After telling you how beautiful Xalapa is in my last Mexico related post, I know have some great tips for you where you can enjoy this city best. As I have already mentioned, Xalapa is a very young, trendy and lively city, which is why the trends vegetarianism and veganism already reached this city, too. Me, as a vegan, I am super happy about it of course, as I don’t have to run around for ages to look for delicious (and affordable!) food. The following places do not explicitly only sell vegan food and drinke (except for Verde Raíz), which is why with these recommendations, I guess everyone will find something they’ll like. And most of all, I fell in love with each and every one of them because they are super pretty. Check out, which places there are!
Café La Flor
How many afternoons did I spend in this place just to have a little change from home while working. When I entered the place for the first time, I really felt at home instantly. The interior design looks so cosy and comfortable that you just have to stay a while and sit down there for a moment. As you can guess by the name, this place is filled with green plants and flowers on every shelf and every corner. And even though most of them are made of plastic, it’s still so well done that you still have the feeling to be sitting in the midths of a garden. The furniture is different in every room: there are super comfortable couches and armchairs on the first floor, bar stools and chairs made of wood in the main room and underneath a roof made of glass you’ll find selfmade sofas constructed out of wooden palets. It’s not that easy to find vegan food here but at least there are some vegetarian options. And as a vegan person, you can always enjoy the amazing Chai Latte with soy milk. This tea is so worth it coming back every time!
- Address: José María Morelos 1, Centro
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 8.00AM – 11.00PM
- Prices: about $40 for a Chai Tea (ca. 2,00€) and $55 (ca. 2,60€) for a breakfast package
The Café-tal is a café chain here in Xalapa and has various stores all over the city. The quality however stays the same. The food is absolutely delicious and even though there’s not a lot of vegan options, the vegetarian baguette became one of my favourite breakfast dishes here in Xalapa! I just ordered it without cheese, and therewith made it a vegan option. The prices are really okay and I can highly recommend the fresh pressed juices and juice mixes. The coffee is one with the highest quality all over town.
The biggest store of the Café-tal is super near my flat which made me more than happy. Because the Café-tal is anouther great place to spend warm days in a nice atmosphere and maybe get some work done. Now and then it can be quite chilly but this however makes it even better on super sunny days. There’s also a kind of patio where plants and palm trees are arranged to form a little garden, so you can also enjoy a nice view while sipping on your coffee or having your food.
- Address: Leona Vicario #10 esq. Allende o Diego Leño #7, col. Centro
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 7.30AM – 9.00PM, Saturday and Sunday 8.30AM – 8.30PM
- Prices: $48 (ca. 2,45€) for a 30cm vegetarian baguette and $15 for an Americano
The Verde Raíz is super tiny and offers space for maybe four to six people. This is because it is constructed as a to-go-JuiceBar where people don’t stay very long. However it has still a very nice and cosy interior design in the shabby style and you can also enjoy some very delicious, selfmade dishes if you wanna have something to eat. There’s for example the Burrito Bowl which consists of rice, beans, tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole and fried Tortilla pieces. Delicious and healthy! I also got to try a rawvegan blueberry cake and I can tell you it tasted heavenly! I can also highly recommend the juices they produce here. You’ll find rather special mixtures, like beetroot, blueberry and carrot. They taste really great and at the same time they’re good for your health. The juices are also available in small bottles to go, just like packets with superfoods, for example Maca powder or Açaí.
- Address: Diego Leño 28 Loc. 1, Centro
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 8.30AM – 8.00PM and Saturday 9.30AM – 7.30PM
- Prices: a juice costs $45 (ca. 2,75€) and an avocado toast $52 (ca. 2,50€)
Punto y Coma
Counting the times I have been here to eat, I guess they must already know me by now. I love the food here. There are super delicious vegan options that are also well higlighted on the menu. Just by thinking about it, my mouth gets watery: a hamburger with a pattie made of beans and quinoa, a baguette with fresh vegetables or a sandwich with asian-style filling. Yummy! They prepare everything with super fresh ingredients and you can definitely taste it. The prices are a little more than average, which is comprehensible due to the high quality of the food, but they’re still alright. They also have a great variety of drinks: from delicious hot coffe or hot chocolate over milkshakes to their newest creation, a cashew-milkshake mixed wih fresh fruits. The place itself is quite small but still cosy and welcoming. The colours are mostly wooden which makes everything look a little rustic and rural.
- Address: Diego Leño 57, Zona Centro
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 8.00AM – 10.00PM, Saturday 12.00PM – 10.00PM and Sunday 12.00PM – 6.00PM
- Prices: ca. $45 (ca. 2,75€) for a milkshake and $60 (ca. 3,00€) for a vegetarian hamburger
A small, really pretty coffee place in which you can enjoy a nice breakfast without spending a lot of money. The breakfast package includes some fruits, a main dish, like for example a sandwich, and a coffee and you’ll only pay $49 (ca. 2,50€). The place is decorated with a view for details and is perfect to spend time there on rainy days, watching the people on the streets throufh the huge glass wall while sipping on a coffee. In this coffee place they also have a lot of selfmade furniture, individual pieces, warm, indirect light sources and the saturated green colour of different plants. A place where you feel very welcome and the food is not only very delicious, but also quite healthy as they have a great selection of different salads.
- Address: Calle Ursulo Galván 87, Zona Centro
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9.00AM – 9.00PM, Saturday 9.00AM – 8.30PM
- Prices: a baguette costs $39 (ca. 2,00€) and you get a coffee for $20 (ca. 1,00€)