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Because Jamon Isn’t For Everyone: Madrid’s Growing Vegan Scene

By August 14, 2017 No Comments

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Madrid’s vegan scene has come a long way in less than a decade. Neighbourhoods are lush with choices for food-conscious locals and visitors alike, with Madridso well established on the vegan foodie map it’s starting to nip even at Berlin’s heels. Here are some recommended top picks of the crop.

Vega

This small and rustic vegan/vegetarian restaurant located on the outskirts of the hip Malasaña neighbourhood offers lunch and dinner. With a seasonal menu packed with gorgeous organic dishes, this is the spot to grab a high top, sip on a craft beer and treat yourself to some tapas like veggie ceviche or mushroom croquettes (a must-have while in Madrid!), and filling entrees (chile con carne steals our heart) and then some desserts.

Luna 9, Madrid, Plaza de España/Gran Via/Santa Domingo/Noviciado Metro

Viva Burger

If you’re exploring La Latina and it’s killer terraza scene, Viva Burger is a must. This enchanting, earthy spot tucked away features—you guessed it—vegan burgers in all varieties. The menu changes daily but the burgers here stay massive and packed with veggie goodness. They’ve also got juices, cocktails, wine, beer and desserts.

Costanilla de San Andres, 16, La Latina Metro

B13

Comfort food, vegan-style. B13 whips up vegan recreations of omni dishes in the form of steak, burgers, chicken, hot dogs, sausages, shakes, cakes and more. They’ve even got a veganised Spanish omelette. Located in the city centre—just off Gran Via—this little joint isn’t too pricey and is a fast-casual spot.Get in, get out, get on exploring Madrid.

Calle de la Ballesta, 13, Gran Via/Callao Metro

Loving Hut

If this name sounds familiar, it’s because Loving Hut is the biggest vegan chain restaurant in the world, now with an outpost in Madrid near Plaza de España. The Asian-influenced fast-casual restaurant offers a menu of the day with dishes that include gazpacho and seitan curry.

Calle de los Reyes, 11, Plaza de España/Noviciado Metro

Restaurante Yerbabuena

A vegetarian spot, Restaurante Yerbabuena offers some vegan options as well. The menu here changes daily with seasonal items such as gorgeous salads, risottos, paellas and seitan filets. Come early, as this restaurant just off of Sol fills up quick.

Calle de Bordadores, 3, Sol/Opera Metro

Bar Label

It may be a bit of an anarchist bar (OK, it is an anarchist bar), but don’t let that label stop you from visiting Bar Label in Lavapies. Everything served here is made from scratch and largely vegan. Grab a seat at the bar or one of the few seats in the small main room, and order up some traditional Spanish eats like salmarejo and tortilla, plus vegan desserts.

Calle de Cabestreros, 9, Tirso de Molina/Lavapies Metro

Punto Vegano

This is the place to dine after watching a breathtaking sunset at Temple Debod—the best spot in the city to watch the sky go from blue to pinks and purples. Punto Vegano, like many Spanish restaurants, has a menu of the day, as well as typical vegan eats like burgers, salads, sandwiches but also serves up cookies, cakes and muffins. If you’re craving some Italian, every Thursday and Sunday, Punto Vegano makes homemade spinach ravioli.

Calle Luisa Fernanda, 27, Metro Ventura Rodríguez /Plaza de España

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