As one of the world’s most carnivorous capitals, Buenos Aires can be tricky if you’re a plant lover looking to eat well. Even for those of us who love nothing more than chowing down on a good hunk of bife de chorizo, all the meat eating can grow tiresome after a while. Luckily, Buenos Aires has had a bit of a veggie boom in recent years, providing plenty of options for those who prefer a plant-based diet or simply aren’t averse to the odd bit of greenery. So if you are vegetarian, flexitarian, or even vegan, Buenos Aires’ veg-based foodie offerings are in fact more exciting than the token wilted lettuce leaf and stale bread basket you may so often expect. Here’s our selection of 10 can’t-miss spots.
Arguably Buenos Aires’ most famous Armenian restaurant, if you’ve ever been to Sarkis you’ll undoubtedly have returned for more. Perfect for big groups – and thus ordering at least half of the menu – vegetable-dense options are plentiful, with all of the classics like baba ganoush, hummus, and tabouleh on offer along with plenty of salads. Not exclusively vegetarian, this local institution serves up a mean kebab and meatballs which will be sure to keep the carnivorous members of the group happy. Get there early and prepare to wait for a table – but remember that it’s always going to be worth it.
Thames 1101 | Mon – Sun 12-3 PM, 8 PM – 1 AM | More info |
An excellent lunch spot for a busy workday, vegan haunt Vita is full of plenty of creative plant-based options. Their plato del día is an easy and economical option and frequently features a vegetarian burger (that doesn’t taste like shredded paper) as well as vegan cannelloni, and quiches served with salads. Desserts are delectable, with options that change daily, including carrot cake and chocolate torta. For a coffee served with alternative milk that doesn’t for once include that weird soya stuff, Vita uses the more unusual (for BA, at least) cashew milk.
Hipólito Yrigoyen 583, Costa Rica 4522 | Mon – Tues 12 PM – 8 PM, Wed – Sun 12 PM – 12 AM | More info |
Set in an unassuming converted mechanical garage just a few paces from Av. Scalabrini Ortiz, Proper is one of the city’s hipster revelations of late, ideal for going in a group and sharing everything. Since it’s a great way to get a feel for everything on offer, the restaurant caters to those willing to fight over that last bite of flan. The best news is that most of their dishes are loaded with vegetables and any diner, whether veggie or not, can enjoy a substantial, innovative meal. Think chargrilled corn served with watercress, cashew cream, and grapes, or roasted eggplant with apricot. Don’t be fooled: meat and fish are definitely served here, but it goes without saying Proper serves up some of the most creatively combined vegetable dishes in the capital. Think Ottolenghi, Buenos Aires style.
Aráoz 1676 | Mon-Sat 8 PM – 12 AM | More info |
One of Palermo’s most popular vegetarian joints, Krishna specialties include a mix of more locally inspired Argentine cuisine as well as Indian-inspired morfi. Vegetarian takes on milanesas are loaded with lentils and served with pumpkin puree. If you’re down for some spice, order their pea- and potato-stuffed samosas. The dimly lit seating area is super cozy and almost feels den-like, giving the place a homely vibe, ideal for upcoming winter hibernation without the meat coma. For the die-hards, several of Krishna’s dishes are vegan friendly and even include an abundance of tofu (a rare sight in Buenos Aires).
Malabia 1833 | Mon-Tues 8 PM – 12:30 AM | Wed-Sat 12:30 PM – 12:30 AM | More info |
Buenos Aires Verde
Buenos Aires Verde essentially delivers what it says on the tin. As a green and clean kind of place, its three-course daily set menu is potentially the healthiest one about. Theirs is a hearty breed of healthy food, so no need to worry about feeling hungry after all is said and done. Choose from homemade soups, a few risottos, and vegetable curries. If you do insist on having a salad, jazz it up thanks to the vast make-it-yourself selection of seasonal vegetables and grains. If you do have a sweet tooth, the guilt-free vegan chocolate cake is to die for. Note that the Palermo location is set to reopen on June 4th after extensive renovations.
Gorriti 5657, Vidal 2226 | Mon-Sat 9 AM – 12 AM | More info |
Complete with a juice bar, B-Blue is for those looking to detox from all the Malbec and eat a squeaky-clean, plant-based meal. Adding plenty of trendy, exotic health ingredients to their beverages, (spirulina, we’re looking at you) the selection of juices and smoothies is pretty extensive. Food-wise, the menu offers plenty for the discerning bruncher or luncher, including substantial salad bowls massive enough for two, as well as wraps and sandwiches. With a homely style interior, it’s ideal for a weekday lunch when you can take advantage of their reasonably priced set menu.
Armenia 1692 | Mon-Fri 11 AM – 8 PM | Sat-Sun 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM | More info |
Arte Sano Naturista
Serving up heaps of raw food, you can be sure you’ll get your daily (or even weekly) dose of vitamins at this Barrio Norte joint. Providing vegan sushi alternatives, activated seed pizza bases, and zucchini noodles, its menu is a veritable hotbed of vegan buzzwords backed by a strong philosophy on nutrition and how we can harness it to take care of our bodies. Attached is an almacén full of those quirky food alternatives you swear you’ve looked for in every known dietética in the capital.
Gral. Lucio Norberto Mansilla 2740 | Mon-Fri 8 AM – 10 PM | Sat 9 AM – 8 PM | More info |
A delicious option for breakfast or lunch, Almacén Purista serves homemade yogurt and granola, perfect if you’ve grown tired of the incredibly saccharine supermarket alternatives. Along with a small selection of homemade pasta and salads (look for the goat’s cheese, pear, and almond combination), Almacén Purista even does vegan pizza and veggie burgers. If you’re feeling more than a little indulgent after all that nutritious nosh, order their chocolate and Bailey’s mousse for dessert.
Ramírez de Velazco 701 | Mon 11 AM – 12 AM | Tues-Sat 9 AM – 12 AM | More info |
Bio Solo Orgánico
As Buenos Aires’ first certified organic vegetarian restaurant, Bio is a gold-standard choice for foodies keen to seek out the city’s most gourmet vegetable-based food. With a refined menu, expect to see spice-rich dishes like a vegetable Thai green curry along with Indian style rice and a few raw soups. Using only seasonal ingredients, food is prepared with market fresh products and the menu changes frequently. Complete with a list of Argentine organic wines, it’s one for when you’re feeling slightly fancy. Bio also offers courses, cooking classes, and other resources, such as catering.
Humboldt 2192 | Mon – Sun 10 AM – 12 AM | More info |
With an extensive program of events and workshops, Estilo Veggie is a health hub of goodness for both mind and body. Providing demonstrations of vegan food simple enough to make at home with their intensive cooking classes, the restaurant also hosts regular meditation how-to sessions. If you’re not up for cooking anything new and just want to get straight to the eating, go for one of their vegetarian burgers made with black beans or falafel. They even serve vegan beer (!).
Fitz Roy 1941 | Sun, Mon & Wed 11:30 AM – 12 AM | Fri & Sat 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM | More info |
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