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Vida Natural

  • Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )
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Carrera 50 48-53 Local 9930, Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia,

Tienda naturista y restaurante vegetariano. Natural food store and vegetarian restaurant. Located in the Pasaje Comercial Cafetero shopping center on the lower level, halfway between metro stations San Antonio and Parque Berrio, nearly under the tracks. Meal of the day.

Category: Colombian, Latin American

Reviews (5)

First Review by InternationalVeggie

Not all food can be good - Edit

Sometimes, you have to do a review to both let owners and eaters that something is running amiss. At lunch For 9,000 Colombian pesos (prepaid) , you will get a meal (let's call it that). It started with A sort of light if not yellow potage of onions ( daily sodium allowance will be covered), followed by a horrid fried rice with textured protein in probably the cheapest and most unhealthy oil available, a few grams of freshly cut vegetables (see pic) , a 5gr piece of bread and a glass of a dubious soy drink. Well we are not going back. Nothing tasted good and the local in an underground passage way only relieved us of the pouring rain. I feel bad for businesses that can't make food taste good... We have tried many vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Medellin. This one failed both patrons as my lunch companion could not leave soon enough. In a country with the most abundant access to affordable fresh produce, it is unfathomable to me as there are much better places to go for just a little bit more money. Again the adage is proved true: you get what you pay for....

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Underground passage way, Bland food


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Not many choices - Edit

This is a tiny fatsfood cafe as part of a health shop in a shopping mall.

They don't have a great deal of choice. I had a bland soup and a microwave sandwich thing, the only other choice was some non-vegan lasagne.

So the hot food was not great but the did sell a soya yoghurt drink and they did have quite a few vegan cakes to choose from. Plus the manager speak English, so it was easy to understand the options.

Pros: Cheap, Central, English friendly

Cons: No choices, Average / unimaginative food


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decent set meal - Edit

Vida Natural is a small health food store and restaurant in the basement of a busy shopping center. I had the set menu for COP$8000, which included soup; a plate with a gluten burger, white rice, and lettuce salad; and soy milk. The food was uninspired and bland. When I asked for dressing for the salad, they offered hot sauce (!) or lemon. Not worth a trip unless you're in the area.

Pros: quick service

Cons: mediocre food


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nice little spot tucked into the heart of downtown - Edit

This is a really cool little place! It took me forever to find it since the map is a few blocks off - hopefully fixed now - and I was wandering through the wrong Centro Commercial asking all the underwear sellers where the vegetarian restaurant was (awkward).

I did find it eventually by calling and it's a very neat place... you need to walk inside the Centro Commercial Cafetero as indicated in the write-up, and you'll see it tucked in on the left-hand side with retro-type diner furnishings. The owners are related in some way to the Palsased crew, and the food is similar - traditional style Colombian veg lunches, quite hearty if a bit on the bland side (ask for salt and hot sauce). Great tamales as mentioned, and a fun place to sit and people watch. It's also got quite a history and is one of the oldest veg spots in the city. There is also a little tienda attached, but they seem to focus a bit more on beauty supplies and less on veg products.

Note that there is another entrance on the other side of the building, once you are familiar with it it's one of the most convenient places to grab a quick bite in the city. Check this place out if you're in the area!

Pros: very central, cheap, friendly

Cons: somewhat bland, a bit hard to find, not open late


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