Last Updated on February 23, 2021 by Nina Ahmedow
As you saw in my post on things to know before you travel to Spain, being vegan in Madrid is not difficult at all. Despite the fact that Spain is famous for ham, sausages, and cheese, it’s super easy to be vegan in Madrid. Actually, as a vegan in Spain, you will not really have any issues in bigger cities, though small towns and villages will be more challenging. Hopefully, I can create a more extensive vegan Spain guide in the future.
With four days in Madrid and 40 vegan restaurants, I only visited places with at least 4.5 out of 5 stars on HappyCow. I would say that my recent experience as a vegan in Madrid was probably the best yet in my vegan travels. So let’s get right into all the amazing places you can find if you’re a hungry vegan in Madrid. And because opening hours in Spain are confusing, you’ll appreciate that I have included the opening hours for each place.
The Full Guide to Eating Vegan in Madrid
Vegan Fast Food in Madrid
As much as I try to avoid too much fast food, it’s an easy way to fill the stomach. We arrived in Madrid in the afternoon so we were really hungry and needed something quick.
So we headed to Mad Mad Vegan in Chueca, Madrid’s gay village. To be honest, you can’t really call this a fast food place. It’s much too cozy and inviting, so I’d say it’s a proper burger restaurant which is also great for drinks. The waiter was really nice and spoke English with Alfonso who, despite the name, does not speak Spanish.
I opted for the Original Mad burger and a ginger kombucha. The burger was fine, although it tasted a bit too “meaty” for my taste. Alfonso ordered the chicken burger, and I really liked that the fries and sauce were included in the price. I think most people want fries so unless you’re a cheap fast-food chain I don’t think the fries and sauce should cost extra.
Both burgers were decent, but compared to the rest of the trip Mad Mad Vegan was a bit underwhelming. I fully recommend it for the relaxed atmosphere and outstanding service, however. The fact that it’s so central makes it a great choice when you want a quick bite.
Calle de Pelayo 19. Open Sunday to Thursday 1 pm to 11:30 pm, Friday 1 pm to 12 am, Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm, 7:30 pm to 12 am.
If you want the full-on fast food experience as a vegan in Madrid, check out Thunder Vegan Food in Malasaña. They have a few different burgers that come either with their own fried chicken patty or the Beyond Meat one. Since I’m not a fan of the Beyond Meat taste, I went with their vegan fried chicken. And because I love spicy food I got the hot version with jalapeños and spicy sauce, although it wasn’t spicy. I also ordered regular fries. I have to say that I liked this burger more than the Mad Mad Vegan one. The guy behind the counter was super friendly as well, so extra points for that.
Now, as opposed to Mad Mad Vegan, this is a fast-food spot. So while there are a few seats available you shouldn’t overstay your welcome as it’s not really a sit-down restaurant. But it’s the perfect place for vegans to grab a quick bite in the happening neighborhood of Malasaña.
Calle Don Felipe 4. Open Wednesday to Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm, Sunday and Wednesday 8 pm to 11 pm, Thursday to Saturday 8 pm to 11:30 pm.
Vegan Doughnuts in Madrid
The fact that I even get to make a separate section for this says it all. Madrid is a vegan doughnut paradise.
The first vegan doughnut shop we went to was also the best. But we wanted to try other places instead of coming back here. Delish Vegan Doughnuts offers an enormous variety of handmade vegan doughnuts in a wonderfully cozy setting. I ordered a cinnamon roll because I loooove cinnamon. It was so huge and flavorful! I also had the most creamy and delicious golden milk (I believe they used Oatly).
If you can only go to one vegan doughnut place in Madrid, it has to be Delish Vegan Doughnuts.
Calle Cristo 3. Open Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 2 pm, 4:30 pm to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am to 6 pm.
Close to Goya metro, you can find VegAmazing Doughnuts, another really comfortable and warm spot in Madrid. I ordered a doughnut with vanilla buttercream and a mint tea. While it was a delicious doughnut, it was a bit too greasy and sweet compared to the Delish Vegan Doughnuts. If I had not had that cinnamon roll the previous day, this doughnut would have been fantastic. But in comparison, it pales a bit.
As the service was good and the bakery lovely, it’s worth a visit if you want to check out different places.
Calle Duque de Sesto 31. Open Tuesday to Friday 9:30 am to 2 pm, 4:30 pm to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 2 pm, 4:30 pm to 8 pm, Sunday 10 am to 2 pm.
And finally, there is Bite Me Café in the neighborhood of Las Delicias. And how delightful those doughnuts were! My pistachio lemon doughnut was fresh and soft, and exactly what a doughnut should be.
