America,  Mexico

Vegan/veggie in Tulum

Tulum is the perfect setting for vegan and veggie eats. The entire town is set up to accommodate a healthy, happy feel, with restaurants sporting colourful hammocks, rope swings and fresh coconuts on every corner. It makes sense that the food be cruelty-free, and encourage a diet full of nutrient bursting fruits, nuts and pulses. Here are my top vegan and vegetarian spots …

El Vegetariano

The name gives it away, right? A great spot for those staying in the main town, rather than out at the beach resort strip. The restaurant boasts a large vegan/vegetarian menu full of hearty dishes, all made in an open-plan kitchen so that you can see exactly where your food is coming from. Staff are friendly and willing to make recommendations (in English!). They have an impressive smoothie section, which they’ll make with either soy or real milk (depending on your preference). From the food menu, we opted for the lentil salad and falafel pittas, both coming in hearty sized portions.

vegetariano

Canopia

By far, some of the best food I had in Tulum (where portions tended to be a tad on the small side). Canopia, just at the side of the main road of beach resorts, was an exception, with huge plates and healthy portion sizes. Pleasantly cheaper than a lot of the surrounding restaurants, with a cool jungle setting, white wash wood furniture, and open kitchen. We tried the sweet potato salad and the hummus and eggplant pitta platter.

 

Las Bolas

I was delightfully drawn in by the hostess of this little shack, another small stop located on the roadside of the main beach resort strip. Her big smile, and eagerness to let you sample their fruit popsicles and healthy vegan ice creams, was so charming that I couldn’t resist dragging my friend over to see what she was up to. Much more of a snack stop than a restaurant, the stand boasts a huge array of organic, super-food vegan ice creams at a much better price than any of the hotels. Our favourite was the banana cream pie.

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Raw Love Cafe

Boho vegan hippie heaven! Set in the middle of Ahau Tulum resort, this little paradise cafe is built around a set up of brightly coloured hammock swing chairs, chunky wooden tables and jungle palm trees. They boast a huge selection of vegan breakfast smoothie and chia bowls, healthy lunch wraps and salads, and a massive menu of interesting sounding coffees (a train wreck coffee anyone?). We’d have eaten breakfast here everyday if we could!

 

Eufemia

There isn’t much here for vegans, but vegetarians have a good choice: the Mexicans like their cheese. Staying at one of the beach resorts gets expensive, with a lot of the hotels charging £10 a main. Located right on the beach, a few stops down from the famous Ahau Tulum, Eufemia is permanently packed out with locals, backpackers, and a mostly younger crowd of people looking for super cheap food and drink. The restaurant carries a pre-club Ibiza vibe, but with a more rustic beach setting. Heavy speakers pump out chilled beach dance tunes, and the kitchen sports a large taco seasoning bar. At 15 pesos a pop (about 80p), we opted for a truck load of mushroom and vegetable tacos, nachos, and quesadillas.

 

How did you find Tulum for vegan restaurants? Are there any new places to add to the list? Let me know!

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Travel writer, marketing adviser and blogger based in Edinburgh, with a focus on budget and vegan travel. 39 countries to date, with extensive knowledge of travel within Asia, particularly within Thailand.

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