Complete Vegan and Vegetarian Guide to Madrid

This blog post was originally posted on June 4, 2014, and was updated on July 27, 2018.

Perhaps, as a vegan or vegetarian, you’ve pondered your dining options in Spain, which is known for jamón, manchego cheese and sauteed pig ears. Fear not: Madrid loves its meat, but we know how to get our veggie on as well!

Good news: being vegetarian or vegan in Madrid is surprisingly easy if you know where to go and what to order! To help you out, we’ve put together an all-inclusive vegan and vegetarian guide to Madrid!

If you're vegan or vegetarian and are heading to Madrid, we have great news for you! Spain's capital city is full of delicious food options for non-animal eaters, so you don't have to let go of your dreams of devouring tapas while here! Take a look at our complete guide for what to order, how to say it, and the bars and restaurants to visit! #vegetarian #vegan #vegantravel #vegetariantravel #tapas #spain

Vegan Restaurants in Madrid

Rayen Vegano

This small vegan café is known for homemade cooking in the cutest surroundings. It is the perfect place to stop for lunch in the literary quarter, right around the corner from Madrid’s most famous museums!

Address: Calle Lope de Vega, 7

B13

The go-to spot for delicious, traditional Spanish food like tortilla and croquetas, just vegan!

Address: Calle de la Ballesta, 13

La Colectiva Café

If you’re traveling with non-vegans who don’t believe that a vegan restaurant can just be undisputedly good, take them here! La Colectiva Café has wowed many of our skeptical meat-loving friends.

Address: Calle Francisco de Rojas, 9

VEGA

Easily one of the best spots for those eating vegan in Madrid. VEGA has an extensive menu of vegan dishes made with love!

Address: Calle de la Luna, 9

La Encomienda

If you’re looking for a trendy, vegan brunch spot, La Encomienda is it! And if you come by later for a drink, you’ll enjoy the free tapa that comes with it.

Address: Calle de la Encomienda, 19

If you're looking for a vegan place to eat in Madrid, take a look at Colectiva Cafe. We included it in our vegan and vegetarian guide to Madrid because the food is amazing!
Even non-vegans agree that the food at La Colectiva is out of this world.

Vegetarian Restaurants in Madrid

Reineta Vegetariano

A vegetarian restaurant so delicious that many of its regulars aren’t vegetarians! Definitely try the spiced lentil “meatballs” and the rich chocolate cake with bitter orange marmalade.

Address: Calle Infante, 5

Yerbabuena

Yerbabuena offers hearty plates of healthy comfort food. Our favorites include the seitan al ajillo sandwich with vegan cheese and tomato, vegan nachos and the eggplant moussaka. Bring your appetite; the portions here are very generous!

Address: Calle Bordadores, 3

Viva Burger

If you find yourself in the artsy La Latina neighborhood, stop by Viva Burger for lunch. Here, you’ll find goodies such as veggie paella and meatballs. In addition to delicious vegan burgers, you can treat yourself to fresh-pressed juices and vegan desserts.

Address: Costanilla de San Andrés, 16

Tiyoweh

This café has a calming, hippie vibe, and their menu of food, pastries, teas and juices is extensive. We love their chai tea with hazelnut milk, carrot-apple-ginger juice and vegan brownies. Furthermore, the staff is more than happy to remove cheese from whatever you order.

Address: Calle San Pedro, 22

Shi-Shang

Falling into the “off-the-beaten-path” category is this all-you-can-eat veggie buffet just off of Gran Vía.

Address: Calle Concepción Arenal, 3

El Triángulo de las Verduras

A tiny, traditional Spanish bar, vegetarian-style! A word of warning: come here for the food, which is inexpensive and tasty, not for the service.

Address: Calle de Antillón, 1

La Hummuseria

The five hummuses (from “the Classic” to “the Irresistible”) are the stars at this vegetarian spot that also serves salads and veggie tapas that change weekly.

Address: Calle Hernán Cortés, 8

A delicious vegetarian burger with melted cheddar cheese makes a great alternative and is definitely one of Madrid's best burgers!
Who says vegetarian burgers have to be boring? Photo Credit: Lara604

Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Madrid

El Atrakón

With delicious vegan tapas and a 10€ menú del día that’s half vegan, half traditional, El Atrakón is a favorite among grandparents and hipsters alike.

