Ultimate Vegan Guide to Madrid

We’re here to set the record straight – Madrid is very vegan-friendly. In fact, it’s in the top 10 most vegan-friendly cities in Europe! Most people think that in the land of jamón, vegan options will be few and far between, but that’s just incorrect in the Spanish capital. While there are a lot of accidentally vegan options in Spanish food, Madrid boasts a vegan scene exploding right from infancy. Just a couple years ago, this was not the case. After over a year living in Madrid and eating our way around the city, we’re finally here with our ultimate vegan guide to Madrid.

If you’re just visiting, of course you won’t be able to try them all. We’re here to help you narrow down the options. This guide is a comprehensive list. Whether it’s our favorite or not, it’s listed, with our favorites marked. If you want to dive deeper into the food scene here, check out our two separate guides on vegan menú del días (a weekday lunch special) in Madrid and vegan tapas (small plates) in Madrid.

In this ultimate vegan guide to Madrid, we include every vegan restaurant in Madrid and notable places with vegan options. We give our general impressions and the best dishes the place has to offer to optimize your visit.

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We should note that we do not use the word “ultimate” without justification. Our basis is this: we try all the 100% vegan establishments, vegetarian places with significant vegan options, and other places with notable vegan options. We’ve come across many “complete” guides that don’t mention even half the vegan places available (or don’t include the date the article was written and half the places have since closed). We use the ultimate title sparingly and only for places where we’ve lived at least a few months and can do repeated visits. Our only other comprehensive vegan guide thus far has been our Ultimate Vegan Guide to Salt Lake City.

Keep in mind Spanish meal time hours: lunch is between 1 – 4 pm, and dinner/tapas between 8 – 11 pm (sometimes on weekends places will serve to midnight). You won’t be able to order food in between. Eating out may take a little more time planning and consciousness than in other places, but it’s well worth it. Also, note that big western style breakfast isn’t really a thing here.

Price Guide: Compared to the NYC (or eating out in the U.S. in general), Madrid is crazy cheap.

A person can eat and drink for:
€ = 7 and under
€€ = 12 and under
€€€ = 15 and under
AT FAV = we heartily recommend

Without further ado, let the guiding commence!

100% Vegan Restaurants in Madrid

There are 25 all-vegan establishments according to HappyCow. Basically the vegan Yelp, we use it whenever we travel and here in Madrid to keep up to date on listings. However, it’s always a bit difficult to gauge review reliability because not everyone has the same expectations eating out.

For us, going out to eat means at least two things: slightly indulgent (but not just relying on fried greasiness) and something that we can’t make better ourselves – creativity is a big plus. It’s important to understand where we come from as vegans. Smoothies for breakfast and salads for dinner are a daily homemade affair for us. Hence, we don’t go out to eat salads and smoothies.

The following are all the vegan restaurants in Madrid listed in alphabetical order.

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B13 Bar € AT Fav

Traditional Spanish bar food made vegan. In this first come, first served casual restaurant, those quickest to order their food win. Very popular.

Come for: tapas – the tortilla (potato omelette), burgers, bocadillos (sandwiches).

Notes: Cash only. No reservations. No menú del día. Gets crowded. Get there before it opens and expect a line.

Chilling Café € AT Fav

Chilling Café is the first vegan cafe in Madrid, but it’s much more than that. Super cool interior, friendly owners, great music, and an overall relaxing vibe. They expect you to stay a while – like the name suggests. Offers brunch every day and a menú del día.

We recommend: coffee, the tapas, especially tortilla (two kinds!) and baos (a small chinese style sandwich). Great for when you missed the traditional Spanish meal times – they serve food all day.

Notes: accepts credit cards. It’s a cafe, so it’s not open past 8 (or 10 pm on weekends). But it’s always open when 99% of Spanish places are closed or aren’t serving food.

Cookaluzka €€

Off center Venezuelan-run bar and restaurant. Offers all vegan lunch and dinner.

Come for: the exhibition art space below and tapas.

Notes: accepts credit cards. Off center location. Happy Cow lists as all vegan, but has vegetarian breakfast with vegan options.

