Upon arrival at a new destination, there are always a few pressing questions: What will we do there? Is it safe? How will the weather be? And most important of all: Where can I get some great vegan food? Mexico City has several enticing answers—all of which allow you to indulge in some of the country’s most delicious delicacies while avoiding cruelty to animals.
Take a look at some of the best options the city has to offer:
Los Loosers is exploring what’s possible with vegan food, with fusion takes on traditional Mexican dishes that are as delicious as they are unique. And don’t even get us started on their wide array of amazing burgers. Apparently anything really is possible in El Capital.
Mexico City is known around the world for its street food, and at the top of your list of places to eat should be Por Siempre Vegano (Forever Vegan). Located in the super-trendy Colonia Roma neighborhood, this taqueria (taco stand) is renowned for its wide selection of no fewer than seven vegan meats. You MUST try the al pastor and soy chorizo! Plus, you can eat well for under MXN$50, and they’re open ’til midnight every night of the week.
Not only is vegan food better for animals, it’s also better for the planet. Na Tlali offers delicious, zero-waste food inspired by the cuisines of Oaxaca and Veracruz. Don’t miss the small store in the back, where you can purchase organic and plastic-free products.
Churrería El Moro
At Churrería El Moro, you can enjoy churros made from a simple dough of flour, water, and salt; deep-fried; and coated in cinnamon sugar. Enjoy them plain or dip them in melty vegan almond chocolate. The local chain has multiple locations throughout the city, including the original one in Centro Histórico, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Swing by this street food stand in Roma Norte for brunch offerings, such as chilaquiles and sweet hot cakes, or a quick lunch later in the day.
This trendy spot serves a variety of vegan flavors in creative ways, like its “chicken” and waffles made with portobello mushrooms and “sashimi” tostadas made from marinated watermelon. Plus, you can enjoy it all in a gorgeous setting.
Conchas and bollos are undeniably Mexican specialties, and you can get vegan versions of both at this storied panadería, or bakery. Though not exclusively vegan, this place has a wide selection of animal–free cakes, breads, rolls, baguettes, and more. Come early, before the epic lines form.
With a menu that changes every few weeks, you can always expect something yummy, cruelty–free, and new at this sleek yet cozy hotspot. And with dishes bearing names like Grace Jones and Enrique Iglesias, you can expect exciting menu options. Though the restaurant isn’t entirely vegan (it is entirely vegetarian), there’s a cute vegan bakery right next door that has delicious gluten-free cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more.
Gracias Madre Taquería Vegana
This eatery offers tacos, tortas, and volcánes galore! Your tour of Mexico City’s street food scene wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Gracias Madre Taquería Vegana, where you can choose from a variety of vegan meat options.
A popular local chain of organic markets, Origenes Organicos offers a huge selection of vegetarian, vegan, and raw grocery items, including candies, cacao, juices, supplements, fresh fruits and vegetables, and baked goods. The Polanco and Condesa locations also have attached restaurants that offer vegan versions of their most popular dishes. Vegan crêpes, anyone?
This all-vegan torteria proudly proclaims that its tortas, Mexican-style sandwiches, are made with love. We’re inclined to believe it since the street cart is covered with adorable cat stickers and the tortas are filled with delectable vegan meats like spicy soyita pibil and Milonesa. Even better, a very filling torta will only set you back MXN$35.
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