The Best Healthy Food Restaurants In Barcelona

Good Food | Courtesy of Teresa Carles Healthy Foods
Good Food | Courtesy of Teresa Carles Healthy Foods
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9 February 2017

In Barcelona, there are a whole range of places offering locally sourced, organic food that doesn’t compromise on flavor. Projects like Km0 encourage sustainable and ethical eating by promoting local and seasonal products. Read on for our guide to the most mouthwatering dishes that will literally make you feel good from the inside out.

Luscious Juices at Flax&Kale | Courtesy of Teresa Carles Healthy Foods

Flax&Kale

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Healthy, $$$
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Flax & Kale’s menu is pescatarian
Flax and Kale’s menu is pescatarian | © Teresa Carles Healthy Foods
At Flax&Kale they feel passionate about feeding their guests so that they can be happier, live longer and enjoy an optimal illness-free lifestyle – just what good food should do for us. About 80% of their dishes are plant-based and the remaining part contain oily fish. Flax&Kale is part of a group of vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona run by the Catalonian chef Teresa Carles Borrás. This innovative restaurant starts in the morning serving breakfast and ends its night with dinner.

Tonka Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Spanish, $$$
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Chefs in the Celerí kitchen
Chefs in the Celerí kitchen | Courtesy of Tribu Woki
The dark greenish interior at Tonka Bar evokes a warm and natural environment. This cozy restaurant cooperates with local organic farmers. They have what they call ‘a combination of curiosity and taste for real flavors.’ Besides their regular menu, the Venezuelan chef has selected a menu with appetizing seasonal specials. Their ideal guest is an environmentally aware food lover. The shiny glass vitrine in the front of the restaurant displays the delicious cakes that should definitely be ordered to be enjoyed with one of their fair trade coffees, but you can also enjoy small tapas, local dishes and (veggie) burgers. At this place there is no need to worry about your allergies or dietary requirements, the personnel is trained to adapt all meals to your needs and desires. Tonka Bar is also one of the few certified restaurants by the Allergychef network.

Celerí

Restaurant, Bar, Vegetarian, Vegan, Mediterranean, $$$
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The organic food organization Tribu Woki believes in simplicity, honesty and quality. Celerí is their youngest production, resulting from years of experience in the organic food industry. All their products are obtained by traditional methods. The chef, Xavier Pellicer, creates the menu entirely from seasonal vegetables. He composes three dishes – one vegan, one vegetarian, and one containing fish or meat. In here, you will definitely find deliciously good food.

Raw Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, Peruvian, Mediterranean, $$$
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Bar Seco
Bar Seco | Courtesy of Bar Seco
Located on the fringe of hipster hangout Poble Nou, Raw Bar on Calle Pujades leaves little ambiguity as to what kind of cooking features on the menu. Yep – crudo is the word of the day. But that’s okay, because ingredients are fresh, delicate and dazzling, with a commitment to sustainable fishing practices and seasonal products that means you get flavor without compromise. Just as well, because ceviche is a staple here; served generously and singing with all the freshness of the Mediterranean only four blocks away. Their Classic Peruvian style dish with tiger milk is faultless, while delectable slivers of gleaming corvina arrive on juicy beefsteak tomatoes and a drizzling of excellent emerald green olive oil. Raw doesn’t claim to be all things, but it does prove a culinary fact; simplicity and oven-free eating is an art when you get the ingredients right.

Bar Seco

Bar, Vegetarian, Pub Grub, $$$
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Behind The Bar
Behind The Bar | Courtesy of Bar Seco
Situated in the theatrical neighborhood Poble Sec, Bar Seco is committed to providing sustainable and environmentally friendly food. The atmosphere is vibrant, formed by the colorful locals inhabiting the interior and terrace. Their personnel is welcoming and has knowledge of their locally purchased organic meat, seasonal veggies and whole grains. They clearly are proud of the bar’s philosophy. The reasonably priced menu is filled with sandwiches, typical tapas, (vegetarian) burgers and some heavenly cakes to satisfy the sweet tooth.

