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For health reasons or a lifestyle choice, many folk prefer to eat vegan or vegetarian these days. It can also be another option from fish or meat, as a once-a-week choice. For visitors to Spain, this used to be a huge problem. Even now, unless, specifically requested, a salad will come with tuna or ham already included. They say the Spanish eat every part of the pig, including the squeak, and this certainly appears to have some truth to it! Cooking up a storm in your holiday timeshare apartment, is, of course, a pleasure. But, eating out is not the trial it once was. Staying in Marbella or along the Costa del Sol? Then, take a gastronomic trip into the city centre, and discover, with our help,  the three best vegan and veggie restaurants in Málaga. They may not be EXCLUSIVELY vegetarian or vegan, but all are lauded for serving fantastic fish and meat-free food.

El Gastronauta

Where is it? Calle Echegaray, 3, 29015 Málaga. 
Consistently praised and awarded with starring reviews, El Gastronauta is a clear winner when it comes to foodie-heaven. An interesting hang-out, art mixes beautifully with food with an international flavour. Local artists exhibit there, so you can enjoy the arty offerings as much as the food on your plate. Dishes include much more than the usual aubergine with honey drizzle, and non-veggie eaters will be happy too. There’s plenty of high praise on their Facebook page.

Vegetariano El Calafete

Where is it? Calle Andrés Pérez, 629008 Málaga.

A set lunch menu for under a tenner is just one reason to try Vegetariano El Calafete. That’s a great value price, but the food is anything but cheap or nasty. Huge portions and friendly staff make this a popular spot, so there may be a wait for your food. The set evening menu is around twelve euros, and stand out dishes include Ajo Blanco – chilled garlic soup – and the Lemon Tart. There are also English language menus available, and all dishes are thoughtfully labelled for allergies. Remember to look out for El Calafete, no Covefe involved!

vegetarian garlic soup

Cañadú

Where is it? Plaza de la Merced, 21. Málaga

Central and easy to find, Cañadú is a firm favourite of Málaga based vegan and yoga teacher Alice Radha. She’s a member of the respected group Expats in Málaga city. We asked her for her personally chosen favourite places, when it comes to eating out as a vegan. She says:

“Right on Plaza Merced, on the side of the birthplace of Picasso, is this traditional vegetarian restaurant with many ecological and vegan options. A large selection of Spanish and Italian dishes, as well as a lunch menu with a view of the hustle and bustle of the square. Particularly recommendable here is the hummus with red beets, which is served with chicory.”

Alice also recommends Amorino on Calle Granada, for vegan ice-cream, the coolest treat on the street!

Do you have specific dietary requirements? Comment and share your favourite places to eat, in Marbella or Málaga city, we’d love to try them out too!