Buenos Aires Vegetarian Friendly
Buenos Aires may be known for its parrillas, asado, and everything else carne,
but that’s not all they have to offer in the food department. Vegetarians in particular have endless options of restaurants that cater specifically to them, as well as, traditional style food from different areas of the world (think indian, asian, italian, and much more) that cater to all the non-meat eaters out there. Restaurants are not the only place one can find great meat free options, there are many specialty stores that cater to vegetarians, vegans, and those with other dietary restrictictions. Another delightful alternative is to go to one of the many verdulerías (local fruit and vegetable stands) scattered throughout the city and pick out local fresh produce. Surprisingly enough in this city that’s known for it´s love of meat,there are many options for the meat free population.
With the heavy Italian influence in Argentine, Italian cuisine is quite prevalent, and quite good. Pizzas and pasta dishes are readily available on menus, usually with good veg options. On the flip side, when the choices for vegetarians are frequently limited to pizza, pasta, cheese or empanadas, carb-lovers rejoice while the rest scream for a fresh salad. If Italian isn’t your thing, check out a new wave vegetarian restaurant or café with internationally inspired cuisine such as lentil burgers, quinoa salads, fruit smoothies, or vegetable curries that are making exciting debuts on menus in many restaurants in Buenos Aires. Another perfect place to find food goods for vegetarians is in Barrio Chino(Chinatown), the market has everything from soy burgers to seitan meat substitutes.
As you can see there are lots of great finds to fuel vegetarian appetites and fulfill their dietary needs within the city. Whether you are looking for a restaurant that serves only vegetarian food or restaurants with veggie options there will be something for you at almost anyone you go to. For those who desire a home cooked meal there are many options of local stores, specialty stores, and markets to choose from. Surprisingly enough Buenos Aires is exceptionally vegetarian friendly!