I recently came to a happy realisation: I’ve spent over five of the past ten months in Barcelona.
Shockingly, though, I’ve devoted almost no time whatsoever to writing about it. I decided to try and fix that, and what better place to start than with vegetarian food?
I’ll make it clear from the outset: vegetarians and vegans will have very little problem in Barcelona. Veggie food and restaurants are common here, and the food is of a high standard.
Here I will outline some of my favourite places to find yummy vegan and vegetarian food in the place that I’m currently calling my home.
Green&Berry – Carrer d’Enric Granados, 153
Green&Berry is a pretty little café in Eixample, on the way to Gràcia. There’s a lot to like about it: the decoration, the friendly staff, the peaceful vibe and – of course – the vegetarian food.
The juices in particular are divine, though they come with a serious price tag. Snacks, breakfast and meals are also available.
Café Camelia – Carrer de Verdi, 79
A simple and attractive set up, tasty food and cakes and friendly staff combine to make Café Camelia a great vegetarian choice in the Gràcia area.
It has a nice little selection of board games too!
Petit Brot – Carrer del Dr. Dou, 10
An airy and sunny café in Raval, Petit Brot serves raw, vegan food and drinks. It’s a quiet spot, with friendly staff who seem genuinely enthusiastic about the place’s ethos.
It’s definitely on the expensive side, but this seems to illustrate the quality and freshness of the products rather than any sort of greed or pretentiousness. The smoothies are excellent, and though the small squares of brownie may seem overpriced at €4, they really are delicious.
Biocenter – Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 25
A beautiful little vegetarian restaurant just off of Ramblas.
The main dishes are nice, often using veggie protein alternatives like tofu or seitan. The best time to go is during the day, though, where you can take advantage of a very delicious, healthy and reasonably priced lunch menu.
Vegetalia – Plaça d’Emili Vendrell 1
There are three of these colourful vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona, which – as you’ll have guessed from the name – serve veggie alternatives to tasty Italian staples.
The three cereal risotto and asparagus is particularly good. Non-vegetarians should be happy with this place too. At the very least, the four cheese pizza is always a solid option.
Quinoa Bar Vegetarià – Travessera de Gràcia, 203
A small and cosy vegetarian haven in the bohemian Gràcia neighbourhood, Quinoa serves incredible wraps, sandwiches and smoothies.
The avocado, cacao and banana smoothie is an absolute winner.
Cat Bar – Carrer de la Bòria, 17
A small and funkily decorated space in el Born, Cat Bar serves a range of vegan burgers that even meat-eating friends and family will love.
Added bonus: the patatas bravas are among the nicest I’ve found in the city so far.
Veganoteca – Carrer de Valldonzella, 60
If you’re looking to stock up your food supply back home, Veganoteca is a good place to peruse. You can find a range of vegan and organic store cupboard essentials, as well as vegan cheese and meat alternatives.
While it’s always good to support smaller food stores, especially vegan ones, I’d be remiss not to mention one thing: the prices are steep!
Veritas – various
Organic supermarket chain Veritas can be found in numerous locations across the city.
It’s not exclusively vegetarian, but it stocks a range of organic cheese and yogurt, or vegan alternatives. Organic eggs, fruit and food cupboard staples can also be purchased here.
BioSpace – Carrer de València, 186
A surprisingly large organic grocery store in Eixample, BioSpace is a great place for stocking up on vegetarian food and alternatives. It has a wide range of breads, seeds, nuts and milks, and also has a large fresh fruit and veg section.
While these are some of the nicest places I’ve found in my time here, this list is by no means exhaustive.
With so many cafés, restaurants and shops dedicated to vegetarian food, Barcelona is an excellent location for vegans, vegetarians or those simply interested in reducing their meat intake.