Kaia Shenai

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

Av. Mariscal Castilla 563 (at Calle Belén), Urubamba, Peru

Serves meat, vegan options available. Casual, hippie-vibe place with Wi-Fi and a playground and is frequented by travelers. Makes regional dishes of which many are vegetarian or vegan. Has salads, soups, tacos, quesadilla, sandwiches, lentil burger, dessert, coffee, herbal tea. Uses separate utensils for cooking the non-veg food. NOTE: vegans to state no honey. Previously operated as Kaia at Calle Berriozabal. Open Tue-Thu 9:30am-6:00pm, Fri 9:00am-9:00pm, Sat 11:30am-9:00pm, Sun 11:30am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Honey, Peruvian, Latin American, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by maynard7

Healthy Vegan Options in Urubamba - Edit

Most of the menu options are vegan! The macrobiotic bowl was really good and we asked for some extra sauce on the side at no extra cost. For 12 soles it was pretty filling but the Menu Casero seemed like a bit more bang for your buck (14 soles). The outside seating was really nice and the bathroom was super clean. Of course I've eaten cheaper vegan food in Peru but it was healthy and it was an option!

Pros: Not too pricey, Healthy, Outdoor seating

Cons: Could find cheaper vegan options, Not 100% vegan!

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Pricey and the Sunday Menu was not Vegan - Edit

Ate there twice and I think the portions are small for me. Second time I had to order extra rice to get satisfied. The outdoor space is nice both times the music was very loud. Service is just on borderline of OK.

Pros: Tasty, Nice outdoor space

Cons: Expensive, Small portions, Loud music

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Pricey vegan friendly hippie heaven - Edit

We came to Urubamba just to try this hippie heaven and we got mix feelings about the place.
The restaurant is vegan friendly and we ordered a quinoa soup and a veggie curry for 20 soles. We were used to way cheaper prices for bigger amounts of food. We thought that the price to quantity ratio was bad. However, the soup was fantastic! It had lots of flavor and the sunflower seeds were a hit.
The desserts were too expensive even for their one vegan option (14 soles), so we didn't even try it. We also tried the ajonjoli cappuccino which was really not good.

The decor of the restaurant was really beautiful. The seating outside was pleasant aswell.

Pros: Tasty soup, Cozy place

Cons: Overpriced, Not enough vegan options

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Delicious food! Great hippie vibe! - Edit

We enjoyed a vegan lunch here of tacos, smoothies, and the best vegan brownies ever! A bit pricey, but worth it. They do however list menu items with honey as vegan

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Vegan-friendly menu, spacious new location - Edit

Kaia Shenai is a classic backpacker joint (right down to the Bob Marley tapestry) in the best sense of the term, with health-consciousness being front-and-center.

Though not a vegetarian restaurant*, Kaia Shenai's menu includes plenty of lacto-veg and vegan options, which are clearly marked on the menu with icons. (Note for vegans: there is actually a dairy-free icon, but honey is not specifically addressed on the menu, so be sure to check with your server).

I tried most of the vegan (or veganizable) dishes, and my favorite was the "Tex-Mex wrap," which I ordered with the added-cost option of blue corn tortillas instead of wheat. The flavor is as great as the color (see my photo). The corn tortillas are a bit fragile, so eating with hands can be a deliciously messy affair, but there's always a fork there for backup if you need it.

Service is friendly and casual, and some of the servers speak English.


*If you're looking for a purely veg restaurant, try Amores Brujos, on the south side of Plaza de Armas (the main square), a few blocks away.

Pros: Vegan-friendly, health-conscious

Cons: Serves meat

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Nice atmosphere and good food - Edit

The owner and the customers were all nice here, and I felt very comfortable just hanging out. Most of the things on the menu are vegan or vegetarian. They have a meal of the day for about 20 soles as of May, 2015. I decided to get the Arab Sandwich and a smoothie. Both were very good. I would return here if I am ever in Urubamba again. The prices are high for a small town in Peru (desserts are nearly US$5), but less than you would pay in the USA or Europe.

Pros: Good, flavorful food, Atmosphere

Cons: Prices high for Peru

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