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Ultimate Vegan Guide to Madrid

written by Sam and Veren November 16, 2017
Ultimate Vegan Guide to Madrid

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

In fact, there are 26 vegan restaurants in Madrid plus six bakeries and three vegan grocery stores (as of May 2018), 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 almost two years 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 26 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.

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

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. While you may not be able to try everything like us, we hope to narrow things down for you so you can spend more time enjoying Madrid.

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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:
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“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.

Generally speaking, Spanish establishments tend to serve rich, indulgent food. Even salads will have generous amounts of dressing. Avoiding oil and processed foods is not impossible but if that’s your goal, you must be scrupulous. If you see burgers and hotdogs on a vegan menu, expect a food that emulates the original – processed and fatty – unless otherwise noted.

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. This is a 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 €€€ Mostly Gluten Free

An expat couple runs this chic nontraditional establishment with incredibly artisan-made food. They have unparalleled transparency in their methods and ingredients (open kitchen, open storage) – everything is made in-house and is comida ecólogica (European Spanish for Organic) so expect an appropriate markup. They also do brunch on weekends and offer vegan cooking classes.

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Life changing nutmeg muffin (gluten-free too!)

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

Notes:  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, tortilla and baos (a small Chinese style sandwich). Great for when you missed the traditional Spanish meal times – they serve food all day.

Notes: 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: 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’ll 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!” We know our donuts and these are perfection. Expect an assortment of icings and toppings that align with the seasons. These are several steps above the donuts in any old Spanish pastry shop, so expect an appropriate markup (2.50/donut).

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

Note: Small – not a lot of seating.

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 Huera 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. Just know this is indulgent food – the nachos and hotdogs are not kale chips and healthy dogs.

Note: Small space and always packed – make reservations online.

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: 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 food) vegan spot that uses lots of raw and gluten-free ingredients. They have a menú del dia and tapas. Great cozy chic interior and 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, a good match of price and portion. The tapas are delicious but consistently too small for the price.

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

La Colectiva Cafe

Specialty coffee shop with quiches (pumpkin or spinach based) and a display case filled with creative and traditional homemade desserts. Quiet place for getting some work done as they have an additional basement space expressly for that purpose.

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

Notes: Unfortunately it seems like they do not take U.S. credit cards anymore (citing a 30 cents upcharge for them), so don’t plan on using your travel credit card here. It is a coffee shop first and foremost – don’t expect a menú del día or extensive tapas.

We are also sad to report, that as of late, their customer service has been really bad – rude and condescending. It’s especially disappointing as we were regulars here (we’ve lost count of visits), and even this didn’t save us. Several of our friends have reported similar experiences. While we know that Americans are notorious for complaining about any service that doesn’t dote on them – this isn’t the case – so considered yourself warned. It’s a shame because we really loved the food and the place.

Level Veggie Bistro €€€

Upscale vegan food in a fine dining atmosphere, across from Retiro Park. Lots of raw gourmet food but with cooked dishes as well. We came here to celebrate our anniversary and it did not disappoint. All the desserts are raw, but they do serve excellent coffee and tea.

Come for: a special occasion. We suggest the lasagna, sushi, and black and white chocolate raw pie. Their café con leche de avellena (coffee with hazelnut milk) is superb.

Notes: Expensive but delicious. Expect to pay more than twice your usual meal. Accepts reservations. No menú del día.

Llantén Veggie Bar €€ AT Fav

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

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We recommend: The menú del día and tapas, specifically seitan dishes and faux meat dishes, like the chorivegano and milanesa.  If they have empanadas – get them. They also have a weeknight menú for 15 euros.

Note: Takes reservations but haven’t had trouble with walk-ins either.  This isn’t a buddha bowl spot – don’t come expecting salads and smoothies or the usual trendy vegan health fare.

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 –  can’t recommend the menú del día, as we’ve been disappointed every time. Tread softly with faux meats – they can be rubbery.

Notes: accepts reservations. Doesn’t serve alcohol.

Masa Madre €€ Gluten free upon request

Vegan restaurant with a invitingly decorated wood-paneled interior and extra space in the back. The only vegan pizza spot that makes its own cheese. Unfortunately, they’re a bit pricey for what you get (15 euro pizzas) and the quality is inconsistent.

