The Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Sucre

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One of the most pleasantly surprising things about living in Sucre is the amount of vegetarian dining options available. After traveling through meat-centric Bolivia, vegetarians can breathe a sigh of relief as there are plenty of tantalising meat-free dishes to devour during your stay in the ‘White City’.

Here we have narrowed down our top 10 places to enjoy a vegetarian meal:

Condor Cafe

Condor Trekkers is a non-profit tour company operating in Sucre. 100% of the profits made from their tours goes towards social projects in Sucre and the surrounding areas. This year, to diversify their business and make themselves more accessible to locals (not just tourists), the Condor Trekker guys opened a vegetarian restaurant: Condor Cafe.

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Prem – El Arte de Vivir

Vegans traveling to Bolivia will be pleased to learn that a new restaurant serving only plant-derived dishes has set up shop only a few blocks from Sucre’s main plaza. A cozy spot where one might find oneself sharing a table with strangers, Prem is a popular choice for health-concious travelers and locals alike.

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La Taverne – Sucre’s Best Restaurant?

La Taverne might just be Sucre’s best restaurant. Whenever Sucre’s best restaurants come up in conversation, French Restaurant La Taverne always gets a mention. And whenever La Taverne gets mentioned, those who’ve been seem to be instantly transported back to a moment of culinary bliss.

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Café Gourmet Mirador

Of all the cafes in Sucre, Cafe Gourmet Mirador lays undisputed claim to the best view. The chef is Italian, so there is a range of homemade pizzas and pastas on offer. There are also sandwiches and snacks such as cheese and olive platters.

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Metro Cafe

Metro Cafe is possibly the best cafe on Plaza 25 de Mayo. It has great staff, great food and a stylish, relaxed atmosphere. Metro offers the standard, well-executed, cafe menu, along with a few surprises such as goulash and a tasty Asian soup. There is also a good range of desserts such as tiramisu.

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Salteñeria Flores

One of the best places to find these delicious morning treats is on Calle San Alberto, at the end of the Basilica’s arches. Here you’ll find two of Sucre’s top salteñerias. While El Patio is generally considered to have superior salteñas, Flores next door is still a good alternative, with two advantages: fewer queues and a vegetarian option.

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Espacio Cultural Origenes

One of Sucre’s must-see tourist attractions is Espacio Cultural Origenes’ folkloric show and dinner spectacular. The restaurant is set around a large stage where, almost every night of the week, they put on a colorful, high-energy dance show featuring traditional dances from Sucre and the rest of Bolivia.

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El Germen

El Germen is a small, dark, cozy restaurant specialising in vegetarian food. Their menu boasts two pages of tasty vegetarian dishes, one page of meat dishes, and a cabinet displaying an array of delicious baked goods.

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Cafe Monterosso

Veering off the ‘gringo trail’ will lead you to a little piece of Italy tucked away in the quiet streets of Sucre. Upon entering Monterosso, you will be warmly greeted by the owner and immediately made to feel at home. Everything on the menu is delicious, from the bruschetta, to the vegetarian pasta, to one of the best tiramisus you’ve ever had.

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Tentaciones Trattoria Restaurant

Tentaciones Trattoria is a modern restaurant specializing in homemade pasta and Neapolitan-style pizzas. Set in an Italian-American style cafe setting (with a huge mural of Marlon Brando watching over you as you eat), Tentaciones offers a relaxed yet upscale environment for dinner and/or drinks.

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Oops Almost Forgot…

No foodie list in Sucre would be complete without adding this amazing chocolate shop:

Chocolates Para Ti, Sucre

Offering 20 flavors of some of the best quality chocolate you will ever put in  your mouth, this shop is one of Sucre’s most delicious tourist attractions. Aside from the chocolate itself, a must-try is the Para Ti hot chocolate; a deliciously thick drink made with melted chocolate and a shot of espresso. Be warned, trying one of these will spoil all future hot chocolate experiences!

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Rather Cook at Home?

