Tulum, Mexico, is a vegan haven. There are tons of vegan spots, and most non-vegan places have mouthwatering vegan eats. After living in Tulum, I wanted to share my favorite Tulum vegan restaurants.
It took me weeks to find the best vegan restaurants in town. I visited several restaurants that were highly recommended on Google reviews but didn’t live up to the hype. I’m a major vegan foodie, and I cook a lot. I get disappointed when I go to a restaurant and eat a meal that I could have made better at home.
If you’re only in town for a few days or weeks, I don’t want you to waste your time on mediocre food and miss the hidden gems. Out of the dozens of vegan restaurants in Tulum, here are my top recommendations.
Tulum vegan tacos at El Bajon
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Introduction to Tulum
Located along the stunning Riviera Maya, Tulum is a unique Mexican beach town with a bohemian feel. There are two main parts of town: Tulum playa (the beach road) and Tulum’s downtown area (also called El Centro or Tulum town).
The beach is lined with eco-resorts and luxury hotels, and parts feel more like California than Mexico. Although the luxury-boho feel still can be found in pockets of downtown, the downtown area more closely resembles a typical Mexican town.
Because of the hype around Tulum, the beach and town have rapidly developed over the past ten years. Tulum is now one of the more expensive places in Mexico, but the rising cost of living has most significantly impacted the local community.
Avocado toast and smoothie bowl at Raw Love Tulum vegan restaurant
Why Visit Tulum?
There is a reason why Tulum is so popular. Drive ten minutes in any direction, and you’ll find a stunning white sandy beach or a mystical cenote with turquoise-blue water. Tulum is an incredible vacation spot whether you want to lounge on the beach for a week or spend a few days exploring Mayan ruins and jumping in cenotes. I lived in Tulum for a month and a half as a digital nomad and never ran out of things to do.
Is Tulum Vegan-Friendly?
Tulum is one of the most vegan-friendly places I’ve visited (after visiting places like New York City and Mexico City). Tulum’s small downtown area has dozens of fully vegan (and vegan-friendly) restaurants. Most non-vegan places have a few vegan options, too.
Incredible vegan enchiladas at Burbuja para Conejos, one of my favorite vegan restaurants in Tulum
Best Vegan Restaurants Tulum
If you’re looking for the best food in Tulum, Mexico, you’ve come to the right place. Here are ten places you can’t miss:
The best vegan restaurant in Tulum: Casa Vegan rooftop bar
1: Casa Vegana: Rooftop Pool Bar & Restaurant
This place is under-the-radar, but I think it’s the best vegan restaurant in Tulum. The food is incredibly flavorful, and the atmosphere is unbeatable. My husband brought me here on Valentine’s Day for a five-course meal at sunset, and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Everything is made with care and skill. If you’re a foodie, you will not be disappointed.
They’re open all day, so you can grab brunch, sip a drink by the pool in the afternoon, or stop by for dinner after a day of exploring Tulum.
Beautiful vegan cheese platter
Poolside smoothie at Casa Vegana Tulum
Three words: Fancy, flavorful, and wholesome.
Menu examples: Vegan feta cheese, spinach, mushroom, and plantain omelet or enchiladas with mole for breakfast. King oyster mushroom birria tacos or cranberry avocado salad for lunch. Mole poblano seitan or Asian-Mexican fusion bowl for dinner.
Expected cost: $200 pesos ($10 USD) or more per person.
2: Burbuja para Conejos: Best Vegan Mexican Food in Tulum
If you want Mexican food, you have to visit Burbuja para Conejos. It’s a small place a few blocks off the main road in downtown that serves incredible homemade Mexican food. Their food is filling, wholesome, and affordable. The owner is passionate about his food and very helpful if you have any questions.
The menu includes traditional Mexican dishes made vegan as well as several other options like lasagna, burritos, and burgers. I love the cacao shake and enchiladas, but everything on the menu is incredible. Be aware that there are a few optional non-vegan things on the menu—mostly cheese, which can easily be replaced if you’re vegan.
Salbutes, sopes, and of course… french fries!
Incredible vegan enchiladas
Three words: Authentic, tasty, and cheap.