Distrito Vegano €€ AT Fav

If you’ve been following our Madrid guides, you’d guess correctly that this is one of our favorite spots. A super friendly and chill family run bar restaurant with a plato del día (plate of the day), tapas, rotating desserts, a selection of craft beers and wine, and gluten-free options. They are always trying new things, and we can’t imagine how one goes wrong here. Everything is made from scratch and they’re at the leading edge of creative, indulgent vegan food in Madrid. If you enjoy vegan food, you’ll love this place.

We recommend: any plato del dia, tapas like the quesadilla(!), postre (dessert), art viewing (rotating exhibitions on walls), coffee, everything but especially their award-winning croquetas and their Saturday tortilla.

Note: accepts credit cards. Small space – make reservations – but bar may be available.

La Encomienda €€

An all organic vegan spot that uses lots of raw and gluten-free ingredients. Has menú del dia and tapas. Great cozy chic interior, friendly staff.

What we recommend: the menú del dia is the perfect match of price and portion. The tapas can be a bit pricey and small.

Note: accepts credit cards and reservations, but the interior is spacious and walk-ins are possible.

Healthy Lovers €€ AT Fav

Authentic Chinese food made vegan in Madrid! Other than bread with your meal, expect flavors and ingredients that are not traditionally Spanish. Eccentric decor. Has menú del día and tapas.

We recommend: the menú del día and tapas. Accepts credit cards. Takes Reservations. Lots of space.

La Colectiva Cafe € AT fav

Specialty coffee shop with amazing quiches (pumpkin or spinach based) and a display case filled with homemade vegan desserts. Great quiet place for getting some work done as it’s quite spacious and they have an entire basement space specifically for that purpose.

We recommend: quiche, coffee, pastries.

Notes: Accepts credit cards.

Level Veggie Bistro €€€

Upscale vegan food in a fine dining atmosphere, across from Retiro Park. Lots of raw food.

Come for: a special occasion.

Notes: Pricey. Accepts reservations and credit cards. No menú del día.

Llantén Veggie Bar €€ AT Fav

This friendly Argentine bar and restaurant has great food, all around, with a strong sensibility on preparing delicious faux meat. Even something that wasn’t normally our taste (mock octopus made from wild mushrooms) was recognizably excellent. Has menú del día and tapas.

We recommend: menú del día, tapas, postre (dessert), empanadas, seitan dishes, chorivegano, cakes. Basically everything.

Note: Accepts credit, takes reservations but haven’t had trouble with walk-ins either.

Loving Hut €€

An international franchise that’s locally run. Offers a menú del día and tapas. Tons of space.

Come for: the kebab and stir fry tapas – we can’t recommend the menú del día.

Notes: accepts credit and reservations. Doesn’t serve alcohol.

La Oveja Negra

Unabashedly feminist divey bar restaurant with a selection of cheap bar food. We can’t recommend everything here, so be wary (don’t get the seitan). Has menú del día and tapas.

Come for: Has the cheapest menú del díá at 8,50. Also has a merienda (snack) deal Monday through Thursday, 5-8 pm. Buy a coffee/tea/smoothie and get a slice of cake for a euro.

Notes: gets packed at night and weekends quickly, so get there early if you want a spot. Accepts credit cards.

Rayén Vegano €€€

Friendly all chic@ staff will bless your plate with organic fresh greens, mostly gluten free and raw ingredients, all made from scratch. One of the first vegan restaurants in Madrid, located in the heart of the Huertas neighborhood.

Come for: menú del día.

Notes: accepts credit cards. Very small so make a reservation or come right when it opens and hope they have an opening.

La Reina Banana €

Super new all vegan juice, smoothie bar with some tapas.

We recommend: dessert, specifically amazing homemade peanut butter cup and cookie dough energy balls.

Note: Very off center, will be out of the way for most visitors. Accepts credit cards.

El Perro Gamberro €€

New tapas spot that just hit its stride. Unconventional spin on traditional foods. Has a taco tasting deal for 2-3 people.

We recommend: tapas, especially the unique tortilla, chorivegano (vegan chorizo), and homemade croquetas.

Note: Accepts credit.

Pura Vida Vegan Bar €€

Vegan chic bar with extra seating downstairs.

Come for: ambiance, drinks, and their accompanying tapas. We can’t recommend the raciónes (sharing plates) as we were disappointed and it’s hard to be eager to try again.

