Ultimate Vegan Guide to Madrid

We’re here to set the record straight – Madrid is super vegan-friendly.

In fact, there are 24 vegan restaurants in Madrid, which puts it 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 not true in the Spanish capital.

While there are accidentally vegan options in Spanish food, Madrid boasts a vegan scene exploding from infancy.  After over a year living in Madrid eating our way around the city, we’re here with another update to our ultimate vegan guide to Madrid. In just under six months, six more vegan restaurants in Madrid have opened up! Not to mention more vegan options all around.

Whether you’re just visiting for a few days/weeks or you’re staying for longer, we’ve got you covered.

In this ultimate vegan guide to Madrid, we include every one of the 24 vegan restaurants in Madrid, vegan bakeries, the best vegetarian restaurants in Madrid, and places with notable vegan options. We give our general impressions and the best dishes the place has to offer to optimize your visit.  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 dinner plates) in Madrid.

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We should note that we do not use the word “ultimate” without justification. We’ve come across many “complete” guides that don’t even mention half the vegan places available or don’t include the date the article was written and half the places have since closed. Rest assured, this is for vegans and vegan-curious, written by vegans.

We use the ultimate title sparingly and only for places where we’ve lived at least a few months and can do in-depth research (yum) with repeated visits (yum yum). Our only other comprehensive vegan guide thus far has been our Ultimate Vegan Guide to Salt Lake City.

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Tips for Eating Out in Spain

Keep in mind Spanish meal time hours: lunch is from 1 – 4 pm, and dinner/tapas between 8 – 11 pm (sometimes on weekends places will serve until 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. Also, the Spanish do not like spicy hot dishes – that’s Mexico and other Latin American countries you’re thinking of. If it’s labeled picante it may be bold in some flavor, but hardly spicy to our American standards (and we’re not that into spicy).

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:
€ = 10 and under
€€ = 15 and under
€€€ = 15 and up

“AT FAV” = Alternative Travelers Favorite. Any restaurant with this abbreviation means we love it and go there frequently.

Without further ado, let the guiding commence!

100% Vegan Restaurants in Madrid

There are 24 vegan restaurants in Madrid and two fully vegan bakeries according to HappyCow. Basically the vegan Yelp, we use it whenever we travel and 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: at least a little 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 daily homemade affairs. 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. We frequently bring out-of-towners here and everyone always loves it – omnivores included.

We recommend: tapas – the tortilla (potato omelette), the estilo pollo (faux chicken) and linda (faux beef) burgers, the calamari and chorizo bocadillos (sub sandwiches).

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

Bunny’s Deli €€ AT Fav  Mostly Gluten Free

An expat couple runs this chic nontraditional establishment with incredible food. They have unparalleled transparency in their methods and ingredients (open kitchen, open storage). There’s a rotating menu every day and everything is made in-house. The food is top notch, and the layering of flavors is indicative of the culinary mastery the chef possesses.  Everything is comida ecólogica (European Spanish for Organic) so expect an appropriate markup. They also do brunch on weekends and offer vegan cooking classes.

Life changing nutmeg muffin (gluten-free too!)

We recommend: everything. We had one of the best muffins ever here. Great seasonal dishes like pumpkin pie.  Definitely don’t miss dessert!

Notes: Takes credit card. No reservations, and non-traditional seating – you sort of sit wherever there’s space for a plate. All Organic.

Chilling Café € AT Fav

Chilling Café is much more than just the first vegan cafe in Madrid. Super cool interior of recycled materials, friendly owners, super chill 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. The owners make beautiful plant milk coffee art – who says you need moo juice to do that?

We recommend: the coffee, brunch, 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 offering all vegan lunch and dinner. The stoic vegan owner perfectly embodies the calm and collected interior.

Come for: menú del día and the exhibition art space below. Every Friday there’s a weekly changing burger menú for 12 euros.

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

Delish Vegan Donuts € AT Fav

Artisan, yeasty donuts that are so delicious you wonder why all donuts aren’t vegan already. As we proclaimed our love for these donuts, the owner overheard and said, “Wow, that’s saying something as you’re from New York! Thank you!” What can we say, we know our donuts and these are perfection. Expect an assortment of icings and toppings that align with the seasons. There are several steps above the donuts in any old Spanish pastry shop, so expect an appropriate markup (2.50/donut).

