Worried that you won’t find vegan restaurants in Valencia?
Worry no more!
While Spanish food is notoriously not vegan-friendly (did you know that Spain eats more meat than any other EU country?), most major cities in Spain are catching onto the fact that not everybody wants to live on a diet of jamón and cheese, and adjusting their culinary offerings accordingly.
Valencia is one of Spain’s most vegan-friendly cities, and new Valencia vegan restaurants are popping up all the time.
From greasy vegan fast food joints to vegan paella, and even vegan Chinese buffets (!), you won’t find it difficult to have a totally vegan Valencia experience.
A Guide to Vegan Valencia
In case you’re new here, hi! I’m Dani, the person behind this blog.
I’m not a vegan myself, but I do love vegan food, and frequently dine at vegetarian and vegan restaurants.
I lived in Valencia for a year, and during that time, I discovered lots of great veggie and vegan restaurants, and that’s why I decided to put together this guide.
Also, please accept my apologies for not having more photographs – I thought I had more, but it appears that I was so excited to eat that I totally forgot!
Now, let’s get into it.
Vegan Spanish Food
As I mentioned in the intro, Spanish food is not known for being the most vegan-friendly.
However, there are definitely some Spanish classics that you can eat as a vegan, including some local Valencian specialities!
Vegan Spanish food includes:
– Paella: While traditional Valencian paella is not vegan, many restaurants in Valencia offer vegetable paella dishes, which are vegan. In place of meat, you’ll get extra beans, artichokes, bell peppers, and other veggies.
– Buñuelos de Calabaza: Deep-fried pumpkin fritters, sprinkled with sugar. These are usually eaten during Fallas celebrations, but can be found throughout the year.
– Bollit: A simple Valencian side dish. The basic version is usually prepared with potatoes, pickled onions, carrots, green beans, oil, and vinegar, but some recipes include artichokes, gherkins, and cauliflower.
– Horchata: A traditional Valencian drink made from tiger nuts, vanilla, and cinnamon. The milk used is usually plant-based, but do ask, just to be on the safe side.
Best Valencia Vegan Restaurants
Vegan Restaurants in Valencia
The Nature is a vegan all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet in Valencia.
For a fixed price of 10.50 EUR (or 11.95 on weekends), you can stuff yourself silly with dumplings, sushi, tofu, tempura veg, spring rolls, seitan, and much more.
I visited The Nature with my mum, and we really enjoyed everything we ate here.
However, a word of warning – the food is not kept warm. If you want to enjoy hot food (which I’m assuming you do), you’ll need to use the microwave provided.
Unfortunately, my mum and I didn’t spot this until it was too late, and so our food was all lukewarm – typical!
Good to know
The Nature address: Plaça de Vannes, 7, 46007.
The Nature Valencia opening hours: Open every day from 1:30pm – 4pm and then again from 8:30pm – 11:30/12pm. Only open for lunch on Mondays.
If you have dietary restrictions, The Nature has an allergen list of what dishes contain gluten, soy, etc. If you can’t see it, just ask!
La Mandragora is not a ‘restaurant,’ per se, but a cultural and gastronomic association that happens to serve food.
It is vehemently anti-capitalist, transfeminist, anti-racist, and anti-speciesist, and you’ll find many anti-establishment folk here.
The food served here is all 100% vegan, and there is no fixed menu. You simply turn up and choose from whatever they have that day.
The most interesting thing about La Mandragora is their ‘pay what you want’ concept, whereby you simply pay whatever you think the food was worth.
I visited La Mandragora with some friends and enjoyed celery soup, a great vegan chilli with homemade nachos, and a chocolate orange cake.
Good to know
La Mandragora address: Carrer de la Mare Vella, 15, 46003.
La Mandragora opening hours: La Mandragora is open every day for lunch between 2pm and 4pm, and then again for dinner between 9:30pm and 12:30am.
‘Tourist, go home’ – La Mandragora has come under fire for having a sign in their restaurant saying ‘Tourist go home.’ This has understandably upset a lot of people, who feel that they are not welcome to visit the restaurant as a tourist. On La Mandragora’s Instagram page, they clarify that they are referring to the housing crisis caused by Airbnb and that they don’t have a problem with tourists themselves; they have a problem with overtourism, and they urge tourists to stay with friends or in hotels rather than apartments in the old city.
Almalibre Açaí House
If you want Bali vibes in Valencia, you need to head to Almalibre Açaí House.
Their mission is to provide a unique experience through quality products, inspiring respect for both people and the environment.
Of course, their flagship product is their Açaí berries, which they use in many of their dishes, but you can also find everything from hotdogs, burgers, and quesadillas to wraps inspired by the flavours of Morocco, Tanzania, and Brazil, amongst others!
With main dishes coming to about 10 EUR, Almalibre Açaí House is one of the most affordable Valencia vegan restaurants on this list.
