Vegan Valencia: Where to find the best plant-based food

In smaller towns and villages across Spain, it can sometimes be a challenge to find vegan-friendly fare. However, Valencia’s vast range of options makes up for all the disappointment you may have suffered in the past. So, without any further ado, here are some of the best vegan eateries and treats to hit up in the city.

Oslo

Located in the city centre, Oslo combines Spanish dining traditions with Scandinavian sensibility. Featuring a typically Nordic minimalist interior, the restaurant’s vegetarian and vegan menu is as fuss-free as its decor. We tucked into tapas – something we’d not enjoyed in Spain since turning vegan. But there’s also a range of large plate dishes on offer.

We ordered the guacamole, hummus and Arabic bread, patatas bravas with aioli and the vegan garlic prawns. The prawns were tasty (just like everything else), but the texture was so close to the real thing that die-hard vegans might find them off-putting. 

All in all, the meal was a 10/10 for me and four dishes were more than enough between two people. Although some reviewers pointed out that there were cheaper places to eat in Valencia, our bill (including two nice crafty-type beers) came to €30. So I thought it was pretty reasonably priced.

It’s worth noting that Oslo has two sister restaurants in the city – Malmo and Copenhagen – which are also completely vegetarian and vegan and no doubt worth a visit.

Horchata 

Usually, city delicacies tend to rely on meat and dairy. However, there’s a little drink native to Valencia that even us vegans can enjoy. That’s because Horchata is a kind of plant milk made from tiger nuts, water, and sugar.

The drink originated in Valencia and is thought to have been brought by the first Muslim settlers in Spain. Horchata is available from vendors across the city. However, the Horchatería Santa Catalina is probably the best place to visit and boasts plenty of charm thanks to its quaint tiling and traditional interior. 

La Tavernaire 

Although associated with Spain in general, paella is actually native to Valencia. Traditionally the rice dish is made with chicken, beans, rabbit and sometimes snails. However, a range of various incarnations have popped up over the years, including some vegan options.

La Tavernaire in laid-back Ruzaffa is generally considered to be the best place for vegans to indulge in the native dish. And, the cafe is now completely vegan – meaning diners can be completely confident that what they’re eating i legit.

Aloha Vegan Delights

If fast food is more your thing, be sure to check out Aloha Vegan Delights. Again, the eatery is 100% vegan and offers a menu packed with satisfying veggie burgers and seitan kebabs. We both ordered different burgers which were delicious but everything that came out of the kitchen was freshly prepared and looked amazing. 

Top tip: Don’t forget the siesta!

If you’re thinking about eating out in Valencia don’t do what we did and forget about siesta time. Most eateries shut in the afternoon from about 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. – so don’t get caught hungry.

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