There are many vegan restaurants in Cancun, some are strictly vegan, while others offer a full menu with vegan options. However the style, you’ll be sure to find your Vegan fix.
Vegan food in Mexico
In this article we talk about “traditional” Mexican food. These dishes are prepared with a variety of meat, such as beef, chicken, pork, and fish. In Vegan restaurants, these dishes are still prepared in the “traditional” way, with plant-based or soy products replacing the meat.
I’m sure you will agree that these “traditional” Mexican foods are still very “authentic”!
Mexican food prepared Veganaise
As outlined above, preparing traditional Mexican food as vegan is as simple as leaving the meat out, or replacing it with a different non-meat product. For example, the breakfast chilaquile has chicken and eggs but when you leave out the pollo, it’s still a chilaquile, only vegan-style. Enchiladas are filled with carne (meat) or pescado (fish) and cheese, beans and vegetables.
Using any Vegan meat as a substitute keeps the original flavour, but doesn’t change the tradition. Have you tried Portobello tacos? Delicious!
Vegan restaurants in Cancun:
Vegetarianism was first mentioned in 500 BC by Pythagoras. Some vegetarians stopped eating dairy products, so to differentiate between the two the term “Vegan” was coined in 1944, almost 2,000 years later. Today, Veganism has become more and more popular with celebrities and other social leaders promoting its benefits. Cancun has joined in this movement with almost twenty Vegan Restaurants in the city. Here we will take a look at our top 10…
- Vegan Planet
- Sirena Morena
- The Veggie Bite
- Gopal’s Vegetariano
- Restaurante Natura
- The Pink Coconut
- La Casa de Las Mayoras
- Antojito Con Amor
Let’s dive into it!
“Welcome to the best Vegan Restaurant in Cancun” is how their website begins, and many of their customers agree. With almost 500 reviews, the Vegan Planet scored at least a 4 of 5 on all categories, including service and value. This restaurant was created by a family hoping to look after the animals and nature through a healthier lifestyle and achieve their goal of a Vegan Planet.
“This was an incredible vegan restaurant to visit for Valentines Day!!! The food was delicious and the staff very accommodating…”
The menu boasts a wide variety of International dishes, from pizza and pasta to sandwiches and salads. Traditional Mexican dishes round out their offerings, all created using recipes that offer a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
"Generous portions and friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere."
Vegan Planet is centrally located in Cancun on Av. Andres Quintana Roo, in front of Las Plazas Outlet Cancun, and is open from 8:00 am for breakfast and stay open till 10:00 pm for those late-night diners. Vegan Planet also offers take-out, and a no-contact delivery service.
The Sirena Morena is well known for it’s “…refreshing beverages”, “…delicious fresh food”, and the “magical ambience” of their “garden patio and bar”. Their extensive menu features a variety of juices, kombucha, and smoothies. The Sirena Morena, located on Ave. Carlos Nader, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering many vegan and organic international dishes, and traditional Mexican fare.
"Amazing vegan menu, great service, lovely courtyard at back."
For those of you who enjoy your tacos with a hint of a breeze, the garden patio is the place to be. Sirena Morena is open from 9 am until 6 pm Monday to Saturday, and offers curbside pickup and no-contact delivery services.
The Veggie Bite
The Veggie Bite is located in the second level food court in the Marino Town Center Shopping Plaza, with incredible views of the marina.
"We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food and the food court itself."
The menu suggests typical “mall food” such as burgers and hot dogs, pizzas and pastas, and traditional Mexican food all prepared Veganaise.
"The authentic Mexican food they serve here is Mexican..."
From quinoa and chick-pea patties to seitan sausage, from vegan cheese and soy meat to vegan desserts and lemonade and iced tea, here you will find a haven for fast-food Vegan-style. Veggie Bites opens at 1:00 pm, advertises as LGBTQ-friendly, and offers takeaway and deliver services.
Gopals Vegan Restaurant
Despite it’s name, Gopals Vegan Restaurant does not serve Indian food, but offers vegetarian versions of traditional Mexican dishes. There is no set menu, rather each day holds a Table d’Hote presentation of salad, soup, bread, a main dish (usually grains, veggies, and protein), dessert, and a fresh fruit drink.
"On this day our main was a beef-like vegan meal, slightly spicy, and served with rice..."
Reviews are mostly very good, with high marks for the food and value, with lower emphasis placed on service and atmosphere. “Vegetarians missing on traditional Mexican dishes should visit this place…” Gopals is open from noon to 7:00 pm daily but closed on Sundays.
"Great little spot on the corner. Almost missed it, Happy I didn’t!"
Don’t expect a typical restaurant setting, as the food is prepared in their home and served on tables arranged on their front courtyard portico. Located on Av. Coba, just off Av. Tankah, Gopals Vegan Restaurant offers take out and delivery services, and also has a small shop selling packaged Vegan foods.