Notes: Accepts credit cards.

Punto Vegano €€

Cute local spot with a cafe vibe, famous for homemade ravioli.

Come for: el plato del día on Thursday and Sunday – handmade spinach stuffed ravioli.

Notes: accepts credit card. Only open Thursday-Sunday.

Sr Boniato €€

Collaborative social space that serves vegan pizza and burgers on Wednesdays and Fridays. Will deliver food via bicycle.

Come for: a very different experience

Note: off-center, only open 2 days a week. They also have workshops like soap making, sewing, and bike maintenance.

Urban Orchard €

Smoothies, cakes, lots of raw and gluten free items.

Come for: a break from indulgent vegan food in a cool atmosphere in the traditional Anton Martín market.

Note: accepts credit cards.

VivaBurger €€ AT Fav

The only all-vegan spot with a terrace! We recommend coming here for a menú del día, where you can try what we consider the best veggie burger in town, completely made from scratch. They’ve also recently started an international menú del día as well, where each day of the week focuses on food from a different country. Lots of seating, so if you have a huge group, they can accommodate – including seating a group of 18 vegans for a meetup we went to.

We recommend: the menú del día,  menú internacional. You won’t get stuck with anything here, but the menú del día is the best deal.

Note: accepts credit cards, takes reservations. 10% markup for terrace seating (the norm everywhere). Some gangsta-ass pigeons may try to hustle you for your potatoes.

Vega €€

A great local favorite that incorporates fresh, organic, raw and gluten-free ingredients. Has a menú del día and tapas. Gets crowded quickly, so come early.

We recommend: the menú del día – the tapas can be a bit pricey for portion size.

Note: doesn’t take reservations for lunch (get there before 1:30 to snag a table), accepts credit cards.

VEGETARIAN Restaurants in Madrid with Vegan Options

With so many vegan options, it’s hard to choose places that put us at a disadvantage. Often they have vegan “options” which means paying the same while removing dairy and eggs. Places rarely offer well-intentioned substitutions. Sorry vegetarians, but when we hear people rave about these spots, it’s always something smothered with dairy or eggs. (And dairy is scary. Eggs too.).

That being said, sometimes we end up in a vegetarian place with a non-vegan friend and we are pleasantly surprised. While one or two good options don’t beat out an entire vegan menu, if you do end up at one of these spots, this is what we can recommend.

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Copenhagen €€€€

An upscale vegetarian restaurant where waiters carry tablets and explain the whole menu to you. Come here if you have posh vegetarian friends who aren’t satisfied with vegan food.

Has vegan options, but they’re half-assed substitutes that will leave you disappointed while others devour melted cheese avalanches. Not bad food, but not very good either. One exception – the vegan chocolate ice cream.

Notes: Huge space, in Salamanca. Pretentiously priced small portioned food that’s supposed to be better than humbler spots, but isn’t.

La Hummuseria €€

Hummus is the star of the show, with some vegetable sides. Many vegan options. Can seat large groups.

Come for: the specialty hummus, like roasted mushrooms, and pesto.

Notes: accepts credit cards, takes reservations.

Pum Pum Café €

Very brunchy expat favorite with a rustic vibe. They usually have two vegan cakes on offer and a variety of veggie milks.

Come for: vegan cake and coffee

Notes: takes credit cards. Super crowded on weekends.

Shi-Shang (all vegan except for a couple desserts and ice cream) €€

A regular staple of the old vegan-friendly vanguard. Greasy Spanish-ized Chinese food.

Come for: the weekday buffet, as the menú del día will be retrieved from the buffet anyways.

Notes: Accepts credit card. Tons of Seating. Sells frozen faux meats.

Yerbabuena €€

A very tucked away spot with isolating interior. Has some actual vegan options that aren’t just vegetarian sans dairy/egg.

Come for: tapas like salmorejo sin huevo (cold tomato soup sans egg), berenjena rebozada (fried breaded eggplant) with vegan sour cream

Notes: Gets crowded. Accepts credit card.

