Looking for some of the best vegan food in Malaga Spain? You’ve come to the right place!
If you’re surprised to discover an article devoted to vegan food in Malaga, you’re probably not alone. However, Spain has really gotten its act together. The vegan food scene seems to be exploding, at least in Andalusia.
I traveled through the region a few years ago and let’s just say, the options were few and far between. My best advice back then was to make sure you stay somewhere with a kitchen so you can cook vegan food for yourself.
Well my friends, those days are over. Spain has arrived…to the vegan party.
Malaga is bursting at the seems with vegan options. Not only are there loads of great restaurants in Malaga serving vegan food, but there are also plenty of health food stores dotted around town where you can get things like tofu, vegan cheese, and vegan chorizo. Hell, you can even find tofu at the local Carrefour and Spanish tortas are now marked as vegan. But that’s another article.
For now, let’s stick to the Best Vegan Food in Malaga Spain!
But first, here are a few tips for vegan travel in Spain (and Malaga).
- Vegan in Spanish – Vegano/a
- How to say “I am Vegan” in Spanish: “Soy vegano/a.”
- Vegan Tapas – Tapas (small plates of food) are super popular in Spain. You can order one or two with drinks or have a few more for a full dinner. Luckily, you don’t even have to go to a vegan restaurant to enjoy vegan tapas. Most “regular” restaurants will have at least one vegan option on the menu. The most common being patatas bravas. In Malaga the patas bravas usually comes with spicy red sauce, unlike in other parts of Spain where it also comes with mayo. Just double check with your waiter to be sure. The one time I didn’t ask was the one time it came with mayo.
- Dining Hours – As you may have heard, the Spanish have some pretty unusual dining hours. During the day many restaurants will close for Siesta (from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) so you’ll have to eat lunch before or after that time. Additionally, dinner is usually served at around 9:00 or 10:00 pm. If you get hungry before them, have a beer or sangria with a tapas to hold you over.
If you’re interested in seeing what Malaga has to offer beyond the vegan food scene, check out our epic guide, Exploring Andalusia – Things to Do in Malaga on my other travel site Just a Pack!
Without further ado, here is the best vegan food in Malaga Spain.
Recyclo Bike Cafe – Best Vegan Chorizo in Malaga
Recyclo Bike Cafe was the first restaurant I ate at in Malaga, and it was love at first bite.
I’ve never seen vegan chorizo in a restaurant in Spain so it’s been years since I was able to enjoy this meaty product. The first mouthful flooded my brain with culinary memories from past trips.
The exterior was crispy, interior chewy, and the flavor was full-on. The fried salty potato cubes and the side salad with pickled red onions were perfect partners.
Recyclo has a number of vegan dishes on the menu in addition to the Chorizo. Be sure to try the vegan chocolate peanut butter cake if they have it. It’s one of the best vegan desserts I’ve ever had.
Vegetariano El Calafate – Vegan Menu del Dia
Vegetariano El Calafate in Malaga is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant with a brilliant Menu del Dia (Menu of the Day). There are usually at least 2-3 vegan options for each of the three courses on offer.
I visited the restaurant several times while I was in Malaga. Each time I got their vegan Porra soup. It’s a blended soup similar to Gazpacho that also contains bread as a thickener. The incredibly flavorful soup reeks (in the best possible way) of garlic, cucumber, and tomatoes. Make sure you try it at least once.
Beets are super popular in Malaga. You’ll see them at all the markets and grocery stores, and on plenty of restaurant menus. By far my favorite dish using this root veggie in Malaga was Vegetariano El Calafate’s beet pesto pasta. It is so incredibly simple, yet so full of flavor. The beets are pulverized with almonds, garlic, and olive oil, and served with pasta. Really, it was amazing.
If you’re looking for the best vegan lunch in Malaga then head to Vegetariano El Calafate.
Andino Gastrobar – Best Vegan Tapas in Malaga
For the best vegan tapas in Malaga, check out Andino Gastrobar.
This gastrobar isn’t vegan or vegetarian but they serve up some of the best vegan tapas in Spain. I recommend going all in and having the vegan tapas plate which includes three different items. The selection changes but hope and pray you get the empanadas. These crispy little pockets of vegan goodness are downright delicious.