The following aren’t restaurants, but are great places to buy all the ingredients you’ll need to whip up a yummy vegetarian meal in the comfort of your own home:

Drogueria Natural

This store sells a wide range of health foods such as vegan products, healthy snacks, dried fruits and nuts, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, granola, and soy milk. There are also teas and mates to be found, and coca leaf based products to help with any altitude problems you may experience in Sucre.

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Pompeya Supermarket

Pompeya is modestly-sized, but serves for most purposes. It is the most central supermarket in Sucre, being only 1/2 a block from the central square, Plaza 25 de Mayo.

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SAS – Large modern supermarket with a decent fresh fruit and veg section. Also has good bakery and wine sections (Calle Nicolás Ortíz, Sucre)

Mercado Central – Fruit and veg at the cheapest prices. Don’t miss the juice stalls. The freshly squeezed juices are made on the spot and there is a large variety of fruits to choose from. The fruit salads are pretty awesome also. Just double check with the friendly ladies that they’re using purified water (Aniceto Arce, Sucre – downstairs)

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  1. Just organizing things for my South America trip and I have to say this has me excited to go now, since I am a vegetarian and all. IN fact, the whole country seems to be friendly to us and this is a huge load off my shoulders. Now, If I could only lighten up that backpack I will be carrying around for 9 months! Great post.

    • Brigid says:

      Great to hear your travelling to South America Shea, you’re in for a wonderful time! I’m also vegetarian and had no trouble at all finding lovely places to eat throughout the country. Safe travels 🙂

  2. Daneen says:

    Thanks so much! We are vegetarian and had been wondering how challenging that would be in Sucre…will definitely be looking up these options!

    • Brigid says:

      No problems at all Daneen! I also wondered how challenging it would be being vegetarian in Bolivia before I visited, turns out the country is full of lovely vegetarian-friendly restaurants and cafes. Have also written a guide to vegetarian-friendly restaurants in La Paz if you wanted to check that out also 🙂

  3. Great list! Thanks for sharing. I’ll be bookmarking this page for any visits in the future! I definitely think it can be tricky finding good veggie spots, or even restaurants/cafes that have a few veggie choices on the menu. Marrakech and Brussels have some good options, so if you ever need a recommendation let me know. 🙂

    • Brigid says:

      It definitely can be tricky if you don’t know where to look…it’s always such a relief when I see something on the menu other than a garden salad! Yes, will definitely hit you up for vego restaurant suggestions if I head to Marrakech or Brussels 🙂

  4. Frank says:

    Nice looking selection of restaurants – honestly don’t know much about Bolivia but impressed by some of the places on the list and the great looking food pics!
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Brigid says:

      Cheers Frank! It’s crazy, I wasn’t expecting anywhere near the amount of vego friendly restaurants there are in both Sucre and La Paz. Bolivia is definitely vegetarian friendly if you know where to look 🙂

  5. Agness says:

    I am not vegetarian, but I love eating healthy foods and a lot of veggies. It’s great to see that Sucre is full of affordable restaurants where I could enjoy a plate of healthy goodness!

    • Brigid says:

      You sure can! As much as I love the street-food in Bolivia it’s usually fried and a bit stodgy. Having lovely salads and tons of veggie options at super duper cheap prices was really refreshing.

  6. If I ever visit I will be definitely checking these places out, it’s not always easy being a vegetarian while travelling!

    • Brigid says:

      It certainly isn’t easy Becky, especially in developing countries. Sucre really surprised me with its range of vegetarian dining options. It was lovely to have choices rather than the same old rice and beans option.

  7. Franca says:

    Me and my partner are both vegetarians experimenting veganism at the moment and these places would definitely be on our list if one day we went to Sucre. I really liked the look of Abis Patio, one day perhaps! 🙂

    • Brigid says:

      Wow, being vegetarian is sometimes tough when traveling let alone being vegan! Very much hope you get to visit Sucre one day and try one of Abis Patios famous brownies 🙂

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