…with so much ham around!
If there’s a type of cuisine that strives to offer good raw materials and novel recipes, that’s vegan cuisine. I know you are trying to taste different things, I advise you to do as I do and take a look at this list, because eating vegan is a culinary discovery.
I particularly like everything so I’m open to all kinds of food, that is why I love to go to vegetarian restaurants from time to time, because they know how to take the best of vegetables to make them tasty. Step right up!
So here a list of the most highlighted veggie restaurants at the capital city:
A veggie classic in Madrid, it was one of the first ones I tasted when I started to enjoy veggie food. Now it’s much more elaborated. And yes, its specialty is the veggie burgers with 11 different types like Chingona or Smoked, but do not miss its salads like the Silvestre, which is delicious.
Abundant and homemade food with Venezuelan touches near Retiro Park. For example, its Arepa Burger, made with lentils and where the bread is substituted by corn arepa.
A good chance to try cuisine from other parts of the world with vegan recipes, and a great daily menu.
Pura Vida Vegan Bar
In La Latina you can also enjoy homemade vegan food. It’s a small and cozy place that’s famous for its great pizzas. But there’re much more. They have solidarity burgers with the name of animals, and donate 1€ to the corresponding NGO.
In a small market stall of Antón Martín Market are demonstrating that vegan cuisine can be creative and avant-garde. So much that they have already stepped by great chefs like Mario Sandoval (famous journalist) interested by their kitchen.
Authentic vegetarian cuisine like Crudiveganos cheeses table, could be at any Michelin restaurant!
Kilómetros de Pizza
They’re specialized in two-meter pizzas and take a look: Cream of wild asparagus, two types of artichoke (natural and with balsamic oil), pepper, two textures of zucchini and eggplant.
Pui’s Thai Tapas
This restaurant has wanted to unite a very Spanish concept with the best of Thai cuisine, one of the best countries to travel and know Southeast Asia.
It isn’t all vegan, but they’ve options like their famous Som Tam salad, made with papaya, beans, chili and lime.
If you just have a weekend in the Madrid - how can you make the most of the city
Let’s start the challenge…
Parque del Buen Retiro - the lungs of the city - close to the main train station “Atocha” where you can rent a little boat on the lake, enjoy a leisurely stroll or even be portrayed by one of the painters!
Plaza Mayor - order a few squid sandwiches & tapas under the sunshine (it can reach 40 degrees in summer) so plan your trip to suit your skin type.
Palacio Real - great location for selfies!
Plaza de España - nice place to relax
Sol - exactly the centre of Spain, everyone meets up here to go wherever else
Museums - “Golden Triangle of Art”
Museo del Prado - interesting one if you like classical art
Reina Sofía - home of Picasso’s Guernica
If you only visit one try the Thyssen - it’s smaller, less intimidating and easy to manage
5J: the best Iberian ham ever - expensive but worth having a try
Museo del Jamón: pork legs hanging from the ceiling (that's why it is called “museum”) where you can have cheap tapas & beer
Some Cool areas to explore:
La Latina - where you will find the best tapas (omelette, olives, paella and good seafood) in the bars and small pubs. Style: hipster
Chueca - stylish gay district, nice to walk around – good atmosphere
Barrio de Salamanca - (main street, “Serrano”) - upmarket area where you will find the main designers brands and the ladies who lunch!
La Castellana - A bus tour around this street will show you the big buildings.
Gran Via - nice buildings and shops at night!
I would recommend you having dinner at a nice restaurant on the top to see all the city, like the following picture:
Lunch: 2pm - 4pm (It is typical to order a glass of vermouth (wine) as an appetizer, before lunch, they will provide you a tapa.
Dinner: 9pm - 11pm, in summer even later! The weather is so nice…
New Garamond – commercial music, well dressed crowd and typically Spanish.
Kapital (close to Atocha station and Retiro park) 7 floors with different kinds of music.
Every Sunday morning “El Rastrillo” is an eclectic outdoor market that’s worth a visit.
The Underground is huge and easy to use - if you want to get around quickly. I would however recommend that you walk sometimes as you’ll get to see the beautiful streets and impressive architecture!
I hope you enjoy your short break in Madrid!