Brunchit – Best Vegan Pizza in Malaga
Brunchit is a restaurant in Malaga that serves mostly…you guessed it, brunch options. However they also serve homemade pizza, hamburgers, salads, desserts, smoothies, and juices.
The vegan pizza is downright awesome, and even includes vegan cheese! The chewy crispy homemade crust also comes piled high with lots of veggies like eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, and arugula.
If you’re craving vegan pizza in Malaga then Brunchit is where it’s at!
El Vegetariano de la Alcazabilla
El Vegetariano de la Alcazabilla is just a stones throw from the Alcazaba in Malaga. This little restaurant has only a few vegan items on the menu, and it’s a bit expensive, but is totally worth visiting once or twice.
The best option is the vegan platter. It’s a variety of tapas sized dishes like “meatballs” in tomato sauce, fried seitan with sticky chili sauce, cous cous, and curried veggies. Delicious!
The restaurant also offers a seitan burger, which is actually nothing like it sounds. It’s two grilled seitan patties that come with a few side dishes, and is surprisingly good!
Monte Culebra – Best Vegan Hot Dog in Malaga
Vegan junk food junkies will really appreciate the fact that Monte Culebra in Malaga exists. This tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves decadent vegan hot dogs with super creative toppings like peanuts, vegan mayo, Sriracha, and cabbage. They even have two different vegan frank options – one made with cumin and with paprika.
In addition to the sinful hot dogs, Monte Culebra also has some blasphemous artwork on the walls. Basically, it’s the kind of place you can’t help love if you’re a heathen like me.
Nic Pic – Vegan Cheese Plate in Malaga
Nic Pic is a new vegetarian restaurant in Malaga. It’s located in the boutique hostel Picnic Dreams so the restaurant is open all day, which is great if you tend to get hungry right in the middle of siesta when everything else is closed.
Nic Pic serves a fantastic vegan cheeseburger with homemade chips. It’s perfect if you’re really hungry or craving something super satisfying.
Nic Pic also serve something I was shocked to find in Spain. A vegan cheese plate! I actually didn’t even realize they had this until my last day in Malaga, because the menu calls it a Cheese and Chorizo Spread. I guess I imagined something more like a dip but was pleasantly surprised.
The dish comes with two vegan cheeses, one of which is like a blue cheese. I actually never liked blue cheese before going vegan, but have to say that this one was fantastic. The other cheese and chorizo dip are equally nice. My only complaint with the cheese plate is that the crackers are a little weird. Unfortunately none of their homemade bread is vegan, so it’s currently the only option.
Basically, anyone who is a fan of vegan cheese or vegan cheese burgers will love Nic Pic in Malaga!
Canadu – Vegetarian Restaurant in Malaga
Canadu is a vegetarian restaurant located in Malaga’s Plaza de la Merced. The restaurant makes the most of local Spanish ingredients and serves up homestyle cuisine. Some of the vegan dishes include the vegan risotto with almonds, or the stuffed eggplant with vegan cheese, rice, and tomato sauce.
The food at Canadu is solid and perfect if you’re looking for a comforting lunch or dinner.
Julia Bakery Malaga – Vegan Breakfast
Julia Bakery Malaga is not a vegan bakery but they have a few vegan options. One of which are their fantastic American style scones. Julia also has some of the best coffee I’ve ever had in Spain.
I highly recommend visiting Julia Bakery with a book, ordering a scone and coffee, and having a nice and lazy breakfast.
The Best Vegan Friendly Hostel in Malaga
Picnic Dreams Boutique Hostel
If your’e looking for a vegan friendly hostel in Malaga look no further than Picnic Dreams Boutique Hostel. Located half a block from Plaza de la Merced, the hostel is excellently located.
The boutique hostel has a variety of cozy private and shared rooms to chose from, some of which have a lovely little balcony. Rooms are decorated with natural materials, light colors, and up-cycled items. All rooms include air conditioning and heating, so you’ll feel comfortable no matter what the season.
Picnic Dreams Boutique Hostel also has a fantastic vegetarian and vegan restaurant called Nic Pic (mentioned above) on-site that’s open from 8:00 am to Midnight so an excellent breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack is always an option.
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