a tomate de arbol (a sweet tomato fruit) desert behind the counter, the owner offered it to us free of charge (and then asked if we wanted more). it too was delicious.

we will definitely return to this restaurant next time we visit medellin! by the way, the restaurant is located in a nice area of town (suramericana) worth a look around after lunch

Pros: great regional food, friendly staff, inexpensive


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