I’ve been in Santiago for nearly a week now and am impressed by how many vegan friendly places there are here compared to Peru. Walking around town I often see “Vegans Welcome Here” or “Bienvenidos Veganos” at many restaurants. This is certainly inspiring given I’ll be here for a month.
While in Santiago I’m staying at Hostel Forestal. It’s a really cute clean hostel with a great breakfast and friendly helpful staff.
(The hostel with its adorable light fixture.)
Just down the street there’s a great little vegan restaurant called Vegan Bueras. This place focuses on nice gormet vegan food and the cost is fairly reasonable at about $10/meal. So even on a travelers budget it can be done. I’ve been twice now. During my first visit, I had the mushroom risotto and it was amazing. And my second visit brought me to a delicious lentil burger. I’ll certainly be going back before I leave!
(Vegan Bueras – such a cute little joint!)
(Amazing mushroom risotto!)
On another note, I’m in love with Thai food and have been craving it for a while. There’s no Thai to be had in Peru (from what I could see). So I’ve experienced two local Thai joints this week. One is Thai Express and they serve market fare. I had a vegan fried rice dish with lots of good vegetables. It was really inexpensive and good. And of course I appreciated their “vegans welcome” sign out front.
The other Thai place is called PadThai Santiago. I chose this place for their English translation and the vegan option on the menu. It was a bit more costly at about $15/meal but it was delicious. Again I had a rice and veggie dish, which was very satisfying!
In between these nice meals out, my budget finds me making food at the hostel, which is just fine. At least I know whatever I make is cruelty free!