Address: Calle de Sebastián Elcano, 7

Abonavida

This vegetarian-friendly café and store is a true oasis smack dab in the middle of Madrid’s center. Both the terrace and eclectic seating inside offer a tranquil escape from the massive crowds of tourists in bustling Callao.

Address: Calle Navas de Tolosa, 3

La Chilostra

Your typical Spanish bar that just happens to have a few vegan options! La Chilostra is a good option if you’re looking for something traditional, not trendy.

Address: Calle de la Cabeza, 1

There are so many delicious options for vegan and vegetarian brunch in Madrid!
Toast with excellent olive oil and fresh tomato. A Spanish breakfast classic that happens to be 100% vegan!

Keywords and Phrases for Eating Vegetarian and Vegan in Madrid

When you have dietary restrictions, we understand how important it is to communicate your needs when ordering food. In an unfamiliar language, it can seem like an overwhelming task! To help make your life a little easier, we’ve put together a handy dandy list of keywords and phrases.

  • Soy vegano/a. I am vegan.
  • Soy vegetariano/a. I am vegetarian.
  • No como ni carne, ni pescado, ni huevos, ni productos lacteos. I don’t eat meat, fish, eggs or dairy products.
  •  ¿Me recomiendas algo rico por favor? Can you recommend me something tasty please?
  • Yo no puedo comer… I can’t eat…
  • Carne: Meat 
  • Cerdo: Pork
  • Jamón: Ham
  • Pollo: Chicken
  • Pescado: Fish
  • Atún: Tuna
  • Marisco: Seafood 
  • Leche: Milk 
  • Queso: Cheese 
  • Mantequilla: Butter  
  • Nata: Cream 
  • Huevo: Egg  
  • Miel: Honey 
  • Yo puedo comer… I can eat…
  • Verduras: Vegetables 
  • Ensalada: Salad 
  • Judías/Habichuelas/Alubias: Beans 
  • Lentejas: Lentils
  • Soja: Soy 
  • Leche de soja: Soy milk 
  • Almendras: Almonds 
  • Nueces: Nuts 
  • Arroz: Rice 
  • Aceite: Oil 
  • Pan: Bread 
  • Champiñones/Setas: Mushrooms 
  • Espinacas: Spinach 
  • Fruta: Fruit  
If you're eating vegan in Madrid, one of the traditional Spanish dishes you can enjoy is pisto!
Pisto, a Spanish version of ratatouille, is one of our favorites for those eating vegan in Madrid.

Vegetarian Tapas in Madrid

In the city center, you can almost always find a vegetarian tapa option. These are our some of our favorites:

Pisto

Spain’s version of ratatouille is a medley of delicious veggies. It often comes served with an egg on top, so vegans just need to ask for it sin huevo.

Croquetas de queso, espinacas, o boletus

Croquettes are made with béchamel, breaded and fried. They often include meat or fish, but look out for cheese, spinach, or mushroom ones for a delicious vegetarian option.

Croquetas filled with cheese, spinach or mushrooms are on our favorite tapas for those eating vegetarian in Madrid.
A delicious vegetarian tapas spread: croquetas, patatas bravas, setas rebozadas and pan con tomate!

Tempura de verdura

Batter-fried vegetables are usually a delicious bet for vegetarians, but those eating vegan in Madrid should double check that the batter is egg-free (¿la masa lleva huevo?). Often, tempura veggies will be served with a yogurt sauce. However, vegans can ask to substitute it with salmorejo sin huevo y jamón for dipping.

Salmorejo

Gazpacho’s richer cousin, salmorejo is a cold tomato soup, thickened with bread and made smooth and silky with lots of olive oil. It often comes topped with ham and egg, so vegetarians should specify sin jamón, and vegans, sin jamón y huevo.

Salmorejo is a delicious vegetarian tapa if you get it without the jamón, and it's perfect for those eating vegan in Madrid if ordered without the egg too!
Just ask for salmorejo sin jamón and you have a delicious vegetarian soup!

Berenjenas

We’re sure you’ll love berejenas con miel, or lightly fried eggplant with honey. If you’re a vegan in Madrid, you can always ask for the traditionally North African plate sin miel, or con salmorejo vegetariano for dipping.

Huevos rotos

If you needed another reason to fall in love with Spain, allow us to introduce you to huevos rotos. Any country where olive-oil fried eggs and potatoes is a traditional dish has to be a keeper right? Make sure it comes without ham or sausage (often chistorra).

Tortilla de patatas

Spain’s real national dish, it doesn’t get better than a slightly runny tortilla. We prefer ours with onion!

