Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide: surviving Mexico as a vegetarian (and vegan)

Reader Mail: Hola! I am going to visit Sayulita soon. Do you have any recommendations for vegetarians/vegans like me? I don’t want to worry about this but knowing that Mexico is a meat-eating country, I want to know my options. Do you have a Sayulita vegetarian food guide? It will be much appreciated! Thanks and I hope to meet you.

Kendra Mort, USA

Hi Kendra! Thanks for visiting the blog!

And thank you for suggesting a Sayulita vegetarian food guide content! As you know, when I am home in Sayulita, I practice vegetarianism as I eat a lot of meat when I am traveling for work. In the past, vegetarian/vegan food is harder for the Mexican culture but as tourism grows, the Mexicans have adapted by opening vegan cafes and adding vegetarian options to their menu.

If you have any more questions that weren’t answered in this post, please leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to answer them for you.

Have a great trip and please get in touch when you arrive. I would love to meet you!

Xx,
Trisha

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

The vegetarian/vegan culture in Sayulita

When we think about Mexico, being a vegetarian or vegan really doesn’t fit but thankfully, here in Sayulita, these diets are slowly being catered. I must admit that there aren’t a lot of options in Sayulita yet but what I can assure you is that the vegetarian food options in Sayulita are not limited to raw greens or vegetables. There will be burritos and burgers in the selection, too!

Basic spanish phrases for vegetarians/vegans

“I am vegan.” – Yo soy vegano/vegana
“I am vegetarian.” – Yo soy vegetariano/vegetariana
“No como huevos” – I don’t eat eggs.
“No como carne.” – I don’t eat meat.
“No como queso.” – I don’t eat cheese.
“Sin leche, por favor.” – Without milk, please.

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#1: Falafel sandwich at Falafel and Friends

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Falafel and Friends is the most vegan you will find in Sayulita. This small food joint has, of course, falafel in different forms: salads, sandwiches, and even burrito! They make the falafel daily and you can even order it to freeze in your Airbnb. I do this all the time for my home! They also have a very legitimate hummus which they also make themselves. Their servings are big and prices usually start at $100 MXN ($4.25 USD).

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#2: Vegetarian burrito at Burrito Revolution

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This is the best vegetarian burrito I tried not just in Sayulita but in Mexico! Black beans, rice, mushrooms, bell peppers, cheese – this is my go-to food when I can’t cook at home. For $100 MXN ($4.25 USD), you can get a big burrito for sharing. Ask them to cut it in half because I doubt that you’ll finish it in one seating. This burrito is best for takeaways to the beach!

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#3: Beyond Meat Burger and Cauliflower Wings at Public House

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

Another regular on my list (more of a weekly treat), Public House’s Beyond Meat Burger never fails. They really have the beyond meat patties! You can add extras to your burger like blue cheese or avocado for vegans. This comes with a side you can choose and it costs $160 MXN ($6.60 USD).

I always order the burger with the cauliflower wings on the side – baked cauliflowers topped with real spicy wings sauce! You won’t feel the difference because the texture is just like, hmmm… wings. This is the most creative vegetarian/vegan food I regularly have in Sayulita. It’s not just all greens tossed in a bowl like what you usually get in most vegetarian/vegan places. Serving is food and the roasted cauliflower only costs $80 MXN ($3.30 USD). They also have choices for greek salad (at $140 MXN [$5.77 USD]) if you want something clean.

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#4: Lots of pizza options (+ vegan dough!)

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Sayulita is home to different pizza places and most of them serve vegetarian pizza. My favorite and consistent craving is La Rustica’s Princesa. It has pesto as a base instead of tomato sauce. It’s topped with balsamic vinegar that gives it a sweet and sour flavor. If you’re not a fan of red sauce (or want to try something different), the Princesa is for you!

