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Being a vegetarian in a strictly meat-eating country such as Colombia can be extremely difficult. Especially since eating generous helpings of meat is pretty much one of Colombia’s favourite past-times and an almost compulsory part of Colombian food. But if you are a vego and want a daily dose of greens while living or travelling in Colombia, then here are some delicious places you should visit.
This place has got to be one of my personal favourites. They have the most delicious smoothies I have ever tasted in Colombia (and that really is saying something) and make use of so-called “super food” ingredients (are we the only ones imagining an apple in a cape?) including macca and spirulina. This restaurant has been serving up healthy vegetarian and vegan food since 2008 and is a must-visit spot for any vegetarians despairing at the shocking lack of vegetables involved in most Colombian food. Head over for their lunch special which includes soup, a main dish, dessert and juice for around $8,000. Nice. And, as if delicious vego food wasn’t enough, they also give yoga and meditation classes upstairs. Can’t get much healthier than that.
Carrera 7 # 46-42
Ph: 323 2448
Not just for vegetarians, Pita Wok Specialises in Middle-Eastern inspired food, with plenty of tasty vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. While I am perhaps not the world’s greatest fan (my picky Arab tastebuds are rarely satisfied by Arabic food in Colombia), there is no denying that the ingredients are fresh, the spices are original and, well, I can’t argue with Pita Wok’s loyal regulars. Try the Mixto Vegeteriano, a plate full of salad, rice, falafel, tofu and tahini – all for $8,500. The limonada con hierbabuena is delicious too!
Cra 4 No 14 – 88
Ph: 315 6704075 – 318 5002113
Casita hOMe Yoga
Ok, while this is not techinally a restaurant or even a café, Casitah hOMe Yoga has the tastiest vegan cake anywhere in Bogotá. This beautiful yoga space in Chapinero was set up by gorgeous yogis Zarah and Diego who teach classes from their own home. After an intimate and spiritual yoga class, get your hands on some delicious vegan cake for just $5,000. The perfect way to end a class and start the rest of your day.
Cra 8 # 65-95 Apto 301
Casita hOMe Yoga
Ph: 347 1754/ 313 2604771
Caballete & Berenjena – Veg Food
This vegetarian food delivery team was started by a Bogotano couple with a passion for fresh ingredients, delicious vegetarian food and healthy living. They do home deliveries, catering and also provide their bundles of goodness at events. If you want a vegetarian “burger”, sandwich, rice dish, pastry or pasta, then you know who to call. And it’s not Ghostbusters. They also offer vegan options.
Ph: 316 4179094 – 316 3427069
Clearly, there is more to Colombian food than just chicken, chicharrón and chorizo – you just have to search a little harder for it. There are plenty more vegetarian restaurants opening all the time in Bogotá, so keep your eyes peeled for some healthy vegetable goodness. For more vegetarian options, check out this site.