The café was super cozy, and we loved the dog napping in the corner. The bathroom was very spacious and clean which isn’t the case in all cafés, sadly. The Canadian guy behind the counter of Bite Me Café was really friendly as well. And although there aren’t a lot of tables inside it’s a very inviting place where you feel you could spend hours.
Plaza Beata María Ana de Jesús 2. Open Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm, 5 pm to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 2 pm, 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 9 pm, Monday 10 am to 2 pm, 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
Vegan Feminist Anarchist Spots in Madrid
Okay, obviously this is my favorite category on this post. Can you believe that there is more than one feminist anarchist spot that is also vegan in Madrid? With all the fancy hipster places in the world, it’s so refreshing to see places that understand the bigger picture.
La Oveja Negra was down the street from our place so it would have been perfect for every day actually. But since we wanted to try different places we only went here for dinner once and got takeaway another time.
I read a review stating that the staff here were not friendly, but I can’t confirm that. I’m always honest on this blog, so you can trust me. Yes, the place is extremely busy which doesn’t leave room for small talk. But you can’t expect to place your order right away, have a lovely chat, and immediately get your food all at the same time. This is not the kind of place you come to if you don’t stand behind its principles.
I highly recommend their spinach wrap which has sun-dried tomatoes, hummus, cucumbers, and nuts. Such an upgrade from most wraps that you can find. They also have a pretty good chickpea burger. All at decent prices! And if you get takeaway it comes in eco-friendly packaging! What’s not to love?
You can buy t-shirts, buttons, and other small things to make it clear where you stand on things that matter. If you’re an anarchist or feminist vegan in Madrid this place is a must!
Calle Buenavista 42. Open Tuesday to Thursday 1:30 pm to 12 am, Friday and Saturday 1:30 pm to 1 am, Sunday 1:30 pm to 5 pm.
Not far from La Oveja Negra is La Mala Mujer. It’s a very cozy feminist space that makes you feel like you’re in a friend’s living room. The food is simple and nothing out of the ordinary. But this place serves more as a center where feminists can connect and organize while having a quick bite. The burger was decent, and I loved that their teas are named after feminist icons.
Mesón de Paredes 76. Open Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday 6 pm to 12 am, Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 1 am.
Vegan Breakfast Spots in Madrid
Breakfast was a bit difficult because most places open quite late so they’re not ideal for breakfast. Nonetheless, we found two places with fantastic breakfast options. Sadly, our favorite of the two has since closed down.
The second breakfast place we tried was less cozy and pretty, but the food was great, and the waitress was lovely. Chilling Café is the perfect place to get a bit of work done while you have one of their hot drinks, or, as a healthier alternative, a fresh orange juice. Their guacamole toast was a yummy way to get ready for a day of exploring Madrid.
Calle Estrella 5. Open Monday 9 am to 8 pm, Wednesday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 8 pm.
The Spot for Healthy Vegan Food in Madrid
Like most cities, Madrid has a lot of vegan burger options but fewer restaurants with nutritious food. In comes Bunny’s Deli in Chueca. The food here is not only vegan but 100% organic, too. What’s more, is that Bunny’s Deli makes huge efforts in terms of sustainability committing to the use of renewable energy and compostable packaging. That’s something not nearly enough businesses do.
When we arrived some items on the menu were no longer available so I disappointedly ordered a lentil salad afraid that it would be boring. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. This was by far the best lentil salad I’ve ever had. I could actually taste how fresh the ingredients were. The cashew cheese and different herbs added a ton of flavor to this presumably simple dish.
Alfonso was equally satisfied with the raw vegetable noodles, and we both agree that Bunny’s Deli was one of the highlights of the vegan food in Madrid. Sadly, they’re not open for dinner, but you absolutely have to have lunch here once.
Calle San Gregorio 17. Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.
For Those Who Are Torn Between Drinks and Food
If you’re not sure whether you should hit up a bar or a restaurant, why not go to a place that is both in one? Mona Pinkerton offers burgers, sandwiches, salads, and tapas. I loved that we got some veggies with dipping sauce while we waited for our meals. The squid sandwich I had was simple but good and pretty convincing. And the best part? They used to be vegetarian and are now vegan. It’s always great to hear that businesses make the switch.
Calle de los Estudios 5. Open Tuesday to Thursday 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm, Friday 12:30 pm to 12 am, Saturday 1 pm to 12 am, Sunday 12 pm to 11:30 pm.
