7 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
Calle Maldonado y Rocafuerte (at Centro), Banos, Ecuador
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, International, Western
Different business from Casa Hood. Colorful interior. Offers various cuisines from western sandwiches and spaghetti to Asian style stir fry noodles. Uses dairy, so vegans need to specify.
Calle Luis A Martinez y Eloy Alfaro St, Correo Central, Banos, Ecuador
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Organic, Western, Juice bar, Take-out, Afro Caribbean
Colorfully decorated vegetarian restaurant offering dishes like tamales, vegan burger, and plaintain. Beverages include organic coffee, herbal tea, and probiotic drinks. Has an attached pottery studio.
Calle Oriente with 16 de Deciembre, Banos, Ecuador
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Caribbean, Venezuelan, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A Venezuelan restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The lunch menu of the day always has a vegan soup and at least three vegan/vegetarian choices. For dinner, try the grilled arepas, which you can choose to stuff with a variety of toppings, including black beans, plantains, and avocados.
16 de Diciembre (at Luis A. Martínez), Banos, Ecuador
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Indian, International, Italian, Thai, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers breakfast with organic coffee as well as international cuisines (Indian, Italian, Thai) plus juices and herbal tea. Menu has a section designated for vegetarian/vegan choices. Cozy atmosphere with free books exchange for your bill.
Calle Luis A. Martinez y Eloy Alfaro, Correo Central (at opposite Sativa), Banos, Ecuador
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, International, Western, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A lively art cafe that serves no red meat. Approximately 50% of the plates are vegetarian with several main plates being vegan or adaptable, marked. Some appetizers are also vegan. Has Wi-Fi, a book exchange and rental, movies daily. Mr. Hood is a native English speaker; English is on the menu.
Santa Clara y Luis A. Martinez, Banos, Ecuador
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Eucadorian, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. One of few places in Baños that has a vegetarian menu. Pizzas, soups, veggie platters with steamed vegetables and rice, herbal teas, breakfasts, yogurt. The decor is an art gallery with items for sale, and newspapers and playing cards for use. Location is a 5-minute walk from town centre towards the thermal baths; previously at Rafael Viera y Martinez. NOTE: Starting Feb 29, 2013 the manager will stop selling food, and this establishment will be a gallery only.
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Vicente Rocafuerte, Tomas Halflants, Banos, Ecuador
Small specialty food and deli shop selling spices, dried fruit, nuts, cereals, sauces, and other foods. Has another place on Ave Oriente near 12 de Noviembre that's open til 10 pm. Note that Monday and Tuesday hours are often irregular.