Come for: the 9.50 menú – often they serve pizza and calzones.

We recommend: They’ve unfortunately have degraded in quality – we had a bad experience here last we went (many friends report the same). They didn’t have their usual menú, and the food just felt tired, sloppy, and stingy. A mushy veggie burger,  a pizza topped with fresh basil stems… are the leaves that expensive? It’s a shame because their pizza dough is really good, and the homemade cheese is on point.

Notes: Everything is palm oil free. Menú del día doesn’t include a drink.

 

La Oveja Negra € Gluten Free options

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 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: Gets packed at night and weekends quickly  – come early for a spot.

Rustic Fusion € Gluten Free options

A new all-vegan súper castizo style bar (typical of Madrid)located North of Retiro Park in the neighborhood of Prosperidad. Large space with bar seating, tables in front, and the back. Has an extensive carta (menu) that has vegan versions of all the typical Madrid bar offering i.e. croquetas, patata bravas, bocadillos (sub sandwiches) french fries, hamburgers but also arepas, salads, and wraps. Also a whole pizza section with 13 options. Expect friendly punky servers with a no-nonsense vibe.

Come for: a typical Madrileño bar experience

We recommend: almost anything, but expect rich and heavy bar food that pairs best with alcohol. For a homemade affair, go for the burgers, croquetas and pizza. If you want top-notch substitutions, get the “chorivegan” (vegan chorizo) or “nocalamar” (vegan calamari) sandwiches.

Note: Will be slightly out of the way for most short-term visitors. If you can, it’s worth the visit. Allergens marked on the menu.

El Perro Gamberro €€

They have an unconventional spin on traditional food, like unique Spanish tortilla and croqueta flavors. The Perro Gamberro tortilla is usually made with squash instead of chickpeas.

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

Note: 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.

We recommend: The pizza menú del día and the menú del día. The pizza has great dough and sauce, and they’re improving their use of the store bought cheese. Originally we did not recommend the menú, but it has improved dramatically the last time we went, and we want to come back again.

Note: Spacious but very popular.

Rayén Vegano €€€ Mostly Gluten-Free

Friendly all-female 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. Nothing is fried here, with lots of fresh flavors and veggies.

Notes: 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.

Pura Vida Vegan Bar €€

Vegan chic bar with extra seating downstairs. We keep hearing mixed reviews – some people rave while other say pass. After eating here several times, we’re in the latter category. We find their pizzas quite bland and other dishes a bit strange. They do make some solid croquetas though at fair prices.

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

Notes: Has a separate downstairs space for reserved tables.

Punto Vegano €€

Cute local spot with a white tile interior bakery cafe vibe, famous for their homemade ravioli. Check out their display case for the latest baked goods.

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: Essentially a counter – just a couple high tables.

Vega €€ AT Fav, Many Gluten-free options

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 best menú del día – always with light and hearty options. Tapas can be a bit too pricey for portion size.

Note: doesn’t take reservations for lunch (get there before 1:30 to snag a table). Ccomida ecológica (organic food)

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 of the best veggie burgers in Madrid).

We recommend: the two menús del día: the menú burguer and menú internacional  (their website lists the daily specials). 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 menú ie delicious curry that isn’t spicy.

Note: Takes reservations. 10% markup for terrace seating (the norm everywhere).

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.).

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.

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)

Note:  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 with night life.

Falafeleria €

The sister restaurant of La Hummeseria (see below). Coming from New York, we know a thing or two about falafel sandwiches, where it’s a common street food we frequently devoured. However, these Israeli proprietors definitely know a few things more than us when it comes to making them. With plenty of seating and beverages options, you’ll wait around five minutes until you’re summoned to choose from a variety of fresh and pickled toppings to stuff into your sandwich. Easily the most authentic and delicious falafel on offer in Madrid.

We recommend: their deliciously layered falafel sandwich, of course. They also have vegan seitan and mushroom shawarma that will not disappoint. Expect hearty filling portions.

Note: they have salsas picantes (hot sauce) that are actually hot. Spanish foods generally shy away from any amount of spicy hot.

El Fogon Verde €€

Solid vegetarian food made with local ingredients. Expect dishes that primarily focus on one vegetable, like bean soups or roasted potatoes. A solid lunch option near the Museums.

