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Eating Vegan in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Although Puerto Vallarta is not our favourite Mexican destination, it’s a good place to begin our travels-plus it has some great vegan restaurants!

Our world wanderings pretty much revolve around us stuffing our faces with good food, or cuddling animals, and so far, Mexico has been successful for both!

 

VEGGIE TABLE

Veggie table is a brand new vegan restaurant located in central Puerto Vallarta close to the malecon (Boardwalk) a few blocks away from the beach.

Veggie Table Puerto Vallarta

They serve giant burritos, vegan burgers, curries, Asian steamed dumplings, sandwiches, and incredible tacos.

Veggie Table Puerto Vallarta

Cody had the burrito bursting at the seams, and I had 4 tacos 2-seitan chorizo, 1 soy asada, and 1 cabbage. Every single taco was full of flavour, and absolutely delicious, and if you want heat, there is a creamy avocado cilantro salsa, and a tomato based hot sauce at the communal table.

Veggie table also has a refrigerator filled with vegan products like coconut yogurt, soy meat, veggie burgers, micro greens, coconut, rice, and soy milk.

Veggie Table Puerto Vallarta

Sandra, the owner of veggie table was very helpful and went through the whole menu with us explaining how everything was made.

The food is flavourful, the price is reasonable, and it’s a perfect stop before heading to the beach.

 

PLANETA VEGETARIANO

Planeta Vegetariano is also located close to the malecon, and Our Lady of Guadalupe church.

If you are facing the church, you have to climb a few stairs to your left, cross a small street, and climb a few more stairs. You can’t miss their sign.

Planeta Vegetariano Puerto Vallarta
This restaurant serves up breakfast and lunch/dinner buffet style.

The variety of food changes daily.

Most every dish is vegan with the exception of cream or butter in one or two items in the hot section, and mayo or yogurt in the salad bar, so just ask ‘quΓ© elementos son veganos?’ (What items are vegan) and they will happily let you know what you can have.

Planeta Vegetariano Puerto Vallarta

Cody and I have eaten at Planeta Vegetariano several times while visiting Puerto Vallarta and have yet to be disappointed. During our last visit, we had an incredible mushroom pesto spaghetti. It was difficult to stop eating it!
We also filled our plates up with stir fried rice, black beans, veggie croquettes, tostadas, tomatoes, and basil, and a few other cold salads.

Also included in the buffet are hot tea, coffee, water, and aguas frescas-a combination of fruit, and water. We’ve tried pineapple juice, a green juice made with, cactus, lime, and pineapple, and a Jamaica fruit aguas frescos.
The food here is constantly being replenished, is always fresh, and soooo tasty.

Planeta Vegetariano Puerto Vallarta

A meal here will set you back 75 pesos for breakfast, and 105 pesos for lunch/dinner and you can eat as much as you want!

 

RESTAURANT VEGETARIANO MARY

Vegetariano Mary is a little more difficult to find but worth the effort for the inexpensive and tasty vegan breakfast buffet. This restaurant is located in Hotel Paloma Del Mar which should make it a bit easier to find if you are taking a taxi there.

Vegetariano Mary Puerto Vallarta

The inside of the restaurant is no frills, but we visited for the food, not the interior.

Unfortunately we only enjoyed breakfast here once, but it was memorable.

Vegetariano Mary Puerto Vallarta

It’s rare while travelling to find vegan pancakes, so when I saw that there were pancakes being served I took full advantage of that!

The breakfast at Restaurant Vegetariano Mary is also served up buffet style, and again, most of it is vegan, but be sure to ask ‘que elementos son veganos?’

Vegetariano Mary Puerto Vallarta

Cody and I both filled up on delicious tofu scramble, frijoles, tortillas, salsa, soy meat and pancakes with syrup!!! All for 60 pesos!

 

100% NATURAL

We hadn’t planned on visiting this restaurant while in Puerto Vallarta, but we were running late and had to catch a flight to Mexico City, so we hopped on the bus and took a 5 minute ride up the street.

100% Natural Puerto Vallarta

100% Natural is not a vegan restaurant, but they do have a separate vegan set menu (140 pesos) which was very nice as I didn’t have to ask whether there was animal fat or broth in anything.

100% Natural Puerto Vallarta

I chose a meal that included a vegan ceviche made with finely chopped onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime.

The main course was 3 delicious whole grain soft tacos filled with grilled red and green peppers, spinach, tomatoes, sprouts, and soy chorizo with quinoa, and a side of guacamole and chips.

100% Natural Puerto Vallarta

The food was very fresh, and full of flavour.

I’m glad we dropped in. 100% Natural is also easy to find. It is located across the street from the Sheraton bougainvilleas hotel on the hotel strip.

 

COMIDA TAIWANESA

This small canteen style Chinese restaurant is probably the most difficult to find out of them all.

Tucked away on a small local street behind the main road that takes you to the airport, Comida Taiwanesa has their food laid out buffet style but you are charged by weight.