Good to know
Almalibre Açaí House address: Carrer de Roteros, 16, bajo izquierda, 46003.
Almalibre Açaí House Valencia opening times: Every day from 9:30am until 11pm (10:30pm on Mondays).
Located in the hipster neighbourhood of Ruzafa, Café Madrigal is a great Valencia vegan restaurant that serves food all-day long.
I came here for their lunch menu (known in Spain as Menu del Dia), where you pay a fixed price and enjoy a three-course meal with a drink.
I ordered gazpacho to start (which is actually an Andalucian dish), followed by an amazing Thai red curry with pumpkin, chick pea, and spinach, washed down with a coffee (I rarely order dessert).
What I loved about Café Madrigal was the fact that they had a range of different foods, from vegan versions of Spanish classics, to curries, lentil burgers, and more.
Good to know
Café Madrigal address: Carrer de Puerto Rico, 41, 46006.
Cafe Madrigal opening hours: Cafe Madrigal is open every day from 10am until midnight.
You can find their website here.
If you’re looking for vegan fast food in Valencia, look no further than Khambú. Khambú used to be a food truck, before becoming so successful that it turned into a brick-and-mortar business selling vegan burgers, tacos, burritos, and snacks such as nuggets, fries, and onion rings.
For under 10 EUR, you can choose a burger, fries, and a drink, meaning it isn’t only cruelty-free – it’s budget-friendly too!
Good to know
Khambú address: Carrer de Quart, 41b, 46001.
Khambú opening hours: Closed on Mondays. Open every other day between 1pm and 4pm for lunch, and then from 7:30pm until 10:30pm/11:30pm, depending on the day.
If you want a vegan paella in Valencia, get yourself down to La Tavernaire on a Sunday, when they serve up a vegan-friendly version of the Spanish national dish.
This no frills tavern serves vegan tapas dishes, including patatas bravas, vegan sobrasada, mushroom ‘meatballs,’ and lots of other traditional tapas dishes.
La Tavernaire is somewhat of a dive bar and is a far cry from the ‘retreat’ kinda vibe that many vegan restaurants offer. If you want a loud, authentic tapas bar and greasy fried food, this is the place for you.
Good to know
La Tavernaire address: Carrer de Dénia, 18, 46006.
La Tavernaire opening hours: Monday and Tuesday closed. Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30pm until 12:30pm. Friday and Saturday 1pm until 4pm and then again from 7:30pm until midnight. Sunday 1pm until 4pm.
La Tavernaire is cash only.
The staff at La Tavernaire do not speak English. It will be greatly appreciated if you try to order in Spanish.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Valencia
Kukla is a vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant with two rules – use your hands, and share!
All of their ingredients, aside from their spices, are local, their recipes are all family heirlooms, and everything they serve is homemade, including their delicious fluffy bread.
On the menu, you’ll find eggplant fries, baba ghanoush, deep-filled sandwiches on pita or challah bread, and six different flavours of hummus!
I tried their classic shakshuka (9.50 EUR) which is a dish of poached eggs made in a slow-cooked spicy tomato sauce with onion and garlic, and some challah bread for dipping. It was so good!
Good to know
Kukla address: Carrer de Palomino, 8, 46003
Kukla opening hours: Closed Sunday and Monday. Open every other day from 1pm until 4pm (1:30 on Tuesdays), and then again from 8pm until 11:30pm.
If you’re looking for a more refined experience, Restaurante OSLO is where you want to be.
Situated in a beautiful 19th century building in the heart of El Carmen, Restaurante OSLO invites you to try their vegan pasta stuffed with truffles and mushroom demi glace, or their aubergine moussaka (one of the most famous Greek dishes) with chestnut bechamel and Quorn bolognaise, or even their spicy udon noodles with marinated vegetables and toasted cashews.
As you can see, their menu certainly has a rather fancy flair to it, and although it’s a tad more expensive than other vegan restaurants in Valencia, it’s still very affordable, with the most expensive dish on the menu priced at 15.90 EUR (the Vegan Love Burger).
Good to know
Restaurante OSLO address: Carrer dels Catalans, 8, 46001.
Restaurante OSLO opening hours: Closed on Mondays. Open every day for lunch between 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Open for dinner between 7pm and 10:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Open for dinner between 8:30pm and 11:30pm Friday and Saturday.
While this is technically a vegetarian restaurant, over half of their menu is vegan, so you won’t be stuck for things you can eat.
Open since 1980, La Lluna is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Valencia!
Situated at the end of the street I used to live on, the rather unassuming La Lluna was busy whenever I walked by, and though I have yet to eat here myself, the food looks and smells amazing!
They have an affordable menu made up of simple local tapas dishes (the vegetarian versions, that is).
Vegetable croquettes, stuffed peppers, rice with mushrooms, and vegetable omelettes are some of what you can expect to find here, and they also have a daily lunch menu for just 9.50 EUR, which is a steal!
