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How to survive in Spain as a vegetarian

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April 29, 2014 / Spanish / By
VeroLeo

Before I actually came to live in Spain I thought of long and relaxing evenings spent in bars together with friends eating tapas and drinking sangría. But what I never had imagined was how hard it would be to find vegetarian food in Spain.

Nearly everything contains meat even a mixed salad which according to the menu you would expect to be meatless is often made with tuna or chicken. As their diet is based on meat most Spanish people just can't imagine that vegetarianism exists and don't even know what it means to be a vegetarian. One day for example after desperately having searched the menu for at least something vegetarian I ended up in the kitchen of a restaurant explaining to the cook that vegetarians don't eat fish. Very often my Spanish friends asked me how I could live without meat and started teasing me because desperately in need for a place with vegetarian food I always wanted to eat pasta in Italian restaurants.

Of course there is also vegetarian food in Spain but if you want to eat out in a typically Spanish tapas bar normally your choice is very limited. After a few weeks I was tired of eating either fried potatoes or spanish omlette but luckily I discoverd a place where you can also get more manifold vegetarian dishes.

When I first went to the bar "Pepa y Pepe" in Malaga I felt as being in paradise because the menu offered a huge choice of vegetarian dishes. You can choose between fried potatoes with many different dips, fried mushrooms, fried bell peppers and other kinds of vegetables.

The Bar de Tapas y Freiduría Pepa y Pepe is a cosy bar in Malaga that offers traditionally Spanish food also for vegetarians.


What I also recommend to try there is a cold tomato soup called salmorejo which I found very delicious and of course the best I have ever eaten in Spain: fried eggplant with honey.

Salmorejo a delicious cold tomato soup

"Pepa y Pepe" is a cosy place to meet with friends, chat, have a drink and simply to enjoy yourself. The prices are very reasonable and they also offer different sizes for most of the dishes. Finally I found a place where I can spend the evening as I had imagined it in the beginning.

Pepa y Pepe

Country: Spain

Province/State: Andalucia

City: Malaga

Address: Calle Luis de Velazquez

Zip/Post Code: 29008

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