This blog post was originally posted on July 14th, 2015 and was updated on August 3th, 2017
A little wary of finding vegetarian food in Malaga? While it is true that many dishes in Spain feature ham or fish, there are also a growing number of vegetarian options. In Malaga there are an increasing number of delicious restaurants where you can try traditional Spanish food that is also vegetarian.
We’ve found several vegetarian restaurants in Malaga that we really like. Which is not to say that you can’t find great vegetarian options at your local bar, you just might have to ask the waiter to “hold the ham” or specify that you don’t eat meat at the beginning of the meal. This is always helpful to avoid any “surprises” when your food arrives.
Vegetariano el Calafate
Vegetariano el Calafate is a great place to enjoy vegetarian food in Malaga. Located in the center of Malaga on a tiny side street just five minutes walk from the Carmen Thyssen Museum, El Calafate has a daily vegetarian lunch menu. This includes your first course, a main dish and a dessert. The portions are generous and everything is delicious. We tried the salmorejo and a roasted vegetable dish with phyllo dough called a “treasure box.” For dessert we ordered a delicious lemon tart. All in all it was a great meal with great service. This is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Malaga if you are looking for a relaxing sit down meal.
Calle Andrés Pérez, 6, 29008 Málaga, España
Recyclo Bike Café
Centrally located with fun and original bike themed decorations, the Recyclo Bike Café is one of the best places for vegetarian food in Malaga. They serve fresh fruit and veggie smoothies, as well as coffees from around the world. The staff is super friendly, and the menu has a lot of options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. You can enjoy many of the burgers with either the vegan or the meat options. They also have different art exhibits on the walls and sometimes there is live music on the weekends. Centrally located, and a true breath of fresh air for vegetarian restaurants in Malaga
Calle Marques de Villafiel 4
Cañadú is a good option for vegetarian food in Malaga. The food is healthy and there are lots of vegetarian options, as well as gluten free options on the menu. The price, considering that you are in the center of Malaga is fair. For 10 euros you can order the very filling daily menu, which consists of a starter, a main, and dessert, although we warn you that your drink will be charged separately. We recommend the cous cous, the apple and pine nut croquettes and the mushroom croquettes. All delicious choices.
Plaza de la Merced 21
Going beyond the vegetarian restaurants in Malaga
Apart from these vegetarian restaurants in Malaga, there are many traditional tapas that are already vegetarian. Make sure to try the porra de antequera, a cold tomato soup thickened with bread and olive oil (although make sure to ask for it without ham or tuna on top!). Another favorite in Malaga is ajo blanco. This cold almond and garlic soup is sometimes served with shrimp, so double check before you order. Malaga is also famous for its almonds, which are fried in oil, salted and sold in the street! (You can also find them in the market along with local raisins, dates, and delicious fruits.) Of course there are always the options of delicious cheese, tortilla española, and local olives.
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