Vegan Peruvian Food in Madrid
If you’ve read until here you fully deserve to find out about the best vegan restaurant in Madrid. I had seen this place listed on HappyCow and really wanted to visit because I’d never had Peruvian food and thought it would be a great opportunity to try it. And while Los Andenes Vegan is not the most centrally located of all vegan restaurants in Madrid, it’s an absolute must when you’re in the capital of Spain.
But you might be better off making a reservation as the restaurant gets extremely busy. We were lucky and got a table, but you don’t want to come all the way to Chamberí only to find that there is no table for you.
In terms of food, the best way to describe our experience here was that even though we were the two of us we ended up ordering for four. Yes, the food was that good. We started off with a tamal to share – the first either of us ever had. Definitely a yummy way to start our meal. But what was even better was the chicha morada, a Peruvian juice made of purple corn, pineapple, lemon, cinnamon, and cloves. What a brilliant combination of delicious flavors!
I continued with the prawn anticucho. Anticuchos are meat skewers, and this vegan prawn one was incredibly juicy and rich in flavor. It came with potatoes and Peruvian corn as well as a spicy sauce. The prawns were made of konjac, an Asian plant. One of the most exciting dishes I have tried in a long time!
Alfonso had a mixed seafood platter with fried yuca and different sauces. We were extremely impressed by the mouthwatering combination of textures and flavors. So even though we could have left at this point, we had to order more because we wanted to taste as much of the food as possible.
We continued with a Papa a la huancaína, which should have been a starter. But we were basically starting our second dinner, right? The sauce for this dish was similar to a hollandaise. It was so creamy and silky. I urge everyone who believes vegan food to be flavorless and boring to try this sauce. It was incredible!
Next up we had a Peruvian pasta stir-fry. Now, I didn’t know that stir-frys were a thing in Peru. But what I expected even less was for it to be one of the tastiest stir-frys I’ve ever had. It was exceptionally flavorful and very comforting.
The last dish we had was my least favorite. It was a potato stew with vegan meat, rice, and sauces. I don’t know if it was because I had already eaten too much, but I wasn’t impressed with the flavors of this dish. But all the other five dishes were extraordinary.
We’re so thrilled to have tried all these amazing dishes at Los Andenes Vegan in Madrid. What a delightful introduction to (mostly) pre-colonial South American food!
The owners (the chef and the waitress) were very welcoming as well, and I can’t think of a single reason not to come back to this place. If you only have time for one vegan meal in Madrid, go to Los Andenes Vegan!
Calle de Fernández de los Ríos 43. Open Wednesday to Saturday 1:30 pm to 4 pm, 8:30 pm to 11 pm, Sunday and Monday 1:30 pm to 4 pm.
Vegan American Cakes and Treats
If you’re a vegan in Madrid and miss American-style cakes, cupcakes, or cookies, you have to visit Freedom Cakes. This place is paradise if you want to indulge in some luscious sweet treats. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all the different cakes and treats in this tiny confectionery. But it wasn’t difficult to choose: I’ve always been a fan of white chocolate so I got a slice of their white chocolate cake. And as if that weren’t decadent enough I also ordered a vanilla milkshake.
There aren’t any words to describe how delicious both the cake and the milkshake were. The milkshake was certainly the best vegan milkshake I ever had. And the cake had the perfect melt-in-the-mouth texture. I’m honestly at a loss for words so you’ll have to check out Freedom Cakes for yourself. No vegan in Madrid should skip this spot.
Calle de la Luna 14. Open Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 12 am.
Places I Look Forward To
Seeing as how amazing it is to be vegan in Madrid I definitely hope to head back to the city soon. And I already know which of the vegan restaurants in Madrid I want to try out.
Level: This vegan bistro is a little pricier and located right outside Retiro Park. It’s one of the top-rated vegan restaurants in Madrid and supposedly gets very busy so you’re best off making a reservation. Avenida Menéndez Pelayo 61. Open Wednesday to Saturday 8 pm to 11 pm, Friday to Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm.
Avocado Love: This gorgeously decorated vegan and gluten-free bar has somewhat mixed reviews, but as all the ingredients contain avocado I’m really curious to try it out. Marqués de Santa Ana 34. Open Tuesday to Sunday 1 pm to 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm to 12 am.
B13: This vegan bar offers comfort food such as burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and pizza. It’s another one of the best-rated vegan spots in the city, and the photos of the cakes have me drooling already. Definitely the kind of place every vegan in Madrid should check out at least once. Calle de la Ballesta 13. Open Wednesday to Sunday 1:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Chicken of the Woods: This rather new vegan restaurant and concept store focuses on Belgian/French/Mayan fusion cuisine. Sounds interesting enough to me! Calle de la Palma 63. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 2 am, Sunday 10 am to 10 pm.
