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If you are a vegetarian or vegan studying Spanish in Argentina, a country whose inhabitants consume more beef each year than any other in the world, figuring out how exactly you are going to eat can at first seem puzzling. After all, Argentina doesn’t exactly pride itself on catering to the vegetarian community. Luckily, vegetarian friendly restaurants and cafes have been sprouting up all across the city over the past decade, and there are now plenty of options for those looking to avoid Argentine beef!

The New York Times recently published an article titled, “Buenos Aires for Those Who Shun Steaks,” outlining some of the ways the author managed to survive a visit to Argentina as a vegetarian. In the article, she outlines how she made her stay in Buenos Aires a successful one, suggesting various restaurants that cater to both vegetarians and vegans.  In addition to the restaurants sampled in the Times article, check out the tasty options below!

Pura Vida- Uriburu 1489 (Recoleta)

Bio- Humboldt 2199 (Palermo)

Natural Deli- Laprida 1672 (Barrio Norte), Gorostiaga 1776 (Las Cañitas)

Trying to explain your eating preferences in another language is no easy feat! If you are a vegetarian or vegan learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, don’t forget these common phrases when shopping for food or dining in a restaurant.

Yo soy vegetariano/a – I am vegetarian
Yo no como carne, puerco, pescado o pollo. – I do not eat meat, pork, fish or chicken
Yo como (no como) huevos, leche, o queso – I do (do not) eat eggs, milk or cheeseArgentina is notorious around the globe for its high quality beef, but there is much more to the food scene of Buenos Aires than just that! Vegetarian or not, take advantage of the variety of options while you are taking Spanish courses in Argentina.