The tortilla de patatas has to be the king of vegetarian tapas in Madrid!
Cooked to perfection on the outside and gooey on the inside: just how we like our tortilla!

Vegan Tapas in Madrid

It might surprise you to learn that some typical tapas in Madrid are already vegan-friendly! Dishes like these make eating vegan in Madrid a breeze.

Patatas bravas

Found just about everywhere, patatas bravas consists of flash-fried potatoes with a spicy tomato and paprika sauce and is sinfully delicious. Authentic patatas will be mayonnaise-free, but vegans in Madrid should double check that yours are sin mayonesa before digging in.

Pimientos de Padrón

A favorite among all our vegan friends, these fried green peppers are a real treat and can be found in most tapas bars in the center. They come out of the kitchen with a slightly crispy skin, tender inside and a dusting of sea salt, making for a succulent start to dinner.  

Padrón peppers, lightly fried and topped with sea salt. But be careful! Some of these innocent looking peppers pack a punch! They are one of our favorite tapas for those eating vegan in Madrid
Padrón peppers, lightly fried, topped with sea salt and full of surprises!

Pan con tomate

Always a safe bet for breakfast or tapas, this dish takes toast to a whole new level. Perfectly toasted bread is rubbed with garlic, drizzled with good olive oil and slathered in fresh tomato, making for a belly-filling and very tasty bite.

Gazpacho and ajoblanco

Two of Spain’s classic cold soups are great options for vegans in Madrid. Gazpacho is the tomato-based soup you’re probably familiar with, and ajoblanco is its almond-filled predecessor.

Refreshing and tangy gazpacho is one of our favorite bites for vegans in Madrid.
Beat the heat with cool gazpacho on a summer day.

Salteada de verduras

Vegetable stir-fry is a go-to dish for all vegans, and vegans in Madrid are no different. Here, chefs use amazing local olive oil and garlic to make the plate extra special and will sometimes even use a little flour to thicken the sauce. It’s a little harder to find veggie stir-fry in tapas bars, but any sit-down restaurant will happily serve it to you if you ask nicely.

Parrillada de verduras

A more common tapas option while eating vegan in Madrid: a classic assortment of grilled veggies!

Setas al ajillo

It’s easy to be vegan in Madrid with mouth-watering veggie dishes like these garlic-sauteed mushrooms. Made with mushrooms, a healthy amount of olive oil, white wine and lots of garlic, setas al ajillo is one of the most hearty dishes vegans can order at a tapas bar. This plate will often come with jamón, so make sure your waiter you know you want a plato vegetariano and you won’t have a problem.

Grilled mushrooms are definitely one of the most flavorful dishes that we recommend for anyone eating vegan in Madrid.
Grilled mushrooms make for an excellent vegetarian and vegan tapa!

Vegan and Vegetarian Shops in Madrid

As madrileños become more health conscious, even the corner stores are filling up with fresh vegan options! For all the rest of your needs, you can stop by one of the following specialty shops in Madrid.

  • Planeta Vegano: A haven for vegans in Madrid, Planeta Vegano (Calle Ave María, 34) has everything you need to create your own vegan version of any traditional Spanish dish.
  • Nanyea Market: This secret spot (Calle de los Estudios, 7) has vegan Asian food to go. Nanyea also stocks vegan ice cream, healthy snacks and a great craft beer selection.
  • El Corte Inglés: No matter where you are in Madrid, you’re never far from a Corte Inglés. The trusty Madrid department store offers an expansive health food section. Consequently, the massive store can be overwhelming, so ask an attendant to help you to find the tofu (¿me ayudas a encontrar el tofu por favor?).
The beautiful fruit on display at the San Miguel Market makes for the perfect vegan in Madrid snack!
Fruits and vegetables on display at the San Miguel Market.

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25 Comment

  1. Franca says
    June 30, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Some good tips here for vegan and vegetarians, thanks! Whilst in Madrid we went to some of the restaurants mentioned here and enjoyed the food indeed, this shows that vegan and vegetarian food can be found in Spain too where meat and fish are the king in the kitchen 🙂

    Reply
  2. Alice says
    July 7, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    So many delicious looking vegetarian dishes, there’s no need for meat!

    Reply
  3. July 23, 2014 at 11:21 am

    When I was a vegetarian, I’d always say “No puedo comer carne” and the answer was usually something like “No tiene carne, sólo cerdo.”

