Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring, has an abundance of vegan dining options to choose from. We spent a month in El Poblado, an upscale neighborhood in Medellin where most visitors opt to stay, and had a fantastic time feasting on a variety of options from fine dining to fast food. Here are some of our favorite spots to fill your vegan belly.
Carrera 35 # 8a-76, Medellín
We ate at Lenteja Express at least a dozen times during our stay in Medellin and tried almost everything vegan on the menu including the lasagna, nachos, falafel plate, and a few different burgers. Every dish was well seasoned, hearty, and satisfying.
Our favorite by far was the Lentil Burger Special Combo. The burger’s “meaty” lentil patty is topped with a thick slab of tofu cheese, hearty mushrooms, tender leaf lettuce, and a tangy slice of green tomato. The burger is served with roasted potatoes doused heavily with a spicy and salty seasoning mix and accompanied by fresh juice or wandolo, a hibiscus drink, to wash everything down.
The hummus plate is a bit on the lighter side but still satisfying. The creamy hummus is sprinkled with paprika and drizzled with olive oil. The falafel have a crispy exterior and creamy interior and the tabbouleh’s acidic flavor brightens up the dish.
Carrera 10 # 35-14, Medellín
Veg Station’s philosophy is rooted in healthy eating for the mind and soul. The set menu is almost entirely vegan and offers options like seitan, paella, and burgers. The Menu del Dia, however, is so enticing we stuck to it every time we visited Veg Station. It usually included a soup, huge plate of vegetables and grains, dessert, and fresh juice or smoothie.
Carrera 35 #8A-3 Provenza
Verdeo is the most well known vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Medellin. The dishes are expertly executed, the setting is super relaxed, and the decor is absolutely adorable.
The nut patties drizzled with mango salsa come with a fresh green salad topped with roasted pumpkin is a skillfully composed dish. The variety of textures and immense flavors keeps your mouth happy till the last bite.
If you’re on a budget check out Verdeo’s menu del dia. It usually includes a starter, main, drink, and dessert. This veggie chili came with a sweet and savory side salad, wandolo, and a slice of sweet watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with a mango compote.
The Chocolate Vegan Mousse will satisfy even the most extreme chocoholic. This dessert is thick and creamy, intensely flavored with dark chocolate, and paired with a shot of sweet macerated strawberries. It’s the perfect way to end any meal at Verdeo.
Carrera 36 # 8A – 60, Medellín
BioFilik has a menu del dia special with three options, one of which is the Kibbie Plate. The vegan version comes with warm pita bread, kibbie, a fresh green salad drizzled with sesame dressing, a big bowl of delicious hummus, fresh juice, and a vegan granola bar.
Carrera 35 #7-108
Sushi Shop is not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant but they do have the best sushi we had the chance to try in El Poblado. We fell in love with their avocado, cucumber, and hearts of palm sushi roll and went often for a light lunch. Just make sure you ask for it “sin queso” (without cheese)!
Carrera 35 # 7-75, Medellín
Naan isn’t a vegan or vegetarian restaurant either but the menu does denote which dishes are plant based. The tofu in spinach sauce is one of the many options. It comes with refreshing ribbons of cucumber that are an excellent palate cleanser.