Prior to our spending almost a full week in Madrid we asked all of you here and on our social media profiles for your recommendations for vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Madrid.
Having chosen from your experiences and the recommendations of our friends and Couchsurfing hosts offline, we’ve been able to compile a great list of veggie-friendly restaurants so that future travelling vegans and vegetarians can travel with peace of mind, that they’ll find something great to eat, without having to worry about eating in a country where Jamon accompanies almost every item on the menu.
Four Vegan Restaurants in Madrid
Here are a selection of the vegan restaurants in Madrid and other little places we managed to visit that we think that you’ll love.
This vegan restaurant with a great eye for design came from a search for ‘vegan, Madrid‘ over on our Pinterest profile and vegan travel board – a great way to find vegan and vegetarian restaurants in new locations – and we’re so glad we found it.
Rayén Vegano is a cafe/bakery that offers a relatively small menu, but the selection they prepare fresh whilst you wait is done well and with an attention to taste rather than just delivering a huge menu where each menu item is average at best.
Of the selection of brunch items that make up the most part of the menu, we chose to order a few plates to share and a coffee each to start with just to calm our unrestrained caffeine addiction, especially after being informed that the choice of the milks were vegan alternatives. We chose to take two cappuccinos, one with rice milk, the other oat milk; rice milk was the winner, with a great texture, lovely taste and warmed well without burning and effecting the taste.
For our brunch we ordered a fresh summer smoothie, two plates of an avocado tostada that we both loved and devoured lightning-fast, a bowl of Spanish-style scrambled tofu ‘eggs‘ that were some of the best we’ve tried whilst travelling on a vegetarian diet, and a generous bowl of fresh fruit, muesli and a topping of homemade soya yogurt to finish. Needless to say, Rayén Vegano was one of our favourite vegan restaurants.
The total combined price for both of our drinks and food came to €21
- Rayén Vegano
- Calle Lope de Vega, 7, Madrid, Spain 28014
- on Facebook
Loving Hut, Madrid
Having previously tried the Loving Hut experience during our time in Hamburg in 2013 we were already aware that it’s possible to find this unique vegan dining experience in many locations around the world due to it’s principles and franchise options.
Arriving just thirty minutes before it was closing, we were incredibly lucky to find that they were more than happy to have us before they closed for the break between lunch and dinner that so many Spanish restaurants take.
Sitting down and ordering from the daily menu to save time, we chose one corn soup and a seaweed and tofu soup to swap and share to start. Both had a subtle combination of ingredients, but a complex and enjoyable taste. We also chose one curry with seitan and one with mock meat (both with rice) that we’re both delicious and took us back instantly to sitting at tables in the street in Thailand and Malaysia. To finish we also ordered a vegan pineapple muffin (with a taste and texture that you’d swear was not) and a vegan chocolate flan that had a strong taste, but not too overpowering as many chocolate desserts can be. Also, as part of the daily menu we chose two bottles of non-alcoholic beer.
The total combined price for both of our drinks and food came to €27
We knew nothing about this Chinese buffet restaurant with a mostly vegan selection of food until we met with our Couchsurfing host in Madrid who we knew were also vegetarian thanks to using our time to search Couchsurfing properly.
Our hosts took us to Shi Shang for the lunch buffet where we proceeded to pile our plates with so many fantastically different foods that neither of us have seen since we left Asia in 2013. From vegan Chinese dumplings, crispy spring rolls to vegan sushi and piles of noodles, noodles and noodles; we were happy to return again and again to the buffet to try something else from the selection..
The total combined price for both of our drinks and food came to €20
- Shi Shang
- Calle de Concepción Arenal 3, 28004 Madrid, Spain
- on Facebook
Both a recommendation and somewhere we had marked for a visit via the vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide, HappyCow, we’re so glad we searched it out as not only was the food great and good for any budget, but the people were lovely too.
During our time at B13 Bar & Vegan Restaurant we tried a slice of vegan tortilla de patata which completely blew our minds, a B13 Bar Special Burger which ticked all the right boxes for a well made burger with a great taste and combination of flavours, as well as a vegan chorizo sandwich with vegan cream cheese that I couldn’t help but love – to say I’m a convert to vegan chorizo is an understatement – and we had it all with a freshly made summer berry soy milk smoothie to share that was hard not to drink all in one go.
The total combined price for both of our drinks and food came to €10.50
- B13 Bar
- Calle de la Ballesta 13, 28004 Madrid
- on Facebook
What To Order In Spanish Restaurants
Having joined and experienced the vegetarian side to the Madrid Food Tour we’ve been able to sample and learn a little of the food available in bars and tavernas that you can eat on a vegetarian and vegan diet.
Only For Vegetarians
Tortilla de Patatas
Served cold, but best tasted hot and fresh with the egg still runny inside; this simple dish is iconically Spanish and should be tried by every vegetarian visitor to not only Madrid, but to the whole of Spain.
For Vegetarians & Vegans
Available anywhere and everywhere, this simple cold tomato soup is incredibly refreshing and can be bought in a restaurant as a starting plate, or just in a small plastic cup whilst standing at a bar window as you enjoy a plate of tapas or two.
Another refreshingly cold soup for the summer months, we were lucky enough to try this once before arriving in to Madrid at our Couchsurfing hosts flat in Cartagena where we watched and learned how to make it with a few simple ingredients of tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and stale bread.
Note – Salmorejo typically comes topped with diced boiled eggs and Spanish ham, but just ask at your bar or restaurant for this to be omitted (“sin jamón y huevo, por favor“) and you too will soon be tasting this delicious dish.
Pimientos de Padrón
Another plate to share between you and your travelling partner or newly found friends, these peppers come deep fried and also with a heavy dusting of salt that’ll have you reaching for another, then another, and then they’re gone!
A typical tapas dish to be shared between friends as you all order a couple of plates each, these mushrooms come slightly grilled with garlic, oil and white wine and served with a fresh squeeze of lemon on top that makes them simply divine.
Our First Guide
We’re really thankful to everyone for contributing their suggestions on great things to eat and places to try during our trip. We’re especially grateful to those who bought us lunch as a donation to keep us going on the road and for sharing all we find with you.
We both have to admit that we really enjoyed the experience of searching around for vegan restaurants in Madrid and all of the other special places, and look forward to perhaps making another vegan guide to somewhere else on our travels, and wherever that happens, be sure to send us your suggestions either via our Facebook page, our Twitter account, or by leaving us a comment on our Google+ page.
Are we missing your vegan restaurant recommendation for Madrid?
If you’re travelling around Spain then you may also like to see our collection of the Best Vegan Restaurants in Barcelona.