    In English we use “meat” in a general sense, but in Spanish it’s usually just used for “beef” which means “no tiene carne” could still have some other animal in it.

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  4. Sophia says
    July 31, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Can you find tofu or soy and oat/rice ecc. milk in a big store too?

    Reply
    1. Lauren Aloise says
      August 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Hi Sophia, generally yes! Most supermarkets have at least soy milk (UHT). Oat and rice are a bit more complicated and a heath store generally has much better brands! Hope this helps!

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    2. Lauren Aloise says
      August 24, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Sophia, you generally can, although the are generally UHT (the milks).

      Reply
  5. Jimena says
    March 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Hi!

    I’d like to add a couple more places to the list.

    B13 bar vegano, in Calle Ballesta 13 and Punto Vegano are both close to the centre and fully vegan and affordable places to eat.

    El Vergel, near Príncipe Pío, es an organic vegeteran restaurant that serves a number of vegan options.

    I don’t remember all of the addresses, but they can be easily found in goigle maps!

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    1. Lauren Aloise says
      March 13, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you for the tips, we’ll check them out soon!

      Reply
  6. JENNIFER says
    September 9, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Can anyone tell me where to find kale in Madrid? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. January 4, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Hi Jennifer, If you request in advice we can order you some 😀 We are an new Organic Juice & Snacks Bar based in the Mercado de Antón Martín.

      Find us on Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/urbanorchardmadrid/

      Reply
  7. Kris says
    September 29, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Hi, we stumbled across this amazing little restaurant near the Museo National Del Prado in Calle Alameda 4 called El Fogon Verde, offering a menu including starter, main, desert, water, bread and wine for 11€… wonderful food!

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  8. March 9, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Hi!
    I’d like to add a new place to the list, called REINETA VEGETARIANO, en 5 Infante St.
    A new vegetarian restaurant in Madrid, very close to Plaza Sol. Warm place with homemade food, very tasty and healthy.

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    1. Brianne Garrett says
      March 12, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Eva! Thanks so much for your suggestion!

      Reply
  9. Edna Morgan says
    September 3, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    It’s wonderful that there are going to be vegetarian places for me to visit when I come to Madrid in December. I will be staying in the city centre at the Hotel Catalonia Las Cortes, Del Prado 6. Which are the nearest Vegetarian eating places to that location please?

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    1. Devour Madrid says
      September 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Definitely, Edna, lots of great options! That hotel is in the Literary Quarter, so looks like Rayen Vegano would be a good option!

      Reply
  10. Ally says
    September 4, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Some good suggestions here especially for traditional tapas. Though I’m a bit surprised to see this labeled as a complete vegan and vegetarian guide..there is a lot of inaccurate information here and it’s clear that this was not written by even a vegetarian. There are also a ton of places missing for it to be a complete guide – there are 24 all vegan restaurants in Madrid and here you only have 2. I get that maybe these are the only ones the author has tried but it’s hardly comprehensive or all-inclusive. Also, Viva Burger is not a buffet restaurant anymore (and hasn’t been for a long time) and AbonoVida is not an all vegetarian place, it just has veggie options. Cheers!

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    1. Devour Madrid says
      September 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Great tips, Ally, thanks! We’ll get the post updated ASAP 🙂

      Reply
    2. Lauren says
      October 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      What are the 24 vegan places Ally?

      Reply
    3. Jade says
      September 24, 2018 at 6:00 am

      Can you please send me a list of the 20 all vegan places. Thanks

      Reply
  11. Katie says
    October 30, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Useful list of recommendations, although I’d also like to add El Perro Gamberro to the list, a vegan tapas restaurant on calle Segovia, it’s our favourite restaurant in Madrid….the food is incredibly tasty!!! Go and see for yourself!

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    1. Devour Madrid says
      November 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Great tip, Katie—thanks!

      Reply
  12. Ayla Petras says
    May 8, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Guys,

    we are from Germany and bist Madrid legt Werk for a Bachelorette-Party. The Bride and two Girls of the group are vegan. Do you think it is possible, that we book a foodie tour that visits vegan places oder vegan friendly places? Tia !

    Reply
    1. Devour Tours says
      May 9, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Hey Ayla! Thanks for getting in touch. We’ll send you an email!

      Reply
  13. Alain Turgeon says
    October 11, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Are they vegan hotels in Madrid?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Devour Tours says
      October 15, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Hi there! The only one we know of is outside the city center. http://lafuentedelgato.com/blog/

      Reply

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