For veggies, flexitarians and raw food in Barcelona, plant-based dining has never felt so inspiring. Fresh, local fruits and vegetables (often organic) flow into the city from the surrounding farming areas, facilitating the growing wave of conscious, meat-free eating that’s causing Barcelona to rethink its meaty identity. Here’s our pick of 10 of the best vegetarian dining options.
Vegetalia serves fresh carrot and zingy ginger juices to complement a series of vegan quinoa burgers, light empanadas and a bargain seasonal menú del día. Sweet-toothed diners can try the restaurant’s infamous vegan carrot cake. There’s also the added satisfaction of knowing that the bulk of vegetables that appear on your plate come from the restaurant’s very own local urban eco garden.
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, Mediterranean
Located within the labyrinthine streets that comprise Gracia, this airy, bare-brick vegan cafe is a small yet perfect example of the limitless potential of plants to be used in delicious dishes. Head chef and founder, Marco is responsible for Quinoa‘s seasonal menu of irresistible vegan cakes (try the banana cake with vegan chocolate ice cream), plenty of fresh sandwiches and a memorable vegan spanakopita, ideally washed down with a soft Sicilian bio wine or local craft beer. If you go in the summer, you’ll find live music or DJs on Quinoa’s small outdoor terrace.
Serving up an unpredictable fusion of Mexican, Japanese and Spanish flavors, Aguaribay is located in the hip industrial district of Poble Nou. It’s a must for vegans seeking authenticity and quality ingredients. The menu is stripped back and offers macrobiotic options, with a commitment to balancing flavors and the nutrition of each plate. The place gets busy at lunchtimes so book ahead. A great value two-course menú del día at lunchtime normally features the venue’s signature homemade pasta in plenty of rainbow-hued varieties.
Sésamo in the heart of Raval, is influenced by spices and cooking styles from all over the globe, from Israeli spices to rich infusions of truffles. The must-try dish is the whole roasted cauliflower with tahini, green sauce and pine nuts.
Juice House is located in the buzzing barrio of Sant Antoni. It’s an airy, bare-brick, cacti-filled venue which prides itself on serving a good, health-conscious breakfast. Try the delicious oat and chia pancakes, or a creamy acai bowl with banana, coconut milk, homemade healthy granola and goji berries. For those craving something savory, organic eggs any style come with your choice of homemade pesto, avocado, asparagus, and pretty much anything else you fancy. Wash it down with a big zesty green juice.
Cafe, Pizzeria, Tea , Coffee, Fast Food, Vegetarian
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Part cafe, part performing arts space, this elegant venue is only a stone’s throw from the palm-flanked Ciutadella park, and a winning stop off for brunch or lunch. Dishes include the ‘Pizza Cósmica,’a dehydrated pizza base consisting of buckwheat and carrot, smothered in juicy tomatoes and a cashew cheese that’s topped with rocket and olives.
Located in El Born, this healthy cooperative serves up fresh juices, hearty meals and homemade desserts in an eco-conscious environment. Featuring repurposed furniture and biodegradable utensils, this venue is ideal for a guilt-free, reasonably prices meal.
Located in Poblenou, this vegetarian, communal-table bio cafe is attached to one of the city’s top yoga schools, Mandira. As advocates of macrobiotic eating, Sopa offers a menu of hearty soups, vegan pica-pica, colorful, seasonally-sourced salads, and a fragrant tofu curry served with arroz integral.
Run by a collective of experimental vegan gourmands, Prana Kitchen delivers big on conscious cooking. It has its ideals firmly embedded in nutrient-dense food that blends Ayurveda and raw principles.It’s anything but standard vegan dishes, and the creative team behind Prana Kitchen rarely even follow a recipe, making dining here an unpredictable delight. Try a raw vegan ‘tuna’ wrap or a trio of mini veggie burgers.
This delightful vegetarian bistro is located in the Gothic Quarter. Ethically speaking, it’s squeaky clean; zero-kilometers, strictly organic and 100% local ingredients. Try dishes such as a surf and turf of mushrooms, seaweeds and wasabi mayo, or perhaps a cabbage parcel of thistle and almonds.