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Come for: donuts, of course, but also to enjoy their delicious pumpkin spice latte (Sam just had to).

Note: Takes credit card.

Distrito Vegano €€ AT Fav, Gluten-free options and by request

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. This year, for the second year in a row, they’ve won first place in the popular vote for best tapa in the annual tapas festival Tapapies. And this wasn’t a vegan festival! In our humble opinions, they have the best vegan tortilla in Madrid too. Read our article on Green Living Spain on where else to find great vegan tortilla in Madrid!

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Currently, they’re putting out dishes using Heura Faux meats. (Huera is a Barcelona-based company that makes some seriously realistic vegan chicken.)

We recommend: everything but especially their award-winning croquetas, their cakes, and their Saturday tortilla. We bring every visiting friend here and they’re always impressed.

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

Empatia Rincon Vegano €

A very local spot run by a shy but sweet couple in our old neighborhood. Everything is homemade and low key. Expect to see satisfied omnivore locals curiously asking about what their meatballs were made of.

We recommend: the cheapest vegan menú del día at 8.50 only rivaled by La Oveja Negra, but with more generous portions. Tapas are solid here too – go for the albóndigas (meatballs), generously topped veggie burger, and moist cakes.

Notes: Takes credit card. Really close to Atocha train station if you want to hang somewhere before catching a train!

La Encomienda €€ Tons of Gluten-free options

An all comida ecólogica (organic) vegan spot that uses lots of raw and gluten-free ingredients. They have a menú del dia and tapas. Great cozy chic interior, friendly staff. They have a super stocked bar with many local craft beers (not common in Madrid), vermouth on tap, and carrot wine!

We recommend: the menú del día, perfect match of price and portion. The tapas are delicious but consistently too small for the price.

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

Healthy Lovers €€ AT Fav

Authentic Chinese food made vegan in Madrid! Expect flavors and ingredients that are not traditionally Spanish (other than bread with your meal, which is pretty much standard in Spain).  They have a menú del día and tapas. They owners and staff are super sweet and the large space is decorated quite eccentrically (think wooden spoons hanging from lights). Sometimes they have live music events as well.

We recommend: the menú del día and tapas, and if you’re missing the flavors that aren’t present in Spanish-ified Chinese food.

Notes: 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 creative and traditional homemade desserts. The owners are super sweet and friendly Argentines. Great quiet place for getting some work done as it’s quite spacious and they have an additional basement space expressly for that purpose.

We recommend: everything, but especially the pumpkin quiche, pumpkin chocolate brownie, the fatay (a savory stuffed Lebanese flatbread) and the incredible lemon meringue.

Notes: Accepts credit cards. Is a coffee shop first and foremost – don’t expect a menú del día or extensive tapas.

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 traditionally Spanish styled bar and restaurant has all around great food with a strong sensibility on preparing delicious faux meat. Expect a super savory punch to your taste buds. Even something that wasn’t normally our taste (mock octopus made from wild mushrooms) was excellent. Has menú del día and tapas. The chef and owner is very friendly and hails from Argentina.

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Come for: The menú del día and tapas, specifically seitan dishes and faux meat dishes, like the chorivegano.  If they have empanadas – get them. Cakes are exceedingly excellent though a bit pricey.

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. Tread softly with faux meats – they can be rubbery.

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

Masa Madre €€ Gluten free upon request

Cozy wood-paneled interior with extra space in the back. Slings solid pizzas with toppings to match. They have a menú del dia with hearty portions and sometimes pizza as an option. Everything is palm oil free and there are gluten-free options (including pizza)! The only vegan pizza spot that makes its own cheese. Unfortunately, they’re a bit pricey for what you get (15 euro pizzas).

Come for: the 9.50 menú – often they serve pizza and calzones! The pizza is good, but felt a bit dry and overcooked.

Notes: Accepts credit card. Everything is palm oil free. Menú del día doesn’t include drink. We’ve also heard very mixed reviews from friends.

La Oveja Negra

Unabashedly unapologetic feminist dive bar and restaurant with a selection of cheap bar food. Vaginas adorn the walls and there’s even a feminist board game. Be wary of faux meats here (don’t get the rubbery seitan). Has menú del día and tapas.

