La Paz Mexico attracts nature lovers from around the world and, naturally, attracts quite a few vegans as well. Thankfully, the low-key Baja California Sur city has a handful of vegan restaurants and several vegan-friendly spots.
Whether you’re considering traveling to La Paz as a vegan, have already booked your trip, or are currently in La Paz, this La Paz vegan guide is for you! Keep reading for an overview of every single La Paz vegan restaurant, and insider tips on vegan-friendly spots throughout the city. Plus, a few pointers on the best things to do in and around La Paz and other vegan-friendly destinations you can’t miss in beautiful Mexico.
Sign and seating at Gaia Comida Vegana restaurant in La Paz, Mexico
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Overview of Vegan Options in Baja California Sur + La Paz
Located in the beautiful Mexican state of Baja California Sur, La Paz is one of the state’s most underrated destinations. La Paz is the state’s capital city and has a completely different feel compared to nearby Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.
La Paz, which means “the peace” in Spanish, is truly a peaceful place, despite being a somewhat large and sprawling Mexican city. Local “pazians” are people of peace who are very in tune with their natural surroundings—the rugged desert, the crystal clear Sea of Cortez, and the marine animals that call it home.
La Paz also stands out among other Mexican cities I’ve visited due to the high value for responsible tourism. The local government has implemented sustained efforts to protect the area’s marine wildlife and beaches and promote ecotourism practices.
La Paz does not have as many vegan restaurants as other destinations in Mexico like Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Tulum, but it has enough to make it a viable place to visit on vacation or even move to as a vegan. Plus, I expect more vegan restaurants to pop up in La Paz in the years to come.
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La Paz, México Vegan Travel Guide
Though the city is famous for its fish tacos, La Paz has some incredible vegan food. In fact, my non-vegan dad liked his food at some of these places more than he did at the popular fish taco spots. But don’t take my word for it, make sure to check out these vegan La Paz spots yourself!
La Paz Vegan Restaurants
As of 2023, there are four fully-vegan restaurants in La Paz, Mexico. Each is unique and completely worth visiting if you have time.
1. Planeta Veggie
Best La Paz vegan restaurant for a balanced, delicious meal
Planeta Veggie is a family-owned vegan restaurant in La Paz with delicious vegan food inspired by cuisines around the world. My favorite menu item is their Athena wrap, a Greek-inspired pita wrap loaded with fresh veggies, flavorful soy protein, and a tangy sauce that instantly transports me to Greece. I also love their freshly made french fries and burgers. Everything is made by hand and the owner is friendly and helpful. They also sell a small selection of bulk food and natural products.
Athena wrap at Planeta Veggie (some of the best La Paz vegan food)
Venus burger and homemade fries at Planeta Veggie
2. Gaia Comida Vegana
Best vegan Asian food in La Paz (and more!)
Gaia Comida Vegana is another great vegan spot in the heart of La Paz. This fully-vegan restaurant is less than a block from one of the most beautiful areas of La Paz, the Jardín Velasco and Nuestra Señora de La Paz, and just a few blocks from the water. Gaia’s menu includes an array of flavor-packed meals, from satisfying Asian dishes like Korean tofu, to delicious Mexican junk food like loaded nachos.
Gaia Comida Vegana storefront in La Paz, Mexico
Best vegan junk food + veggie fish tacos in La Paz
VegMex is a highly-rated La Paz vegan restaurant that serves a diversity of delicious eats (mostly vegan junk food). If you’re looking for vegan fish tacos or fish and chips, this is the place to go! You’ll also find other vegan Mexican favorites like sopes, tacos, chilaquiles, and quesadillas. VegMex is located a little bit outside of the typical La Paz tourist area, but it’s worth the trip! Take a long walk or catch a Didi (local version of Uber) and don’t miss this incredible vegan restaurant.
4. Mango Blues
Best cheap vegan tacos in La Paz
If you’re looking for cheap and delicious tacos, you can’t miss Mango Blues. My husband and I make vegan taco meat with soy protein often at home, and we were really impressed with the flavors and texture of the vegan soy meat at Mango Blues. My favorite flavor is the bistec—which is something I’d typically never order, but it is so good at Mango Blues! Tacos are served without any toppings (just a pile of vegan meat or veggies on a tortilla), but you can add cilantro, onions, salsa, and lime at their bar.
La Paz Vegetarian Restaurants
As of writing, La Paz has only one vegetarian restaurant that is operating. If that changes, this article will be updated.
5. Capuchino Café
Vegan-friendly vegetarian restaurant in La Paz
Capuchino Café is a highly-rated La Paz vegetarian restaurant with a diversity of vegan options. The waiters are extremely helpful and know how to make any dish vegan if needed. Some of their vegan menu items include tofu scrambles, vegan tacos al pastor, falafel bowl, vegan empanadas, pita pizzas, and stuffed potatoes.
Vegan tofu scramble at Capuchino Café La Paz
Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in La Paz
Outside of La Paz’s fully-vegan and vegetarian restaurant, the coastal city is home to several vegan-friendly eateries. Here are some of my favorites:
6. Nómada Fresh & Organics
An organic restaurant with several vegan options, including smoothie bowls, a vegan Thai-inspired bowl, a vegan Indian-inspired bowl, salads, smoothies, and more.
