I was only traveling with hand luggage. But it weighed around 10kg, which is why I left it at the luggage storage at the airport and only set off with a small gym bag. By the way, you can get from the airport to the city center of Madrid in about 30 minutes by train or subway. It only costs a few euros. And at the ticket machines there are usually people from the transport company who will help you to get the right ticket quickly.
Madrid vegan – the breakfast
Around noon I was in the center of Madrid and walked from Recoletos across the old town to the Palacio Real, the royal palace. On the way I looked for a place where I could have breakfast.
You have to know that most restaurants in Madrid don’t open until 1 p.m., but they usually stay open until midnight. Some take a break between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Of course, cafés open earlier, so my choice fell on the Chillin’ Café in the northern part of the old town, not far from the Plaza de España.
The food at Chillin’ Café
You get primarily small dishes such as toasts and sandwiches, pan cakes and cakes, but also dishes that can be described as lunch. The latter includes the gyozas, the Korean vegan chicken and the Japanese salad. The lunch menu between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. includes 8 gyozas, miso and a sponge cake for 9.95 euros. Prices are perfectly fine. I have not seen a single dish that costs more than 10 euros.
As you have already seen, many of the dishes have an Asian touch. Especially Korean or Japanese. Toasts are very popular in Spain, and like sandwiches and pan cakes, they appeal to an international crowd.
Of course you can also get your coffee at Chillin’. In addition to the classics, there are also exotic variations such as the rose or black sesame latte and a cold brew coffee.
A handful of soft drinks from water to a smoothie and a beer are on the menu as well as a few selected specialty teas.
And that’s what I chose for breakfast
To eat, I ordered the Wendy’s sandwich with toasted sourdough bread, cream cheese, bacon, sliced avocado with seeds, and nutritional yeast. And because I like to make scrambled tofu at home, I really wanted to try it. Everything can be seen in the photo.
I liked it and the coffee was delicious too. The scrambled tofu was very different from how I make it. Much smoother and also less flavorful. That is of course a matter of taste.
As the name suggests, the Chillin’ Café is a great place to chill. Good for breakfast or lunch. The coffee is delicious and the service is very friendly.
A good place to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and work on your laptop or use the free WiFi to send vacation photos to loved ones.
Chillin’ Café – Info
Address: C. de la Estrella, 5, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Opening hours: Mon + Tue, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. // Wed – Fri, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. // Sat + Sun, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Phone: +34 691 53 59 46
Payment in cash and by card. WIFI.
Madrid vegan – Lunch
As mentioned before, lunch in Madrid starts at 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. and goes on until around 5 p.m.. For this I chose the Mad Mad Vegan restaurant in the Chueca district. By the way, this is the most important gay district in Madrid.
Mad Mad Vegan
Interestingly, Mad Mad Vegan isn’t all that different in style to Chillin’ Café. Except that both the wood and the walls are darker. Otherwise there are also metal elements, resulting in a rustic industrial style.
The Menu of the Mad Mad Vegan
Basically it is a burger restaurant or a diner. The menu fits on one sheet including drinks. This makes it clear and you can order faster.
The appetizers are primarily finger food like the tequeños (Venezuelan sticks filled with cheese) or the cauliflower buffalo wings. But you will also find a Cesar salad and even Berlin curry sausage.
Two specials (Toronto Wraptor and The Mad Tacos) round out the offerings, and if you like it sweet, you’ll also find a few desserts like tiramisu and brownies.
The dishes are all vegan, some can also be prepared gluten-free. These are marked with a GF, but can still contain traces. Talk to the staff if you have special requests!
You can find a link to the menu in the information below.
The non-alcoholic drinks include organic kombucha, natural juices and also organic coffee and tea.
The burger was very tasty, the Cajún fries were awesome and I also liked the blonde ale. So a clear Madrid vegan recommendation. And afterwards you feel good because you know how much water, CO2 etc. you have saved compared to a beef burger (see picture at the top).
Mad Mad Vegan – Info
Address: C. de Pelayo, 19, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 1 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Phone: +34 914 44 20 77
Payment in cash and by card. WiFi.
Incidentally, Mad Mad Vegan has a second restaurant in the southern city center on Calle Lavapiés 16. The opening times are the same.
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