Going Veggie in Lima, Peru

Once in Lima, just walking by the streets and taking a glance and food stalls and supermarkets, you will discover that Lima, Peru, has a whole new new world yet to be discovered for the vegetarian world outside. Peruvian fruits from all regions, vegetables from the Andes and exotic flavors from the Amazon rainforest, will add a lot more new items to your list. However, despite this fact, there are not too many gourmet 100% veggie restaurants in Lima, probably because the cuisine from the coastal lands tends to focus in meats.

However, there are choices to find a place and have a good vegetarian meal: a maybe not so wide range of options, but these are quality. The most of the vegetarian offer focuses in Miraflores and in Lima downtown, probably because those are the districts most visited by tourists.

Just to start, there's a place that has built a solid reputation in the last few years is Alma Zen, that claims to use only 100% organic ingredients. Alma Zen has become very popular among locals and travelers, and we do hope you will enjoy it. The other remarkable places are Bircher Benner, established in 1972, focused in vegetarian and soy meat foods, and Govinda, a well-known restaurant run by the Hare Krishna.

Another good option for 100% vegetarian meals is Guru, which is in fact an Indian-Pakistani spot: not an entirely veggie place, but with many, many veggie dishes, so if you like this cuisine you may as well give it a try.

El Vegetariano was founded by a group of experienced vegetarian chefs, who formerly worked at a similar place nearby. They pride in offering truly healthy and nutritive options, either as complete menus (general and special) or as a la carte...  Read More

This is another haven for backpackers and travelers on a budget, since you can find excellent menus for lunch and dinner at ridiculous prices (from 6 to 8 soles for a three course meal: soup, a salad and a main course, including bread and an...  Read More

A great place, with top quality a la carte dishes but its buffet options (for breakfast, lunch, brunch and tea-time) have become famous, too, due to their large wide selection of salads, sandwiches, fruit juices and desserts. Other great...  Read More

Established a few years ago by a Cuban immigrant, this thematic bar has become a referent in Miraflores' nightlife; it also hosts some music events and temporary art and handicraft exhibitions. The owners pride in serving "the best traditional...  Read More

Cafe de la Paz

This is a lovely and cozy thematic place, inspired in the old French street cafes: "paz" in Spanish means "peace", so, the d�cor features many symbols of peace: it even has a white dove in their logo. You will see many famous quotes...  Read More

With some more than 15 years operating in Peru, News Cafe is a thematic place that recreates the world of newspaper press and journalism; the format has been so successful that currently it has four branches in Lima and one in Arequipa. The...  Read More

This restaurant and caf� has a motto: "Peruvian Vegetarian Food", that can give you a pretty good idea about what to expect. Specialized in Lacto-ovo-vegetarian, Sabor y Vida opens very early so you can start your day with a truly...  Read More

Established in 1972, this restaurant located in Miraflores is one of the first veggie restaurants in Lima and focuses on lacto-ovo-vegetarian meals; it has built a good reputation and is surviving a though competition. The place has moved...  Read More

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Guru Kebab & Curry is a place focused in Indian and Pakistani food, and has already gathered a close-knit community of fans that meet here often. The owners, Pakistani-born Waheed Ashraf and his Peruvian wife Katia, claim to use traditional...  Read More

Alma Zen is a restaurant that claims to serve not only vegetarian meals, but also made with 100% organic ingredients, bought from certified organic producers and from farms affiliated to fair trade programs. Thus, the quality of the foods they...  Read More


Meet Isabel Guerra

Isabel is a freelance Journalist, Writer, and Photographer born and raised in Lima, Peru, where she currently lives: in addition to her writing career and to her traveling almost all over...  More About Isabel