So for those of you that don’t already know, I lived in Spain a few years ago, but then I was a meat-eater so in my eyes being a vegetarian here was going to be difficult. I couldn’t help but think about eating tapas, and how I would get bored of eating patatas bravas over and over again. But thankfully it has been so much easier than we thought. Valencia is filled with so many vegetarian and vegan restaurants, here are the best ones we’ve tried so far.
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This was the first vegetarian restaurant we tried in Valencia, which is fitting as it was also the first vegetarian restaurant to open in Valencia, in 1980. The atmosphere here is really nice with an old-style vibe and it is situated in a quiet street in the city centre. It serves very wholesome, hearty food which we loved. I had the stuffed aubergine which was delicious. They have vegan and gluten-free options and a great variety of drinks, including some great cider. The prices are very reasonable, you can get a meal and a drink for ~€10. We have heard that you can request all-you-can-eat-and-drink for only €20 per person so we are definitely going to try that sometime.
This group has 3 restaurants in Valencia and 1 in Madrid. They have a very modern decor and are on the pricier side, but a great place to go on a special occasion. We have tried both Copenhagen and Malmö. We enjoyed our food there, especially in Malmö where we had my birthday meal. I had pasta filled with pumpkin and Ryan had a long ‘chicken’ burger which were both very nice. One thing we were not impressed with was the vegan cheesecake, it was very bitter and definitely not for us.
This place doesn’t actually have their own restaurant, but they do home delivery. They serve tacos, burgers and some other dishes. It is fast food style but very delicious and super cheap at only €3 for a burger and €2 for a taco. The staff are really friendly and delivery is efficient.
We’ve been here a few times and it’s definitely our favourite restaurant in Valencia. They have a big menu including an amazing selection of tapas, main courses (burgers, wraps, pasta) and desserts. We always order tapas as we love having lots of variety. Everything is delicious but our favourite dishes are the pakoras, croquetas and sundried tomatoes with bread. The staff are super friendly which is another reason why we keep going back. The atmosphere is really nice with chilled music playing in the background. On Wednesdays they do a tapa of the day which changes every week for only €1,50 and the prices in general are very reasonable.
If you’re looking for some authentic affordable Thai food this is a great option. Thai food in general is very suitable for vegetarians and vegans as you can simply replace the meat for tofu. I had the Pad Thai and Ryan had the green curry which we both really enjoyed. My portion in particular was huge, I could only eat half and took the rest home. The prices are very good, the Pad Thai was only €6/7. We will definitely be going back next time we are craving some Thai food.
The Vurger is a 100% vegan fast food restaurant situated in the city centre. Although it only started out last year, it has become really popular, and we heard so many positive things before trying it for ourselves. The decor is really cool and laid-back and much nicer than your average fast food restaurant. We ordered an original burger and tofu skins with sweet potato fries, coming to €16. We loved how they have managed to create such meat-like vegan food, especially the tofu skins, they tasted just like chicken I swear.
Last but not least, Almalibre. As you can tell by the name the main thing it serves is Açaí. We actually both tried our first Açaí bowls here recently. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I was amazed at the texture and taste of the Açaí when blended with other fruits, like a delicious sorbet. I love the atmosphere and decor here, it’s super chilled and they even have a hammock! They also serve burgers, nachos and much more, catering for everyone: meat-eaters, vegetarians, vegans and celiacs. We tried both the chickpea and quinoa, and red rice and tempeh burgers. They were both sensational but I think the rice burger was the best. Whether you want a relaxed drink or a lovely meal, this is a great spot.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? Did you enjoy them? What countries/cities have you found some great vegetarian/vegan cuisine? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!