When I recently travelled to Madrid, I decided I wanted to start exploring the healthier options available. While it is quite easy to make healthy Spanish food choices (in my opinion) – think lots of vegetables, lean meats and olive oil, it is sometimes nice to know that there are health-focused eateries around too. Here is my list of the best ones around.
This is a fantastic healthy café, started by an American, a Dane and a Frenchman. Inspiration has been drawn from the healthy hotspots of New York, Los Angeles and Sydney, and you can definitely see that from the chilled out, trendy vibe that this place radiates. Their sweet potato fries and hummus are delicious, and they have a huge number of salad options and “Garden Bowls”. The staff are also super friendly and the prices are pretty reasonable, given its great location.
Paseo de la Castellana, 89, 28046 Madrid
This is another great option, which doesn’t necessarily market itself as a healthy eatery, however the food is really fresh and wholesome and the menu features lots of salads – the “Gandhi Chicken Salad” catches my eye. I wouldn’t call it cheap, but it is a really nice eating experience.
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 27, 28014 Madrid
This restaurant has a fab, buzzy atmosphere, making it ideal for a relaxed dinner out. The staff are really attentive and the food is fresh and flavourful. The cocktails are also worth trying. Dishes include Mediterranean cod and vegetable spring rolls – very varied, as you can see.
Calle de Recoletos, 14, 28001 Madrid
I love this place – they do brunch until 2pm, which is really great if you’re having a lazy morning. Their smoothies are also fab and the staff are attentive and keen to help you, even if you’re struggling with your Spanish! The interior is really gorgeous, but it is quite a small restaurant, so book in advance if you can. This tends to attract more of a local crowd than tourists, so you know it’s a good find.
Calle Argensola, 7, 28004 Madrid
This is a really cool café concept which is quite unusual for Madrid. It is inspired by healthy, trendy Australian cafés and is hugely popular, so there is usually a queue. It’s worth it though, as this place offers the perfect antidote to Spanish tapas, if you’re feeling a little overloaded with patatas bravas and croquetas. The menu is huge, with both sweet and savoury options. They offer almost every egg combination you could imagine, as well as fab smoothies, and the staff are really friendly. There are now two outposts of this café too!
Plaza de las Comendadoras, 9, 28015 Madrid
This isn’t a healthy café per se, but the ginormous menu ensures that there will be something on the healthy side for you to choose from. It is also a chain, so you’re likely to find one near you wherever you may find yourself in Madrid, and the prices are pretty reasonable given the generous portion sizes. I got the smoked salmon toast, which was really filling and delicious. They offer a range of breakfast options – think English, Spanish, American etc. They also have tons of amazing-looking pastries and cakes, and they have no issue if you want to set yourself up on one of their tables and work away on your laptop for a while.
Calle Mayor, 24, 28013 Madrid
I haven’t personally tried this place as I didn’t get the time on my last Madrid trip, but I thought it was worth a mention as it is probably the healthy food haven of Madrid. There are a couple of them, so you’ve got a variety of locations to choose from. The menu features detox juices, salads, soups (superfood gazpacho!), sandwiches and açai bowls. There are also various vegetarian and vegan options.
Calle de Serrano, 98, 28006 Madrid
Another one I haven’t yet visited myself, but I have heard really great things so thought I should mention it. Their poke bowls look delicious, with the focus of the restaurant being on fresh, ethically-produced organic food. An interesting fact is that the King and Queen of Spain has supposedly visited this restaurant – so if you want to follow in royalty’s footsteps, head here!
Calle de Trafalgar, 22, 28010 Madrid
This is an institution in Madrid. It gets really busy, so try to head here outside peak times. The menu changes daily and there are a number of fresh options out on the countertops. The vibe is really hip and trendy; you’ll find a number of bright young things working on their start-ups here. They also offer alternative hot drinks like matcha lattes, as well as cocktails for after-hours.
Plaza San Idelfonso, 9, 28004 Madrid
I hope this list gives you some inspiration for your next trip to Madrid! If you discover any other must-visit places on your travels, let me know!