Eating Vegan in Mexico City
To some, Mexico City may have a less than desirable reputation, but like all city’s (and people) it has it’s good, and bad parts.
Do your research, and you’ll be glad you visited this city of 20 million.
Cody and I chose to stay in the Roma Norte area of Mexico City. It is well known for it’s hip artsy vibe, and vegan/vegetarian restaurants.
We did quite a bit of exploring while in Mexico City, but it was mostly for vegan food, however, we thought we should take in some culture, so we visited the Teohuatican pyramids one day.
The rest of our time in Mexico DF was spent dining at vegan restaurants.
Our first night was a write off as we arrived to our air bnb at 2am, so we got some sleep and headed to Forever Vegano
the next afternoon.
Forever is located in an art nouveau building in the Roma district of Mexico City. Located on a corner; it is hard to miss it’s bold design. We arrived in time for breakfast, so breakfast we had!
Cody and I both ordered a pancake dish. He had silver dollar pancakes stamped with happy faces, and a scoop of chocolate ice cream, and I ordered the silver dollar happy pancakes with chocolate almond butter, and agave.
Cody’s ice cream was excellent. Rich and chocolatey; just like ice cream should be. It was the best part.
And the second best part was my chocolate almond butter.
The sides shouldn’t have been our favourite, but the pancakes were small and not very impressive. They left something to be desired. We were a little disappointed.
Breakfast at Forever Vegano was closer to brunch time, so we skipped lunch, and made our way to Falafalito
later in the evening. Falafalito is a-you guessed it! Falafel counter!
There is no inside seating area, but there are some seats and small tables outside.
Our falafel’s were tasty, and all of the sauces (even the cream sauce) are vegan, but since having falafel almost everyday in Israel, it’s hard to compete with Israeli falafel.
It is still worth a visit if you have a hankering for something tasty other than Mexican food.
The following day had us exploring the city for at least two hours trying to find Vegetariano.
With directions in hand, we walked…..and walked……and walked…..and couldn’t find the damn place anywhere.
Having asked three people, and still no luck, we made our way back to our air bnb, and Cody discovered that he had the wrong directions.
So, with sore legs, and feet (and the proper directions) we gave it another try, and finally arrived at Vegetariano
for a late lunch.
The regular menu was vegetarian, but they also had a set menu that was all vegan.
We started with a bread basket, and then chose a vegetable salad, (there was a choice of fruit salad also).
We decided on the hot vegetable soup, instead of the gazpacho, and then our meals arrived.
Cody enjoyed a plate of spinach, mushrooms, and potatoes in a tomato sauce, and I had crispy rice balls, and black bean pupusas; thick corn tortillas stuffed with black beans, and topped with cactus. I think my dish won for flavour.
Both of our meals were fresh, tasty, and satisfying. The food was very simple, and delicious. The space reminded us of Loving Hut in Tokyo
. No Frills; what you see, is what you get.
I especially liked the sign in Spanish stating that they do not discriminate anyone based on sexuality, religion, or appearance. It was a nice touch. We would return to Vegetariano as the food was good, and the atmosphere simple and honest.
Por Siempre is a 100% vegan taco stand in the Roma neighbourhood, and it is damn good!
A no frills stand with their menu jotted on a blackboard, and no tables and chairs.
We had the choice of al pastor, chorizo, suadero, and alambre; all different types of Mexican meat cuisines, without the animals; made from either soy, or seitan, all for 15 pesos per taco, plus fresh condiments to top your tacos. We also shared a slice of cheesecake. They also had a flan cake, and chocolate muffins for your sweet tooth. Everything was outstanding.
is a must visit in Mexico City! Just do it!
PAN COMIDA/CHOMP CHOMP
is a charming little vegetarian restaurant that offers several vegan options.
Cody and I both ordered a soy chorizo burrito, with tofu, and cheese, served with plantain, potato, and beet chips. It was so flavourful and filling that I had to save my other half for an afternoon snack.
Chomp chomp is a bakery attached to Pan Comida that is a part of the same business. They offer vegan cookies, brownies and milkshakes, as well as non vegan products.
We tried a few fresh chewy cranberry cookies, and returned a second time for their wookies and cream milkshake; an amazing thick and creamy treat made with almond milk, almond ice cream, and crushed cookies.
“One night, in front of all my friends, a friend said, ‘Why you are not like us? Like, normal? You ride your bike, you eat grass.’ So in Spanish, he said, ‘Tu eres una perdedora.’ ‘You are a loser.’ And I said, ‘If I am a loser because I’m not like you, I’m proud to be a loser.’ So many years after that, I was like, ‘I have the name. It’s Los Loosers. Double O is because of the wheels of our bikes.”
That was Mariana Blanco, (co-founder of Los Loosers) story about why she started this incredible bike delivery vegan lunch service.
Their delivery zone is Mexico City, which is incredibly large, and all of their orders are taken via Facebook and Twitter.
We follow Los Loosers
on Instagram and love their posts, so we knew we had to try their amazing looking sandwiches. They surely did not disappoint.
A few hours before heading to the airport, we messaged LL through Facebook and ordered 2 sandwiches. They arrived about 30 minutes later, and as much as we wanted to tear into them then and there, we waited until we boarded our flight to Cancun.
Once we were safely in the air, we pulled out our trays, and feasted. These sandwiches were stuffed with succulent colourful ingredients. Breaded eggplant, creamy guacamole, grilled pineapple, tomatoes, black bean spread, and a bit of spice, all overflowing onto fresh baked bread that lasted several hours, and still remained crusty.
Top 5 best sandwiches we have ever had.
*NOTE* Los Loosers does not have a menu. They post a new sandwich and dessert every morning and you get what you get.
Man, have we ever been lucky in Mexico finding buffets!
Nirvana Vegetariano is another (mostly vegan) buffet restaurant located in Colonia Roma. The food is caribbean influenced, fresh, and delicious.
We arrived prior to their opening for lunch, but they were kind enough to welcome us in 30 minutes early. Dish after dish, we were pleasantly surprised with the variety.
Cody and I filled our plates with soy meat, breaded plantain, rice, vegetables, salads, and stews.
Our meals were 60 pesos each, and came with a refillable fresh pear juice.
Be sure to ask what items are “Vegano” before digging in.
Nirvana Vegetariano also has a small area with packaged items for takeaway. We bought vegan chicharron (pig skin) ewwww……but the vegan version is just wheat gluten, and quite crispy and delicious.
Have you been to Mexico City?
If so, what were some of your favourite Vegan places to eat?