Cookaluzka: Another vegan spot in Madrid with excellent reviews is this restaurant which serves Italian and Latin American cuisine. I’ve seen this place being mentioned by so many people that I really want to try it on my next trip. Calle de Lira 8. Open Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 5 pm and 8 pm to 10:30 pm, Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm and 8 pm to 11 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm and 8 pm to 11 pm.
Vega: This vegan restaurant has two locations in Madrid which both have really good reviews. The food is organic and has different international influences like Spanish, Mexican, Italian, or Thai. Calle Alamo 3. Open Sunday to Thursday 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 1:30 pm to 9 pm. Calle de la Luna 9. Open Monday to Sunday 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Wednesday and Saturday also 8 pm to 10 pm.
Crucina Restaurante: Although I’m not normally the biggest fan of raw food I’m always open to trying raw vegan restaurants after trying the non-raw places. One of the great things about being vegan in Madrid is definitely the fact that there are so many diverse options from burgers and doughnuts to vegan Peruvian food and raw vegan restaurants. Calle del Divino Pastor 30. Open Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm, Wednesday to Sunday 1:30 pm to 4 pm.
Distrito Vegano: Madrid is one of the global capitals of art, and so it comes as no surprise that the vegan scene in Madrid also has a fully vegan bar that puts on art exhibitions. Calle Doctor Fourget 32. Open Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday 1 pm to 12 am, Friday and Saturday 1 pm to 1 am.
El Perro Gamberro: This vegan restaurant focuses on home-cooked style Spanish food. The reviews are really good with a good portion of reviews from locals which is always a good thing. If you’re looking for traditional Spanish food in vegan varieties you have to try this place. Calle Benito de Castro 4. Open Wednesday to Sunday 1:30 pm to 9 pm.
Fantastic V: There’s no shortage of fast food options for you if you’re a vegan in Madrid. The photos I’ve seen of this vegan spot look particularly mouthwatering! Corredera Alta de San Pablo 2. Open Tuesday to Sunday 2 pm to 4:30 pm, Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday also 8 pm to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday 8 pm to 12 am.
Frutas Prohibidas: I’ve seen many of this place’s dishes on Instagram and am always amazed at how beautiful and colorful they are. They only turned vegan in spring 2020, and on top of delicious meals they have a large selection of hot and cold beverages. Calle del Conde Duque 26. Open Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 12 am, Sunday 10 am to 10 pm.
Hakuna Matata Veggie: This vegan restaurant offers both traditional Spanish dishes in their vegan varities as well as American food and desserts such as burgers and brownies. Calle Galileo 12. Open Monday to Saturday 1:30 pm to 9 pm, Sunday 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
La Alpargata: If you’re vegan in Madrid you probably want to try different vegan versions of Spanish dishes. While many cities around the world focus on vegan fast food, Madrid has quite a few options for those who wish to taste the local cuisine, including this vegan tavern on San Fernando Market. Calle de Embajadores 41. Open Wednesday to Sunday 12:30 pm to 5 pm, Wednesday and Thursday also 6 pm to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 7 pm to 11 pm.
La Encomienda: This vegan and organic restaurant offers both Spanish and international cuisine as well as various desserts. Calle de la Encomienda 19. Open Monday to Sunday 1:30 pm to 5 pm and 8 pm to 11:30 pm.
La Huella Vegana: This vegan restaurant has two locations where you can get tapas, wraps, salads, pasta, and burgers, as well as desserts. They also donate some of their profits to an animal organization. They have really good reviews with a lot of them being from local vegans which is always a good sign. Calle Verónica 6. Open Monday to Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday to Saturday also 8 pm to 11 pm. Calle Santa María 39. Open Monday to Friday 12 pm to 4 pm, Sunday to Thursday 8 pm to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday 8 pm to 11:30 pm.
La Modernista: This upscale vegan restaurant is located in the beautiful Chamberí neighborhood so if you’re a vegan in Madrid looking for an elegant dining experience this is the place to go. Calle Fortuny 47. Open Monday 1 pm to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday 1 pm to 12 am.
La Tía Carlota: This vegan bar offers an extensive menu of dishes from very diverse countries, such as Japan, Chile, Peru, Syria, Iran, Ireland, and India. Most of the reviews are really good, and the bar is quite centrally located. Calle Sombrerería 6. Open Wednesday to Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm, Wednesday and Thursday also 8 pm to 12 am, Friday and Saturday 8 pm to 1 am.
