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Calling All Vegans: Discover Aruba’s Plant-Based Paradise

Calling All Vegans: Discover Aruba’s Plant-Based Paradise

Are you a vegan traveler or a plant-based enthusiast planning a visit to The One Happy Island? Well, you’re in for a treat!

As the global trend toward a more conscious and sustainable way of living continues to gain momentum, so does the demand for vegan-friendly dining options. Aruba, often hailed as a Caribbean paradise for its stunning beaches and vibrant culture, has been steadily embracing the vegan movement. In recent years, Aruba underwent a miraculous transformation into a haven for vegans. Given that tourism is pivotal to Aruba’s economy, some hospitality establishments quickly recognized the gap between the supply and demand for vegan offerings. As a result, Aruba is now one of the most vegan friendly destinations in the Caribbean. Numerous restaurants on the island now boast fully vegan menus, while others offer a variety of vegan choices. The island has seen a growing number of vegan restaurants and eateries, making it a welcoming destination for vegans and plant-based enthusiasts.

To help you make the most of your vegan journey in Aruba, we’ve curated a list of our favorite vegan-friendly restaurants across the island.

Papillon Restaurant
Papillon Restaurant combines the rich flavors of French and Caribbean cuisines, creating a harmonious culinary experience. Its inviting atmosphere is characterized by a lively palette of colors and charming decor elements. Papillon has a separate vegan menu available, which include items like crab cakes, mushroom escargots, coq au vin and an exquisite eggplant bouillabaisse, all of which are 100% vegan and gluten-free. You’ll find Papillon conveniently situated across the Hilton Resort at The Village in Noord, right at the heart of the bustling high-rise district. Papillon operates daily from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Elements Restaurant
Elements is a beautiful beachside restaurant situated within the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort and offers amazing unobstructed views of the beach. Elements offers a full vegan menu, brimming with tantalizing options to satisfy your cravings. The menu at Elements is a diverse tapestry of culinary influences, spanning from Aruban and Italian to Indian cuisine, ensuring there’s something to delight every palate. Save room for dessert because they also have an impressive dessert selection. Elements is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:00 AM to 10:30 PM.

Yemanja Woodfired Grill
Nestled within a picturesque historic structure in the heart of Downtown Oranjestad, Yemanja Woodfired Grill has been tantalizing taste buds since its inception in 2007. This restaurant offers an international cuisine infused with vibrant Caribbean flavors and presented with utmost finesse, all within a relaxed and informal ambiance. Yemanja has earned its reputation for its innovative and imaginative dishes. While Yemanja is known for a delightful range of meat dishes, they also have an extensive selection of vegan options, making it a truly inclusive and welcoming establishment for all. Yemanja is located at Wilhelminastraat 2 and operates Monday to Saturday from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Due to its immense popularity, it’s advisable to make reservations in advance or be prepared for a potential wait.

One Happy Bowl
One Happy Bowl stands out as Aruba’s sole 100% vegan restaurant, and what’s even more remarkable is that their entire menu is gluten-free. This restaurant is specialized in healthy meals that are created with natural and fresh local and organic ingredients. The menu includes a wide range of options including breakfast bowls, smoothies, juices, and salads. One Happy Bowl is located at Cas di Cultura, Vondellaan 2 in Oranjestad and operates from Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Ike’s Bistro
Ike’s Bistro is a Mediterranean and Caribbean fusion restaurant located at the Manchebo Beach Resort. This restaurant offers a full vegan menu with gluten-free options. Ike’s Bistro supports local farmers and many of their culinary creations are made with fresh herbs and produce from their on-site greenhouse where they grow different herbs and condiments including fiery Madam Janette pepper, basil, oregano, thyme, and lemongrass. Ike’s Bistro is open daily from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM.

Eduardo’s Beach Shack
Situated right on the beach at Playa Linda Beach Resort in Palm Beach, Eduardo’s Beach Shack is known for its delicious, healthy and most importantly vegan offerings, including fresh fruit, smoothies, healthy bowls, frozen yoghurt, ceviche, tofu, and vegan waffles. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat while enjoying the beach. The Beach Shack is open daily from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Eduardo’s Hideaway
Eduardo also operates another super vegan-friendly spot called Eduardo’s Hideaway on Saliña Cerca in Noord. Eduardo’s Hideaway has always been a haven for plant-focused cuisine, and their menu is a testament to that. The restaurant now offers all-day breakfast, so you can indulge in your plant-focused breakfast cravings any time of the day. Eduardo’s also offers to-go options and delivery service. The Hideaway is open daily from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Eduardo’s Cabana
Eduardo’s Cabana is located at the beach entrance of La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino, in front on Eagle Beach. The Cabana provides the same food quality and colors Eduardo’s is known for. With the picturesque backdrop of the beautiful pool of La Cabana Resort & Casino or Eagle beach, enjoying a refreshment there is an experience that’s hard to beat. Just like the original Eduardo’s Beach Shack, Eduardo’s Cabana offers pick-up service for a quick and easy treat. The Cabana is open daily from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Garden Fresh Café
Inspired by love and passion for organic food and focusing on a healthy lifestyle, Garden Fresh Café serves only fresh ingredients and organic products. You can create your own lunch bowl, vegetable salad, fruit salad, fresh juice, smoothie, panini or wrap with the selected choices of fruits and vegetables you desire or what your diet requires. This “Create Your Own” system has been helpful for many people with a specific meal plan. Their signature juices, smoothies, salads, panini or wraps are the perfect choice for a quick, easy yet healthy lunch or dinner. Garden Fresh Café is centrally located in the heart of Palm Beach, street side at Playa Linda Beach Resort and is open daily from 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM.

