It’s only been a year since the last Madrid food blog but the place has changed a ton. My favorite restaurant Rayen Vegano is currently closed and changing locations but it wasn’t that devastating because a few incredible new spots have opened up and I recently explored some places that I had yet to try.
All of that is just a run around way of saying Madrid is one of the best food cities I’ve ever visited. And I love it. And here are a few new plant-based eating recommendations.
In the Mercado de San Idelfonso, this is my new favorite. A legendarily good, tiny vegan food spot sandwiched among many food and drink stands in a modern cramped food market, I lit up when we walked in. I was feeling the vibes even before I saw the Beyond Burger on their menu. They’ve got a great selection of other burgers, a few hot dogs and fries. I opted for the ‘chicken’ sandwich and fully loaded fries and they were lights out. We went back the next day and got the fries again and a round of Beyond Burgers. As I’m writing this, it has only been there a month. I was speaking with the young guy who started it and almost kissed his hand on our way out. I also told him, ‘he’s doing God’s work,’ aka making extremely good vegan food but I don’t know if he understood the expression and might just think I’m super religious.
Vega is an old school vegan place that I had on my list of places in the past but somehow hadn’t gotten there until this last trip. It was phenomenal. There was a menu of the day with two apps, mains and desserts to choose from and my mother and I shared it. We were both immediately smiling and noting how simple, lightly flavored yet soul-satisfying everything was. It has been a long time since I’ve eaten a simple quinoa with vegetables and been like, ‘damn this is GOOD!’
Delish Vegan Doughnuts
I’d followed Delish on Instagram for months before I finally got the chance to go there and it lived up to my lofty LOFTY expectations. They sell out of donuts almost everyday and the place was packed, so you know they’re doing something right. Thinking about it now, I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a vegan donut. I’ve eaten a billion vegan desserts but a donut specifically? Let alone an apple pie jelly-filled vegan donut? Never. My favorite dessert in donut form with a cup of coffee? Vegan? Forget about it.
La Tia Carlota
La Tia Carlota is vegan gastro bar a block or two from the Lavapies Metro stop and is a great spot for tapas or dinner. A very legit dinner menu, we unfortunately were there too early for dinner but had a drink and an order of bacon cheddar ranch pulls and they were fantastic.
This is actually a supermarket, not a restaurant but it deserves to be mentioned because it was awesome. They’ve got Upton’s products all the way from Chicago. I didn’t know they were in Europe. For vegan specialty things that can be tough to find outside of America, this is the place. I also bought this awesome t-shirt from there.
I think that was all of the note-worthy eating we did. We also ate at the always good Pura Vida Vegan Bar and The PumPum Cafe from our last blog post. It was excessive but oh-so-satisfying. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Madrid is one of my favorite cities in the world. Everytime I go, I find something new and fall a little more in love. I couldn’t recommend the city more. I hope you all make it there soon.