Come for: The scene if it’s your thing. Has the cheapest menú del díá at 8.50 though it’s not always a win. We can recommend the merienda (snack) deal Monday through Thursday, 5-8 pm: Buy a coffee/tea/smoothie and get a slice of chocolate mousse cake for a euro!

Notes: Accepts credit cards. Gets packed at night and weekends quickly  – come early for a spot.

 

El Perro Gamberro €€

El Perro Gamberro is a new spot for vegan tapas in Madrid that just hit its stride. They have an unconventional spin on traditional food, like unique Spanish tortilla and croqueta flavors. 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. Small – make reservations for weekends as it fills up.

Pizzi & Dixie €€ Gluten-Free Options

A new spot by the same people who formerly ran the now-closed Botanique. Pizzi and Dixie focuses on vegan Italian dishes, like pizza, pasta, and calzones. A large space with plenty of seating – can easily accommodate large parties.

Come for: the atmosphere and large selection of Italian dinner options. While the pizza has great dough and sauce, the cheese is clearly store-bought, which detracts from the higher quality of the homemade sauce and dough. We can’t recommend the menú, as the portions were scanty and low on the veggies.

Note: Takes credit card.

Plant Grill €€ AT FAV

The most central location and a charcoal grill set this spot apart from the others. Read more in our profile series.

We recommend: the menú – almost always great, but very veggie heavy (may not impress carnivores). For tapas, the avocado tartar is amazing, but the tasty sandwiches – the sundried tomato caprese, and bbq jackfruit wrap give you the most bang for your buck/euro.

Notes: Takes credit card and reservations. Serves organic coffee.

Rayén Vegano €€€ Mostly Gluten-Free

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

Come for: food that won’t bust your gut. We recommend the menú del día.

Notes: accepts credit cards. Very small so make a reservation or come right when it opens and hope they have a spot. All Organic (comida ecológica)

La Reina Banana €

All vegan juice bar with smoothies and 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.

Pura Vida Vegan Bar €€

Vegan chic bar with extra seating downstairs. We keep hearing mixed reviews – some people rave while other say pass. We’re considering another try, but it’s hard to choose over guaranteed quality options we already know of.

Come for: earthy yet trendy ambiance, drinks, and their accompanying tapas. We can’t recommend the raciónes (sharing plates) as we were disappointed.

Notes: Accepts credit cards.

Punto Vegano €€

Cute local spot with a white tile interior bakery cafe vibe, famous for their 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 Thursdays and Fridays. Will deliver food via bicycle.

Come for: supporting the niche vegan community.

Note: off-center, only open Thu and Fri 8:00pm-12:00am. They also have workshops like soap making, sewing, and bike maintenance.

Urban Orchard €

Juice bar slinging all-natural smoothies, homemade cakes, including lots of raw and gluten-free items.

Come for: a break from indulgent vegan food in the stall’s earthy atmosphere while people watching in the bustling indoor Anton Martín neighborhood market.

Note: accepts credit cards.

 

Vega €€ AT Fav, Gluten-free options upon request

A great local favorite that incorporates fresh, organic, raw and gluten-free ingredients. Has a menú del día and tapas, with gluten-free options. It’s hard to go wrong here, and it’s one of our favorite lunch spots, and one we show off to omnivore visitors.

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Vegan Feta Cheese!

We recommend: the hearty 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. All Organic (comida ecológica).

VivaBurger €€ AT Fav, Gluten-free options upon request

The only vegan restaurant in Madrid 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. (Fellow veg blogger Wanderlicious agrees with us – and she’s tried 25+ veggie burgers in Madrid! Read her list here).

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. They have the month’s international menus up on their website, so you can plan your visit based on what looks good. 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. Do expect Spanish culinary sense with the international food – curry that isn’t spicy.

Note: accepts credit cards, takes reservations. 10% markup for terrace seating (the norm everywhere). Some gangsta-ass pigeons will try to hustle your potatoes. If you wear an alt rock tshirt, you might get more wine from the alt rock server – just don’t tell him we sent you 😉

Best 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.). Very often their solution to veganize is just as uninspired as non vegetarian spots: remove the dairy and eggs, and not replace with something comparable or well adapted. Unfortunately, we also usually find the vegetarian restaurants in Madrid to have smaller portions for more money than the vegan spots.