Come for: A menú del día – offers at least two options per course. Vegan options are clearly marked. The only place that gives you a full carafe of wine! A win for the Sam.

Notes: Plenty of seating. Make sure to double clarify if food is vegan – especially dessert. Near the museums. Comida ecológica (organic food).

La Huerta de Almería €€ Gluten-free options

Cozy laid back and tucked away grocery store and restaurant. There are two other locations: one is a juice/smoothie and shop, the other a juice/smoothie bar but sandwiches – this listing is the restaurant on Calle Moratín. A vegetarian restaurant we can appreciate because they offer real vegan options and quality vegan substitutes.

We recommend: the menú del día, as it’s very filling, well done, and a just a tad indulgent. The only complaint is they have one vegan dessert that’s usually not there (we checked many times), and the coffee kinda sucked.

Note: Easy to miss as at first glance – looks like small a grocery store but there is table service in the back.

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 reservations and can seat large groups.

Loukanikos € AT Fav

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

We recommend: the raciónes, especially patatas bravas, salmorejo, and hamburguesa lenteja (fried potatoes, cold tomato soup, and lentil burgers). For 1.50 more the burger comes with fries and a drink.

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

Manjar de Conuco €€

Tiny tucked away spot where the formally Botanique was(now Pizzie Dixie in Malasaña. Has a menú del día. In the Mercado Anton Martin. The gregarious owner from Venezuela really makes you feel welcome.

We recommend: the meriendas (snack special), as the cakes were excellent – get a tea/coffee with cake for a couple euros. We wish we could recommend the tapas or menú, but the portions were way too small for the price, despite being very tasty.

Notes: Very tiny – takes reservations. Inside the Mercado Antón Martín. We witness only vegan food being served here, but Happycow reports this place as vegetarian,  so to be safe we will list it accordingly.

Pum Pum Café €

Very brunch-y 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: Super crowded on weekends.

Tiyoweh la Quietud €€

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

We recommend: The menú del día, which consists of the Tiyoweh plate, beverage, and dessert. The plate varies every day, but expect super fresh sampler plate of food ranging from scalloped potatoes, mushroom risotto, mixed green salad, hummus,  with super soft whole wheat bread. Once we had a surprisingly delicious sweet potato and beet soup – previously unheard of combo to us.

Notes: Takes reservations.

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

A regular staple of the old vegan-friendly vanguard. Greasy Chinese food that caters to Spanish taste buds. We’re not fans but its a regular classic among local Spaniards.

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

Notes: Tons of Seating but gets super busy on the weekends. 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 menú del día.

Notes: Takes 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 that will add up if you wanted to leave full. The location will be out of the way for most visitors.

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

Yerbabuena €€ Gluten-free options

A very tucked away spot in the heart of Madrid. Has some actual vegan options that aren’t just vegetarian sans dairy/egg. Very accomodating to vegans and celiacs.

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

Notes: Gets crowded. Has two locations. Posts their menú del día online for the month – often is mostly vegan.

Restaurants/Bars with Solid Vegan Options

In the US, bars don’t always serve food, especially in NYC. But here in Madrid, 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. 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!

Sandwiches and vegan pizza in Madrid at Ay Mi Madre! - AlternativeTravelers.com

We recommend: the 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: Small – just a couple tables.

 

El Atrakón

Very local divey spot with an impressive selection of delicious homemade tapas. They are very vegan-friendly, listing all their vegan items on a chalkboard by the kitchen. They also offer a weekday menú del día, with two options for every course.

We recommend: a few round 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). If you’re looking to dine with omnivore friends who refuse to eat vegan food, this place is a solid option.

Note: Southeast edge of the city center – may be too far for those staying/living in the North.

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: lots of seating.

The Big Banh €

This sandwich shop in hip Malasaña slings Vietnamese subs called Banh mi. 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.

Notes: 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: has an outdoor terrace.

Celicioso €€ 100% Gluten-free

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 amazingly rich chocolate cake and the incredibly soft bread if you can splurge on it.

Note: counter to-go service and ample seating for table service.

La Chilostra € AT Fav

One of our favorite bars even though they only have a couple vegan options. But the ambiance is great – local regulars and chill. 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 ni jamón (cold 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. Allergens marked on the menu.