Aruba Experience Café
This vegan-friendly breakfast and brunch café is established in a traditional old-fashioned Aruban construction style cunucu house, dating back to the mid-19th century. They offer vegan paninis, smoothies, salads, wraps, and their vegan bowl called “I am caring” is a best seller. Aruba Experience is located at John G. Emanstraat 37 in Oranjestad and is open from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Marhaba Lebanese Cuisine
This Lebanese gem located in the heart of Noord at Saliña Cerca, offers a diverse menu of Lebanese classics and favorites. Marhaba has a vegetarian/vegan section on their menu which include items like falafel burger, babaganoush, vegan platter and vegan shoarma. Marhaba is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Faro Blanco Restaurant
Faro Blanco is a hidden Italian gem atop of the hill of Hudishibana at the foot of Aruba’s famous California Lighthouse Landmark. As the only restaurant boasting this unique location, guests can enjoy a truly unspoiled view over Aruba’s west coast untouched nature. Faro Blanco has an extensive menu with lots of delicious options on the vegan section. Some favorites are vegan pizza, asparagus puree, linguini primavera and risotto primavera. Their vegan penne alla vodka is a popular choice. Faro Blanco is open from Monday to Saturday from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Opus Ocean & Grill
Opus is a locally owned and operated restaurant in the heart of Oranjestad, known for its fresh seafood, prime steaks and a vibrant, up-scale setting. Opus also has a fully vegan menu with lots of delicious choices like falafel, primavera, meatless balls and tofu fish. Opus is located at Havenstraat 36 in Oranjestad and is open daily from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

The traditional food of India has been widely appreciated for its fabulous use of herbs and spices. Tandoor serves fresh, tasty and spicy Indian food prepared using fresh herbs, garam masalas combined with rich flavors from ginger and garlic. Tandoor has a fully vegan menu with enough choices to satisfy your cravings. They are continuing to expand their menu and veganize their paneer dishes, using tofu to replace the dairy-based paneer. Tandoor is located at the South Beach Center in Palm Beach and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Cuba’s Cookin’
Cuba’s Cookin’ is located downtown, at the Renaissance Marketplace. As the name suggests, they offer a menu inspired by the passionate and exotic culture of Cuba. All the art you see on the walls has been collected from all over Cuba over the last 20 years. Cuba’s Cookin’ has some amazing vegan options like black bean soup, avocado salad, plantain pizza medallions, tofu ropa vieja, grilled veggie platter and mean woman pasta. Cuba’s Cookin’ is open daily from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Dushi Bagels & Burgers
This restaurant is known for their freshly baked signature homemade bagels. Dushi is situated at the Playa Linda Beach Resort in Palm Beach and has a fully vegan breakfast menu consisting of items like bagels, banela pancakes, protein bowl, vegan sausage and hashbrowns. They are open Monday and Tuesday from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Wednesday to Sunday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM. You don’t need a reservation.

Hadicurari is known for the freshest possible seafood, but they also have a full vegan menu which includes favorites like, soy-based fish, tuna duo, caprese and even vegan pizza. At Hadicurari you may dine on the beach with your toes in the sand or on their open-air covered porch with a stunning ocean view that can’t be beaten. Hadicurari is located between Marriott’s Surfclub and Moomba beach and is open daily from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Fishes & More
Located at Arawak Gardens across from Barceló hotel in Palm Beach, Fishes and more takes pride in serving you the freshest products available, straight from the sea and the land. The fish comes from the local fishermen. They have a delicious international menu but also a fully vegan menu. Their sea-inspired, plant-based, gluten free menu includes calamari vegani, coconut lemongrass noodle soup, portobello stuffed chickpea piccata and tropical tofu tower. As a bonus, Fishes & More also has daily live music. They are open daily from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

As you can see, Aruba, with its stunning beaches and tropical paradise, is not just a destination for sun and sand but also a place where you can savor delicious vegan cuisine. Whether you’re a dedicated vegan or simply looking to explore plant-based dining options, there’s never been a better time to savor the flavors of this plant-powered revolution.



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