Galicia can seem like a meat-lover’s paradise, but vegetarians have lots of delicious foodie options too. So here’s our pick of the best vegetarian restaurants in Santiago, plus our go-to veggie shops and veggie tapas!
It seems like all the tapas bars and restaurants you pass by are displaying meat and fish dishes in all their glory, but don’t despair—read on for our insider’s vegetarian guide to Santiago!
Keywords and Phrases
When you have dietary restrictions, we understand how important it is to communicate your needs when ordering food. In an unfamiliar language, it can seem like an overwhelming task! To help make your life a little easier, we’ve put together a handy list of keywords and phrases.
Yo soy vegano/a. I am vegan.
Yo soy vegetariano/a. I am vegetarian.
Yo no como ni carne, ni pescado, ni huevos, ni productos lacteos. I don’t eat meat, fish, eggs or dairy products.
¿Me recomiendas algo rico, por favor? Can you recommend something tasty, please?
Yo no puedo comer… I can’t eat…
Yo puedo comer… I can eat…
Leche de soja: Soy milk
There’s lots of great vegetarian tapas on the menu, so here are some of our top tapas dishes to order when we want to eat something green and oh-so-good!
Croquetas: You can find these everywhere! Croquetas are little balls of béchamel sauce covered in egg and breadcrumbs then fried, but be sure to check what they contain ( just say: ¿Que lleva?) as some can include meat or fish. A yummy veggie option is croquetas de setas (mushroom croquettes) or croquetas de puerros y queso (leek and cheese croquettes).
Queso Tetilla con membrillo: A slice of soft, creamy Galician cheese topped with a tangy, sweet membrillo fruit jelly. Membrillo is quince and is often made into jelly in Spain. It goes perfectly with the famous cone-shaped Galician cheese. A great veggie dessert too!
Patatas bravas: These famous potatoes are a must-try tapa all over Spain. They are cut into wedges, flash-fried and served with a delicious spicy tomato sauce. Some bars like to include mayonnaise in this dish, so just check yours are mayo-free (sin mayonesa).
Pimientos de Padrón: A great vegetarian tapa to share! These little green Galician peppers are mostly mild, but every so often you might get a spicy one. They’re simply fried in Spanish olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, making them crisp on the outside and tender on the inside!
Tortilla: Made of just three ingredients, but oh so tasty! Spanish tortilla is made up of eggs, potatoes and onions, and it is truly one of the best vegetarian tapas out there. The best tortillas are bright yellow, soft on the inside and firm on the outside. The brightness of the yellow is a tell-tale sign as to whether the eggs are organic!
Once you’ve filled up on these fab tapas, you’ll probably want to try a full veggie-friendly meal at one of our favorite vegetarian restaurants in Santiago. Some even offer midday deals so you can enjoy more of the good stuff!
Entre Pedras: Good food, tasty and cheap—a great combination for any restaurant (Rúa do Hospitaliño, 18)! Try the vegan and vegetarian burgers made with lentils and nuts. If a toast or wrap is more your style they’ve got some pretty delicious unique flavor combinations to enjoy. One of our favorite vegetarian restaurants in Santiago!
Malak Bistro: For something a little bit different, pop into Malak Bistro (Rúa das Orfas, 27) for Galician food with a Middle Eastern twist! Here, you can enjoy vegan, vegetarian and also gluten-free dishes mixing spices like turmeric, cumin, and curry with ingredients like chickpeas, tofu, rice and couscous!
Restaurante A Tulla: A fantastic choice for vegans/vegetarians and meat-eaters too! Hidden from the hustle and bustle of Santiago’s main tourist areas, this small, quaint tavern (Calle Ruela Entrerruas, 1) is just the place to relax and try their delicious veggie options from spinach dumplings to rice “meatballs.”
Hervor e Fervor: A trendy restaurant (Praciña das Penas, 2) north of Santiago’s historic center that uses top-quality ingredients to create original vegan and vegetarian dishes. With options like hummus, olive tapenade, toasts and potato gnocchi, you’ll be spoiled for choice! One of our must-try vegetarian restaurants in Santiago.
Manso: A treat for those looking for gourmet vegan and vegetarian cuisine in Santiago. Manso’s (Avenida de Vilagarcía, 21) menu will delight and surprise you, but make sure you reserve and let them know your dietary requirements in advance. Food this good is worth a little planning ahead!
Galicia is all about fresh, great quality produce so it’s easy to find high quality fruits and veggies at many corner shops in the city. But when you’re looking for specialty vegetarian products, head to one of these veggie shops and stock up!
D’Aldea: Not far from the historic center (Avda. Rosalía de Castro, 25) of the city and full of vegan and vegetarian products. They also offer organic fruit and vegetables, wine and products for celiacs.
Herbas Tenda Vegana: This is a great shop (Rúa dos Pitelos, 26) for vegans and vegetarians in Santiago because you can pick up organic and vegan products as well as products sold by weight, such as rice, grains, nuts and even algae!
O Xardín dos Soños: A cute and cozy shop/café (Casas Reais, 38) in the historic center where you can get all your veggie products and then enjoy a vegan/vegetarian bite to eat! They even have vegan cake and a variety of teas to enjoy!
Ready to enjoy all the gastronomic delights in Santiago but not sure whether your vegetarian diet can be catered for? Devour Galicia Food Tours offers great vegetarian tours. Just note your dietary requirements when booking and we’ll show you the most delicious vegetarian food in Santiago!