Pura Vida Juice Bar is among a small group of healthy, natural food spots that have popped up across Buenos Aires in the last few years. After reading about their smoothies, vegan sandwiches and muffins, we decided to put on our sneakers, grab a map, and make an adventure out of walking half way across the city to try them out.
bBlue is a natural deli and juice bar located in the heart of the Palermo Soho neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. We came across bBlue while exploring the area and were immediately drawn in. We didn’t know we were hungry or thirsty until we saw people through the window sipping on big, brightly coloured smoothies and enjoying plates with generous side salads.
Bodhi is a vegetarian buffet restaurant located in the Montserrat neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. They have a generous selection of Asian inspired dishes, as well as vegetarian versions of typical Argentinian fare. The best part: it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet and really, really cheap.
Diego Felix, owner and head chef at Casa Felix, welcomes guests to his restaurant with the same warmth and love most people offer when welcoming close friends and family to a dinner party. The lower level of Diego’s home just happens to be where he welcomes 12 lucky diners on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for five course vegetarian, vegan or pescetarian tasting menus. However, I got the impression his warm greeting had nothing to do with the location of his restaurant and everything to do with his passion for cooking.
On our second night in Buenos Aires, we walked to Bio Solo Orgánico, a nearby organic vegetarian restaurant in the Palermo Hollywood area. We were walking around for awhile before we found it. As soon as we saw the meat is murder graffiti we figured the restaurant must be just around the corner…and it was!
After reading about vegan grocery shopping in Buenos Aires, you may be wondering what we’ve been doing with all that food. Here are some examples of the simple meals we’ve prepared at home. They might not be the most exciting meals you’ve ever seen but keep in mind we’re trying to save money by eating at home so we can enjoy the odd meal out at a fancy veggie restaurant.
For a city that prides its self on steak and other animal delicacies, Buenos Aires is surprisingly veg-friendly. Vegans will have no trouble finding lots of new and familiar foods to eat when shopping at local stores, supermarkets, health food stores and in Chinatown.