If you are vegan and are looking for a vegan dough, Pizza Venezia serves that with an additional $200 MXN ($10 USD est). Most pizza places in Sayulita will ask you to choose your own toppings and in Venezia, a big pizza only costs $99 MXN ($4.09 USD). For deliveries, you can try Pizzas Ron (I live next to it!). Other pizza houses include Tratorria Toscana (right by the selfie street) and El Italiano by Punta de Mita highway which also offers delivery.

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#5: Poke Bowls at Loro Cafe

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Loro Cafe only opened in December 2019. This was the time I came back from my 2-month trip to Peru and Colombia so it was really delightful to have a new place when I was back. Loro Cafe serves lots of Asian favorites and they’re all mostly vegan. Bibimbap, pad thai made with jackfruit, and samosa are my favorites. They even have Japanese drinks like sake! I find the food options in Loro Cafe pretty “fair” in serving and taste but the menu is overpriced. I understand that they may be getting the Asian ingredients outside Sayulita but $180 MXN ($7.43 USD) as a starting price is a bit too much. However, this place caters to tourists which don’t have a problem in paying this price.

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#6: Enchiladas de Pipian at Yeikame

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Just right beside Burrito Revolution is Yeikame, an old school Mexican dining experience headed by a great Mexican woman chef. Her recipes have been passed by generations in her family so if you want to try authentic Mexican enchiladas, this is the place! I will probably volunteer here so she could share her recipes! If you ever wonder what pipian is, it is a type of mole that is made primarily with pumpkin or squash seeds instead of nuts (peanuts, pine nuts or sesame seeds) which are common in mole. It’s not very common to find it in Mexican menus so if you see this anywhere, make sure to ask for it!

The only problem I see here if you’re a vegetarian and you don’t speak Spanish, the servers always miss the part where you don’t eat meat. I’ve been served chicken here twice when I was perfectly speaking Spanish! They don’t get it right away, plus the place is always busy. With this, always refer to the vegetarian vocab I supplied above. It’s more than enough for you to survive!

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#7: Açaí bowls, rice bowls, and smoothies at Organik

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Organik was the first cafe I walked into when I arrived in Sayulita. It is very central and easy to locate: they’re right next to the Sayulita bridge! This place is usually packed for breakfast. Their coffee and smoothies are best-sellers though I come here for the ginger and turmeric shots. Definitely love their smoothies (from $80 MXN or $3.31 USD) and their Acai bowls from $120 MXN ($5 USD). However, I do not really like their rice bowls as the layer of rice is too much for what’s on top. This is also something I can do at home so I don’t really frequent this menu. They have a nice place to sit down especially in the summer. No AC but the palapa roof makes the place cooler!

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#8: Cheese tortilla at El Itacate

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See the photo above? That’s a quesadilla but instead of the traditional corn tortilla dough, this one is made with cheese! I normally come here with a bottle of wine because it definitely fits the pairing. Itacate is right next to Burrito Revolution and Yeikame so you surely won’t miss it. If you haven’t tried pulque in your life, this is also the best place to do it.

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#9: Fancy Thai food at Achara

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

Upon seeing Achara’s menu, you will only find a few items that are labeled vegan/vegetarian but the good thing about Achara is they can adjust to your diet. For example, when I order the pad thai, I always ask them to remove the chicken and shrimp. They are always accommodating and will ask me what I want to replace the meat with. They will usually suggest carrots, bell peppers, and any other possible veggies you can add to your pad thai. It’s really up to you! Achara’s price ranges are quite high though. They usually start at $180 MXN ($7.43 USD). But the place is cozy and fancy. It’s more of a dinner place than a lunch place.

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#10: Vegetarian tacos at Naty's

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I know I said I prefer to eat tacos on the street but Naty’s is different because they serve the best vegetarian tacos in town! In fact, I think they are the only one. Squash, carrot, rajas poblanas – their tasty vegetarian tacos menu will give you an interesting experience as the tacos we know is always with meat. I must warn you that Naty’s has a long line during lunchtime as they close at 3:00 pm. They even run out of vegetarian tacos before closing time so be mindful of the hours! They also offer catering services. In fact, this is what I had served for my pool party birthday celebration last year!

