Caribe Vegano Cancun:
Vegan Restaurant Review

After living in Downtown Cancun for over 6 months, we did our best to eat at every single vegan restaurant – all in the name of research of course. 😄

Of all of them, Caribe Vegano was one of our absolute favourites and one of the best vegan restaurants in Cancun.

But the first time we went was a bad experience (more on that below), but despite that, the food was so good, we made our way back and never regretted it.

Table of Contents

The Location

Caribe Vegano is out of the way, its around 30 minutes in a Taxi from the hotel zone and just over 15 minutes from Downtown Cancun.

The area the restaurant is located in is a typical local area. You won’t feel unsafe, but you also probably don’t want to walk the neighbourhood for too long. Miriam who is Mexican herself said the same when we both had to walk those streets searching for an ATM (more on that below).

The other thing about the location is the restaurant is very hard to find. The addresses online don’t give you the right location and there’s no big signs out the front to know its there.

It’s like the locals are trying to keep it one of Cancun’s best kept secrets (which it is).

To make it easier to find, see the where is it section below for a map and photos of the location.

The Menu

The menu is pretty extensive, but they have regular specials posted on the large blackboard on the restaurant wall:

This large board is on the left wall as you enter.
We sat on the table you can see at the bottom of this picture.
The menu next to my Hibiscus Water

The menu is also in Spanish, but here’s the English translated version for you (note every dish is 100% vegan):

Meal of The Day

  • Includes soup, main course, side dish and water

Starters

  • Nachos – Tortilla chips with cheddar cheese, chorizo and pico de gallo (salsa)
  • Guacamole – Mashed Avocados
  • Potatoes with Lime – Pan-fried potatoes
  • No Wings – Accompanied with Red Hot sauce and blue cheese seasoning

Hamburgers

  • Hamburger – Lentil, walnut, rice and vegetables patty, chipotle or natural vegan mayo, cheddar cheese and chorizo
  • Chickpeas Hamburger – Chickpea, oatmeal and amaranth patty, with cheddar cheese
  • Hawaiian Hamburger – Vegetable patty with roasted pineapple with red hot sauce
  • Hot Dog – Vegan sausage, cheddar cheese, vegan mayo and salsa

Tacos*

  • Pastor – Thinly sliced grilled pork with sliced onion, pineapple and cilantro
  • Steak – with sliced onion, pineapple and cilantro
  • Chorizo – Spicy sausage
  • Chorizo with potatoes – Spicy sausage with pan-fried potatoes
  • Chimichurri – Vegetables with onions
  • Alambres Vegetables – Grilled beef topped with chopped bacon, bell peppers, onions, cheese and salsa
  • Mushroom – Portobello mushrooms
  • Jamaica – Hibiscus flowers with pineapple, onion, avocado, cilantro, and green salsa
  • No Camaron – Shrimp tacos

*Choice of flour or rice tacos

Tortas (Sandwiches)

  • Pastor – Thinly sliced grilled pork or steak with onions, vegetables, avocado
  • Chimichurri – Vegetables with onions
  • Torta Loca – Steak, sausage, mushrooms, chorizo, vegetables, beans, tomato, onion and avocado

Tacon Madre

Flour omelette, steak, pastor, chorizo, onion, coriander and pineapple

Paninis

  • Mushroom – Mushrooms, almond cheese and pesto sauce
  • Veggie – Grilled vegetables, vegan mayo and chimmichuri sauce
  • Pizza – Tomato sauce, melted cheese, pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, olives and peppers
  • Roquefort – Roquefort cheese and vegetables

Salads

  • Primavera (Sprint) – Lettuce, spinach, apple, caramelized walnut with agave honey and raspberry dressing
  • Puesta de Sol (Sunset) – Carrot, lettuce, cabbage, cucumber, spinach, walnut, blueberry, and coriander dressing
  • Mixta (Mixed) – Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, spinach, sunflower seeds, and mustard dressing

Desserts

  • Lemon cake
  • Cheesecake
  • Rolls
  • Brownie
  • Chocolate cake
  • Cream, Chocolate & Peanut cake
  • Chocolate and mint cake
  • Snickers cake
  • Hibiscus and Mint cake
  • Lemon with Chia cake

Drinks

  • Hibiscus
  • Horchata (sweet rice milk)
  • Tamarind
  • Lemon with good herbs
  • Water of the day
  • Black Coffee
  • Cappuccino

The Food

O M G! 😍

Caribe Vegano is hands down, one of the greatest vegan restaurants we’ve ever been to. And we’ve been travelling the world (living in a different city every month) taste testing as many of them as possible.

