It’s summer! Time to take the kids on a well-deserved holiday, or just get out on that long-awaited trip with your partner or friends, time to relax, time to forget about the hustle and bustle and about all the stress at work.
Cabo San Lucas is a great place to unwind and it is known for its many wonderful restaurants, beaches, nightlife, water sports, desert fun activities, and so on. Restaurants offer vegan and vegetarian options, and grocery stores have also opened up a wider array of vegan and vegetarian foods. Vegan shopping in Cabo San Lucas has never been easier.
Get Your Bearings From a Local
Well, I have lived here for about fifteen years, and only eight or ten years ago, things were a little different. I remember those times when I became vegan and there weren’t many vegan alternatives. I didn’t mind, because I love to cook, and I could veganize anything I wanted, sausages, pasta, lasagna, etc.
My biggest problem were chocolates. I am a chocoholic, and I remember walking through the candy isles and staring at the chocolates – all of them had dairy – and really craving it. So, I researched and learned to make my own chocolate, and man, it was good! They were so good that soon people started asking me to make batches for them too 🙂
Now, it’s 2019, and things have changed considerably. I can buy vegan chocolate now (although I still love to make it myself), vegan sausages, ham, burgers, breaded schnitzels, no-chicken tenders, barbecue sticks, mozzarella, cheddar, yogurt, etc. It’s all here, and I am going to tell you where to find it 🙂
Most hotel suites offer kitchenettes and then there are the houses for rent with their own big kitchens, so when I go shopping, I always see a lot of tourists at the grocery stores. Fellow vegans, no need to despair, there is plenty for us too 🙂
There is a wide array of large grocery stores which were not here ten years ago. You wouldn’t believe how much Los Cabos has changed. Building projects seem to be ongoing in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose Del Cabo, and on the corridor that connects both towns; and new malls and hotels are springing up everywhere. So, which Mexican stores offer great vegan products?
- La Comer (also known as La Mega)
- Chedraui (foreigners always have a hard time pronouncing that, lol, but I admit, it is a little bit of a tongue twister 😉 )
Grocery Store 1: La Comer
I frequently shop at all three stores, and they have a nice selection. I’ll start with La Comer. That grocery chain recently opened a new store called Fresko La Comer which is a slightly different concept and also a great place for shopping.
At La Comer (which has branches in San Jose Del Cabo and in Cabo San Lucas) there is a selection of soy chorizo, vegan turkey ham, Lightlife smart sausages, vegan cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar, and also Mexican cheeses), tofu, dry soy, vegan yogurt, vegan “milanesa” (breaded meat), seitan BBQ ribs, bean burgers and red beet burgers, teriyaki tempeh sticks, and seitan no chicken tenders.
They all taste delicious, I have tried them all. The red beet burger is soft and fresh, so it needs to fry a little longer to keep it firm, but it tastes really good. I love the mozzarella for quesadillas, and the milanesa was also excellent. You can use the milanesa as part of a meal or fry it and use it for a hearty sandwich with tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumber.
Almond milk, nut, soy, rice, and coconut milk is also available, American and Mexican brands. Those drinks are pretty much in every big grocery store.
Fresko La Comer offers most of the same things, but they also have vegan protein powder, matcha powder, almond flour and many other types of flours and supplements; and in the food-to-go section they also feature some vegan options. The last time I was there I got a quinoa-veggie bowl and they also had a quinoa “meat” ball. I didn’t buy it, but I was tempted 😉
Grocery Store 2: Chedraui
There are two types of stores in this chain: Chedraui and Chedraui Selecto. Chedraui is quite large and it has great prices. They offer tofu, dry soy, soy chorizo, and the vegan milk drinks + a lot of Mexican products, and several snacks that are vegan, such as chips. Which of these are vegan?
- Sabritas, sal (salt)
- Kettle Sea Salt and Vinegar, Kettle Salt and Pepper, Spicy Thai, Sriracha
Chedraui Selecto has a wider array of vegan products. One of them I absolutely love is the vegan, Italian chocolate-hazelnut spread. Oh my goodness, it is so incredibly good! It’s so good that I often just grab a tea spoon and lick it off instead of spreading it on my slice of bread. Then there are a lot canned delicacies such as canned corn, stuffed olives, and Asian sauces; vegan chocolates, and plenty of dark chocolate that has no dairy. Chedraui Selecto also has more vegan chip brands than Chedraui.
- The ones I mentioned previously
- Terra Original Potato Chips
- The Daily Crave Veggie Chips and Veggie Crisps
- Some vegan popcorn brands
Grocery Store 3: Soriana
Soriana is very Mexican, which means that it has a lot of delicious products. I just love Mexican food! And anything can be veganized. The other advantage of Soriana is that it has – just like Chedraui – good prices. That doesn’t mean that La Comer is expensive, on the contrary, all three have reasonable prices, but I think that Chedraui and Soriana have the best prices.
At Soriana I have found fake dry bacon, tofu, dry soy, and soy chorizo. And in some Soriana stores there are also products from the Follow Your Heart brand.
Last but not least, there is one that I didn’t mention in my introduction, and that is Walmart. That one is, of course, better known, but I wanted to focus on the Mexican stores in this article, since they have so much to offer; and when in Rome, do like the Romans, isn’t that what they say? Try out some of the local stuff.
Nevertheless, Walmart also has a lot of local products and you already know what to find there. It also offers great prices and a large variety of products. As for vegan food staples, I have found tofu, dry soy, soy chorizo, and some vegan chips. Like La Comer, Walmart also offers a big selection of fruits and vegetables.
Vegan Shopping in Cabo is Easy
Yes, so much easier than it used to be ten years ago. And not to mention the rise of vegan and vegetarian restaurants. That is a topic I will cover in my next post. I will visit a few and let you know my opinion 🙂 And next time, you come to Cabo, you know where to shop 🙂