WHERE TO EAT VEGAN IN BARCELONA
Spain is not a meat and fish country anymore, and Barcelona is the perfect Spanish destination for vegans. The number of vegan restaurants in Barcelona is only growing, and even “normal” restaurants often offer vegan friendly options.
I’ve been vegetarian (no-meat, no-fish) since 2010 so I’ve been a witness of the transformation of the veggie scene in town. I love to play with vegan options in my diet, but I don’t feel ready to fully shift and quit eggs, dairy and other animal products.
I have no problem staying vegetarian when I’m out and about giving tours. Yes, even when I’m on a tapas tour with non-vegetarian guests! And I’m always happy to make recommendations when I have vegan guests.
I already shared my favorite vegetarian restaurants in another post, but today I wanted to focus on purely vegan places. Go vegan!
These are our favorite vegan Barcelona restaurants:
Carlos and Gilbert are the owners of this gastrobar in the edge of the Raval District. Their idea was to offer nice vegan food at decent prices. Little could they expect that only a few months after opening Happy Cow would place them among the top 3 vegan restaurants in the world.
Go there for brunch and don’t miss their British platter. Or show up any time of the day to enjoy coffee and cake or muffins. Stay as long as you like, feeling like at home. You can even bring your pet – they have free treats for them!
Don’t be mistaken by the name: it’s not a cat-themed place. The bar is named after the daughter of the owner. Open in 2009 when eating vegan in Barcelona sounded like coming from Mars, Cat Bar is owned by Brits, so don’t expect to find here Spanish food.
This place is a sort of dark / almost punk burger place offering craft beers. The food is great, anyway, and an option to consider when you are visiting the Picasso Museum or el Born District. For more vegan burgers, you can instead head to Gopal, 10 minutes walk from Cat Bar, right off La Rambla.
Ok, I’m not one to recommend tourist traps. And a beach restaurant with the word “sangria” in its name looks highly suspicious. But it is a complete surprise and I couldn’t keep it out of my list. An informal venue, this is my go-to place for vegan tapas (yes, tapas!) and paella. You’ll find vegan versions of the most typical tapas: croquettes, calamari, shrimp, patatas bravas… Of course, they have a long list of so-called sangrias, but they sound more like wine cocktails, so I’d rather go for their organic wine instead.
So you are planning a visit to Park Guell and need some food afterwards? If you are using the shuttle from Alfons X (included in your ticket), I have you covered! Very close to the stop you’ll find this lovely vegan restaurant serving pasta and pizza. Their menu also includes comfort food such as salads, hot dogs, burgers and deserts.
They pay attention to the ingredients they use and are very environmentally friendly. BTW, if they were full and you were craving pizza, head to Vitali nearby. It’s a take away, but they have a small selection of gourmet vegan pizzas along with their non-vegan ones.
Raw food (comida crudivegana in Spanish) is vegan on steroids. It’s vegan food that hasn’t been processed with fire, so its properties stay complete and pure. The Blue Project is an art gallery in the Born district, and their cafe was the first raw food venue in town. Others followed, but most, like El Petit Brot, ended up closing. Or kept to smoothies and the like.
And while in most trendy vegetarian places they are now offering some raw food specialties, it’s mostly to give a colorful touch to their menus. Flax & Kale and The Green Spot, I’m looking at you! So for a real raw food vegan meal, head to the Blue Project cafe. Period.
AND BONUS! The best vegan cakes in Barcelona
I know, I have a huge sweet tooth. I couldn’t finish this post without telling you where to go for dessert. And my favorite choice is La Besnéta in the Gracia district. Their organic vegan cakes are the perfect excuse to explore this neighborhood, famous for their local design stores, ethic and sustainable commerce, well-being venues and green shops in general.
But if you are more hipster than underground, the Sant Antoni district is your place to go. And there you’ll find the Santoni café, famous for their vegan croissants and their delicious cakes. Enjoy!
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