7. Sweet and Fit
A healthy brunch spot with a handful of vegan menu items. While Sweet and Fit’s food wasn’t my favorite in La Paz, the location is unbeatable, with a direct view of the water.
Vegan bowl at Sweet and Fit
Locos, a vegan-friendly Italian restaurant in La Paz
8. BueyCup & Ramen
Bueycup & Ramen is an adorable Japanese restaurant with a vegan section on its menu. Vegan options include vegan ramen, gyoza, salads, vegan pizzas, tortas, vegan “wings”, and more.
9. Locos Por La Pasta
If you’re looking for vegan Italian food in La Paz, Locos Por La Pasta is the spot! While the vegan menu options aren’t extensive, you can add vegan cheese to any dish (including pizza!)
10. Ocean Yogurt
Ocean Yogurt is a frozen yogurt shop with vegan flavors. It’s located within walking distance of two of the vegan restaurants on this list (Planeta Veggie and Gaia), so it’s a great place to stop for dessert after enjoying some of La Paz’s best vegan food.
Enjoying the sunset at the waterfront in La Paz
Frequently asked questions about being vegan in Baja California
Is La Paz Mexico a vegan-friendly destination?
As a vegan foodie and avid traveler, I would say yes! While La Paz doesn’t have as many vegan restaurants as other destinations in Mexico (yet), traveling as a vegan in La Paz is fairly easy, and the vegan food here is delicious! As long as you know the right places (the ones on this list), you’ll be able to easily find satisfying vegan brunch, tacos, pizza, Asian food, and so much more.
A foggy morning in La Paz Mexico
Where should vegans stay in La Paz to be near vegan food?
The best area to stay to be near La Paz vegan restaurants is downtown La Paz, near the Malecon (boardwalk). Since there are only four vegan restaurants in town, I’d recommend staying within walking distance of at least one of them. Some hotels I recommend in the area (near yummy vegan spots) include:
- Hotel Catedral La Paz: Modern design-forward hotel with rooftop pool. 2-minute walk from Planeta Veggie and 2-minute walk from Gaia Comida Vegana (La Paz vegan restaurants).
- Casa al Mar: Ocean-view boutique hotel on the La Paz Malecon. 2-minute walk from Capuchino Café (La Paz vegetarian restaurant) and 8-minute walk from Mango Blues (La Paz vegan restaurant).
- Hotel Allende: Budget-friendly hotel on the La Paz malecon. 5-minute walk from Mango Blues (La Paz vegan restaurant).
Crystal clear water next to the La Paz Malecon boardwalk
What are the best things to do in and around La Paz?
The list of things to do in La Paz goes on and on. Here is a summary of some of the best things to do in and around beautiful La Paz:
- Spend a day at the world-famous Balandra Beach
- Take a day trip to the Santa Rita Hot Springs and Cañon del Zorro Waterfall
- Hike Cerro de La Calavera (the Skull) to see beautiful rock formations and a view of the city
- Swim with sea lions and whale sharks
- Paddle board and kayak through crystal-clear water
- Beach hop along La Paz’s best beaches
- Take a day trip to surf at Cerritos Beach and wander through Todos Santos
- Try sand-boarding at the Mogote dunes near La Paz
- Take a boat trip to Isla Espiritu Santo
Kayaking at Balandra Beach
Walking through beautiful La Paz (with some vegan takeout!)
Where else should vegans visit in Mexico?
There are so many incredible (vegan-friendly) destinations in Mexico and I share more details about all of them in other vegan travel guides. Here is a summary of my top 5 favorite cities in Mexico as a vegan:
- Oaxaca City: Mexico’s unofficial food capital has some incredible vegan food and so many natural wonders to explore nearby.
- Mexico City: Mexico City has some of the best vegan food in the world, from life-changing street tacos to innovative takes on Mexican classics.
- Puerto Escondido: Located on Oaxaca’s Pacific Coast, Puerto Escondido is a stunning surf town with several vegan restaurants and incredible beaches.
- Cozumel: An island near Tulum and Playa del Carmen, Cozumel is a chill, relaxing destination that feels completely different from the rest of Mexico.
- Bacalar: Situated on stunning the “lagoon of seven colors,” near the Belize/Mexico border, Bacalar is an up-and-coming ecotourism destination with a growing number of vegan eateries.
Vegan cheese platter at a vegan rooftop pool bar in Tulum
Artwork and fresh juice in charming Oaxaca City
Final Thoughts: La Paz Vegan Travel
Before visiting La Paz, I heard there wasn’t much to do in the city. I also wasn’t expecting to find many vegan options. But La Paz impressed me. The downtown area felt safe and calm, and the vegan options were delicious. And I left the city with a commitment to revisit in the next year to do all the things I wasn’t able to do in during my short visit.
Vegan or not, La Paz is a place to add to your bucket list. Come for the once-in-a-lifetime swimming with whale sharks and sea lions experiences, breathtaking beaches, and chill vibes, and stay for the delicious vegan eats.