Label Bar: Another vegan anarchist I definitely need to check out on my next trip to Madrid. They serve comfort food such as burgers at very fair prices. Calle Cabestreros 15. Open Tuesday 7 pm to 12 am, Wednesday and Thursday 8 pm to 12 am, Friday and Saturday 8 pm to 1 am, Sunday 1 pm to 12 am.
Landareak: This vegan takeaway bistro is the kind of place any vegan in Madrid can count on when they simply want to eat in. It’s one of the top-rated vegan places in Madrid and also sells cakes and cheeses. Calle Ruiz 5. Open Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm, Tuesday to Friday also 6 pm to 10 pm, Saturday 7 pm to 11 pm.
Mandarina: This vegan place only opened in 2020 and already has really good reviews. They serve international cuisine, such as pasta, wraps, burgers, and curries. Calle de Luisa Fernanda 27. Open Tuesday to Saturday 1 pm to 11 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.
Masa Madre: Located in Madrid’s gay village Chueca, this vegan pizza place doesn’t use palm oil or refined sugar. The pizzas look really amazing. Calle San Marcos 17. Open Monday to Saturday 1:30 pm to 4 pm, Monday to Thursday also 8 pm to 11:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 8:30 pm to 12 am.
Pizzi & Dixie: This vegan pizzeria offers a variety of pizza and other Italian dishes and desserts. It’s located in Malasaña and has pretty good reviews, too! Calle San Vicente Ferrer 16. Open Monday to Sunday 1:30 pm to 4 pm, Monday to Thursday also 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 8:30 pm to 12 am, Sunday 5 pm to 6 pm.
Veggie Room: A vegan store to check out if you’re vegan in Madrid and self-catering (or if you’re simply curious about the types of vegan products available). They sell all kinds of vegan food and cosmetics. Calle San Vicente Ferrer 21. Open Monday to Saturday 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday to Friday also 5 pm to 9 pm.
Santa y Pura: This vegan bar offers vegan tapas as well as burgers and pizza. The reviews are outstanding. Calle de Santa Isabel 27. Open Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 11 pm.
Vegania: One thing that’s really great about being vegan in Madrid is that there are so many vegan bars where you can get tapas or burgers. That way, you get to experience the typical Spanish nightlife in a vegan way and don’t only have to stick to actual restaurants. This one has mainly good reviews, and the burger looks enormous. Nuestra Señora de la Luz 62. Open Wednesday to Friday 7 pm to 1 am, Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm and 8:30 pm to 1 am, Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm.
Dolce & Vegana: This vegan bakery offer pastries such as croissants but also savory snacks like sandwiches and pizza. As one of the best-rated vegan spots in Madrid it looks like the kind of place every vegan in Madrid should visit at least once. Calle Segovia 55. Open Wednesday to Friday 10:30 am to 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 2:30 pm, Wednesday to Sunday also 6 pm to 9:30 pm.
Encuentro Vegano: Self-caterers may want to check out this vegan store. Calle Pico de los Artilleros 23. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 9 pm.
La Milla Verde Vegana: Another vegan store, but this one goes a step further and only sells products that are free from palm oil. The reviews are perfect. Plaza de Fonsagrada 9. Open Monday to Saturday 10:30 am to 2 pm and Monday to Friday 5 pm to 8 pm.
Mama Kokore: This vegan, organic, and gluten-free bakery has excellent reviews and also sells different grains and flours. On top of that, they organize cooking courses. Calle de Germán Pérez Carrasco 48. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 2 pm and Monday to Friday 5 pm to 7:30 pm.
Molly’s Vegan Market: This vegan shop sells both food and cosmetics and has amazing reviews from local vegans. Paseo de la Ermita 3. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 2 pm and Monday to Friday 5 pm to 8 pm.
Planeta Vegano: This vegan store is very centrally located making it perfect if you’re only in Madrid for a few days and staying in the center. They sell everything from vegan food and cosmetics to books as well as supplements. Calle Ave María 34. Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 11 am to 9 pm.
Veganians: This vegan stall sells foods like burgers and salads and has mostly great reviews. Calle Fuencarral 57. Open Sunday to Wednesday 12 pm to 12 am, Thursday to Saturday 12 pm to 1 am.
VeggieU: This vegan shop and café sells vegan food and cosmetics, but also makes pastries and cakes to eat at the café or take away. Calle Martínez de la Riva 76. Open Monday and Wednesday to Saturday 10:30 am to 8:30 pm.
Finally, if you want to go on a vegan food tour through the neighborhood of Malasaña you should join Madrid Vegan Tours. Definitely an experience I look forward to on my next visit to Madrid.
Have you ever been to Madrid as a vegan? Which places did I miss? Did you know it would be so easy to be vegan in Madrid?