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.
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.
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.
If you are exploring the Born district and don’t fancy the punk style of CatBar, there’s a new option for you. BJFB offers a modern young atmosphere and it’s all about… junk food, of course. But vegan: soy, gluten and other vegetable proteins come to the rescue to create vegan version of calamari rings, sashimi, cheese, chicken wings, shrimp and burgers.
If you haven’t done that kind of food for years, I agree it can be a bit scary. But if you are used to quorn and the like and aren’t against imitating animal product textures, you’ll definitely have fun eating here.
AND BONUS! The best vegan cakes in Barcelona
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!
What’s the best vegan restaurant in Barcelona according to you?
Marta is the founder of ForeverBarcelona. She is a passionate tour guide that loves Barcelona and loves writing too. She is the main author of our Blog, and is committed to sharing her knowledge about Barcelona and her best tips with our readers.
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