Where to Eat Vegan & Vegetarian in Manuel Antonio

June 26, 2015,

A week into my trip to Costa Rica and I’ve already enjoyed so many wonderful vegan and vegetarian meals. Out of the numerous restaurants in the Quepos and Manuel Antonio area, I’ve visited a handful and interestingly, they were all very suitable to a vegetarian and a vegan diet. Costa Ricans eat mostly from nature (mangos are actually falling off the trees here) and it shows in their cuisine. Here 4 of my favourite restaurants to eat vegan and vegetarian in Manuel Antonio and Quepos:

Fresh fruit: vegetarian in Manuel AntonioCafé Milagro
Manuel Antonio

Open early (7 am) till late (10 pm), Café Milagro does much more than serve coffee – they serve delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve visited on a number of occasions and noticed something great about their menu – much like in vegetarian restaurants; the items on the menu are labelled V for vegetarian, VG for vegan and GF for gluten-free. You can also ask for items on the menu without (sin in Spanish) an ingredient you do not consume, since food is made fresh.
I especially love Café Milagro for their fresh juices and their breakfasts.

Vegetarian in Manuel Antonio with a view Emilio’s Café
Manuel Antonio

Emilio’s is known for its panoramic views over the Pacific. The views are breathtaking, so I suggest visiting during the daytime, or at sunset for a meal by the sea. Also, the lunch menu has more options for vegans and vegetarians (dinner was meat-centric, except for the salads). If you’re not too hungry and looking for a light meal, Emilio’s has great little sandwiches and salads, and the most delicious watermelon (sandia in Spanish) smoothie. 

Smoothies: Vegetarian in Manuel Antonio Falafel Bar
Manuel Antonio

Falafel Bar is an open concept restaurant, with a great sunset views. I visited Falafel Bar for lunch and had the most delicious falafel sandwich I have ever tasted. The falafels were perfectly fried and the sandwich was filled with crisp, fresh french fries – heaven! I even ordered a side dish of their delicious fries and devoured my whole meal within minutes. Unfortunately, the smoothie machine was broken when I visited so I didn’t get to test any but judging by the smoothie menu, they sound like they’d be quite special. 


An Italian restaurant in central Quepos, L’Angolo serves pastas and sandwiches. Their pasta menu is split up on two pages, one labelled “meat” and the other “vegetarian” (not vegan). To make sure the option you are choosing is not only vegetarian but vegan, make sure to ask the waiter that it is without any animal products (sin productos de origen animal).
Try Eat Away app for translations to facilitate communication with waiters not only in Spanish for CR, but in many other languages.

Now it’s your turn – where did you enjoy eating vegan or vegetarian in Manuel Antonio or Quepos?Where to: Eating Vegan and Vegetarian in Costa Rica

You Might Also Want To Read

Vegan in Budapest: Top 10 Vegan Finds in Hungary’s Capital

April 27, 2016

Experiencing the Public Market

April 29, 2016

Where to Eat Vegan in Kraków, Poland

May 18, 2016


  • Reply Ilena Ciricillo June 26, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Your photos are lovely! And as usual your tips are very helpful. How wonderful to be in a place where eating vegetarian and vegan is a no-brainer! How much fresher could it possibly be? As they say in Italian…chilometro zero…you pick, you eat!

    Have a great time in your food discovery and thank you for sharing!

    Pura Vida! ☀️☀️☀️

    • Reply happiestwhenexploring July 2, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Exactly… fresh fresh fresh. And everyone has their own fruit trees – so amazing. Pure vida!

  • Reply Laura Verbich June 26, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    You HAVE to visit the Falafel place and tell us ALL about it!!! Sounds DELICIOUS.

    • Reply happiestwhenexploring July 2, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Yesss! I did and it was a hit. Updating the post soon!

    Leave a Reply