It’s often said that vegetarian food is hard to come by in Andalusia – a region of Spain in which most of the locals are committed meat-eaters. Málaga shows that this is simply not true, though: the city boasts some excellent vegetarian restaurants and cafés, offering homemade food cooked with the freshest of ingredients. Take a look at our round-up of the best.
Boasting one of the coolest outside terraces in central Málaga (metres away from the Moorish Alcazaba fort, as its name suggests), El Vegetariano de la Alcazabilla is consistently said by veggie Malagueños to be one of the best joints in town. Vegetarian versions of Spanish classics such as paella and croquetas are available, as well as a range of pastas, salads and veggie-friendly burgers. On the rare occasions that the weather is not good enough to sit out on the terrace, you can enjoy their reasonably-priced food and friendly service inside amid the jazzy and colourful interior.
5 Calle Pozo del Rey, Málaga, Spain, +34 952 21 48 58
As is fitting for a vegetarian café located on one of Málaga’s trendiest squares, Cañadú‘s menu is a far cry from those of traditional Spanish eateries. Croquetas here come stuffed with apple and pine nuts, for example, while the salads are spruced up with ingredients such as alfalfa, kiwi and pineapple. A superb range of pasta and couscous dishes are also available, and there’s a decent selection of veggie deserts on offer too. The carefully-prepared food is complemented by a menu of organic wines from all over Spain, all of which can be enjoyed inside or on a terrace on Plaza de la Merced itself, where street artists often provide free entertainment.
21 Plaza de la Merced, Málaga, Spain, +34 952 22 90 56
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