The best vegan food I’ve had so far has been in Arequipa. In Lima there are very good places, however, the “White City” has achieved a very complete experience: good seasoning, generous dishes, open spaces and beautiful decorations. Most of the vegan restaurants are in the center of the city of Arequipa and in the touristy Yanahuara.
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The vegan route can be done by car, but as a recommendation it is best to do it walking, to observe the beautiful streets of downtown Arequipa or those of Yanahuara.
In Yanahuara, there are Lounge del Brujo and Satiba Therapy. In the center of Arequipa you will find three vegan restaurants Prana Vegan Club and El Buda profano.
I loved this restaurant / bar. In Lima, you need vegan places that sell good food since you can also go for drinks with or without alcohol.
The Brujo’s Lounge has open spaces and a garden. In addition, in areas with closed spaces, it has sufficient ventilation as well as adequate spacing. The chairs and armchairs that it has are comfortable and perfect to go with the family or with a group of friends.
The food in this Arequipa restaurant is delicious. They have a very varied menu, ranging from Peruvian dishes to Nikkei fusion and Italian food. They have managed to transform the traditional dishes of the “White City” into vegan versions. They have a stuffed hot pepper that puts the bravest lover of spicy to the test. They have the Caparinas dish, which traditionally in Arequipa is made with organ meats, but in the Lounge del Brujo they prepare it with seitan. Without a doubt, these are the two dishes you must try if you go.
Their menu is a dish called Trio de Mar that is to share. It is served in a large platter, in which three people can easily eat. There, the star is the mushroom ceviche that is accompanied with eggplant pork rinds and Creole rice.
If what you are looking for is something not so Peruvian or traditional, you can choose to order a vegan ramen, wings of the witch or wantanes, the latter are accompanied with a chili pepper.
Finally, for dessert, they usually have different options of the day. To my good luck, when I visited they had a vegan red berry cheesecake and a chocolate mousse. Both desserts not only come decorated perfect to be photographed, but they also taste great.
Average price per person: 60 soles
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 12:00 pm to 10 pm Sundays: 12:00 pm to 8 pm
Telephone: 954 719 605
Address: Urbanization, Tronco de Oro L 1, Cayma.
The Satiba Therapy cafe / restaurant has settings that are carefully decorated. All its levels have open spaces for the comfort and safety of its guests. My recommendation is that it is day or night, go to the terrace to appreciate the city from there. Don’t worry about the cold, you can lend them blankets or sit by the heater.
Satiba Therapy have the philosophy that food should be your medicine, that is why they take great care of the ingredients with which the dishes they offer are prepared. They have a wide menu, however, they do not always have all the dishes. That’s not a problem because the large list of preparations makes up for the lack of some dishes.
This restaurant has a long list of juices and smoothies made with fruits, vegetables, and plant-based drinks. In addition, it has a homemade kombucha, homemade infusions and craft beers.
At Satiba Therapy you can go for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. They have pancakes in three different flavors, chocolate, beet, and vanilla. There is something for everyone.
If you want to go to lunch, you can choose between lentil and quinoa tabouleh, cauliflower wings, native potatoes with ocopa, its pizzas, its burgers, its fusion dishes and others. Finally, as for their desserts, you can ask about the ones in stock. They are all made with whole, healthy ingredients.
In addition to having the restaurant, it has an ecothop inside, where you will find vegan products such as the much appreciated Beyond Burger. Its store is very varied and can be purchased through its website: https://www.satibatherapy.com/
Average price per person: 50 soles
Horarios: Lunes: 12:00 p.m. a 9 p.m. Martes a sábado: 9:00 a.m. a 9 p.m. Domingos: 9:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.
Address: San Vicente 109 B Yanahuara
Prana Vegan Club
Prana Vegan Club is located in the very heart of Arequipa, a few blocks from the Santa Catalina Convent. This restaurant is located in a cazona and has tables on the balconies, with great ventilation as well as a large terrace.
In addition to its varied menu, if you are on a tighter budget, you can choose between two menu options. One for 12 soles and an executive menu for 15 soles. Both include a delivery, a fund, and a drink. In addition, it has an open salad bar.
Prana Vegan Club has vegan dishes that are already a tradition such as hamburgers, pizzas, bowls, but they also have traditional Arequipa dishes. In its menu of main dishes, you will find the stuffed rocoto, Arequipa chicharrón, lomo al vino with potato cake and the imposing triple criollo, which combines the rocoto, the potato cake, the seitan chicharrón and a Creole sarza.
This restaurant has the traditional frozen cheese in its vegan version. This dessert is something that you should not miss.
Finally, if you are a fan of craft beers, here you will find many of different brands and flavors. The blueberry one is on another level.
Average price per person: 50 soles
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:30 am – 9 pm
Address: C. Ugarte 109, Cercado de Arequipa. Second floor.
The Profane Buddha
If you are looking for makis in Arequipa, the Profane Buddha is an option for you. This vegan sushi restaurant has a menu developed by Peru Master Chef Jim Daniel Echeverría who has fused techniques from the ancient Japanese Buddhist gastronomy with modern sushi styles and fresh ingredients from Peru.
The place founded by Alan Pater has a lot of options packed with vegetables and flavor. You can order makis per table, but my recommendation is that you order combos of 30 pieces or the tasting for two or three people. Not only do you save with this, but you also have the opportunity to try more flavors.
A dish you must try is gyozas, they are filled with vegetables, cashew and tofu. If you like soups, be sure to try the delicious ramen and miso soup.
As for the makis, some options are: Buda (avocado, tofu and aubergine), Garu (beet, spinach and avocado), California (furai tofu, avocado and Japanese cucumber) and Haruzame (artichoke, shitake and Japanese cucumber | covered with noodles crispy rice). As you can see there is something for all tastes and pockets.
Average price per person: 40 soles
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 1p.m. – 9:30 pm
Telephone: 977 228 590
Address: Calle San Francisco 217, Arequipa.
As ordered by the Government, these establishments ask for a vaccination card to enter. In addition, it is important to mention that Arequipa is currently at a high alert level for the coronavirus. Therefore, the interior capacity is 50%.
To make the experience pleasant as well as safe, we recommend only removing the mask when you go to eat. Wash your hands before eating food and if food is requested to be tasted, do not use the same utensil with which it will be eaten to serve the food from the plate that will be shared.
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