In Arequipa we’re lucky to have a variety of delicious vegetarian options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can’t help but try them all!
El Buda Profano $$$
Serving a delicious range of vegan sushi accompanied by concoctions of fresh fruit juices, el buda profano will easily become your favorite spot in town. This cosy dimly lit restaurant with an exposed brick interior has a perfect atmosphere to enjoy a quick dinner among friends. Get the set meals to share to sample the variety of sushi they have to offer whilst still ending the night with a full stomach.
La Abadia $
Probably the cheapest option on this list is La Abadia. With a cool artsy interior you wouldn’t expect to be able to pick up a full meal for the equivalent of £1.60. For example, this menu could entail a fried cheesy potato starter, vegetable tortilla with rice for main, a fruit compote desert and a drink all of a mere 7 soles. What’s more it’s super-fast and there is the option to take away.
Pasta Canteen $$
This extremely popular pasta bar offers a simple choice of personalized pasta dishes. Choose your pasta, sauce and toppings to form your own individual dish. Creating a quirky dining experience Pasta Canteen has shared bench seating and offers a side jar of salad – advised to be shaken before consumption. This place has modern dining down to a T.
Pippala Vegetarian Restaurant $
Pippala doesn’t deal in trendy aesthetics or inventive dishes. Go to Pippala for some Peruvian authenticity. With a plain interior and plastic chairs Pippala is the prime example of the old adage ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. This very simple veggie spot serves for those wanting some meat free munch, fast. Usually packed with people, be prepared to share your table with multiple other diners in the classic Peruvian fashion. Pippala’s menu is a simple choice of meat substitutes, stir-fry rice, salads and sandwiches.
AQP Burger Company $$
This trendy burger joint makes a killer veggie burger served with a selection of delicious sauces and thick cut fries. The ideal destination for when you just feel like being bad and indulging in some good old junk food. For the Instagram kings and queens you’ll be pleased to know AQP does simple aesthetic dining at its finest – serving the munch on wooden boards and tin trays.
Set in a quiet courtyard a stone’s throw away from the bustle of the Plaza de Armas lies Omphalos Vegetarian Restaurant and Café – serving arguably the best vegetarian and vegan dishes in town. There’s a set menu option consisting of an appetizer, quinoa soup, a choice of pasta dishes or stuffed peppers with rice for main course, a pudding and drink – all for a mere 10 soles (equivalent to around £2.40 or $3). Alternatively choose one of the many other inventive veggie plates off the menu – also at a very reasonable price. This is the perfect place for either a quick bite or a prolonged lunch in the tranquil centre of the historic quarter.
Mamut’s modern sandwich bar vibe is perfect for fixing yourself some quick munch before continuing with the activities of your day in Arequipa. Although not exclusively vegetarian this little shop on a busy street off the Plaza simply makes great sandwiches – served in crusty ciabatta rolls with a choice of 8 different dressings. To quench your thirst Mamut has an extensive list of fresh fruit juices and milkshakes.