Comida Taiwanesa Puerto Vallarta

When we visited, two out of the 7 items were vegetarian, but everything else was vegan. We arrived just as they were pulling fresh and warm Chinese buns out of the oven.

Lucky us! we also filled our plates up with fried rice, chow mein, mock fish fillets, and soy meat. Everything was to our liking, and the price was right at 160 pesos.

Comida Taiwanesa Puerto Vallarta

You’re best bet in finding this place is either taking a taxi from the main busy road in Puerto Vallarta, or if you are good with streets and maps-hop on one of the local buses heading to Walmart, get off right before the plaza, and follow your map. It is only a few turns into a local area.

*Comida Taiwanesa doesn’t seem to have clear hours of operation, so make sure you call to ask if, and when they will be open. This will save you time, and frustration*

With all of these vegan options, plus more that we didn’t get a chance to visit, you won’t starve in Puerto Vallarta.

Happy eating!

 

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Comments To This Entry.
  1. Judith Kingsbury January 25, 2016 Reply

    Great article, and most welcome! Would love it if you could add street addresses and/or web pages for the restaurants.

    • Giselle and Cody January 26, 2016 Reply

      Hey Judith, there are blue highlighted names of each place. If you click on those they will take you to their website or happycow. Just thought it would be easier to do it that way where they have maps listed. πŸ™‚

      • Judith Kingsbury January 27, 2016 Reply

        Thanks! I went and found them online. Nice to have more options besides our beloved Planeta Vegetariano. πŸ™‚

        • Giselle and Cody January 27, 2016

          Judith, Planeta Vegetariano is good but always nice to have a change.
          When are you guys heading back?

        • Judith Kingsbury January 27, 2016

          We’re staying in Lo de Marcos for 2 more months, and we’ll get down to PV a few times

        • Giselle and Cody January 29, 2016

          Judith, it would have been nice to meet up. We didn’t head to Lo De Marcos this time as we wanted to explore a few other spots. We travelled to San Blas and San Pancho instead. Really nice places but still not as great as LDM πŸ™‚

        • Judith Kingsbury January 29, 2016

          For some, ldm is boring. And that’s fine! Maybe next year we can meet up if you come back to this area. If so send me a message on my FB page or from my website when you’re here. We plan to be in LDM Dec thru Mar. next year. Yay!

        • Giselle and Cody January 30, 2016

          Sounds good Judith.
          If we do plan on heading to LDM next year, we will definitely send you a message and we could possibly meet up.
          Have a great time!!

  2. Sarah January 30, 2016 Reply

    I’m not vegan but love to eat vegan and vegetarian food while abroad too. I pinned this on my pinterest board Foodventures: Vegan & Vegetarian

  3. Alex & Jenn February 1, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much, Mindful Wanderlust, for always promoting vegan philosophy throughout your travels regarding plant-based eating and your work with animals. We love your videos and we love what you represent! THANK YOU from Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary!!

  4. Miranda February 3, 2016 Reply

    Hola, I came across your card on the bulletin board at La Casa del Pan in San Cristobal. I have to tell you that I love your website and what you two stand for. Very refreshing to know that there are animal lovers travelling the world and I hope we meet up one day.

    I am heading to Puerto Vallarta in a week so finding your card and this blog is perfect. Keep up the great work.

  5. Candace February 14, 2016 Reply

    Also playa detox 300 Los tules ave, very close to costco

    • Giselle and Cody February 22, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much Candace.
      We will have to add that one to the list next time we head back to PV.

  6. Sadie August 31, 2017 Reply

    This was an incredibly helpful list! I was so pleasantly surprised to find not just one but several Vegan options in PV! Update as of today 30/8/2017, Vegetariano Mary’s is closed. You should also try Yogi Bar if you’re by the Villa Marina or Plaza Neptuno (where the giant whale sculpture is) they have EXCELLENT breakfasts, smoothies, bowls, juices, toasts, salads, etc. we’ve gone every day since finding it. We also have friends around the bend in La Cruz who told us a vegan ice cream shop recently opened up there on the street the Marina is on, so we are gonna check that out for sure! Happy Vegan Eats!

    • Giselle and Cody September 4, 2017 Reply

      Thanks so much for the comment Sadie and thank you for letting us know about Vegetariano Mary’s being closed.

      Mexico is one of our favourite places in the world and there is no doubt we will be heading back sometime soon. So we will definitely check out the new places you recommend. Mmmmmmm, vegan Ice Cream is always good πŸ™‚

      • Sadie September 4, 2017 Reply

        😁 I found the name of the Vegan Ice Cream place: Vegan Parad-Ice Cream, here’s the address: Langosta 3-A, Cruz De Huanacaxtle, Mexico.

        • Giselle and Cody September 14, 2017

          Thank you so much Sadie.
          We will add it to the places to visit next time.

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