Places/Bars with Solid Vegan Options

In the US, bars don’t always serve food, especially in NYC. But here, every bar serves food and virtually every place that has food serves alcohol. However, some are more about restaurant service. The line isn’t always clear. While most of the vegan places are restaurants, or “bar restaurants”, they discourage standing room, as serving food to people at tables is their priority and they want to avoid clogging their service pathways. For example, don’t expect to go B13 just for drinks – you have to get a table as you can’t sit and drink at the bar.

We feel that when it comes to bars, the vibe and ambiance take even more precedence. We tend to gravitate to divey spots, but we’re down for anything chill. Here are places we’ve tried, with of course, some being our favorites. These places intentionally serve vegan options or are really accommodating upon request. For more elaboration on tapas, check out our vegan tapas guide to Madrid. If you’re looking for a drink and some light bites para picar (to pick at), look no further.

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Ay Mi Madre €

Local pizza spot in Malasaña with limited seating.

Come for: Empanadas (they legit import the dough from Argentina) and pizza – request con queso vegano (with vegan cheese).

Note: accepts credit cards

La Alpargata  €

Inside the Mercado San Fernando is an inconspicuous tiny spot offering a 95% vegan menu, with vegan items clearly marked with a green circled V.

We recommend: drinks and tapas, their lasaña and tostas (large bread slices topped with a variety of things) and the atmosphere in San Fernando Market.

Note: Cash only? Tiny, has a couple high tables, essentially just a deli counter. Open Wednesday – Sunday, but weekend nights are the best time to go as the market is bustling.

El Atrakón

Very local divey spot with an impressive selection of delicious homemade tapas. Offers a couple of vegan raciónes too.

We recommend: a few rounds of drinks, like their homemade sidra (hard cider), and the accompanying tapas that upgrade every new round.

Note: Cash only???

Bacoa Burger €€

A new trendy burger spot with an overwhelming amount of beef burger options and hi def screens broadcasting their story.

Come for: the veggie burger if you must eat near Puerta del Sol, but there are places that do veg burgers way better for cheaper

Notes: Accepts credit card, lots of seating.

Bolero Meatball €

Retro spot tucked away between Sol and Callao that has meatball subs with one vegan option – quinoa-based meatballs topped with a savory satay sauce and served with potato wedges.

Come for: vegan meatball sub.

Note: takes credit cards and has an outdoor terrace.

Cafetería la Plaza (no website available) €

This little cafe boasts brightly painted windows proclaiming vegan treats within. Ask a the counter and they’ll happily show you the goods.

We recommend: the savory empanadas, the tartas (cake, tarts), coffee (has 3 types of veggie milks) – anything vegan has yet to disappoint.

Note: Accepts credit cards. Pretty small but we’re always able to find a table (although you can also get it to go and sit in the plaza just outside). Address: Plaza de Arturo Barea, 15, 28012 Madrid

Celicioso €€ AT Fav

This celiac approved, entirely gluten-free cafe serves a whole range of savory and sweet delights. Vegan goodies are marked. A nice respite from the very crazy Gran Via boulevard.

We recommend: the amazing chocolate cake and the incredible bread if you can splurge for it.

Note: takes credit cards, ample seating.

La Chilostra € AT Fav

One of our favorite bars even though they only have a couple vegan options. But the ambiance is great – local yet cool, and the bartenders are friendly ball busters.

We recommend: the raciónes – alcachofa mus (artichoke dip), papas en mojo (sliced potatoes with side sauce), salmorejo sin huevo y jamón (cool tomato soup sans egg and ham). Ask for vegan tapas when you order your drink and they’ll hook you up. Don’t leave without trying their aceitunas (olives).

Notes: cash only! Gets packed on the weekends.

Los Hermanos Egea €

This spot is right around the corner from us and proudly proclaims to have vegetarian and vegan options. The afternoon servers seem to not have gotten the memo as we’ve asked for vegan tapas and received non-vegan tapas. There is a small all-vegan menu though, with croquetas and super cheap burgers.

Come for: quick drink and bite

In the end, we’re super excited to see this trend increasing, but we can’t recommend this place outside of convenience.

La Inquilina

Comida de lata, or tin foods, are the theme here – think anchovies – with cans and tins acting as decorations above the bar. A slightly classier bar than many that we frequent, but with no pretention. Seems to be all female run (yeah!).

We recommend: the tofu sandwich with tomato and basil on a mollete (southern Spanish style bread) and the artichoke dip. We are suspicious of the guacamole.

