This is the most vegan friendly little island I’ve been to so far. Las Palmas is a city on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. I was shocked to discover how many vegans and vegan-friendly restaurants thrive on the island. I’m excited to report that not only are vegan options in abundance, they are muy delicioso!
Many tourists usually venture to the south of Gran Canaria to the resort area of Maspalomas. While there are vegan options in Maspalomas, they do not have the same abundance of foods that Las Palmas offers. Las Palmas is in the north-east part of the island. If you’re looking for more of a local vibe with great food, I would definitely recommend Las Palmas over staying in Maspalomas. The prices are much more budget-friendly in Las Palmas compared to Maspalomas as well.
Traveling as a vegan can be difficult at times. Every vegan is comfortable with the common “safe” foods like fruit cups, bland salads and french fries while they’re on the road. Vegans enjoy good food with flavor just like everyone else. Discovering a new location where vegan food of substance is a common occurrence is like hitting the jackpot. Here is your Las Palmas de Gran Canaria vegan guide!
Location: Playa de Las Canteras – (Near the Las Canteras Beach)
The agreed upon favorite vegan restaurant amongst my flatmates (one vegetarian, one gluten-free, the others non-vegans) was Bioloco. This 100% vegan burger and salad joint had incredible options that everyone could enjoy. They had a weekly special that was a meatball sandwich and it was the best meatball sandwich I’ve ever had. They also have amazing desserts like cake, cheesecake and brownies with ice cream! If you want to get tipsy while eating a seitan burger, Bioloco is a cruelty-free bar as well. They have a super friendly staff and a cool atmosphere.
Racimo 16 is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant that serves Venezuelan influenced cuisine. The restaurant has a daily menu with new goodies to try. They also have gluten-free options for those who need them.
San Andrea is a little restaurant right by Las Canteras Beach. This is the perfect place to get your pizza fix after a day by the sea! They serve vegan pizza and pasta. This is not an entirely veg spot, but they have a few vegetarian and vegan options. San Andrea does not skimp out on the veggies for their vegan pizza! They ask what your dietary restrictions are right away, which is always nice.
La Dulce Boutique
This one is for my raw vegans out there! La Dulce Boutique is a tiny pastry shop that also serves yummy raw meals. I had cashew cream based spaghetti that was really delicious. I wasn’t a huge fan of their tiramisu but there were many desserts to choose from.
Fat Frank is not an entirely vegan restaurant, but they have a great vegan menu. They serve tacos, nachos, burritos and burgers. I enjoyed the falafel wrap which was massive! You definitely get your money’s worth. For dessert they have a couple of gluten-free vegan options. They have plenty of outdoor seating with a lively crowd and they stay open all day long.
This one is a traditional burger restaurant that has a Beyond Burger. This restaurant is close to the shopping district of Las Palmas so it is the perfect place to stop after spending too much at El Corte Ingles (a major department store in Spain).
Location: La Vegueta (Old Town)
Zoe Food is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant with salads, sandwiches, smoothies and baked goods. They have gluten-free options too! They have both indoor and outdoor seating so you can enjoy a healthy meal and the temperate weather of Las Palmas.
La Hierba Luisa
Las Hierba Luisa is a 100% vegan bar, cafe and restaurant. They have a raw option as well as pasta, salads, Greek inspired foods and desserts. They even have chocolate cake! All the dishes that are served come out looking incredibly Instagram worthy so don’t forget to snap some pictures.
For those who want to enjoy tapas as a vegan… good luck. The only safe Canarian tapas are papas arrugadas. These are boiled potatoes with red sauce. It’s really simple but very tasty and you will be able to find them at most tapas restaurants on the island. Thursday tapas nights at La Vegueta are a big deal, so if you want to join in the fun, buy a drink and get some papas arrugadas with it for free!
So I hope you enjoyed my Vegan Guide to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which is a great place to travel for everyone, but especially vegans. Vegan people can enjoy the perfect African climate as well as incredible food options all year long.
The busiest time to be a tourist in Las Palmas is actually in the winter because people from all over Europe come here to escape the cold. It is especially busy during February when Las Palmas hosts a massive Carnival celebration and people from all over the world head to the island to take part in it. So the best time to visit to avoid large crowds is May or September/October.
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