Of Guanajuato’s most popular places, I’ve selected ones with good vegetarian and vegan options. (Vegans who enjoy Mexican specialties ask waiters to hold the queso and crema, and to fill enchiladas with veggies or beans (frijoles de la olla, if the refried ones are made with manteca).
From time to time I will add new entries.
For Those Dining In
Unicornio Azul Teas, tinctures and other remedies. Soy products, rice noodles, nuts, dried fruits, pastries. Tasty soy burgers on toasted whole wheat buns with shredded cabbage and chiles. Yogurt drinks. By the Atrio, opposite Plaza Baratillo.
La Vie en Rose Bakery Cafe with quiches, pizza, and pastries to take out or eat in. Cantarranas 18 by the Teatro Principal.
Centro Bharati Indian-fusion. Vegetarian soup, salad, main course daily special. Vegan options. Tasty. Reasonably priced. Eat inside or stop at the front door for a fresh juice or snack. Indian crafts and photos for sale, too. Plaza Baratillo opposite Café Antic. Centro.
Delicia Mitzu Delicious noodle, potato, bean, seaweed, and veggie salads. Sushi, tempura, and other Japanese favorites. Whole grain rice an option. Green tea ice cream occasionally. Inside or callejón seating. Just off the left corner of the high end of Plaza San Fernando. Centro. (There’s one in San Miguel, too! #49 Calzada de la luz, Col. Guadalupe.)
El Midi Bistro Salad/Quiche/French Dessert bar by day. Bistro by night. Sunday brunch. Delicious and nutritious. Full bar. Chamber or jazz rehearsals and Saturday evening concerts in the nearby performance space. Upstairs in gorgeous Casa Cuatro, San Jose #4. Centro. (See “Move to Mambo…” for Casa Cuatro info).
Portofino Ristorante Salads, pastas, homemade ravioli, pizzas, delicious desserts. Covered patio downstairs. Licenciado Rafael Corrales Ayala 15, De Los Santos. Above the Presa de los Santos. Marfil. 10 – 15 min cab ride from Guanajuato Centro. Map
Favorite Mexican Restaurants
La Bohemia Daily lunch special. Many menu items. Good service. Reasonable prices. Jardin de la Union. Centro.
Casa Valadez Large menu. Full bar. Delicious. Expensive by Guanajuato standards. Chandeliers. Piano. Inside or plaza-side seating. Jardin de la Union, opposite the Teatro Juarez. Centro. Link
Las Embajadores Hotel and Restaurant Delicious breakfasts. Other meals, too. Seating inside or in their charming courtyard. Parrots. Far end of the Jardín Embajadores (near the tunnel exit). Centro.
Mexico Lindo y Sabroso Lives up to its name. A pretty place with tasty food. Many choices. Full bar. Courtyard, inside, and front terrace seating. Paseo de la Presa 154. Apx. 15 minute walk beyond Parque Embajadores. Bus stop nearby.
Tamales Purepechas. Delicious quesadillas and tacos with freshly made tortillas, corundas (Michoacan-style round tamales wrapped in chard and served with crema y salsa verde), tamales, and pozole. Everyone loves the food. The trick is getting there. Avenida Lomas de San Francisco. Outside of town toward San Miguel. Take a taxi. Get a local to take you. Or try a map. Good luck.
Gorditas. Freshly made. Various fillings. Vegan options. Cjón Cabecitas just off Plaza Baratillo. Mornings. except Sunday.
Corundas wrapped in chard. Jardín Embajadoras. Sunday mornings.
Are you a café ratón?
If so, you’ll try all of the following.
Café Antic. Excellent coffee. Decaf and soy cappuccinos. Tea. Breakfast. Light meals. Bar. Symphony musicians and other questionable characters hang out. Sterling Bennett (Playing for Pancho Villa) writes there most mornings. WiFi. Centro.
Cafe Atrio No decaf or soy. No WiFi. I haven’t tried the food. I go to sip a naranjada and enjoy the Ágora’s arches. Plaza Baratillo. Centro.
Illy Café No soy milk, but good coffee. Some say the best. Pastries. WiFi. Inside the Museo Iconográfico. San Francisco Plaza. Centro.
Café Tal Freshly roasted coffee. Decaf and soy cappuccinos. Thick hot chocolate. Pastries. Fruit salad. A favorite with ex-pats and nationals. Seattle visitors love it, too. Funky decor. Wifi. Temescuitate 4, just off Sangre de Christo. Centro
Café El Viejo Zaguán Good coffee. Decaf and soy options. Delicious Mexican wedding cookies. Light meals. Beautiful small covered patio inside a shop selling crafts, music, art, and books. Facebook link. WiFi. Positos 64. Centro.
Zopilote Mojado Good salads. Whole wheat baguette sandwiches. Homemade desserts. No decaf or soy. WiFi only for their B&B guests. Lovely decor. Quiet place for student/teacher meetings. Up the stairs to the right of the Teatro Principal. Plaza Mexiamora. Centro.