Vegetarian Cooking Class

My Top 3 Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking Classes in Madrid

Plant-based people, do you like to cook? I hope so, because I’ve done a bit of research to find the most appealing Vegetarian and Vegan cooking classes in Madrid. Whether you know your way around the kitchen, or not, these classes below are a fun way to learn something new about plant-based cooking, meet new people, and maybe even work on your Spanish skills. I’ve hand-picked 3 unique places that not only offer delicious dishes, but also quality ingredients with a fun atmosphere.  

Mamá Kokore

Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking Classes
Vegan Ravioli – Image by Mamá Kokore

For the largest selection of plant-based cooking classes look no further than Mamá Kokore. This vegan and gluten-free bakery was founded by 3 ladies, Bea, Irene, and Elena in 2015. Mamá Kokore is a 3-in-one shop: bakery, store and event center. You can purchase their sweet and savory delights that are made in-house along with grocery items including flour, grains, natural sweeteners, gluten-free pasta and more. They aspire to meet the needs of those with food allergies and intolerances by ensuring all their products are organic and free of animal products, soy, additives, and refined sugars.

They hold weekly cooking classes and workshops on site. They were kind enough to invite me to join them for their Nut Cheese Workshop. 100% recommendable!

Where: Germán Pérez Carrasco, 48

Metro: Pueblo Nuevo

Price: 30€-100€

What to expect: Professional cooking workshops hosted by Mama Kokore and other “experts” in the community. The classes vary in length and size. There are so many options such as, Vegan Japanese, Vegan Hamburgers, Raw Nut Cheese, Gluten-free bread and more! Check out upcoming classes here

What else: Classes and workshops are held in Spanish. For more information contact Mama Kokore at or +34 910 127 277.


Bunny’s Deli

Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking Classes
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Bunny’s Deli started off as a vegan recipe blog called “One Green Bunny” by professional chef Monta, from Latvia. I remember checking out her blog and soon noticed that she expanded by offering cooking classes at her home. Shortly after, Monta opened Bunny’s Deli, a brick and mortar deli in Madrid, which serves “vegan, organic, artisanal” foods. Check out the full menu here.

Bunny’s Deli still offers vegan cooking classes, now on site at their Chueca location.

Where: Calle San Gregorio 17

Metro: Chueca

Price: 39€  

What to expect: The hands-on cooking classes run 2-hours long, include a welcome drink, full-vegan meal, recipes, and a thank you gift. Classes are limited to 5-8 people.  Their classes are held in English or Spanish, depending on the preference of the group. The two classes offered are the Basics of Vegan Cooking and Alternatives in Vegan Cooking.

Basics of Vegan Cooking
Learn easy-to-make nutritious, delicious, creative & healthy 100% vegan recipes for your family and friends. You’ll make: Fava & herb cream tapa on homemade raw seed cracker, raw vegan lasaña with smoky sun-dried tomato & raw cashew parmesan, raw avocado & almond pie or other seasonal desserts.

Alternatives in Vegan Cooking
Learn to make classical meals by using only vegan ingredients as dairy, meat and egg substitutions. You’ll make: Fresh herbed vegan cheese zucchini rolls, aged smoky cashew cheese, vegan walnut & red bean meatballs with zucchini pasta & roasted tomato sauce, cashew vanilla cheesecake or other seasonal desserts.

What else: Bunny’s Deli can also be hired to cater events as well as give individual, small group, off-site, advanced, or private chef services by special request. Contact or call +34 689 967 588 for more information.


Cocinando con Sol

Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking Classes
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Cocinando con Sol is new on the cooking class scene in Madrid. Isaac, a former vegan, runs the veg and non-veg classes. While he still eats meat again he mostly cooks vegan at home and periodically offers vegetarian and vegan classes.

A bit about Cocinando con Sol in his own words:  “The idea behind Cocinando con Soul is to learn how to cook different things, especially things that people might find intimidating, but to do it in a relaxed, social setting while breaking bread and creating community. Using food to learn about different cultures and to find common ground. As an African-American, Cocinando con Soul represents my culinary point of view (soul food), but we really have an international flair to our food. We do dishes from all over the world. So Cocinando con Soul really means cooking with flavor, passion, creativity, and cooking with your senses. “

Where: Calle San Graciano,1

Metro: Legazpi/Plaza Eliptica

Price: 25€-35€

What to expect: Classes run about 3 hours which includes food prep and time for eating. Most classes include a 3-course meal, paired with an appropriate beverage. All classes start with tapas and aperitivos as an icebreaker before the cooking begins. Recently Isaac had a Vegan BBQ class. I wish I could have made it! Listen to how good it sounded: a guacamole aperitif, roasted herbed potatoes with chipotle aioli, and bbq pulled “pork” and coleslaw, and brownies for dessert. Book your class here

What else: Classes can be held in English or Spanish. Make sure to check the menu to ensure it’s a vegan or vegetarian cooking class. For more info contact Isaac at,


Have you tried any of these cooking classes? Let me know what you think!

