Where to Eat Vegan & Vegetarian in Manuel Antonio
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:
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.
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.
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?