Vegetarian Eateries in Lima, Peru

Prompted by a reader’s question, I thought it would be nice to post a list of veggie places in Lima in an organized manner. We were in Lima for only a few days, mostly following the Lonely Planet guide or, but we found a few that aren’t listed and I would like to share my opinion.

Ponche (don’t order it!) The juices come in these cute jugs too.


Govinda. Schell 634. A hare-krishna place snuck in admist all the fast food and tourist crap. The menu del dia is about sl.9 and is the best deal around. They have a nice outside seating, a boutique with stuff from India, really sweet desserts and homemade tofu and yogurt. They use lots of veggies and the food is good.

Angelito Verde. 450 Benavides. I haven’t eaten there, but been by it on the way to Govinda. Looks average. The menu is sl. 7 and they appear to have homemade ice cream (not that you should trust signs or menus for what is actually available).

Bircher Benner. Jirón Diez Canseco 487? It’s on the main street east of the park, on a second floor above a retail store. It’s really hot in there, temperature-wise and the servers are in bowties. The food is overpriced, but the menu is interesting (if they have anything available at all. the day I went there they only had the menu del dia and nothing else). The food presentation was nice, but I was not impressed with them for their price.

Villa Natura. Ucayali 326. Cheap good food, usually packed for lunch with businessmen. Service is bad and they don’t serve anything off the menu until 12pm. The mushroom ceviche is amazing and the menu del dia is always a good deal. The best lunch in the centro, hands down. Don’t order the Ponche drink (pictured) it is gross! I think it was called Ponche and had maca and egg whites in it. The fresh fruit juices and smoothies are amazing! (sadly, no photos of those)

Ucayali 212. Located right next door to villa natura. I haven’t tried it. Looks like all the other generic Peruvian vegetarian restaurants (which isn’t a bad thing).

Block 300 of Camana has at least 4 vegetarian restaurants. My favorite was el Paraiso de Salud (it is across from about 3 veg restarants in a row, it is the one alone). Good food, typical Peruvian Vegetarian stuff with carne de soya. They have sugar cane juice, good smoothies and the best breakfast in town, or at least the only real breakfast in town.
The other restaurants I’ve tried are Vida Sana and los Frutales. Both okay. Don’t get the sandwiches with one ingredient. They are really dry and bland. The soymilk is homemade and delicious. Lunch menus are sl.5-7.

Wa Lok; Paruro 864; Chinese food, overpriced, greasy and not very flavorful. Portions are huge. Service is poor. Not very many exciting vegetarian options. Not worth it!

Salon Capon; Paruro 819; recommended by my travel book, didn’t eat there but would like to. Looks like a lot of dim sum.

2 Responses to “Vegetarian Eateries in Lima, Peru”

  1. Chantal Says:

    Hi again :D

    Thanks a lot for the informative post :D Your reviews are especially helpful :)
    I’ll try the Miraflores restaurants first since I live in nearby San Isidro. I’ve seen one Indian veg restaurant in the time I’ve been here and it did not look like someplace you’d want to go, all dirty and dark… :)

  2. kimmykokonut Says:

    Thanks Chantal! I didn’t make it to San Isidro while I was in Peru, but being in Lima there are SO many food options for eating out. Govinda was probably my favorite in terms of ingredients, atmosphere and price. Let me know if there’s other good restaurants to not miss out on!

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