It’s not difficult to maintain your vegan diet whilst holidaying in Spain, you just need to know where to look. Here, our amazing guide Daniela gives us the lowdown on all things vegan in Madrid.
La Alpargata Vegana is right in the heart of one of our favourite markets, the Mercado de San Idelfonso, where a plethora of food stands are each as good as the next. Vegan travellers should sit down at La Alpargata Vegana and try delicious Spanish tortilla, croquettes or salmorejo soup, whilst soaking up the vibrant market atmosphere.
Metro: Calle de Tribulete, 18
La Colectiva Café is an ideal spot for a calm start to your day well away from the touristy spots in the city centre. The coffee is good, the food is plentiful and the atmosphere is relaxed, with a menu including veggie bowls, yogurt and fruit, vegan burgers and toast with avocado. With ample seating downstairs as well as by the bar this is a great place to kick off your day with a healthy breakfast/brunch.
Metro: Bilbao – Calle Francisco de Rojas, 9, 28010
La Oveja Negra is a vegan queer bar in Lavapies which specializes in traditional Spanish dishes. La Oveja Negra caters to the vegan traveler with Spanish delicacies such as cider chorizo, croquettes, pesto, a paté and cheese board that’s to die for plus plenty of veggies and nuts. La Oveja Negra also has classic dishes for the non – Spanish food lover, such as Nacho and cheese, veggie burgers, spring rolls etc.
Metro: Lavapies / Calle Buenavista 42, 28012
Delish Vegan Donuts. Time for a break or a snack after a day of sightseeing? How about coffee and a treat? Delish Vegan Donuts will curb your sweet tooth craving. These donuts come in much bigger sizes than your regular donut so you are definitely getting your money’s worth! They adapt the fillings and flavours depending on the season. Never has a Delish Donut disappointed me, and that’s a fact. The donuts are a crowd pleaser and will be a treat for both vegans and non-vegans. Follow them on Instagram at @delishvegandonuts for a mouth-watering addition to your Instagram feed.
Metro : Noviciados/ Ventura Rodriguez , Calle del Cristo, 3- 28015
La Encomienda changes its menu regularly to cater to the seasons. Not only is everything on the menu vegan, the majority of the food served here is also gluten free! The staff are incredibly friendly and very understanding of non-vegans too, as they were when my mother and I visited and she was not sure what to order. Right on the border between La Latina and Lavapies, La Encomienda is located on a pretty little street, tucked away from the noisy hustle and bustle of both neighborhoods. It’s the perfect little spot to stop at before heading to some of the fun, neighbouring bars!
Metro: Tirso de Molina/ La Latina – Calle Encomienda, 19 28012
Mama Elba has a wide range of vegan-friendly ice-creams and cookies that are sure to satisfy. They also offer plenty of gluten free and sugar free options. The staff is always friendly and it always smells of chocolate or some other deliciously fresh bake.
Address: La Latina – Calle de la Ruda, 15, 28005 Madrid
La Huerta de Almeria is a Spanish chain shop that comes highly recommended for vegan shoppers. There are theee in the city, located in three different neighborhoods of Madrid; Huertas (Calle de Moratin, 25), Malasaña (calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 47) and La Latina (Calle de San Milan, 2). In each of these little shops you’ll find vegan produce (perfect if you’re self-catering) such as salads, sandwiches and cakes and they make a killer smoothie too!
Veggies Room is stocked with lots of vegan-friendly ingredients, fresh fruit and vegetables and vegan-friendly household products and cosmetics.
Address: Calle San Vincente Ferrer, 19 Metro Trobunal)
Veganita de Tal has a great selection of vegan produce and ingredients as well as souvenirs and household products.
Address: Calle Abtao, 33 Metro Conde De Casal)
My Vegan Land is so much fun to browse around, with an impressive selection of fresh and store cupboard ingredients alongside vegan-friendly cleaning products, beauty products, herbal/medicinal products and, our favourite, beautiful gift baskets full of vegan treats. A perfect and unusual souvenir or gift for a friend or loved one.
Address: Calle de la Iglesia , 12 Metro de Vadillo)