“Comida friki” is what my friend Juan Carlos names vegetarian food.
He doesn’t mean it in a bad way. It’s his way to tell us guiris that vegetarian food still is something weird in the Canary Islands.
As you may know, Spain’s the ultimate paradise for carnivores. I don’t want to go into details here, but ordering a salad without Jamon Iberico or Jamon Serrano is a sacrilege. It’s like forcing an ultra-Catholic to read Darwin’s contributions to the evolutionary theory.
And for a big part of Spaniards, a dinner without meat on the plate isn’t a dinner. It’s food for the hippies and hipsters.
Though it’s getting a bit better, even in the Canary Islands. Vegetarians and vegans have lots of possibilities to eat out with their carnivore friends. Many regular restaurants have started to offer “comida friki”. Some restaurants already include little notes on their menus about gluten and wheat.
And of course, you can always have vegetarian food in Japanese, Chinese, Indian, or Arabian restaurants.
But…are there authentic 100% vegetarian restaurants in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria?
Luckily, there is a handful…
Here you go:
A Sweet Selection of Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
If you want the pure vitamin bomb, FruitnCo’s your place. Besides freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices, they prepare a new daily special each day, and they have plates for small and large hungers, such as sandwiches, croissants, crepes, or 100% natural bagels.
Note: They have some meat hidden in the card. So bear in mind (before you order) that jamón, pata, and serrano are dead animal parts.
2. La Hierba Luisa
One of the better-known places in Gran Canaria’s capital for vegan and vegetarian food. Their creative (and freshly made) dishes will even convince meat lovers to try it out. Gnocchi con salsa de calabaza, nueces tostadas y salvia crujiente, falafel de frutos secos con salsa de curry, or Tallarines con espirulina, tomates cherrys y calabacines is just a small selection out of many different daily yummy menus. (Sounds even more delicious in Spanish, don’t you think?)
3. Zoe Food
Zoe Food offers vegan and vegetarian food in the capital’s Triana quarter. And even as a meat lover, I have to admit that their dishes are delicious. Thursday’s Mexican time, where you have to try their Chili Vegano. If you don’t know what to do on Sundays, go for the “Gran Brunch Menue”.
4. Awa Viva
Biofood. That means fruits and vegetables without synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes, petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Or in English: No fried stuff. Nutritious and healthy dishes without any unnatural crap. That’s what Awa Viva stands for. And besides being a cozy place for vegan or vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s part of the AWA Yoga & Meditation Center.
5. Los Fruittis Bar
A food blogger goes restaurant. A couple of years ago, Dominika started to write about her eating habits and posted pictures of her healthy dishes and her body changes. After she moved to Gran Canaria, she opened this vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Gran Canaria’s capital. In case you want a positive change in your lifestyle, you can attend her workshops for learning how to prepare healthy and delicious dishes.
The name may sound a bit boring. But this salad bar at the Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria doesn’t only offer salads. You can also choose from hot soups, vegetarian wraps, and a wide range of freshly made fruit juices. And in case you’re a part-time vegetarian, you can even order “pollo crujiente” (crispy chicken.)
These are the six favorite places for vegan and vegetarian food in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The above-mentioned places aren’t in any particular order. But…I’m extraordinarily picky when it comes to eating out, and I had some weird experiences in two of the places on this list. And because I do not want to influence you…well…try them out. Maybe I’m just too picky.
In general, I have no doubt that you will be quite pleased while eating in these six places, even if you’re a carnivore (like me).
Buen provecho and enjoy their delicious vegetarian dishes.
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