It’s actually much easier to eat vegan in Spain than most people think. A lot of the traditional dishes are vegan, or there’s a vegan option. You can get a paella with vegetables almost everywhere (it’s often not on the menu, just ask), pan tumaca is a delicious breakfast (bread with olive oil and smashed tomatoes), churros are accidentally vegan as well, you just have to order them with a dark hot chocolate, the vegetable soups are super yummy, empanada vegetal is my favorite pastry, pimientos de padrón is a good starter, as well as olives or patatas bravas.
These are some delicious traditional things that you shouldn’t miss on your visit in Spain, no need to visit vegan restaurants to get them. However, Madrid is full of vegan and vegetarian restaurants so it would be a pity not to visit at least one.
This restaurant full of plants, located in my beloved Malasaña, which name means literally “super cool” is pretty cool indeed, also it’s one of the prettiest restaurants I’ve been to.
It’s vegetarian but with a lot of vegan options clearly marked on the menu. It’s the best place for having breakfast, even though the food is served so beautifully it’s almost a pity to eat it. Almost.
During lunch and dinner it gets pretty crowded so make sure you make a reservation.
“Salud y optimismo tanto en la mesa como en la vida”
Pizzi & Dixie
If you’re looking for the best vegan pizza Margherita Pizzi & Dixie is your place! I’ve never tried another pizza because this one is so delicious. They have a lot of pizzas, pasta, rice, and delicious desserts as well. All vegan.
However, it’s not a secret, that Pizzi & Dixie is the best place to go, so make sure you make a reservation before you go. The first time I went we didn’t have a reservation because my boyfriend said something like “Nah, I’m sure a vegan Italian won’t be full” he was wrong, we had to eat elsewhere haha.
La Huerta de Almeria
Because Pizzi & Dixie was crowded the first time we went there we found this fast food that is vegetarian but offers a lot of vegan options as well. And I’m sure that they have the best hamburger in the world, trust me, I’ve eaten quite a few. It’s the Veggie cheeseburger with vegan cheese and it’s so so good!
The most important thing about Hakuna Matata is the fact that they serve a vegan Spanish tortilla, which would be definitely a pity to miss when visiting Spain. And it really tastes super similar. It still surprises me sometimes how easily you can replace eggs.
It has a cool vibe, it’s a bit out of the center, therefore, it doesn’t get so crowded and the food is delicious. They also serve the famous Beyond burger if you’re interested. I think it’s worth a try because for me it’s even too similar.
Yantén Veggie Bar
This little all-vegan restaurant serves some typical Spanish dishes.
“I don’t know how it’s possible, but it really tastes like the original.” My Spanish boyfriend, 2019
I never tried the original meat version, but when omnivores say the vegan version tastes the same it means something! I ordered a beyond hot dog with potatoes and it was really good!
Vega is just a few steps away from Freedom cakes, everything is vegan and organic, they also have desserts and Azulejos inside!
In this restaurant, I’ve eaten the best vegan croquetas caseras so far ♥ . I also liked the pizza, but I prefer the one in Pizzi & Dixie. However, they have many more things and I hope that I try something else soon.
Delish Vegan Doughnuts
This cozy donut shop, close to Gran Vía offers many kinds of donuts, all vegan. It took me like five minutes to choose and I’m pretty sure I come back soon.
Bite Me Café
It’s really a pity that Bite Me Café is so far from the city center because it’s a really cozy place with super friendly staff and the donuts… Oh my… so good.
All the cakes you can imagine in one place and all vegan and super delicious ♥. Well, to be honest, I never tried anything but the carrot cake because I’m so in love with it, but I’m sure the rest of the cakes is also that delicious.