Best Vegan Food in Playa del Carmen

Jim and I went vegetarian together at the beginning of fall in 2011. In 2012, we decided to go vegan while we were living in Playa del Carmen. At the time, vegan restaurants where only starting to pop up in town. I remember how ordering food without dairy in it, was a lot more uncommon in restaurants. Now in 2018, there are many more options for vegetarians, vegans, and even raw-vegas in Playa del Carmen.

We went on a vegan food hunt to let you know about our personal favorite places that serve vegan food in Playa del Carmen.

1- La Senda Vegana:

La Senda is located on 10th avenue, very close to all the bars and nightclubs. Their menu is completely vegan and they have some raw-vegan items as well. Everything there is delicious. All the drinks, the food, the deserts. This is by far my favorite Vegan place in Playa del Carmen. Some of the raw-vegan items on their menu are: nori rolls, pesto pasta, cheesecake, and cacao truffles. Yum!

2- Marvin’s Burgers:

This restaurant is located on fifth avenue, but it is far away from all the stores and restaurants. Their menu consists of vegan burgers, vegan hot dogs and one brand of natural sodas. We wanted to try their jackfruit burger but jackfruit was not in season when we were there. We heard a lot about this place before deciding to go. It is not my favorite because their menu is very small but it was definitely good and I would absolutely go back.

3- The Pitted Date:

In this bakery and coffeeshop, you will find all kinds of vegan goods. Their menu includes salads, paninis, burritos, omelets, desserts, juices, smoothies and more. I had a cold matcha latte with coconut milk, and their mushroom panini with the vegan egg. Jim had the breakfast burrito. A flour tortilla filled with beans and quinoa. It comes with a small side of guacamole and pico de gallo (chopped mexican sauce). The only downside of this restaurant is that their prices are mildly extortionate.

pitted-date-vegan-Restaurant-in-playa-del-carmen

4- Bio & Natural:

This is another of the most famous vegan restaurant in Playa del Carmen. Their menu is varied with quinoa bowls, pita sandwiches, soups, salads, ice cream and much more. The hummus they make is out of this world. Bio & Natural is also on the expensive side but food here is delicious, too. They have 3 locations in downtown Playa del Carmen. Each restaurant has a store, right next door, where they sell most of the vegan ingredients they use in their cooking.

bio-natural-in-playa-del-carmen

5- Clorofila:

This restaurant is located almost right across from La Ceiba de la 30. All they serve here is vegan, plus they have some raw-vegan options. And, even though we were not that impressed with their food, they have delicious desserts. My favorite, the  “Mil Hojas de Pera” (Pear Strudel). I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks. It was THAT delicious, you have to try it.

vegan-strudel-in-playa-del-carmen

6- Comet 984 - 50's Diner:

This is the place you go to for fast and delicious vegan junk food in Playa del Carmen. With more than 5 different burgers on their menu, nachos, hot-dogs, milkshakes, corn-dogs, vegan ice-cream, and more, this is the spot for those not so worried about counting calories. They use the brand Gardein for some of their non-burger burgers like the “chicken” and “fish.” Their Mint-Chocolate Chip ice-cream is the best vegan mint-choco chip ice-cream I’ve ever tried.

7- Ta'consciente:

The one and only vegan “taquería” in all of Playa del Carmen. They offer a wide variety of the very traditional Mexican street tacos like pastor, chicharron, barbacoa, cochinita, milanesa, alambre, longaniza, etc. You name it, they probably have it. And their salsa and toppings bar is vast. But the good thing is that you can ask for samples of pretty much anything. And if you don’t feel like going out, they deliver!

8- Falafel Nessya:

Do you like falafel, hummus and pita bread? Then this is the place for you! This tiny restaurant with only a few tables offers a small but delectable menu with salads and pita sandwiches. We tried their “Plato Completo” which comes with falafel, hummus, chips, salad, and pita bread. We loved it. It was filling, fresh, and delicious.

Falafel_Nessya_Playa_del_Carmen

9- 100% Natural:

What I like the most from this place is the “Tofusio” tacos. Three tofu tacos prepared with just the right amount of spice and served with guacamole and a salad. They also have a killer “Ceviche de Zetas” (Wild Mushroom Ceviche). The flavor of this ceviche is quite different than regular fish ceviche. It has bell peppers, wild mushrooms, lime, and coconut. Which gives this dish a sweet and delicious flavor.

*They do serve meat and other non vegetarian food in this restaurant. Make sure you let them know about your food choices or allergies beforehand.

vegan-burritos-at-la-ceiba-de-la-30-in-playa-del-carmen

10- La Ceiba de la 30*:

This is another place with good smoothies. My favorite one (named “Xel-Ha”) has papaya, banana, orange juice and granola. Here you can find hamburgers, burritos, chilaquiles, wraps, salads, pastas and more. This tiny restaurant is very popular because there is a market located right by it. Here you can find everything from fresh produce, to imported items. They have a wide variety of grains, seeds, spices, and even some meat alternatives.

*They do serve meat and other non vegetarian food in this restaurant. Make sure you let them know about your food choices or allergies beforehand.

11- Nativo*:

They have a lot of vegetarian options as well as some vegan ones and their smoothies are THE BEST in town. My favorite smoothie there is called "Ojito de Agua" (translation: natural pool, literally "little eye of water") and it has guava, chaya (a type of spinach), pineapple, and orange juice. Their veggie enchiladas verdes (green enchiladas) are also tasty. Make sure you order them without cheese and without sour cream to make them vegan.

*They do serve meat and other non vegetarian food in this restaurant. Make sure you let them know about your food choices or allergies beforehand.

 Nativo in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo Mexico

Nativo in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo Mexico

Playa del Carmen is quickly growing into a health conscious and vegan friendly destination, with new restaurants popping up all the time. While we included our favorites, this list is far from comprehensive. There are many places in Playa del Carmen where you can find vegan food. Walk around town and you’ll find tons of juice and salad bars I didn't cover in this post. You’ve got to try these when you visit Playa del Carmen!

Have you been to any of these? Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

Did you like this post? Don't forget to Pin it!

vegan-food-in-playa-del-carmen

May Larios

May Larios García is a Mexican English and Spanish teacher who grew up in a small town in the state of Colima, Mexico. She graduated from the School of Foreign Languages in Colima in 2010. She has been teaching English and Spanish as a Foreign and Second Language since the age of 18. She has worked with students of all ages and hopes to be able to keep helping others learn around the world.

    May enjoys visiting new places, meeting new people, and she can't wait to show you all the awesome places where Spanish is spoken. When she is not working, you can find her in the kitchen creating vegan recipes, sharing laughs with her friends, or at the closest tiangüis or mercado looking for the freshest produce.