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 entirely vegan menu, if you do end up at one of these spots, this is what we can recommend.

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.

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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, which was delicious.

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 a vegan cake on offer and a variety of veggie milks. Sadly not a ton of vegan options, as most things come with eggs or dairy.

Come for: vegan cake and coffee

Notes: takes credit cards. Super crowded on weekends.

Tiyoweh la Quietud €€

This is probably our favorite vegetarian restaurant in Madrid to date. If you seek vegan tranquility, this is your spot. There’s table for diners, couches for tea, and even a meditation space in the back. All the food is vegan but they have cow’s milk and honey available by request for vegetarian tea drinkers.

We recommend: El menu del dia, which consists of the Tiyoweh plate, beverage, and dessert. The plate varies every day, but expect super fresh sampler plate of food. Ours had potatoes, mushroom risotto, mixed green salad, hummus, super soft whole wheat bread, sweet potato and beet soup – previously unheard of combo that was surprisingly delicious.

Notes: Takes credit card and reservations.

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. A classic among local Spaniards.

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.

Superchulo €€

Super trendy spot in Malasaña that serves up high-quality faux meats from Huera. It can be hit or miss. Our friends behind online vegan cooking classes Brownble at first had a great pad thai here, but when we went it was quite bland, and when they went again they said the same.

Come for: the excellent desserts (at least one or two vegan options), but it’s hard to recommend overall, as it’s very pricey for small portions. They usually have one vegan option for the menu del dia.

Notes: Takes credit card and online reservations.

Vegicano €€€

A small vegetarian restaurant inside the Mercado Tirso de Molina that shares a kitchen with a non-vegetarian restaurant. We came here on the pretense that it was all vegan – their website is not clear about this and they had been listed as vegan on other sites. It has since been corrected on HappyCow.

Come for: if you’re in the area and really missing Mexican food – the sauces and moles are done right. However, we really can’t recommend it. The food is good, but way overpriced with tiny portions, and the location will be out of the way for visitors.

Note: Takes credit card. Loves to give a sob story about how hard vegan desserts are to make.

Yerbabuena €€

A very tucked away spot in the heart of Madrid. 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 restaurants in Madrid are sit-down restaurants, or “bar restaurants”, they discourage standing room, as serving food to people at tables is their priority. Understandably, 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 on vegan and vegetarian tapas in Madrid, check out our vegan tapas guide. If you’re looking for a drink and some light bites para picar (to pick at), look no further.

Ay Mi Madre €

Local pizza spot in Malasaña with limited seating. Great and affordable vegan pizzas with vegan cheese!

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

Note: accepts credit cards

La Alpargata € AT FAV

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 used to go here a lot because it was in our old neighborhood.

We recommend: a few rounds of drinks, like their homemade sidra (hard cider), and the accompanying tapas that upgrade every new round (one of the few places with many vegan options that does this – see more in our guide to vegan tapas in Madrid).

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.

The Big Banh €

This sandwich shop in hip Malasaña slings Vietnamese subs called Banh mi. While the original concept is mayo slathered french bread stuffed with veggies, ham, and paté, the concept is spreading like wildfire and every place is doing its own thing. They offer a veggie sub stuffed with homemade rice-based meatballs, and can substitute with vegan mayo. They go to great care to use separate utensils and cutting board for the vegan sub.

Come for: when you need a quick bite, and not looking to commit to a traditional meal. the sole vegan option – order the vegetarian sub, but ask to make it vegan (pero puedes hacerlo vegano, por faaaa?).

Notes: Accepts credit card. Has a good amount 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 at 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 €€

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 on 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 our old place 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. Mostly female staff will dazzle you with their calm efficiency. Has spruced up and updated the menu since after the summer.

We recommend: solid drinks and artichoke dip. We used to recommend the tofu mollete, but it has since changed for the worse unfortunately – it used to be a go-to of ours. It used to be like a basil tomato mozzarella sandwich but now it’s devolved to a crumbled tofu tasteless mess. Veren suspects the overzealous male owner got his hands in it since the tapas festival.

