Going animal-free in Barcelona has never been so easy, with a growing number of restaurants and tapas bars offering tasty, healthy and guilt-free vegan options. Whether you want to stick to classic Spanish flavours or are looking for something a little more adventurous, these are the best places for vegan tapas in Barcelona.
The Blueproject Café
Cafe, Vegan, Vegetarian, Healthy, $$$
One of Barcelona’s first – and certainly it’s most famous – entirely raw-vegan eateries, The Blueproject Café is run by the contemporary art gallery Blueproject Foundation, with which it shares its walls. The menu features a selection of wholesome dishes prepared on site and uses organic and locally sourced ingredients as much as possible.
Often named among the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city, Sésamo is renowned for its great-value tapas tasting menu: two drinks, seven courses to share for just €25 per person. The menu can be made 100% vegan and includes both classic Spanish tapas, such as padrón peppers, as well as some of chef-patron Alfredo’s own creations.
A play on the name of the seafront neighbourhood in which it is located, La Barceloneta, BarCeloneta Sangria Bar is a completely vegan Spanish tapas bar offering animal-free versions of all the classic Spanish tapas. Try vegan paella, traditional Catalan escalivada on toast (grilled vegetables marinated in olive oil), but also vegan burgers and a wide choice of raw vegan desserts. Located just a few metres from the beach front, BarCeloneta is also a popular spot for a drink in the evenings.
Open for lunchtimes only, Petit Brot is a cosy eatery located in a charming corner of El Raval, not far from the MACBA art museum. The restaurant specialises in organic, raw, vegan cuisine and privileges locally sourced and sustainably grown produce. This is the place to go if you want guilt-free food that’s going to give your body the detox it needs. For an extra boost, grab one of the cold-pressed ‘living’ juices, made with sprouts, grains and seeds, as well as seasonal fruit and veg.
Another pioneering vegetarian restaurant in the city, Teresa Carles is the kind of place meat-eaters like to come every so often for a guilt-free meal. Chef Teresa Carles was one of the first Catalan chefs to embrace meat-free cooking over 30 years go, recognising the health benefits that go with a less meat-heavy diet. Expect plenty of vegetable- and grain-based dishes, including Spanish-style tapas, super-salads and soups.
This ethically conscientious vegetarian bistro is located in the Gothic Quarter and offers an eclectic selection of home-made vegan and vegetarian dishes. Most of the dishes on the menu are or can be made vegan and, in most cases, are made with ‘zero kilometre’ ingredients, sourced locally. Aside for being good for you, the planet and the animal kingdom, they’re also pretty darn tasty.
Not your typical Spanish café, Aguaribay is run by three chef-patrons who decided to offer the local vegetarian and vegan scene something a little different. Inspired by flavours and dishes from around the world, Aguraibay offers a selection of creative dishes that can be ordered to share or as individual dishes, such as lentil curry, veggie wraps or a mixed selection of crudités and dips.