It can be hard being a vegetarian in Spain, especially outside the major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. Luckily, you’ll find a few cities in the north western region of Galicia that have a handful of excellent vegetarian and vegan offerings. Here is our pick of the best vegetarian restaurants in the Galician cities of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo.
Alice in Wonder Pie
Bakery, Pastry Shop, Pastries, $$$
This Alice in Wonderland-themed bakery in Santiago de Compostela offers a tasty selection of vegan cakes, muffins, pastries and milkshakes, which are sure to fill that hole. If you’re after something savoury, you’ll also find vegan and vegetarian empanadas filled with soya and pizzas with vegan cheese.
Entre Pedras is located just south east of the centre of Santiago de Compostela and is a great option for vegans and vegetarians looking for delicious tapas bites. Let’s face it, tapas can be a bit boring for vegetarians with just some patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce), and slices of cheese to keep you going – and it’s even worse for vegans – but not here. At Entre Pedras you’ll find everything from hearty soups and stews to vegan croquetas and vegetarian meatballs. There’s also an excellent selection of salads and toasts topped with ingredients such as smashed avocado.
TS - A Casa, Santiago de Compostela | Courtesy of TS - A Casa, Santiago de Compostela
More of a bar than a restaurant, TS – A Casa is another Santiago de Compostela offering. It’s vegetarian, vegan and gay-friendly all wrapped into one, and is the perfect spot for a night out, pairing your favourite cocktail with one of their delicious tapas plates. Think hummus and pita bread; toasts topped with spinach, cheese, walnuts and pears; grilled vegetable stacks; and freshly baked focaccias. It’s not only the food and the drinks that are good here though, you’ll also love the decor with its bare brick walls covered in fairy lights and bold colourful paintings of exotic animals.
A Factoria Verde Tienda Restaurante Vegano, A Coruña | Courtesy of A Factoria Verde, A Coruña, Galicia
A Factoria Verde – The Green Factory is located in the Galician city of A Coruña. It’s a mixture between a juice bar, shop, restaurant and takeaway joint, and is a haven for vegetarians, vegans, and lovers of all things healthy and wholesome. The place is packed from floor-to-ceiling with wooden shelves filled with herbs, spices, grains, snacks and teas. After picking up some snacks in the shop, sit down in the restaurant to plates of spelt pizza, filled portobello mushrooms, grilled courgettes or baked artichokes with tomatoes and olives.
Corners Café Bar, La Coruña | Courtesy of Corners Cafe Bar, A Coruña
Another excellent spot for vegetarians in A Coruña is Corners Cafe Bar. A macrobiotic bar, it serves up Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as traditional Spanish. Try their great value menu of the day, featuring a starter, main and dessert for a set price. They also serve tasty fruit shakes, cakes, brownies and cookies – perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Located in a lovely square in the historic quarter of A Coruña, A Vella may at first appear to be a speciality coffee shop and great breakfast place, but in fact it also serves great vegan and vegetarian options too. Sit out on the terrace surrounded by leafy trees and enjoy their menu of the day or simply a great coffee and a croissant.
Situated in the Galician city of Vigo, Bambu is an excellent choice, offering some of the tastiest vegetarian food around. The set menu changes daily, so you never know what you’re going to get, but you can always guarantee it will be fresh and delicious. Some of the dishes featured include cream of leek and pear soup with saffron, and baked black beans with cous cous and feta. They also offer Asian-inspired dishes such as Indian pakoras and cauliflower and coconut curry.
The most stylish offering on our list is Cúrcuma restaurant, located in Vigo. Meaning Turmeric, the restaurant serves up delicious plates in an elegant atmosphere. For starters you can choose between dishes such as salads, soups or quiches; while mains consist of plates such as seitan stuffed aubergines, veggie burgers, risottos and vegetable moussakas. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert to sample choices which include chocolate tart, cheesecake and homemade ice cream. Cúrcuma is primarily a vegetarian restaurant, although vegan options can also be made upon request.
Another great vegetarian option in Vigo is Galgala Vegetariano, a cosy place that feels like a country kitchen, with huge wooden cupboards, tiled floors and chunky wooden pillars. In the shop at the front, glass cases are filled with vegetarian pies, tarts and quiches, while the restaurant serves a daily changing menu. Think avocado and mango salad, followed by a vol-au-vent of vegetables, poached eggs and mushroom sauce. Desserts include coffee and chocolate tart, homemade yogurt with lemon cream and blueberry cheesecake.