Menu examples: Authentic Mexican specialties like empanadas, salbutes, sopes, and enchiladas—with unique fillings each day. Tacos, burritos, lasagna, and vegan burgers. My favorite drink is a cacao shake made with Mexican cacao and coconut milk.
Expected cost: About $100 pesos ($5 USD) per person.
3: El Bajon Vegan Tacos: Best Vegan Tacos in Tulum
There are a lot of vegan taco places in Tulum, but El Bajon is the best. They have the best vegan tacos I’ve tried in Mexico after eating my way through Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, San Cristobal, Cancun, and several other places.
Their tacos are also cheap and quick. It’s the perfect place to sit down for a quick lunch or grab food to go. My favorite tacos are the Pastor with jackfruit and pineapple (coming from someone who usually doesn’t like jackfruit). I love that all their tacos are made with different types of fillings, like seitan, soy, jackfruit, lentils, mushrooms, and oats (yes, oats!) If you’re not in the mood for tacos, you can grab a torta, tostada, or huarache. My favorite is the tostada.
Incredible vegan tacos from El Bajo, the best vegan taco spot in Tulum
Three words: Delicious, cheap, and simple.
Menu examples: Al Pastor tostada with jackfruit, grilled pineapple, avocado, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, and lettuce (my order). Chicharron taco with shiitake and oats (surprisingly good!). Many other tacos plus delicious vegan brownies.
Expected cost: About $100 pesos ($5 USD) per person for four tacos.
4: Mayita Mama: Incredible Middle Eastern Food
Mayita Mama is incredible. I’ve lived in the Middle East, yet this spot has some of the best falafel I’ve ever tried. The owner is incredibly sweet, and the food is so good. The restaurant is inside a little food court area with a peaceful atmosphere.
Of all the incredible vegan spots on this list, Mayita Mama is the place I visit the most. The food is filling, delicious, and reasonably priced.
Yummy Israeli food at one of the best vegan restaurants in Tulum
Super crispy falafel and velvety hummus at Mayita Mama
Three words: Fresh, filling, and yummy.
Menu examples: Pita sandwiches with vegan shawarma curls, roasted cauliflower, falafel, or eggplant. Fresh hummus, beet salad, Moroccan spiced carrots, roasted eggplant baba ganoush, and bright Israeli salad.
Expected cost: About $170 pesos ($9 USD) for a pita sandwich.
Another vegan-friendly destination to explore: Best Vegan Restaurants in Cozumel
5: La Vegan Taqueria
La Vegan Taqueria is another incredible taco place in Tulum. Although El Bajon is higher on the list, this place is a close second. Their menu is very different, and it’s definitely worth visiting both places.
At La Vegan Taqueria, you can try tacos stuffed with hibiscus flower (jamaica), mole cauliflower (my favorite), and more simple fillings like carrots with black beans and avocado. Anything you order will come with various salsas, rice, and beans. I recommend trying three or four different tacos when you visit and ordering the water of the day—usually cold hibiscus or mint water.
A diversity of tacos from La Vegana Taqueria, a popular Tulum vegan restaurant
Three words: Easy, flavorful, and reliable.
Menu examples: Soy steak tacos, chorizo and potato tacos, cauliflower with mole tacos, tofish tacos, wild green curry, and many more. Appetizers include guacamole, tempura cauliflower, charro beans, mushroom fondue, tamales, french fries, and more.
Expected cost: About $100 pesos ($5 USD) per person for four tacos.
6: La Cordobesita: Best Vegan Street Food
If you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat in the evening, check out La Cordobesita. It’s a small food stand in Tulum Centro, right off the main highway (307). Their menu is simple but yummy. Most of their food is served with a homemade potato cheese that I love.
They have a few tacos, tortas, quesadillas, burgers, and pizza. My favorite is the Cordobesita pizza. I actually prefer this pizza over Pizza Papi (later in this list), but they’re both good! Regardless of what you order, you’ll probably either get something with jackfruit or mixed veggies, and you’ll have the option to add on a variety of sauces including a few flavorful salsas, a tasty vegan sour cream, and fresh lime juice.
Atmosphere: 5/10 (food stand)
Three words: Quick, satisfying, and affordable.