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

Note: we can’t recommend this place outside of convenience but we’re super excited to see more vegan options.

Honest Greens €€ Gluten-free options

Casual fast food prepared and served by a small army from an open-air kitchen in an interior of exposed infrastructure, with hanging plants, and a barista station inside a small European truck. We felt like we had stumbled into New York City – except we could actually afford the food. Popular with expats but likely a concern with Spanish locals as apparently there will be another location opening in the center very soon.

Come for: Solid vegan options and quality food, in a loud, hurried and bustling atmosphere (the antithesis of Spanish dining). Veggies are fresh but oil coated. Get the grilled tofu –  a market plate with two sides if you want to leave full.

Note: Very north of the center, but next to the Estadio Bernebéu. Our biggest gripe: mislabeling “plant-based” items that contain animal products.  The word they are looking for is “ovo-lacto vegetarian” or “not vegan.” There are vegan items labeled – but be careful, as they advertise explicitly vegan products on nonvegan products, which is confusing at first glance. Either they should change the labeling or change their name to Dishonest (or Misinformed) Greens.

La Inquilina

A slightly classier bar than many that we frequent, but with no pretention. Comida de lata, or tin foods, are the theme here – think anchovies – with cans and tins acting as decorations above the bar. Mostly female staff will dazzle you with their calm efficiency. Has spruced up and updated the menu since after the summer.

Come for: 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 like a basil tomato mozzarella sandwich but now it’s devolved to a crumbled tofu tasteless mess. Veren suspects the overzealous male owner got overinvolved since the tapas festival.

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

 

Viva Chapata €

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

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

Note: 10% surcharge for table seating (not typical). 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 recommend: the sole vegan menú del día option – the ramen. They also serve a vegan chirashi from the regular menu.

Note: hours limited to the Mercado San Fernando.

Zombie Bar

This bar and restaurant is going all the way punk. Expect to see band stickers plastered like mosaics all over every surface. Reminds us of our favorite New York City punk dives except they don’t serve food or espresso. Lots of black and plenty of goth too. Has menú del día with vegan options.

We recommend: coming with stubborn omnivore friends who refuse to go to vegan restaurants. The burger is very faux meat and tasty with fresh toppings but we still prefer other vegan burger spots.

Note: Any burger can be substituted with the “carne vegana” (vegan meat). Kitchen is open all day on weekends.

Vegan Gelato in Madrid

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’ve 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: Plenty of seating and rarely full.

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.

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, herbolarios (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. Typically Spanish markets have one of everything, but not here. 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, kilo block organic tofu. Also has tempeh, flavored tofu, veggie burgers, lots of faux meat including many types of vegan chorizo.

Note: Also offers non food products, like chapstick, clothes, hygiene, etc.

Veggie Room

An all vegan store similar to Planeta Vegana, but for if you find yourself up around Malasaña.

Come for: vegan products, of course (carries a lot the same as Planeta Vegano).

Note: It was slightly smaller but has recently expanded.

Encuentro Vegano

Like the two above, but much more off center, and much tinier.

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 small 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 the 4- 8 pm Spanish food desert.

Note: Open late.

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 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 items include burgers, ice cream, chocolate pudding, frozen croquetas, and several varieties of plant milks.

Notes: the central locations have carry more vegan 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 Argüelles 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 fun to browse vendors amongst the old steam engines and there is usually live music both inside and outside in warmer weather.

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Burger from Botanique (now Pixxi Dixie)!

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 on vegan and vegetarian food in Madrid:

Ultimate vegan guide to Madrid not ultimate enough for you? Check out our more specific guides to Madrid:

Vegan Tapas Guide to Madrid. Tapas are inaccurately represented outside of Spain – click here for the real scoop.

Guide to Vegan Menús del Día in Madrid. This cherished and affordable tradition would be a luxury anywhere else and mostly unknown to tourists – check out the article to see why.

Fellow plant-based Madrid blogger Cepee of Wanderlicious has several helpful guides, like her guides to Vegetarian and Vegan Meetups in Madrid and Vegetarian and Vegan Blogs and Groups 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!

*Editor’s note: This post was originally posted in March 2017 and has since been updated in April 2018.

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