I’ve heard a few people say that it’s not easy being a vegetarian in Colombia, as meat is such a big part of the Colombian diet. Indeed, I’ve also heard some Colombians say that a meal without any meat is not a proper meal! I’m not a vegetarian but I’m not a big meat-eater either. So eating meat a few times a week in Bogota, when in London I might have chicken once a week and fish and vegetarian the rest of the time, became overwhelming for my digestive system. Lately I have cut right down on meat and am always on the look-out for people’s recommendations of vegetarian restaurants in Bogota.
I follow a few Colombia expat Facebook groups, and people often ask about good vegetarian restaurants in Bogota. This week I saw another post asking about this, so I thought I would write a list here of all the recommendations that people gave. I haven’t been to most of them but I’ve been to some and will definitely try out as many of these as possible! Please be sure to check their opening hours before you go! The ones given below were ones I found on the internet, and these can change or be unreliable. Also, Happy Cow is a useful website for finding vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Bogota and elsewhere in Colombia!
Address and neighbourhood: Calle 65 # 5 -70, Chapinero Alto
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday: 10am – 9pm; Wednesday to Saturday: 10am – 10pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm.
OMG their quinoa burger is amazing! They also offer soya burgers, chick-pea burgers, lentil-burgers and I think a few others. Choose between extra fillings of pepper, aubergine, corn and guacamole – or have them all in the double burger! Seriously – eat here!
Address and neighbourhood: Carrera 9 # 60 – 96, Chapinero
Opening hours (according to Facebook): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 12pm – 9pm; Wednesday: 12pm – 9.30pm; Friday: 12pm – 10pm; Saturday 12pm – 10.30pm; Sunday: 12pm – 5pm.
Their Saturday frijolada has a good reputation!
Address and neighbourhood: Carrera 9a # 60 – 44, Chapinero
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 11.30am – 4pm; Saturday: 11.30am – 3pm; Sunday: Closed.
Asian vegan cuisine.
Address and neighbourhood: Carrera 11 # 97 – 28, Chicó
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 12pm – 4pm.
Home-made vegetarian Indian food.
Address and neighbourhood: Carrera 19B # 92-52, Chicó
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 3pm and 6.30pm – 8.30pm; Sunday: Closed.
It just says ‘Falafels’ outside – apparently they do great falafels!
Address and neighbourhood: Carrera 8 # 40B – 94 (Túnel Javeriana), Chapinero
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 8pm; Saturday: 11am – 4pm; Sunday: Closed
A vegan restaurant up in Usaquén – their vegan cakes look pretty amazing!
Address and neighbourhood: Calle 120a # 6 – 25, Usaquén
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 9pm; Friday and Saturday: 12pm – 10pm; Sunday: 9am – 5pm.
Address and neighbourhood: Avenida Jiménez # 4 – 64, Downtown
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 7.30am – 4pm; Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 4pm
Apparently they do a good vegetarian ajiaco on Saturdays. They also offer vegan options.
Address and neighbourhood: Calle 17 # 3 – 46, Downtown
Opening hours (according to Google Maps): Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 5pm; Sunday – Closed.
Their 3-course lunch option is good, at a fair price. It’s quite small so it’s best to get there early.
Address and neighbourhood: Calle 11 # 2 – 95, Candelaria
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 9.15am – 6.30pm; Sunday: Closed
Not exclusively vegetarian but offers veggie and vegan options. A market and restaurants selling and serving organic food.
Address and neighbourhood: Calle 72Bis # 5 – 09, Rosales; and Carrera 13 No. 29 – 31 (Edificio Cavas – Piso 2), Centro Internacional.
Opening hours: Not clear, but they seem to offer breakfast and lunch options. Check about dinner.
In their own words: the best veggie-burgers in Bogota! Also sandwiches, sausages, wraps, soups and salads.
Address and neighbourhood: Carrera 4 # 54 – 81, Chapinero Alto
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 9pm; Friday: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm; Saturday: 12pm – 10pm; Sunday – Closed.
That’s all for now! Let me know if you have a recommendation that I should add to this list! And please remember, the given opening hours are based on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Instagram account or Google maps, and these aren’t always reliable… so call in advance or have a back-up plan in case they’re closed!