What it was like to be a vegetarian in Buenos Aires


It wasn’t that bad, but it got awkward sometimes. I arrived in 2013 and started eating meat in 2016 because going to an asado and having everyone eat all my veggies got old. Plus, I always got the idea that I’d travel and wanted to be able to have food choices, but I don’t eat meat every day, and mostly stick to sushi nowadays.

If you decide to move to Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario, or La Plata being a vegetarian won’t be hard at all. Most restaurants will have some choices for you, especially in touristy areas such as Palermo and San Telmo. There are also many vegetarian restaurants all over the city, and many of them focus on organic sourcing.

I went to restaurants such as Buenos Aires Verde, which also sells organic wines and had a small selection of items you can buy. They have a location in Palermo and Belgrano. There’s also a chain called Green Eat that sells items to go, but it can be a bit pricey.

However, you can also try other alternatives. There are many expat groups that organize meet-ups, and some of these include vegetarian and vegan gatherings. You may be able to find like-minded people for veggie potlucks on Couchsurfing or Meetup, plus you can meet people!

Most major burger places, such as Heisenburger (yes, it’s named after Walter White from Breaking Bad) and Burger Joint have vegetarian patties that don’t suck, and many wine bars offer picadas (appetizers) that are vegetarian or vegan, and they have plenty of delicious cheese plates so you don’t feel left out. When all else fails, you can go to any Middle Eastern restaurant for some falafel and other treats (you can find many of them on Scalabrini Ortiz between Santa Fe and Córdoba, which is a pretty huge area!).

But rest assured, you won’t starve here! If you’re into brunch, most restaurants that offer it also have vegetarian options. Although some restaurants insist they don’t substitute items, you can try to negotiate this if you’re vegan and mention that you don’t eat dairy, and they may be more accommodating about this. Some of my favorite brunch spots were Cocu, Malvon, and Café Crespin, though there are other awesome places.

Cooking at home is also a breeze. Most verdulerías (vegetable and fruit stands) have a wide variety of produce, and you can head to Barrio Chino if there’s something you can’t find anywhere else, such as dill! Plus, you can go to any dietetica (health food store) and find many legumes, nuts, quinoa, yogurt, and soy or almond-based products. You probably won’t find everything you’re used to back home, but you can totally be veggie here without having to quit (like me!).

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