Every time I have friends visit us in Madrid, I give a big disclaimer: 1:30 – 3:30 is your midday window for eating. Miss it and you’ll have to wait until after 8:30pm.
Of course they give me assured nods then blissfully leap out into the Madrid wild.
Then, like Non-Spanish clockwork, someone shows up on my doorstep sometime between 4- 8pm and very hungry.
Even if you live in Madrid and are well accustomed to the eating schedule, there are times when we need something to eat outside of the usual hours, because we’re sacrilegious non-natives, of course.
Now add the extra layer of veganism, and voila – it’s that much harder.
Don’t fret yet! Like it says in my Green Living Spain profile – I’ve got you covered.
Here are some solid vegan places and options if you’re looking to get your grub on in the post lunch afternoon – whether you want to sit down or take it to go.
Bunny’s Deli (100% Vegan, mostly gluten-free options)
Calle San Gregorio, 17
Sun & Mon: Closed
Tues – Fri: 11:00 -17:30
This expat run spot features organic artisan food made by a certified vegan chef. You can taste the difference – the flavor layers stand out amongst the many 100% vegan options in Madrid.
Try virtually anything here. Their gluten-free options are so good that I didn’t even realize that they were gluten-free. While they do not offer a traditional menú del dia, they usually have a plate and soup of the day during the week, and brunch on the weekends. Besides, you can easily fill yourself up with a savory item and a dessert.
Chilling Café (100% Vegan)
Calle Estrella, 5
Sun – Mon 10:00 – 20:00
Tues – Thurs 10:00 – 20:00
Fri – Sat 10:00 – 23:00
Serves food opening until closing! We’re talking a full menu, running the gamut from juices, baos, burgers, healthy or indulgent brunch choices, and full on meal options. Even a menú del día.
I personally recommend getting the tortilla (they offer two usually), an order of baos, and of course, their delicious coffee. However, their other options are solid – I just don’t go crazy for brunch like some urban Americans do.
La Colectiva Cafe (100% Vegan)
Calle Francisco de Rojas, 9
Mon – Closed
Tues – Fri 09:00 – 20:00
Sat – Sun 10:00 – 20:00
This coffee shop is run by a couple of friendly Argentines who make savory pastries and incredible desserts. It’s a favorite workspace of my partner and I – they have a whole basement full of seating and desk space dedicated to just that.
Order anything because it’s all good. I particularly like the Lebanese fatay, but the calabaza quiche is great too. Don’t leave without trying their fabulous lemon meringue.
We love this place, but just note there isn’t much gluten-free, with just one dessert option available.
To Go Options
Not up to committing to a sit down meal? Looking to scarf something down while you’re walking? Street food is practically nonexistent here, but no one will stop you from providing your own while you huff it around the city.
Sanissimo (Vegetarian with Vegan Options)
3 locations: Malasaña, Opera, Príncipe Pio
Hours vary by location
All Sanissimo locations are open morning to night without stopping. No matter where you are, there’s likely to be one nearby!
They serve a variety of warm and cold foods like hamburgers, wraps, bagel sandwiches, salads, a variety of smoothies and juices, as well as several varying desserts, like vegan cakes, ice cream, and croissants! Vegan options clearly labeled.
Pretty decent bagels and this is coming from New Yorkers, although there is much more we need to try.
Keep in mind that menus vary per location. All offer delivery for an extra 1 euro per item. Their delivery messengers use bicycles over motorbikes to reduce their carbon footprint.
Mercado Nan-Yea (Omnivore with Vegan Options available)
Calle de los Estudios, 7
This tucked away spot is easily missed, but now you know, and you can’t miss it. There’s almost a dozen vegan options, all labeled. My partner and I have even gone after bars stopped serving food for the evening to find them open. There’s even a to-go window with a display case underneath.
They’ll assume you want your food heated up unless you tell them otherwise. Personally, I recommend the croquetas, but I’ve always taken them home to toast up. They also have dumplings, spring rolls, curries, and noodle dishes.
I recommend checking out the groceries too. Often, I’ve grabbed specialty East Asian items here that are better priced and less common in Spanish supermarkets because…
When all else Fails, try Supermarkets!
Planeta Vegano (100% vegan)
Calle del Ave María, 34
Mon – Fri 10:00 a 21:00 horas
Sat 11:00 a 21:00 horas
This is the super central, go to all vegan grocery shop. You can find all the products your heart desires, including gluten-free items that are guaranteed vegan. Keep in mind that there is no heating up prepped food for you here.
Mon – Sat 09:00 – 22:00
This is our favorite Spanish chain, as they have the best prices, dependably fresh produce, and quite a lot of vegan products.
If you’re looking for something to go, there’s a veggie cheeseless pizza (coca verdura), and if you’re north of the Rio/ close to the center, you’ll likely find the vegan croissants too (these are the same ones served at Rollerie and Pain Quotidien but for a 3rd of the price). Also try the bread and hummuses – three kinds!
Mon – Sat 09:00 – 22:00
Lidl is a German chain that has a rotating international section and offers some non-typical Spanish options, like fresh baked brown bread. It’s our second favorite supermarket and has more central locations than Mercadona.
Here they have a couple more ready-to-eat cold options, like couscous bowls and date cakes. A couple of times we had to work at one across the street and didn’t feel like committing to a lunch, so couscous bowls and some apples it was.
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Ultimately, keeping your belly full is your responsibility, not Spain’s. After reading this, you’re officially out of excuses.
Got more vegan curiosity? Check out Alternative Traveler’s Ultimate Vegan Guide to Madrid.