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#11: Smoothie all you want at Orangy

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Can you believe we have a bar dedicated to just smoothies? Run by an English and Mexican couple, Orangy is an institution in Sayulita. They are the only smoothie bar in town and man, their menu is straight to the point and delicious! They also have a small selection of bowls compared to Organik so if you want a smaller menu, you can easily pick what to have at Orangy. They close at 4:00 pm though so make sure to visit before closing time. Their smoothies are fairly priced starting at $65 MXN ($2.68 USD).

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

#12: Terrenal, the vegan grocery

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide

You probably won’t cook while on vacation but as a vegetarian/vegan, I totally understand if you will. I’ve done this in countries where vegetarian food is hard to find and here in Sayulita, we have Terrenal, an organic grocery store! They only don’t sell soaps, vegetarian vitamins, or ecological products but they also have vegetables, spices, and many other things perfect for your daily vegetarian/vegan meal!

Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. Trisha is an ambassador of Girl Rising, a global movement for girls' education and empowerment. In no particular order, her favourite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Follow her life adventures on Instagram: @psimonmyway

Comments

  • May 5, 2020

    I’ve been a vegetarian for over 5 years so this post is exactly what I’d need. I’m so surprised to see poke bowls on this list. Great vegetarian tacos can be hard to come by, Naty’s sound delicious and look so as well! x

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  • Subhashish Roy
    May 5, 2020

    Being a meat eater we prefer to go in for vegetarian food when traveling abroad. Only when we find an Indian restaurant do we indulge in non veg. Eggs though are a must and I prefer hotels including breakfast mostly but only if they have eggs in the spread. I love the looks of poke bowls at Loro cafe

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  • May 5, 2020

    Food blog posts are hard to read fully as it is not my genre but the topic of your post was interesting enough for me to read it out of curiosity. The pics definitely were yummy and while I was reading my mind was trying to correlate the dishes u were speaking of and what we get here in India. Interesting comparison this made up in my head 🙂 Lovely post by the way.

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  • May 5, 2020

    This is soooo helpful! I wish there was more easy to read information out there like this!!! Being vegetarian is my biggest struggle abroad as i never know what to say, I worry about meat byproducts and end up eating chips all holiday… I love that you have added in the phrases this is unbelievably helpful! will be saving this for when we visit Mexico!

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  • May 5, 2020

    OMG wow, I loved reading this post! You don’t know, but my trip to Mexico this April end got cancelled due to COVID but would love to visit Mexico soon. I am learning basic Spanish online too. I am pure vegetarian person and after reading this post I am sure , it won’t be difficult to get vegetarian food in Mexico. Veg Burritos and tortillas are my favorite Mexican dishes, you have shared amazing options to eat vegetarian options in Sayulita.

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  • May 5, 2020

    Those cauliflower wings look delicious. I might even have to sort out a recipe for those. They look very moorish! Well done for surviving Mexico as a vegetarian … we’ve just come back from France and in some towns they had no vegetarian options what so ever, because the area was a devoted meat culture. We ended up with Pizza! Not my first choice, but better than going hungry!! 😉 We fared a lot better in Spain.

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  • Lauren Pears
    May 7, 2020

    Well, thanks for making me hungry haha! I’ve been planning a backpacking trip in Mexico and Central America – once international travel returns to normal – so this will come in handy. As a veggie, I was a little worried about finding food in Mexico but that burrito looks amazing and I’ll definitely be hitting up Achara!

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  • Val
    May 8, 2020

    I’m a big meat eater, but hey, all these vegan dishes look delicious! And I can’t believe there are so many vegan options in Mexico, that’s great! That vegetarian burrito from Burrito Revolution looks really yummy.

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  • May 9, 2020

    Woah! Seeing these food photos definitely want to take the plane and go there. Falafel sandwich looks really delicious. The poke bowls at
    Loro Cafe looks really interesting. Would love to try them in the future. Thank you for sharing this food guide.

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