Menu examples: Potato cheese pizza with mixed Italian spiced veggies, jackfruit tacos, lentil and chickpea burgers, french fries, and more.
Expected cost: About $100 pesos ($5 USD) per person.
7: RAW LOVE tulum
Raw Love cafe is a Tulum staple for vegans and non-vegans alike. Their menu is mostly raw vegan and includes healthy, delicious breakfast and brunch items like smoothie bowls and avocado toast. Raw Love has three locations in Tulum. Each location is a little different, but they all have an incredible atmospheres.
Raw Love has a beach bar directly on the beach that serves smoothie bowls, juices, and other simple healthy snacks. Their second location is near the beach bar, but not on the beach. It’s set an earthy-jungle cafe just steps from the beach. Their third location is in Tulum town, along the main road. All the seating it outside in a beautiful garden with tropical plants.
Flavorful avocado toast at one of the best Tulum vegan restaurants, Raw Love
Three words: Healthy, practical, and delicious.
Menu examples: Black bean and portobello burger with avocado and cashew cheese, raw pad thai, chia pudding, smoothie bowls, organic coffee, and superfood lattes.
Expected cost: About $190-250 ($10-13 USD) per person.
8: La Hoja Verde: Tasty Vegetarian Brunch in Downtown Tulum
La Hoja Verde is a vegetarian restaurant right off downtown Tulum’s main road. They have an extensive, diverse menu, and most items are vegan. They also offer vegan cooking classes and have a small store above the restaurant.
All seating is outside on a beautiful patio beside the street decorated with hanging plants. The food was somewhat hit or miss. For example, I ordered BBQ tofu and got a tiny piece of tofu and two mushrooms for $170 pesos ($9 USD). It was tasty, but there was not enough food. Meanwhile, others ordered cheaper dishes with way more food. Even after that experience, I returned to La Hoja for lunch on other occasions.
Crispy empanadas with yummy sauces, a perfect vegan breakfast in Tulum
Value: 8/10 (sometimes hit or miss)
Three words: Fresh, wholesome, and diverse.
Menu examples: Basil pesto pasta, smoked soy barbacoa sandwich, BBQ beet and lentil burger, coconut curry, and buddha bowls.
Expected cost: $110-200 pesos ($6-11 USD) per person.
9: Suculenta Tamaleria: Vegan Tamales and Homemade Mexican Food
Suculenta stands out from the other authentic Mexican spots on this list because it has the best atmosphere with garden seating. It also stands out because it is the only vegan tamaleria in Tulum. In addition to delicious tamales, Suculenta serves a few other homey Mexican dishes like enchiladas, chilaquiles, pozole, mole, and flautas.
Three words: Homely, affordable, and healthy.
Menu examples: Papadzul tamale with Mayan pumpkin seed, habanero, and tomato salsa, housemade mole tamale with mushrooms and plantains, pozole with mushrooms, and more.
Expected cost: About $150 pesos ($8 USD) per person.
10: Pizza Papi: Italian-Style Vegan Pizza in Tulum
If you want a delicious thin-crust pizza that will instantly transport you to Italy, head to Pizza Papi. You can enjoy your pizza in a bright garden setting that feels both playful and elegant. Pizza Papi is in Tulum Centro and shares a space with Matcha Mama, a plant-based matcha and smoothie spot.
Pizza Papi pizzas are made with a delicious fermented sourdough crust and housemade vegan cheese. They also offer a vegan cheese board and a diversity of cocktails.
Yummy vegan pizza with housemade vegan cheese and sourdough crust.
Three words: Simple, bright, and filling.
Menu examples: Classics like pizza margherita, Italian sausage pizza, and vegan meat lovers pizza, alongside unique pizzas like spicy coconut. The menu also includes a few salads, pastas, and a vegan cheese board.
Expected cost: $150-250 pesos ($8-13 USD) per person.
Other notable vegan-friendly businesses in Tulum:
Burrito Amor: This place almost has a cult following. It’s not a vegan spot, but they have an incredible vegan burrito.
Amaranto Restaurante: A highly-rated wholesome vegan spot in Tulum Centro.
El Vegetariano Mar y Tierra: A vegetarian restaurant in Tulum town with several flavorful vegan options.