Notes: accepts credit cards. They also have some vegan cakes, though the one we had was quite dry (to be fair, it was the end of the day).

Loukanikos € AT Fav

Super popular local bar and anarchist hangout that always seems crowded as it has super cheap raciónes. Best to come on a weeknight for a drink or two.

We recommend: the raciónes, especially patatas bravas, salmorejo, and lentil burgers –  which for 1.50 more comes with fries and a drink.

Notes: cash only. Also has local vegan artisanal beer, Veer.

Viva Chapata €

Local bar in the heart of Lavapiés with lots of vegan-friendly options. Their specialty is different types of non-traditional bread based sandwiches, including chapata (ciabatta bread).

Come for: a seat at the bar with drinks, tapas, and cake. Tortilla quality varies and “pizzas” are more like chapatas with toppings.

Note: 10% surcharge for table seating. Accepts credit cards. Gets very busy. They have a couple outdoor tables if you can manage to snag one.

Yakenpon € AT Fav

Authentic Japanese food in Madrid! Japanese food is everywhere in New York City and one of our favorite all time foods, so this place is actually a bit of nostalgia for us. Offers a vegan menú del día and many vegan tapas.

We wholeheartedly recommend: the sole vegan menú del día option, the ramen, and the vegetable chirashi.

Note: accepts credit cards, hours limited to the Mercado San Fernando.

Vegan Grocery Stores in Madrid

We’ve witnessed Madrid become more and more vegan-friendly even just the eight months we have lived here. For example, already two local places near us now have regularly advertised vegan options. And lately we’ve been finding new intentionally vegan products in mainstream supermarkets, such as in Mercadona, a Spanish chain, and Lidl, a German-owned chain. Also, herbelarios (health food stores) tend to dot every block and usually have some vegan products, along with vitamins, supplements and usual health oriented fare.

If you find yourself living in Madrid, or looking to make a meal at home while you visit, there are some great all vegan stores you should patronize.

Planeta Vegano

You’ll think you’ve arrived at a plant-based world if you woke up in this store. Not only it is it all vegan, but it boasts several varieties of each product (ie 3 almond milks or 3 soy milks, etc). Typically Spanish markets have one of everything, but not here. The staff is friendly and will happily recommend products they’ve tried themselves. Make sure to be clear how you want to prepare it, as some products are better served as is, while some need preparation before eating. As with specialty vegan foods, expect a little markup, but often it’s well worth it. We come here frequently for our favorite vegan goodies we can’t find anywhere else.

We recommend: Provamel nondairy products, Violife cheeses, Sheese cheeses, parmesan style cheese, Vegourmet cheeses, tofu. Also has tempeh, flavored tofu, veggie burgers, lots of faux meat including many types of chorizo.

Note: Accepts credit cards.

Veggie Room

An all vegan store similar to Planeta Vegana, but for if you find yourself up around Malasaña. It’s slightly smaller and less selection, but another great vegan store nonetheless.

Come for: vegan products, of course.

Note: Accepts credit card.

Encuentro Vegano

Like the above, but much more off center.

We recommend: The squash based dried chorizo “Calabizo”- no funky fillers or preservatives and adds a flavor burst to any stew. Has similar products, but much smaller than the other two.

Nan-Yea Market (not all vegan)

This international store specializes in Asian products. They also boast a lot of prepared vegan food para llevar (take away)

We recommend: the amazing croquetas, and generally any prepared vegan food. An oasis in a 4- 8 pm Spanish food desert.

Note: Accepts credit cards.

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If you made it this far, congratulations! This is an epic post, but Madrid deserves it. We plan to update frequently with new finds, so stay tuned. There’s such a great vegan scene and community here and tons of resources if you know where to look.

Further Reading:

Ultimate vegan guide to Madrid not ultimate enough for you? Check out these for further vegany goodness in Madrid.

Vegan Tapas Guide to Madrid

Guide to Vegan Menús del Día in Madrid

Madrid Vegano has tons of articles in Spanish and some in English.

The Nomadic Vegan’s epic Vegan Guide to Spain has tons of helpful vocab and traditional naturally vegan Spanish dishes.

Buen provecho!

 

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