Vegetarian Venezuelan Fast Food – Arepa Olé

My taste buds are so happy to have been recently introduced to Arepa Olé, a Venezuelan fast food chain that serves vegetarian options in Madrid. If you like South American flavors, comfort food, and affordable prices, then this is the place for you! Being half Colombian, I often crave the simple yet flavorful goodies from my grandmother’s kitchen: black beans, fried plantains, arepas, tostones, corn, and avocados. Salivating as I write! Luckily all these flavors can be found in Venezuelan food too and on Arepa Olé’s menu. My recommendation is to order as a take-away treat, sit on your couch, watch some Netflix and have a gluttonous old time! Reminder this is not healthy food but it is vegetarian Venezuelan fast food at its finest!

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Image by Arepa Olé

The Story Behind Arepa Olé

I honestly cannot believe I lived in Madrid for two years before having heard of Arepa Olé?! Arepa Olé opened back in 2012 by a Venezuelan-Spanish, Edgar and Sonsoles. They knew from the start that they wanted to start a franchise and introduce arepas into the Spanish diet. With 5 locations in Madrid, and now having expanded to Sevilla and Granada, they proudly call themselves the first and only “arepera” franchise in Spain.  They offer is delicious Caribbean food at affordable price, that can be enjoyed onsite, to-go or for delivery. Don’t expect a sit-down restaurant, this is a fast-food type of place. In addition to their brick and mortar locations, they also have a food truck that can be booked for private events.

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The Vegetarian Options

To be clear, this is not a vegetarian restaurant, like many of my other international food reviews (Persian, Ethiopian, Japanese/French, etc.) they serve meat too. However, they have a ton of options for vegetarians, and some things for vegans as well. This makes it a great choice for a group of veg and non-veg eaters to enjoy together. Check out their menu here. I’ve listed below the main items that you should try:

Tequenos – Such a cute little word. Tequeños are like a Venezuelan cheese stick or fried breadstick filled with white cheese. A great starter and snack.

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Cachapas – This is my favorite item on the menu! Think of a cachapa as a sweet corn pancake filled with Venezuelan cheese and bit of sour cream on the side. Its a tantalizing fusion of sweet and salty and  so filling. Delicious, I bet you won’t be able to stop eating it!
Vegetarian Venezuelan

Arepas – Popular in both Venezuela and Colombia. Arepas are corn cakes stuffed with cheese and variety of other items. At Arepa Olé the Domino is my favorite! It’s an arepa stuffed with black beans, cheese, and topped with a fried plantain. Also try the Guayanesa, stuffed with avocado, plantain, and cheese. The Cabrita is fried and stuffed with goats cheese, honey mustard, and fried onions. There are a handful of other vegetarian arepas to choose from. They even have arepas for vegans, just ask.

Vegetarian Venezuelan


Some other snacks to try: Tostones, Palitos de Yuca, and Platano Maduro.

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Image by Arepa Olé


Arepa Ole

Where:  There are 4 locations in Madrid. Chueca, Plaza Mayor, Bravo Murillo, Las Tablas, and 1 in Leganés. 

Price: 3,00€ – 6,00€

Hours: Open all day. Hours vary by location.

What else: All of their arepas are made with corn flour and are 100% gluten-free. For vegans, they have many options that include beans, plantains, avocado, and tomato.

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What’s your favorite vegetarian dish on the menu?

Vegetarian-Friendly Japanese and French Cuisine – L’Artisan

L’Artisan Furansu Kitchen is a non-veg Japanese and French cuisine restaurant in Madrid that serves vegetarian-friendly dishes created by a talented chef. This is the kind of place Wanderlicious loves! Multicultural flavors, a cozy ambiance, and a menu that everyone, omnivore and carnivore alike, can get excited about. I love reviewing restaurants that can be enjoyed by everyone and with everyone, especially friends and family who may not be plant-based. No one has to compromise on taste, options, or ambiance. L’Artisan was kind enough to extend an invitation to try their vegetarian (and vegan) friendly dishes, that did not disappoint! I left with a full belly and tantalized taste buds.

