Being vegan in Cordoba was not the walk in the park that I thought it would be. Being one of the larger cities in the South of Spain (and drawing big tourist crowds due to its respectable reputation for history and culture), I assumed that it would be one of the easier places to find vegan food in Spain. Vegan tapas is easy to find when you visit Cordoba. A full meal is not.
I’ve pulled together a list of the easiest places to find vegan food in Cordoba, and a couple of other things I found out along the way …
Taberna la Alqueria was not on my hunt list for vegan food in Cordoba. It wasn’t listed on any of the other vegan travel bloggers’ pages and I only wandered into it through sheer desperation for something other than bread. Only a 5 minute walk down from the famous Mesquita, this Cordoba restaurant sits in amongst a charming (if not a little touristy) street filled with tapas cafes – some misting their diners to keep them cool. Don’t worry, there was no mist here – that will not be showing on your bill!
This isn’t a vegan tapas spot, however, they offered a lot more than most. We sat down to iced beers (£2.20 for a pint!) and ordered the following:
- Avocado hummus, which came with pitta to dip
- Fried eggplant with cane honey – a local speciality (ask them to hold the honey)
- Patatas bravas – make sure you state you don’t want it topped with mayonnaise (multiple times!)
The also serve generous potions of gazpacho accompanied by raw veg and breads.
Checking out the Cordoba sights is hungry work! La Lola isn’t a vegan restaurant, however, if your body is screaming for some vitamin C or protein, this is the best place to head to. The cafe runs on a health-food theme, serving fresh juices for 2.95 euros, and a selection of wraps and salads that you can ask them to make vegan. Options include:
- Quinoa Salad: Quinoa, corn, carrot, Cherry tomato, black olives and avocado
- Cabbage and pomegranate salad
- Carrot and cucumber sticks with your choice of dip: Hummus, Guacamole, Salmorejo (tomato purée) or Mazamorra (almond-flavour purée)
- Vegetable: Lettuce, tomato, pepper, onion, white asparagus, hard-boiled egg and sweet corn
They also serve oat, soy and almond milk, alongside avocado on their breakfast breads.
Breakfasts in Cordoba
I can’t tell you how over bread, tomato and oil I was by the end of my Southern Spain road trip. However, I’m afraid that, as a vegan on a budget, this is probably something you’re going to have to learn to resort to. Most of the central cafes are great for offering soy mill as an alternative, so you don’t need to opt for a black coffee. As I previously mentioned, head to La Lola for a topping of avocado.
Situated in the heart of Cordoba’s historic quarter, this funky little place is, sadly, not fully vegan either, but does offers a good set vegetarian menu each day that staff are happy to alter to suit vegan diets. Their menu changes regularly, but features the following:
- Vegetable kebabs
- Lentil dahl
- Veggie sushi
- Mushroom and tomato pizza (ask them to hold the cheese)
And a vegan recommendation in Cordoba that I avoided – Bocaito
I spotted a few blogs commenting on Bocaito, referring to it as an ideal vegan Cordoba restaurant. I understand that not all people are vegan for the same reasons I am, however, most vegans I know have a big connection to animal ethics. This place is actually halal restaurant and, they make a very big deal of it. I was pretty disappointed that none of the vegan blogs writing up about this place didn’t mention this. As an animal lover, I will always try to boycott halal food establishments unless my options are non-existent (which here, they are not). I couldn’t care less about religion, but I can’t condone throat slitting.
Top Tips: If all else fails, the Spanish were really accommodating when it came to trying to make something suit my diet. Pizza places were great for removing the cheese, replacing dairy products with extra chunky veg! YUM!