Best for: Green smoothies
This cafe has become my pit-stop for a quick health boost. I often go twice a week, usually after yoga class. It's location is brilliant, as it's on a road just off of Fuencarral, and right around the corner from Brandy Melville. If you are not familiar with Madrid, Fuencarral is a long road which stems off of Puerta del Sol square, where you will of course end up if you are visiting Madrid. It's the center of everything.
Xanacuk's green smoothies are insanely good. I consider myself quite a green smoothie connoisseur considering I've been making them regularly for the past 4 years, but nothing I have made has come close to the green smoothies at Xanacuk.
Just ask for an English menu when you go in, and you will be able to choose which ingredients you want to go in, or to pick from one of their green smoothie recipes (I recommend the "Green life" ). I also never thought I could like wheatgrass shots, but Xanacuk has changed that. They just taste so fresh!! You'll never go back to powdered wheatgrass again after tasting these. They serve them with fresh lime and when you add the lime into the shot, it genuinely tastes good.
They also have a large selection of sandwiches. They have a menu so you can choose which ingredients you want to go in, and what kind of bread you want. I always go for the ciabatta with roasted vegetables, sprouts, hummus, and avocado. They also have a couple of ready-made vegan sandwich options, and different salads. They are not a fully vegan or even vegetarian cafe and stock items such as chocolate croissants, quiches and chicken salads, so it's the perfect place to take your non-vegan friends or family for brunch.
Best for: Vegan tapas
The very first fully vegan restaurant/bar I came to in Madrid, and still one of my favorites. I absolutely love the fresh, vegan comfort food they offer here. The tapas are exceptional, so you won't feel like you're missing out on this popular Spanish past-time.
The restaurant is also extremely affordable. When I went with my mum, we ordered a selection of vegan tapas to share and also both got a dessert and a smoothie, and it still only came to about 30 euros, which is only about 21 pounds!
Best for: Raw vegan cheese platter
This restaurant in Malasana is amazing, both for the atmosphere inside the restaurant and the carefully prepared vegan food, all of which is 100% organic and raw. It can be hard sometimes to find vegan restaurants which are a little more sophisticated when you step inside, but Crucina definitely fits the bill.
The first time I went there, I can safely say it was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. I didn't enjoy it as much the second time though, as I felt like I was eating too much dehydrated food and I was craving freshness. You just have to order wisely, and make sure you opt for big salads, smoothies and soups so that you can get some fresh food in you as well as all of the dehydrated creations.
All of the ingredients sourced are of the best possible quality. As well as the vegan cheese platter, you absolutely have to try their raw chocolate mousse. Trust me, it's out-of-this-world good!
Best for: Vegan burgers
This place is worth going to just for the vegan burgers. Believe it or not, the burgers pictured below were only a starter. They definitely do much more generous portions in Spanish vegan restaurants! We had the burgers with the dumplings, which were also very good. I would recommend just getting starters when you come to Rayen, as they are all very big and filling, and we didn't actually really need to get mains as well.
The restaurant itself is super cute and definitely very popular, so if you want to go I would recommend booking in advance by simply messaging them on facebook. That seems to be the easiest way to make reservations in Spain if you can't speak the language!
Best for: Smoothie bowls
Fit food is Madrid's first and only cold-pressed, organic juice bar. I really recommend ordering one of their acai smoothie bowls. I always order the Amazonian Detox and it is delicious. They also stock lots of vegan supplements including Sunwarrior raw vegan protein powder and nut butters. They only offer smoothies and juices though, so you could only come here for a snack, not for lunch. Xanacuk is actually on the same street, so you could go there afterwards for a bite to eat!
Be aware that it is quite expensive - a cold pressed juice is 7 euros whilst an acai bowl can be up to 8.50 euros.
Best for: Vegan ice cream
This is a great little place to pop into for a quick healthy meal, smoothie, or ice cream! Sanissimo is located near where I live, so I often come here to get a smoothie, or their lentil "meat balls", which I must have gotten at least six times by now. They also offer some amazing looking cakes and pastries, although I haven't tried either yet. When you first walk in it looks like you can only buy food to take away, but they actually have an area at the back where you can sit down to eat. They also stock lots of different vegan and vegetarian food products like milks, crisps, chocolate and energy bars.
Best for: Vegan ravioli
The food and atmosphere in Punto Vegano kind of reminds me of an American diner. We had milkshakes and fresh lemonade to start with an appetiser of croquetas. Croquetas are a popular Spanish appetiser usually made with ham and milk. These tasted just like the real thing, if not even better!
For my main, I tried their fresh, homemade ravioli, which was seriously good.
It was also very affordable. Our meal came to just under 20 euros!