The Restaurante Natura is a small family run dining room on Blvd. Kukulcan in the Hotel Zone of Cancun. Their website boasts of garden-party outdoor seating with an intimate atmosphere, free WiFi, and vegetarian menu options.
"It is a small family run restaurant which has been a favorite of ours for over 10 years..."
The traditional Mexican dishes, vegan style, are ensaladas, tacos, enchiladas, and burritos.
“No idea what they seasoned those veggies with but even meat lovers will tear these up!”
"No idea what they seasoned those veggies with but even meat lovers will tear these up!"
You can also fill up on quesadillas, fajitas, and a zucchini filled calabacita. Of course, the ever popular chilaquiles are available as well. There is liquor, beer and wine service, and an extensive variety of fresh and mixed juices are available as well.
“…food is very good and delicious has many different dishes to everyone and really good prices.”
After almost 900 reviews, visitors to Restaurante Natural gave almost perfect marks in all categories of food, service, atmosphere, and value. One diner wrote “An oasis of honest simplicity in the hectic hype of Cancun holiday zone.” And feel free to bring your pet to dinner with you, as this is a dog-friendly dining room.
Take out is also available during their open hours from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm.
The Pink Coconut
The Pink Coconut Health Bar is on Blvd. Kukulcan in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, and it’s known for it’s hand-crafted smoothies, fresh juices, mocktails, and vegan dishes. Sip on a Sunset Smoothie or enjoy the Not So Pink Mojito.
"To top it off they have the most amazing view of the lagoon..."
Sit outside overlooking the lagoon and enjoy a hummus wrap, a falafel taco, and even a vegan pizza. Other menu items include cauliflower ceviche, vegetarian burritos, and a variery of salads.
"They are truly 5 stars in quality and service! We had lunch and dinner there..."
The Pink Coconut is open for breakfast at 10:00 am and remains open through to supper, closing at 8:00 pm, Monday to Saturday. All menu items are available for take-out,
La casa de las Mayoras
A quick turn off on the way to the Jaurez ferry will take you to Gaudalupe Victoria and the very colorful La Casa de Las Mayoras.
"Very sweet vegan Cafe with beautifully presented tasty food."
An elaborate menu that offers everything from fruit smoothies to fruit plates, traditional Mexican breakfast chilaquilles to acai bowls, and tacos, tostados and quesadillas. “…this place is worth the trip if you are looking for a lovely breakfast or lunch! “ A fresh dessert to finish your meal, and Beer and Tequila is available and you can even get a traditional carajillo or a cantarito.
"Excellent fresh and healthy and organic food, low prices and the most fantastic service!"
La Casa de Las Mayores is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and includes take out and delivery as part of their services.
Herbivoro Restaurant, located on Ave. Hauyacán, is a tastefully decorated vegan restaurant that offers a wide variety of meals, including all day breakfast.
"Delicious food, great atmosphere and friendly staff. Highly recommended!!"
Juices, smoothies, and other health-conscious bebidas are available, and authentic Mexican fare such as enchiladas, chilaquiles, and quesadillas are served in the traditional manner, only vegan style.
"I tried the chilaquiles with tofu, it was delicious."
Nachos and banderillas are served all day, and chips and quacamole round out the entradas. Tacos and burritos are included in the local dishes, and don’t forget about the molletes.
The centrally-located Herbivoro is open every day from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and offers dine-in, curbside pick up, and delivery options. They also advertise as LGBTQ-friendly.
Another option is BaoVegan, located in the Coral Hotel on Av. Sunyaxchen in central Cancun.
"Friendly staff, vegan meals and desserts, affordable prices."
The menu boasts healthy choices of smoothies and other drinks, with limited typical Mexican fare all day. Enfrijoladas, chaquiles, quesadillas, and tacos are available all day, along with chips and guacamole.
"Amazing vegan restaurant. Everything is fresh and delicious..."
If you wish to dine al fresco the restaurant has a front patio with umbrellas for shade at each table. BaoVegan is open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and offers a take-out option as well.
Antojito Con Amor
“Great service and food tastes amazing!” sums up this vegan option. Antojito Con Amor’s extensive menu of traditional Mexican dishes includes the mainstays of chilaquiles, enchiladas and quesadillas, but also offers other treats such as tacos and tortas, flautas and frijoles, and Alambres and Gringas. The usual array of chips and guacamole and salsa verde y roja are always at hand.
"Thoughtful service, experimental dishes and flavours, it was such a pleasure to visit!"
Antojito Con Amor is just off Av. Cancun on Calle Pehaltun, is open only for lunch and dinner from 1:30 pm to 9:00 pm, and offers an on-line ordering system and takeaway service.
All these Vegan Restaurants exist on their own merit. Whether your priority is the food, the ambience, the service, or any other aspect of dining that resonates with you, any of these would be a great choice. Overall the Vegan Planet scored very high on all expectations, and the Pink Coconut was the obvious choice in Cancun’s Hotel Zone.
Yet I Ieave it to you to decide which of these Vegan Restaurants in Cancun are your favourites!
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