Vegetarian Barcelona – a food guide
I probably should start with saying that I have been a vegetarian for almost 15 years now, so pretty dedicated to the cause. But I am not fussy at all, so when it comes to eating I am happy with whatever veggie option there is, that’s why when I first visited Barcelona 8 years ago I mainly ate bread and cheese and it wasn’t a problem at all. So this time, while doing my research and planning itinerary, I came across a few blog posts and articles about vegetarian places in Barcelona – I diligently saved them all to my google maps with intention to visiting at least a few.
My mum doesn’t eat much meat as well, so to my surprise (not sure why I was surprised to be honest) she was very happy to tag along with me while visiting different vegetarian cafes and restaurants. So I thought it will be useful to put all that info in one post.
Our absolute favourite! We loved it that much that we visited it twice in 3 days that we were in Barcelona. Very simple in terms of decor, almost studenty feel to it but menu consists of amazing salads, curries and fresh juices. It is also very reasonably priced! Fantastic option for a lunch while strolling around.
This is a small chain, they have three different spots around Barcelona and we went to the biggest one. This place is not necessary fully vegetarian but has plenty of delicious and, dare I say, cool dishes on the menu. Lots of organic options too. The best way to sum it up – instagrammers dream! Not the cheapest option in Barcelona, but a perfect place for a little treat, you are paying for the atmosphere and to be seen.
Can you even visit Barcelona without visiting this place?? Self-proclaimed best market in the world. And it is amazing. And impressive. And colourful. Many say that you have to eat here while sitting on a high stool, people watching and taking in the atmosphere. We just walked around and had some fruit. But the choice here is amazing! Lots of vegetarian food too.
One of the evenings we spent drinking sangria and eating tapas – had to be done! We randomly chose a restaurant in Placa Reial (it was an Italian restaurant but it looked nice and had Spanish dishes on the menu) and truly enjoyed our evening there. Mum kindly agreed to get pretty much all veggie tapas (apart from prawns for herself) – padron peppers, patatas bravas and bruschetta, all washed down with cava sangria. And it was warm enough to sit outside. Not going to claim that this was the best food we ever had, but sitting outside (in January mind you!) surrounded by beautiful buildings and palm trees was pretty magical.
Another random place that we popped in on our way from visiting Parc Guell. This day it was mum’s birthday so we started celebrating early – lunchtime sangria anyone? We both had salads and they were brilliant, so was sangria, probably the best we had in three days in Barcelona – so much fruit! The restaurant is fine, nothing special but we had brilliant time there so I thought it was worth a mention.
Treats and snacks
This place was recommended to us by a tour guide. And…oh my, was it spectacular! These guys are famous for their croissants stuffed with mascarpone. It was that good, that after having one bite my mum instantly ordered another one. It is sweet, rich and so delicious! An absolute must if you have a bit of a sweet tooth (don’t order two croissants though, that was unnecessary). They also have a little cafe a few meters away from bakery, just ask inside and they will point you in the right direction.
Located right next to one of Gaudi’s masterpieces, this place offers a big selection of healthy foods, but I have to be honest here, we went there for something different. Apparently they do one of the best hot chocolates in Barcelona. Picture does say a million words in this case.
Our lovely airbnb actually gave us free breakfast vouchers so every morning we indulged in croissants, small sandwiches and coffees in a local Bracafe. I’ve seen lots of them dotted around Barcelona but we only went to the one next to our apartments. I loved it, it is very simple and always full of locals – a good sign I think! I must admit, Spaniards know a thing or two about pastries.
Best coffee in Barcelona
Anyone who likes a good medium roast will love this place, again recommended by our tour guide. We only had a few americanos there but they were superb! I’m no expert (just a typical millennial living in North London) but would definitely go back. Food looked great too!
I think it is fair to say that Barcelona is so much more veggie (and vegan) friendly that it used to be a few years back! I had such a good time there. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Have you seen my post with our full itinerary in Barcelona?
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