Bowls de Guadalupe: A casual vegan-friendly smoothie and buddha bowl spot on the beach road.
Matcha Mama: A plant-based spot with locations in Tulum town and Tulum beach. Their menu includes nutritious smoothie bowls and drinks.
Good Burger: A popular burger spot with a few vegan options.
Mr. Tofu Tulum: A vegan grocery store in the Aldea Zama neighborhood.
Co.ConAmor: An organic food store with a vegan-friendly cafe.
Woolis Foodie Market Tulum: A health food store with plentiful vegan options, fresh bread, and housemade fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, and hot sauce.
Fruteria San Miguel: A well-stocked fruit stand with fresh coconut water and juices.
Laylo Vegan Lounge: Laylo Lounge was on my top ten list until I realized the quality of the food is very unreliable. During my first visit, I was served some of the best food I’ve had in Tulum. During my second visit, I ordered the same dish and it was completely different. My husband also got food poisoning after eating at Laylo. We don’t know if it was from Laylo or something else. You might want to risk visiting in hopes you get incredible food, but I can’t garauntee it.
Vegan food at El Vegetariano Mar y Tierra in Tulum
Vegan Tulum FAQs
Where is the best area to stay in Tulum as a vegan?
There are two main areas in Tulum: the beach and the town (El Centro). The beach has a few vegan restaurants, but everything is spread out, difficult to navigate, and expensive. I recommend staying in town because you’ll be in walking distance of the majority of Tulum’s vegan restaurants. Also, if you like to cook while traveling, you’ll be closer to stores and tiendas. Another big reason to stay in town is the cost. You can stay in a nice, new place in town for under $70 USD a night, but the cheapest place you’ll find on the beach is likely around $200. Whether you’re on a budget or not, I’d reccomend staying in town and saving your money for activities and food.
Are there any vegan resorts in Tulum?
As of 2023, there are no fully vegan resorts in Tulum. However, Tulum has several vegan-friendly hotels and resorts, including:
- Habitas Tulum: Habitas is a chain of trendy, upscale ecohotels. I stayed at the Habitas Bacalar location and enjoyed it. Both ecohotels have a restaurant with several vegan options.
- KAN Tulum: KAN is a sustainable boutique hotel in Tulum with its own cenote. KAN serves a vegan-friendly breakfast daily.
- Holistika Hotel: A popular Tulum hotel with a vegetarian restaurant and juice bar.
- Casa Ágape Boutique Hotel Tulum: Casa Agape has has a fully vegan rooftop bar and restaurant (Casa Vegana) and stunning pool.
Mouthwatering vegan Mexican food in Tulum
Where can you buy vegan groceries in Tulum?
During my month and a half living in Tulum, I visited several supermarkets, health-food stores, fruit stands, and tiendas. These are my go-tos:
Chedraui: The largest store in Tulum (similar to Walmart), Chedraui has tofu (the boxed kind), vegan cheese (Violife and Mexican brands), a natural foods section (next to the produce), a large produce selection, a limited international foods section, alcohol, a bakery with lots of yummy fresh bread, and everything else you’d find at a grocery store. You can also buy household goods, clothes, and shop at their pharmacy. Chedraui is my go-to spot for fresh bread, wine, snacks, pantry basics, and vegan cheese (I love the Violife panela). Also, there are several reliable ATMs in Chedraui so Chedraui is my top rec for pulling out cash.
Wóolis Foodie Market Tulum: Wóolis is a great local business in the heart of Tulum Centro. It’s a small natural foods store with an abundance of fermented foods—from sauerkraut to hot sauce to kombucha, freshly made condiments and sauces like pesto and hummus, and locally-made goods like cacao, fresh bread, and more. Almost everything they sell is made in-house. It’s not the cheapest place, but I loved to stop by Wóolis every few once in a while to grab sauerkraut, macha salsa, and kombucha.
