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. And not just that; there are lots of restaurants that have great vegetarian and vegan options so you don’t have to miss out on eating delicious tapas, pizza and much more. Here are the best restaurants 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 (2 in Ruzafa, 1 in Ciutat Vella) 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.
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 (try the brownie!). We always order tapas as we love having lots of variety. Everything is delicious but our favourite dishes are the falafels, 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.
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.
The struggle is real when going to a tapas place as a vegetarian, with tortilla, patatas bravas and some fried/grilled vegetables getting boring after a while. But this place has plenty of options to make eating vegetarian tapas enjoyable. Along with the usual options, they serve mushroom croquetas, hummus, vegetable casserole and more. It’s an ideal place to go with a mixture of vegetarians and meat-eaters as everyone can be happy. The tapas range from €3-8.
We fancied a bit of a change and having only tried Greek food once previously, we really enjoyed our feast here. A lot of the menu is vegetarian friendly and we chose to try a variety of mezes (Greek tapas) which range in price from €5-8. The vine leaves stuffed with rice and the croquetas were particularly delicious. I would say this place isn’t vegan friendly as a lot of the dishes include cheese. It is quite small so it’s best to reserve a table. The location of this restaurant, just around the corner from Plaza de la Virgen and the tasty food definitely make it worth a visit.
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.
This is Indian food at its finest. I don’t eat spicy food but Ryan does so he was very happy to find proper spicy food, other Indian restaurants we had tried just didn’t compare. As Indian is such a vegetarian friendly cuisine, there are lots of delicious options, and they cater for any spiciness level too. My favourite so far is the spinach and potato curry. The service is excellent with friendly staff that go out of their way to make sure you have a pleasant dining experience. The prices are reasonable for the high quality of food, with a meal for 2 including curries, rice, naan and drinks for around €30.
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.
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.
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!