We especially loved:

  • Pambazo – My favourite Mexican dish in the world! This one didn’t give us heartburn/stomach aches like many others (because they don’t use clean oil)
  • Chocolate Mint Cheesecake – So tasty, fresh, soft and full of flavour
  • Hibiscus tea – Super refreshing
  • Hawaiian Burger – A delicious burger, the patty stayed in one piece and the pineapple complemented it perfectly
  • Torta Cubano – Had every ingredient perfect (just like the non-vegan version)a nd the vegan sausage was top quality
The Mint Cheesecake was AMAZING!

We fell in love with Caribe Vegano! We also ate the tacos, no wings, multiple deserts, coffee and they were all so good.

For a first timer, we’d recommend the pambazo, Hawaiian burger, Torta Cubano and the chocolate mint cheesecake – all solid options but honestly, everything is on point.

Considering flying back to Cancun just for this. Seriously.

The Restaurant

The restaurant consists of two areas, the main area when you enter which has the large blackboard menu covering the left wall and a second area through a door where you go to pay.

Walking through this door takes you into the second room.

The main area is around 10 tables, covered with simple plastic table covering – its a no frills affair where its all about the food.

The second area through the door is narrow and has a few tables dotted on the left and a few more on the right. At the end of that room is the cashier and the kitchen is at the back.

We sat in the main area both times and found it pleasant enough.

The Experience

Our Caribe Vegano experience started off really badly.

We’d just finished our meal, we’re completely blown away and excited about this wonderful Cancun vegan restaurant we’d uncovered.

And then we tried to pay – and they told us they only accept cash.

Without cash I needed an ATM, and the staff told us there was one up the street. I left Miriam at the table and spent the next 40 minutes walking the streets trying to find an ATM.

The problem is, Caribe Vegano isn’t near much else. There’s an OXXO store, a gas station, a larger cash and carry style store and a small row of stores – none of which has an ATM or offers cashback.

Miriam enjoying Hibiscus water and a Torta al Pastor

Returning frustrated, Miriam went out to look too and after 30 minutes returned with the same issue.

In the end, the owner drove us to Walmart where we got cash and paid. She was lovely, I had a great chat with her in the car but we were so frustrated and tired by time we got home as we lost a good amount of our Sunday just trying to pay.

Arguably we should have called ahead, when we looked on Google we didn’t see anything about cash and we naively assumed we’d be able to pay with card.

Our mistake. The next time we took cash and the experience was far better.

Service

The service was friendly and efficient, the food came quickly and was hot and fresh when it arrived.

Despite us not being able to pay with card and the difficulties that caused us (see above), the staff helped us to resolve it and we were grateful for that.

The Caribe Crowd

Its a mixed crowd which tends to be on the younger side. Mostly couples and groups of young friends, but there were a few families with children.

Overall a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.

Menu Variety

The menu had a lot of variety and the specials on the board gave us a few items we had to try before we missed them.

Value For Money

Caribe Vegano is one of the most affordable vegan restaurants in Cancun – especially when you consider how good the food is.

Compared to many other vegan restaurants in Cancun (which are nowhere near as good), Caribe Vegano is very fairly priced.

Overall Score

9 out of 10 stars (9 / 10)

Getting To Caribe Vegano

There are a few addresses online for Caribe Vegano and not all of them are correct.

The correct address is:

127 Andalucía – Supmza. 526 (at Cancún, Quintana Roo), Cancun, Mexico, 77535

Getting there is easy enough, its:

  • 26 minutes from the hotel zone in a car/taxi
  • 17 minutes from Downtown Cancun in a car/taxi
  • 58 minutes from Playa Del Carmen in a car/taxi

Here’s a map of the area:

When you get there, its still hard to find as the addresses don’t take you directly to the door and there’s no obvious signage.

Here’s how you get to the Caribe Vegano restaurant:

The restaurant is on this road (this is the corner):

This is the entrance to the restaurant:

Contact Details

If you want to contact Caribe Vegano their contact details are below:

Phone: +52-9987348465
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caribevegano/

Opening Hours

Important: The restaurant is only open on Sundays

  • Sunday – 1:00pm – 10:00pm

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