Madrid is full of tasty tapas and hearty Spanish foods. But what happens when you just can’t eat any more fried calamari, manchego cheese, Serrano ham, or filling cocido? It’s time to head to one of Madrid’s healthy spots, which are few and far between – but they do exist! Vegans, vegetarians, and health-addicts take note: here is the ultimate guide to Madrid’s healthy restaurants, juice bars, and eco-friendly cafes.
If you’re obsessed with hummus, this is your spot, as La Hummuseria is a vegetarian restaurant specializing in the garbanzo-based dip. It’s located in the Chueca neighborhood and prides itself on making its own unique varieties of flavorful hummus. Using only the freshest ingredients, the owners/chefs Lotem and Shai (originally from Israel) use secret recipes to create several different styles of hummus with different toppings and flavors such as lemon or mushroom.
Fit Food is the perfect place to stop off on your way to work for a quick juice or snack. With four shops open in Madrid, the combination café/store also sells products you can take home with you. Its slogan, “Look good naked,” gives you the idea; this spot offers the perfect juices to get yourself healthy again after an indulgent weekend.
Located in the upscale Barrio Salamanca, this trendy juice and coffee shop is all about providing healthy and organic drinks and snacks. Raw Coco Green Bar says it’s the first shop in Spain to have offered cold-pressed juices (meaning the the juices maintain their nutrients for up to 72 hours). We particularly like the Glow variety, a blended non-alcoholic cocktail of mango, orange, and carrot. Add one of their boosters for extra vitamins.
A mini-haven in the busy city center of Madrid, Huerto De Lucas, which means “Lucas’ Garden,” is a small health-food market and courtyard cafe. The organic food market has anything and everything dedicated to organic food and healthy living. All of the products sold here are eco-friendly, and created with environmental concerns in mind. The cafe section, sitting under hanging plants and skylights, is where chef Javier Muñoz-Calero whips up organic delights and fresh juices.
Vegan restaurants are few and far between in Madrid, but Rayén Vegano is a shining star. Using only fresh and local ingredients, this restaurant has banned the microwave from their kitchen, so expect only the freshest food, with nothing reheated. Their lunch menus offer some of the most delicious items, and afterwards you can take your siesta knowing you ate a healthy meal. Reservations are recommended, as the restaurant is tiny.
With a trendy interior decorated by Adriana Nicolau, Bumpgreen is reminiscent of an old British manor house. The menu features a lot of words like “plant-based,” “vegetarian,” and “gluten free,” so you can order with confidence. The slogan of the restaurant is “Food With Spirit,” and their hearty salads, vegetable- and fruit-filled smoothies, and creative takes on eggs and seafood make the tagline seem more than appropriate.
The perfect spot for a Saturday brunch, Panela & Co feels like you’re a hip spot in New York City or Brooklyn. Everything’s made using fresh ingredients without additives and preservatives. Some of the best items on the menu may be the wraps and sandwiches. Friday is the official bagel day at Panela & Co, so stop in and enjoy a New York-style bagel with salmon and cream cheese.
While they do serve meat and fish too, myVeg is all about high-quality, locally sourced vegetables. The restaurant, located in the trendy Chueca neighborhood, is perfect for stopping into during the World Pride celebrations for a healthy bite. It serves both lunch and dinner and has a separate menu section for the vegetarian options. The sautéed artichoke hearts with lime and Parmesan are especially appetizing.