Come for: solid drinks, and a casual but not too trendy, hip atmosphere with a couple of vegan snacks. There are a couple tables outside if you’re lucky enough to snag one!

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.  Socialist 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 the local vegan artisanal beer, Veer.

Urban Bits €

Tiny designer chic spot that offers a couple of “vegan donuts.”

Come for: donut shaped cake. We were super excited to try these donuts but discovered they were super small for too large a price tag. They’re not donuts by any standard.

Notes: Ridiculously overpriced. Not actual donuts.

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. Mushroom croquetas are great.

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 foods, so this place is actually a bit nostalgic 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 Gelato in Madrid

We came to the realization that we’ve tried quite a few solid vegan ice creams in Madrid and that warrants its own section.

We tend to avoid sorbets and go for the plant milked based flavors unless they’re naturally creamy like mango and coconut.

Acquolina

Ask the server which flavors are vegan. We recommend the mango.

Heladeria Bellamia

We checked out this place with fellow vegan and sustainable travelers We the Wildflowers when they were in town. We recommend the salted caramel and coconut. These are plant milked based and super creamy. The salted caramel tasted almost too good to be true – you could fool omnivores with this one.

Labonata

Entirely separate vegan case. Ask server for descriptions. Flavors are super fresh and change daily. Allergens clearly noted.

Vegan Churros in Madrid

If you’re looking for an authentic churros experience but vegan, you got one true option (that we’ve found, anyway).

Los Artesanos 1902

Sure, churros are accidentally vegan, but you’re not having the traditional experience without a cup of dipping chocolate. Here you can order the dark chocolate, which is made without milk. Which means more chocolate.

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We recommend: the skinny ones and the porras, the fat ones. Watch them make them it fresh.

Note: Accepts credit cards.

Vegan Grocery Stores in Madrid

We’ve witnessed Madrid become more and more vegan-friendly even just within the year that 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 Spanish 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. 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 vegan 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.

Grocery Stores with Notable Vegan Options

Nan-Yea Market

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.

The following three supermarket chains have Instagrams and websites that keep track of all their vegan products.

Mercadona (AT Fav) 

The best Spanish supermarket chain around. Has the best prices and its affordable own line of products, much like Trader Joe’s in the States.

Come for: the best all-around prices, regardless of sales, and produce. Also has a fresh orange juice machine for the best OJ ever. Notable vegan options include burgers, ice cream, chocolate pudding, croquetas, and more.

Notes: the central locations have better options, like the vegan croissant. Check Vegadona for all the existing and upcoming vegan products.

Lidl (Alt Fav)

This German chain is our second go-to spot, as they have a revolving international themed section. One month may be Italian, then the next month Japanese, then the next Tunisian. Has the most ferocious sales.

Come for: the bio section – we use their bio brand Spanish olive oil and they have fair trade coffee and dark chocolate (for 1 euro!) Check the bakery section for freshly baked German-style bread – their brown breads are great. Check the ingredient listing book nearby and you’ll see many baked goods have no artificial ingredients.

Check VeganLidlSpain for more!

Aldi 

Sells more German products than Lidl, has more bulk products produced in Spain, like beans and grains. Unfortunately, there’s only one Aldi in the center of Madrid, and it’s nowhere near us, so we pretty much never go. It’s right near Arguelles metro stop if you happen to be staying in the area!

Come for: more niche bio products, like smoked tofu and vegan pates.

Check VeganAldiSpain for more!

Pop Up Markets with Notable Vegan Options

Mercado de Productores

This market happens for a whole weekend every month in the Matadero, the former municipal slaughterhouse turned cultural space. Think like a farmer’s market, but huge. They have the usual stands like produce, with at least one stall selling vegetarian and vegan products, but also food trucks, which are what we always go for. We always get the Papas Arrugas en Mojo – get the red pepper sauce with an almond base. It’s super creamy!

Mercado de Motores

This market calls itself the “Market Más Cool de Madrid” – no translation needed for that one! This usually happens the second weekend of every month and features designers and food trucks in Madrid’s Train Museum. It’s a super cool space amongst the old steam engines and there is usually live music both inside and outside in warmer weather.

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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 posts on specifics of finding the best vegan food in Madrid.

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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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