Frutas 7 Verduras Pool: Pool is a small but well-stocked local tienda nearby Wóolis. This is my favorite spot to buy produce, pantry basics, and random specialty items that they have (like oyster mushrooms). It’s also the only place in town that I found that sells vegan soy protein (in plastic bags around the perimeter of the store). They also sell bags of nuts, dry beans, seeds, and other dry basics. Pool also sells boxed tofu (the same kind at Chedraui), soy sauce, agave syrup, and other ingredients you’d be surprised to find in a Mexican fruit stand. I’m going to be honest: the store feels dirty, but as long as you wash your produce with a disinfect, you’ll be fine.
Fruteria San Miguel: San Miguel is a smaller fruit stand, but I don’t go to San Miguel for the fruit. I go for the fresh juices! For a few dollars you can buy a large bottle of fresh coconut water or tropical juice. My favorite are the coconut water and passion fruit juice, but they also have grapefruit juice, mango juice, pineapple juice, and several other flavors. There are plenty of other places that sell fresh juice, but this is the one I trust most. It’s very clean and I’ve never gotten sick after drinking their juice nearly every week.
Local tiendas: There are small tiendas on nearly every block in Tulum. The selection varies at each tienda, but typically you’ll be able to find a small selection of veggies, chips, drinks, and Mexican pantry basics like salt, chipotles in adobo, canned beans, rice, etc. I wouldn’t grocery shop at a tienda since the selection is so limited, but you could probably make a meal with canned beans, tostadas, lime, etc.
Tortillerías: Tortillerías made and sell fresh tortillas. I happened to live a few doors down from one of the biggest tortillerías in Tulum, which was amazing. To buy fresh tortillas, walk up to the window and say a number (usually 3-10). The number represents the amount of pesos you want to pay. In my experience, 3-5 pesos is plenty for one meal for two people. Tortillas dry out, so I typically only buy as many tortillas as I can eat in a day. Fresh tortillas with marinated and cooked vegan soy protein, fresh lime, and salsa make an incredibly delicious and cheap meal.
My favorite place to buy fresh juice in Tulum
What is there to do in Tulum?
There are so many amazing things to do in Tulum! My favorite activies include:
- Exploring nearby cenotes
- Relaxing at a rooftop pool (Casa Vegana is the best)
- Walking through El Centro in the evening
- Wandering through Mayan ruins at Tulum, Coba, or Muyil
- Visiting the Sian Kaan Biosphere
- Spending a day at the beach
One of the best things to do in Tulum: floating down a Mayan canal at Sian Kaan!
How can you get around Tulum?
While you can easily walk anywhere you need to go in Tulum Centro in under 30 minutes (usually less), the beach, cenotes, and other attractions are pretty far away. Most visitors end up using some form of transportation in Tulum, such as:
- Rental car: Renting a car makes it easier to get anywhere you need to go in or around Tulum. The only issue is that parking can be limited in certain areas, particularly along the beach road.
- Scooter: Scooters are the most popular way to get around Tulum. You can easily navigate between the beach and town, and parking is much easier with a scooter. Read my full guide on renting a scooter in Tulum for more info.
- ATV: While not as popular as scooters, many Tulum visitors rent an ATV to get around. Driving an ATV feels safer than driving a scooter and you can get to all the same places.
- Colectivo: Colectivos are shared shuttles are are common in many parts of Mexico. In Tulum, you can easily ride a colectivo to many areas around Tulum, such as cenotes, Sian Kaan, Xcacel and nearby towns like Akumal and Playa del Carmen. Colectivos are cheap and safe.
- Taxi: I don’t recommend taking a taxi in Tulum unless you have to. They are expensive and sometimes difficult to find.
- Bus: ADO buses can take you all around the Yucatan peninsula from Tulum. I’d take a bus if I was heading to Coba, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Bacalar, or Valladolid.
My preferred method of transportation in Tulum
I heard about X Tulum vegan restaurant but its not showing up on Google?
Vegan restaurants in Tulum that are permanently closed:
Unfortunately, there are several incredible vegan restaurants that are no longer open as of 2023, including: The Pitted Date Vegan Restaurant, Bakery & Cafe and Aguacate Limon.
Beautiful cheese platter at Casa Vegana, one of my favorite Tulum vegan restaurants
Although there are dozens of vegan restaurants in Tulum, some are better than others. My goal with this vegan guide to Tulum (and all of my other vegan travel content) is to connect you to the absolute best locally-owned restaurants with delicious plant food.
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