Barcelona Reykjavik

Bakery, Restaurant, Spanish
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ZeroKm
ZeroKm | Courtesy of Rodrigo Stocco
Reykjavik is not so much a restaurant, but more of an organic bakery. Nonetheless, they do offer a place to enjoy their clean products, with a hot beverage on the side. Their whole grain breads, pastries, cookies and cakes are unbeaten when it comes to sustainability, organic origin and ethics. Most Spanish bakeries offer only one type of whole grain bread of a type that still makes you doubt its ‘wholeness.’ In contrast, this bakery offers a refreshing amount of tasty and nourishing breads. The four bakeries can be found in El Born, El Raval, Gràcia and Aribau. Reykjavik specializes in organic spelt bread with biodynamic sourdough.

ZeroKM

Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, $$$
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ZeroKM's Divine Cocktails | ZeroKm |
ZeroKM's Divine Cocktails | ZeroKm | | Courtesy of Rodrigo Stocco
This establishment’s website will tell you the following; ‘from exploding pizzas to smoking cocktails, Zero Km is a dining-and-lounge experience in the heart of the Born that celebrates the Mediterranean life style.’ And they completely live up to the expectations. The name of this restaurant expresses their love for the kilometer zero ideology. Over 80% of their seasonal ingredients come from farmers, ranches and fishermen within a range of 100 kilometers. ZeroKM is not just a fantastic place for dining, they warn you not to be surprised if the music gets louder towards the end of the evening for those wishing to have a fun night out. Try their signature dish, a super crunchy pizza made with half the dough on usually finds in a pizza. It comes with creative toppings – free range chicken, oven-grilled pear and delicious truffle sauce. You won’t find this anywhere else in Barcelona.

Copasetic

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
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This place breathes ecological awareness as well as social responsibility. The crafty interior is made of ecological materials and so is their food. With a Greek and a Catalan chef, Copasetic’s focus is on Mediterranean food. Their menu contains a wide variety of freshly made soups, salads, burgers, quinoa and desserts, all bursting with flavor. Their motto? ‘Cocktails & Food,’ because they feel organic living should not mean restraining from your favorite gin & tonic or piña colada . And if that was not enough, they also support the concept of suspended coffees – you can contribute a small amount, so they can give someone in need a cup of coffee or even a sandwich.

Bitte

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, Pub Grub
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Chivuo's Slow Street Food & Craft Beer
Chivuo's Slow Street Food & Craft Beer | Courtesy of Chivuo's
Ecological coffees, homemade cakes and a large amount of fresh juices are what you can expect to find here. At Bitte they thought; why buy your ingredients locally if you can grow them yourself? All you need is the Spanish sun, some water and loads of love. Everyone will feel comfortable in the restaurant’s colorful cosmopolitan environment. The chef and owner of Bitte keeps the restaurant’s Spanish blog up-to-date. The writing is delightful and refreshingly optimistic. Bitte opens in the morning for breakfast and closes at night after drinks.

Chivuo’s

At Chivulo’s, two Venezuelan chefs combine street food and craft beer the way they should be combined – with loads of passion and honest products. Their pulled pork bocadillos are incredibly tasty, because they slow cook the meat, roasting it at a low temperature for over 12 hours. Add to this the variety of craft beers and there you have it; delicious street food with a beautiful philosophy – the perfect comfort food. Chivuo’s houses its kitchens in two neighborhoods, El Raval and Gràcia. They use ingredients carefully selected from organic farms in the Catalonia region.

Chivuo’s Gràcia, Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla 175, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 185 134

Chivuo’s Raval, Carrer Pintor Fortuny 15, Barcelona, Spain, +34 937 078 619

Pulled Pork | Courtesy of Chivuo's

Pulled Pork | Courtesy of Chivuo’s

Messie Sin Gluten

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Beer, Spanish, Gluten-free
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Messie Sin Gluten is the gluten-free little sister of the well-established Messie Pizza. The owner, Eric Luthringer, created a safe haven for gluten-free food lovers. Located in the food-conscious neighborhood Gràcia, this restaurant offers pasta, salads and pizza of course. They also have 20 gluten-free beers. This is the perfect restaurant for people suffering from food intolerances and allergies. Their staff are trained to be attentive to all dietary requirements.

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