Green Apple Salad


Restaurant, Concept, and Chef Behind L’Artisan

I don’t often venture to the Huertas neighborhood to eat, so it’s not surprising that I had never heard of L’Artisan, despite it being reviewed and raved about by other popular blogs. Opening in 2012, 12/12/12 to be exact, the kitchen has been evolving, experimenting, and innovating its dishes ever since. 

Chef Stephane Shoji, born in Paris, and a “multicultural melange” of French and Japanese heritage, is the mind behind L’Artisan. The concept of L’Artisan isn’t one of fusing French and Japanese cuisine but that of “merging the discipline of traditional Japanese cooking with the flair of contemporary French cuisine.” Having worked in kitchens in Paris and Tokyo, Chef Stephane and his team create plates for the menu that are either French or Japanese, not both.

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Image by Jane Mitchell

The restaurant has two floors and is composed of 3 dining areas: bar, kitchen, and “cave.” From the street, you’ll come upon the red doors where you enter into the bar area. It’s a simple space with Japanese decor that leads to a few tables in the back, near the kitchen, where you can view the chefs at work. Downstairs in the “cave” is where I ate, with exposed bricks and mood lighting this is the perfect place to take someone special or to just enjoy a nice dinner amongst friends.

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The Vegetarian Food

The special tasting menu they created for me consisted of a 5-course meal. Soup, two starters, a main dish, and dessert. The soup changes daily but all the other items can be found on the menu as well as more vegetarian dishes not mentioned below. In addition to offering vegetarian plates, they can also accommodate vegans and celiacs, just let them know beforehand and they are happy to modify any dish that they can. Take a look at their menu for more info.

Many thanks to the culinary and socially connected Natalia Diaz from Project Chefugee who put L’Artisan on my radar and made this tasting happen. I thoroughly enjoyed trying each dish and savored every bite of this 5-course meal. I would recommend all the dishes below and if I had to choose a favorite,  I think the vegan roll would be my top choice. That tahini sauce just takes you over the edge!

The 5-Courses

Soup – A creamy zucchini and mint soup with little bits of goat cheese. Tasty. 

Vegan Roll – A fresh and flavorful roll made of sweet potato, avocado, cucumber, and flaxseed accompanied with a tahini sauce. My fave.

Green Apple Salad – Fine julienne cut green apples mixed with avocado, red onion, dill, and Japanese mayonnaise. Clean and crip! (vegan option available)

Bibimbap – A mixed rice dish that includes tofu, kimchi, bean sprouts, carrots, and hijiki on a bed of whole grain rice, topped with a slow-cooked egg. So filling. (vegan option available)

Rhubarb Crumble – A delectable rhubarb crumble topped with custard cream. Delicious!


Menú del Día

While L’Artisan is a fantastic option for dinner, I was told the restaurant is really known for their menú del día (weekday lunch special). What makes this menú del día truly unique is that each day uncovers a new menu, the options have gone unrepeated for the past 5 years. Chef Stephane bases the menú “on the ingredients available at the market that day.” Ingredients that he procures from the markets in the neighborhood. The menú del día is not limited to Japanese and French cuisines but incorporates cuisines from around the world that have influenced him during his stints abroad and global travels. You’ll get a starter, main dish, drink, and dessert or coffee for 15 euros. Of the three starters and three main dishes offered each weekday, one dish of each is always vegetarian.

Image by L’Artisan


Metro: Sevilla and Sol

Address: c/Ventura de la Vega 15

Price: 8€-15€ for vegetarian dishes

Hours: Monday – Saturday –13:30-16:30 and 20:30-0:30 (closed Sundays)

What to expect: A cozy, intimate, sophisticated, yet unpretentious restaurant. L’Artisan is not only a master of gastronomy but also of customer service. In addition to the impressive dishes, you’ll find staff members that are happy and helpful. You may want to call in advance to make reservations to ensure you get a table.

What else?: L’Artisan participated in the Refugee Food Festival this year, which is an event where restaurants partner with refugee chefs and invite them into their kitchen to create and serve their traditional foods. Keep an eye out as they may be partnering with more refugees soon. They also let me know that they can accommodate plant-based groups and can create a vegetarian menu for the gathering, lunch or dinner. Hmmm, maybe Wanderlicious should have a tasting night here with some of you? Last, try their Japanese Mojito.

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Vegetarian and Vegan Blogs Madrid

Complete Guide to Vegetarian and Vegan Blogs and Groups in Madrid

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Vegetarian Tex-Mex in Madrid – Fast and Casual

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Veggie Burgers in Madrid

The Absolute Best Veggie Burgers in Madrid!

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Vegetarian and Vegan in Madrid

Best New Vegetarian Friendly Restaurant in Madrid

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