Visiting a city like Madrid can be daunting for a vegetarian – after all, Spain is famous for its meaty favourites like chorizo, croquetas de jamón and paella. But fear not – you don’t just have to stick to the bread basket when dining in Madrid! Here we let you in on the best spots for veggies and vegans alike in the city.
Pum Pum Café
Situated in the buzzing multicultural hub of Lavapiés, this converted butchers shop couldn’t have strayed further from its carnivorous roots. The cosy Pum Pum Café provides an array of vegetarian salads, sandwiches and breakfasts, as well as artisan coffees (with alternative milk options) and vegan bakes. But try to visit during the week – the queue for brunch at weekends is known to go around the block.
Nearest metro: Lavapiés
Recently opened in Plaza de la Castellana, Honest Greens does well to stand out from the wealth of other restaurants in the area. Guests “build their own” plate by choosing a protein option (a variety of meat and veggie options) and fresh, nutritious sides – favourites include the hummus of the week and the peanut-chilli lentils. Come down and try it before word gets out!
Nearest metro: Santiago Bernabéu/Nuevos Ministerios
A vegetarian staple in the very centre of Madrid, Yerbabuena serves brilliant “menus del día” with hearty portions. The restaurant also accommodates for those who are gluten free and is perfect for those who are craving vegetables after a little too much jamón serrano. Make sure you have room for dessert!
Nearest metro: Ópera
Pura Vida Vegan Bar
Looking for somewhere to spend an evening without worrying about how to explain your intolerances in Spanish every time you order a beer? Pura Vida is the perfect place. Serving pizzas, burgers, and even hosting vegan paella and tapas nights, there are plenty of other bars to continue your night at nearby as this spot is right in the middle of the lively La Latina neighbourhood.
Nearest metro: La Latina
Looking for somewhere to take your non-veggie friends but don’t want to have to settle for the only vegetarian dish on the menu? Bump Green has it all – meat, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, plus a product shop inside the restaurant as the dishes are so good you’ll want to make them at home! And given that it’s only a stone’s throw from the beautiful Retiro Park, you’ll be sure to get your greens for the day. Make sure to book in advance – the restaurant’s very central location means it is often busy.
Nearest metro: Retiro