Good to know
La Lluna address: Carrer de St. Ramon, 23, 46003.
La Lluna opening times: Closed on Sundays. Open every other day from 9am until 3:30pm, and then again from 8pm until 11pm (11:30 on weekends).
Vegan-friendly restaurants in Valencia
Miss Sushi is a chain restaurant with a bunch of different locations in Valencia, and they were always my go-to for takeout sushi!
Not only is the food here incredible, but they also have a separate vegan menu, which makes life a lot easier!
Take your pick from veggie yakisoba, crispy aubergine with miso, quinoa stir-fry with Heura ‘meat,’ and tonnes of sushi options that are a cut above the cucumber maki you’ll find elsewhere.
Good to know
Miss Sushi address: Miss Sushi is a large chain that you’ll find all over Spain. They have 4 restaurants in the centre of Valencia, and one in nearby Port Saplaya. Please find the addresses on their website.
You can also find individual opening times on the website.
Thai Mongkut is one of my favourite restaurants in Valencia, and my mum loves it too!
Thai Mongkut is absolutely beautiful inside – you’ll feel as though you’re deep inside a lush rainforest!
Many of the dishes on their menu are vegetarian (or can be made veggie), and vegan options include tempura vegetables, dumplings with tofu and mushroom sauce, vegan Pad Thai, and Pad King with Heura.
Everything I’ve ever eaten here has been delicious, and I highly recommend paying Thai Mongkut a visit, whether you’re a meat-eater or a vegan in Valencia!
Good to know
Thai Mongkut address: There are 3 Thai Mongkut restaurants in Valencia. You can find the addresses here. While I assume they’re all great, the one I’ve visited is the one in El Carmen.
Thai Mongkut opening hours: Thai Mongkut is open Wednesday to Sunday. Lunch hours are 1:30pm until 3:30pm, and dinner is served between 7:30pm and 10:30pm.
It is essential to book in advance if you want to eat at Thai Mongkut. I’ve been turned away more than once, even during lunchtime!
This unassuming pizza joint is a restaurant with a difference – rather than order what you want from a menu, you simply ask for a ‘surprise,’ and get served whatever the chef feels like (none of your pizzas will be the same, which is pretty fun!).
Their personal pizzas are just 2.70 EUR each (order 2/3 per person), and you can get a glass of wine to go with your pizza for 1.60 EUR (!).
La Finestra isn’t a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, but if you let them know you’re a vegan when you order, you’ll be fine.
This tiny restaurant is always super busy and doesn’t take reservations, but if you’re lucky enough to get a seat, you won’t regret it – I’ve been a few times and loved it every time.
Good to know
La Finestra address: Carrer dels Vivons, 16, 46006.
La Finestra opening times: La Finestra is open every day from 12:00pm until 11:30pm.
La Finestra doesn’t take reservations. You just have to turn up and try your luck if you want a spot.
I only went to Indian Garden once, but I absolutely loved it, and my mum and I still talk about the excellent meal we had here.
Not only was the food impeccable, but the service was great, the interior was gorgeous, and the ornate bronze Prosecco flutes were the cherry on the cake!
We both ordered meat dishes for our mains, but the vegetable pakora we shared to start (8 EUR) was unreal, and just trust me when I say that whatever you order, you won’t be disappointed.
Not only is there plenty of choice, but there are three separate menus for meat, vegetarian, and vegan foods!
Vegan options include vegetable kofta, a vegan dhal, and a Chana Aloo Balti (potato and chickpea curry), as well as a bunch of other yummy-sounding choices.
To top it all off? Each dish costs less than 10 EUR.
Good to know
Indian Garden Valencia address: Bajo, C/ d’Àngel Guimerà, 62, Extramurs, 46008
Indian Garden opening hours: Open every day from 1:30pm until 4:30pm for lunch, and then again between 7:30pm and 11:30pm for dinner.
Ubik Café is one of the most popular cafes in Valencia, and for good reason!
A bookstore, coffee shop, gallery, music venue and bistro all at once, Ubik Café attracts an indie crowd and is always busy.
Drinks include speciality coffees, artisanal beers, and wines for less than 3 EUR, and in terms of food, you’ll find an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu, as well as a few options for the meat eaters.
Vegan options include vegan bravas, couscous with falafel, a seitan poke bowl, or a vegan burger made with lentils and mushrooms.
Good to know
Ubik Café address: Carrer del Literat Azorín, 13, 46003.
Ubik Café opening times: Monday and Tuesday from 5pm until 1:30am. Every other day from 10am until 1:30am.
Valencia Vegan Restaurants | Final Thoughts
I hope that this bumper guide of Valencia vegan restaurants has helped you find a great place (or a few great places!) to eat during your time in Valencia.
I tried to include a bit of everything, so hopefully I’ve succeeded, but if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask in the comments section below.
Until next time,
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