As one of Barcelona’s most vibrant and multicultural neighbourhoods, El Raval is also home to an impressive concentration of vegetarian restaurants. From cheap and cheerful vegetarian thali meals, to more sophisticated dining and healthy-eating options, these are the best vegetarian restaurants in El Raval.
One of the most well-known vegetarian eateries in Barcelona, Sésamo is a creative vegetarian tapas restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere. The tasting menu is one of the best ways to get to know Sésamo, with seven sharing dishes and two drinks costing just €25 (USD$29) a head. Expect things like melted provolone cheese with pan con tomate, or blue cheese gnocchi with beetroot and hazelnut sauce. If you like you gins then be sure to ask about the epic selection on offer behind the bar and stay for a night cap.
L’Hortet – meaning ‘the small garden’ in Catalan – was founded in 1990 by the daughter of professor Nicolás Capo, a prominent activist and advocate of a vegetarian diet. The restaurant’s founding aim is to facilitate a healthy diet based on a balance of vegetable, cereal and dairy products. The menu offers a rather eclectic choice of dishes, some inspired by Spanish cuisine such as the mushroom croquetas, while others have more of an exotic origin, such as the marinated seitan with a seaweed tartare.
Laying claim to being the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona, Biocenter is another proud advocate of the health benefits of a vegetarian diet – hence the somewhat scientific sounding name. If you like a good veggie burger then you’re in luck, as there are four different kinds to choose from at night-time, as well as some Asian inspired dishes and plenty of salads including a rather on-trend poké bowl.
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