Complete Vegan and Vegetarian Guide to Madrid

This blog post was originally posted on June 4, 2014, and was updated on March 25, 2017.

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

Looking for meat free alternatives? Here's our vegan and vegetarian guide to Madrid full of delicious tapas, restaurants and shops to suit your needs!

Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn (Text Overlay: Devour Madrid)

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!

Keywords and Phrases

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.

Yo soy vegano/a. I am vegan.

Yo soy vegetariano/a. I am vegetarian.

Yo 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

Pescado: Fish

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 

Espinaca: Spinach 

Fruta: Fruit  

In November in Madrid markets are overflowing with local produce. Try some on our Huertas Neighborhood Food & Market Tour!
So much amazing local produce to try in Madrid!

Vegetarian Tapas

In the city center, you can almost always find a vegetarian tapa option. We’ve been known to order a vegetarian tapa or two when our bodies are craving something green!

  • Tempura de verdura: Batter-fried vegetables are usually a delicious bet for vegans in Madrid, but vegans 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.
  • Berejenas: Strict vegans will have to pass on the berejenas con miel, or lightly fried eggplant with honey. However, you can always ask for the traditionally North African plate sin miel, or con salmorejo vegetariano to spice it up.
  • 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 double check that yours are sin mayonesa before digging in.
  • 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.
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These peppers are generally mild, but just to warn you, you might get a hot one!

Vegan Tapas

Though bullfighting fans still fill the bars near the Plaza de Santa Ana, younger Madrileños are moving away from their country’s bloody history and on to a more healthy and environmentally conscious lifestyle.

  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Setas al ajillo: It’s easy to be vegan in Madrid with mouth-watering veggie dishes like these garlic-sautéed 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.

 

Mushrooms vegetarian food in Madrid
Mushrooms make for an excellent vegetarian and vegan tapa!

Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants

If you’ve had your fill of tapas, pop over for a full vegan or vegetarian meal at one of our go-to spots. We suggest taking advantage of the mid-day deals and fueling up with plenty of veggies to kick off your afternoon with lots of energy!

  • Reineta VegetarianoA vegetarian restaurant (Calle Infante, 5) 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.
  • Yerbabuena: One of our absolute favorite vegetarian restaurants in Madrid, Yerbabuena (Calle Bordadores, 3) 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 mussaka. Bring your appetite; the portions here are very generous!
  • Viva Burger If you find yourself in the artsy La Latina neighborhood, stop by Viva Burger (Costanilla de San Andrés, 16) for a buffet lunch. Here, you pay by weight for goodies such as veggie paella and meatballs. In addition to delicious vegan burgers, you can treat yourself to fresh-pressed juices and vegan desserts.
  • AbonavidaThis vegetarian café and store (Calle Navas de Tolosa, 3) 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.
  • TiyowehThis café (Calle San Pedro, 22) 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.
  • Rayen Vegano: This small vegan café (Calle Lope de Vega, 7) 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!
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A tasty veggie burger from Reineta Vegetariano with crunchy potatoes and homemade ketchup!

Vegan and Vegetarian Shops

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.
  • Vegania: Vegania (Calle Jose María de Pereda, 17) has everything, and we do mean everything. They even carry vegan dog food!
  • El Corte Inglés: No matter where you are in Madrid, you’re never far from a Cortes 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 encontrar el tofu por favor?).
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Organic produce at the San Fernando Market.

Looking for a food tour experience in Madrid and unsure if your vegetarian diet can be catered for? Never fear, Devour Madrid Food Tours can provide vegetarians with delicious alternatives during our foodie experiences. Make sure to note your specific dietary restrictions and we will show you the best vegetarian food in Madrid!

19 Comment

  1. Franca says: Reply

    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 🙂

  2. Alice says: Reply

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

  3. 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.

  4. Sophia says: Reply

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

    1. Lauren Aloise says: Reply

      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!

    2. Lauren Aloise says: Reply

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

  5. Jimena says: Reply

    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!

    1. Lauren Aloise says: Reply

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

  6. […] being veggie isn’t nearly as easy as being an omnivore, vegetarians need not worry when visiting Madrid. The Spanish capital is home to many vegetarian and vegan restaurants, and most tapas bars offer a […]

  7. JENNIFER says: Reply

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

    1. 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.

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  8. Kris says: Reply

    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!

  9. 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.

    1. Brianne Garrett says: Reply

      Hi Eva! Thanks so much for your suggestion!

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  11. Edna Morgan says: Reply

    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?

    1. Devour Madrid says: Reply

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

  12. Ally says: Reply

    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!

    1. Devour Madrid says: Reply

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

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