Be sure to double-check the hours of each restaurant, as siesta is part of the culture. Most places open for dinner around 8-9:00pm and close around midnight to one in the morning. And like most big cities, Madrid is not cheap, so be sure to have plenty of euros in your pocket, specifically for the three-course menu of the day, which is common in Spain.
This market is one of the most popular in Madrid. From fresh fruit to spiced nuts to Spanish desserts, enjoy a variety of Spanish delights. The white chocolate baklava is like heaven on earth. Most desserts will be vegetarian as egg and butter is part of traditional baking, but hey, at least the sangrias are vegan!
La Biotika offers vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic cuisine. Adjacent to the restaurant is a plant-based health food store where you can find a variety of chocolates, spices, grains and products. Order items separately or try the menu of the day that comes with a starter and small dessert. Try the croquettes, a Spanish favorite. The restaurant also serves meet-up and group organizations for dinner.
Enjoy a bit of vegan home cooking at Rayen. Open for breakfast and lunch; enjoy a variety of single-items like pancakes and soy lattes or order several courses from the brunch or menu of the day. The menu of the day is typical like most places, coffee, lunch and dessert for 13.50. I’m a big fan of their peach smoothies.
Loving Hut is one of my favorite vegan restaurants found in major cities throughout Europe. The menu offers a combination of Asian and local fare, so every Loving Hut is different. The menu of the day is my preferred choice with a choice of soup or salad, lunch item, dessert and tea or beer. Yes, drinking beer at lunch is common, but I prefer the tea. The Asian curries are a must!
With a motto of “eat positive,” Viva Burger features a menu of 100-percent plant-protein burgers. This global chain has restaurants around the world and the menu features a variety of burgers, wraps, salads and desserts. The Burger Queen always sits well with me.
Starved for lunch, I discovered this place on a whim. I had no clue where I was in the city and thankfully I roamed past a vegan/vegetarian buffet. Shi-Shang is an Asian vegan buffet. The buffet includes a variety of starters, sushi, soy-protein meats, vegetables, noodles, rice and desserts. Eating at lunch (9 euros) is cheaper than dinner prices (10 euros). Weekend prices are higher. If you’re not up for the buffet, order from the traditional menu. Some items maybe vegetarian, so it’s best to ask in Spanish what foods are not one-hundred percent vegan. http://www.shishang.es
Tekoe is a European chain teahouse. I normally avoid anything established, but it was one of the few places open before 9:00am. I enjoyed the green tea with roses and recommend it for a place to taste test a variety of teas. Sit at the window-side bar to people watch.
Pura Vida Vegan Bar
Peace, love and no thank you to the machismo culture is part of Pura Vida’s brand. Part local, part global, you’ll find a combination of veggie burgers, pizza, nachos and croquettes. Keep an eye on the website for local events and take away is available.
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