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Super Vegetarian Friendly

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Puerto Viejo and the surrounding communities are super vegetarian friendly. Most places in Costa Rica will have some basic options for vegetarians, such as the typical "casado" plate which can come with fried cheese or eggs or sometimes just veggies. But traditional Costa Rican cooking doesn't tend to be very interesting for vegetarians and, as you can imagine, is worse for vegans.

But in the Puerto Viejo area you will find a lot more than that with tons of places that have diverse and interesting vegetarian and vegan options and a few places that are completely vegetarian. Here are some of the best options.

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Coffee, Ice Cream, Chocolate and Dessert

Bread and Chocolate

Restaurant known for their baked goods, coffee and desserts but there is also a full menu. Good number of vegetarian options and has some vegan desserts and meals as well.
 +506 2750-0723
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

Caribeans Coffee and Chocolate

Coffee house, chocolate factory and tasting room. Smoothies and light meals too. Offers the Chocolate Forest Experience Tour where you can see the chocolate making experience from the cacao forest to the finished product. Also regular community events and learning opportunities from yoga to film nights.
 +506 2750-0504, 8341-2034
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 Vegetarian. Serves dairy and/or eggs

Como En Mi Casa Art Cafe

Espresso drinks, desserts, breakfast, sandwiches, salads. Open 7am to 4pm daily.
 +506 6069 6319, 6069 6337
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 Vegetarian. Serves dairy and/or eggs

DreadNut Coffee and Manifesto

Little coffee shop serving breakfast, lunch and baked goods. Good vegetarian and vegan sandwich options. Also the Manifesto store selling hand painted clothing and artifacts.
 +506 8840 5247
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

Vida Sana Panadería y Hostal

Bakery which makes fresh bread and snacks from all natural ingredients. Makes vegan and gluten free baking as well. Offers hostel rooms also.
 +506 8595 0626
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 Vegetarian. Serves dairy and/or eggs

Hotels

Most area hotesl which serve breakfast or have onsite restaurants will accomodate vegetarians but it is best to make your request ahead. These hotels however serve only vegetarian food or have vegetarian cooking classes or other features.

Samasati Retreat and Rainforest Sanctuary

Perched on a mountain ridge overlooking the Caribbean Sea, offers guest house and casita accommodations just minutes away from the beaches of Puerto Viejo. For over 20 years they have hosted retreats, workshops, guest artists and travelers. Stays include vegetarian buffet served in an open air restaurant. Also available on site are healing massage treatments, jacuzzi spa, nature trails, waterfall with natural pool, daily yoga classes and a meditation hall.
 800 563-9643 (USA Toll free), 2537-3418 (Costa Rica)
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 Average room rate: $105
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Veronica's Place

Offers a peaceful environment to travelers seeking a purposeful visit to Puerto Viejo. Besides a relaxed atmosphere 100m away from the main road, Veronica offers classes in healthy vegetarian and vegan cooking, medicinal plants, and retreats that combine cultural education with community service.
 2750 0132, 8918-3238
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 Average room rate: $25
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Restaurants

Bikini Restaurante and Hostel

Restaurant with a huge menu including sushi, Thai curries, pasta and more which makes it a popular choice for groups and families. Big vegetarian menu and lots of vegan choices too. Very reasonably priced cocktails. Restaurant open daily from 5 pm. Hostel rooms above.
 +506 2750 3061
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

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Casa Mandala

Organic/vegan restaurant and grocery. Art, home decor, clothing, jewelry and handicrafts. Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 2 pm to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
 +506 8442 1298
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 Vegan. No animal products on menu

Chile Rojo

Thai and asian fusion restaurant. Open noon to 10:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
 +506 2750 0025
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

Flip Flop Restaurant

Restaurant with varied menu including Asian curries, pasta, fajitas. Lots of vegetarian options. Daily specials. Puerto Viejo Center, across from Multicentro.
 +506 2750 2031
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

Madre Tierra

Cocktails, restaurant and bar. Variety of food including Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Costa Rican, Fusion and Vegetarian.
 +506 2750 2083
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

Pita Bonita

Middle Eastern Restaurant and Bar. Freshly Baked Pita Bread, Hummus, Falafel, Salads, Lamb Kebab and More. Take Away Possible.
 +506 2756 8173
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

Puerto Pirata Deli

Meals, snacks, coffee and batidos on the porch in a chill location overlooking the sea. Menu has vegetarian, vegan and sustainable seafood only; no meat.
 +506 2750 0459
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

Pura Gula Restaurant

Healthy slow food restaurant
 +506 8634 6404
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

Shiva Inn Restaurante

Restaurant specializing in vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals but also serves some fish and meat.
 +506 2750 2115
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

Stashu's Con Fusion

Fusion food restaurant with live music. Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asian flavors along with fresh seafood and great vegetarian and vegan options.
 +506 2750-0530
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 Vegetarian-Friendly. Has good vegetarian options but also serves meat or fish

Supermarkets and Other Groceries

Farmers' Market

Weekly farmers' market of local produce and other products held every Saturday morning. Come early for the best selection!
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Bio Mercado Puerto Viejo

Organic, local, artisanal & natural products. Juice bar.
 +506 2750 3224
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Namú Ecotienda Orgánica

Superfoods and organics, natural soaps and cosmetics
 +506 8886 2133
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Additional comments from our visitors about Vegetarian and Vegan in Puerto Viejo

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Daniela

Hi, I can highly recommend Soulsurfer Restaurant. Very nice place right on the beach. Veggie Burger, tuna burger - all fresh. Even the sauces are homemade. Founded with love by two Germans. This must not be missing in the list. Brand new - a secret tip. Enjoy it.

January 13, 2018

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Thanks for the tip Daniela. The place looks very nice and I haven't had a chance to check it out yet! I've added a listing page for it here but don't think it qualifies for the Vegetarian page as there is only the 1 vegetarian option and nothing vegan but that veggie burger looks good!

January 13, 2018

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