Saturday, 18 Aug 2018

The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Spots in Barcelona

Barcelona – it’s both city and beach, the architecture is divine, it overflows with culture and you can guarantee you’ll be dancing until dawn given its nightlife credentials. In a city famous for chorizo, cheese and seafood, it can be hard getting by as a vegan or veggie. Although there’s nothing like patatas bravas and sangria on a hot evening to put you in the holiday mood, you can’t live off that. So, we’ve done the work for you, searching high and low, trying countless beanie burgers and soy prawns, and found the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Barcelona.

1. Cat Bar

Just off Laietana, this cosy bar is quick to assure you that they “are NOT a cat cafe” as has been the assumption of many tourists. What they are, however, is a place for great music, burgers and beer. And everything is vegan, alcohol included, so that’s a great excuse for a second round.

Location: Carrer de la Bòria, 17
Nearest Metro station: Jaume I

vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona - cat bar - paella

2. BarCeloneta Sangria Bar

If you’ve been staring jealously at your friends’ seafood the entire trip, this is the place for you. Tucked away down a narrow residential street near Barceloneta beach, you could almost miss it if you didn’t know where to look. They have a dozen different sangrias to try, but the highlight of the menu is undoubtedly the vegan paella with faux prawns and soy calamari. How they manage to make it taste so realistic is beyond us – but we’re not complaining.

Location: Carrer de Sevilla, 70
Nearest Metro station: Barceloneta

vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona - BarCeloneta Sangria Bar

3. Espai Mescladís

This hidden gem of a restaurant is in a gorgeous courtyard, eclectically decorated with colourful furniture and vintage nick-nacks. The food is a fusion of Catalan, Mediterranean and North African cuisine, all organic and sustainably sourced. Run by an Argentinian son of immigrants, the Mescladís organisation provides culinary training to migrants and refugees, to help them find home and stability in Barcelona, so you can enjoy your hummus knowing you’re supporting a great cause.

Location: Carrer dels Carders, 35
Nearest Metro station: Jaume I

vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona - Espai Mescladís

4. Rasoterra

When you research vegan food in Barcelona, the name Rasoterra will pop up everywhere. It’s a little pricier than the others on this list, but the food is so delectable it’s worth considering if you fancy a posher night out. They offer veggie imaginations of traditional Catalan food, such as spinach croquettes and tacos, as well as more unusual dishes like their mushroom and seaweed “surf ‘n’ turf.” Give it a try and see if it lives up to the hype.

Location: Calle Palau, 5
Nearest Metro station

5. La Fabrica

These cute, modern Argentinian empanada shops are a great place to grab a quick bite on the go. And you don’t even have to choose between the many veggie and vegan options (that’s right, you heard us) – you can mix and match to try them all. The red pepper and goats cheese filling is a particular favourite. Get them to takeaway, and perch on some cathedral steps to tuck in.

Location: Eixample, El Born, Sant Jaume, Barceloneta
Nearest Metro station: Liceu

vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona - La Fabrica

6. Govinda

Perfect for when you need to feed a hangover, or just fancy mixing it up, Govinda was one of the first veggie-Indian restaurants in Barcelona and has been going strong for over 30 years! Go weekdays for the €10 three-course lunch or try their speciality, Thali. Warning: an impending food coma is very likely.

Location: Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, 4
Nearest Metro station: Jaume I

7. Ziryab

Although you could easily mistake this for just another hookah bar, the cosy restaurant attached to the side serves up some of the best Mediterranean food in the city. Fusing traditional tapas with Lebanese flavours, you won’t know what to try first. Go all out with the tasting platter, or we recommend their amazing dip selection that’ll make you forget all about supermarket hummus. Washing it down with lots of local wine comes as standard.

Location: Carrer de Grunyí, 4
Nearest Metro station: Barceloneta 

vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona -Ziryab

8. Maoz Falafel

When in doubt as a veggie – go for falafel, and this place just off La Ramblas won’t disappoint. The concept is simple: falafel, pitta bread, and as much salad as you can squeeze in it. It may not be the most traditional Catalan fare, but it’ll definitely hit the spot.

Location: Carrer de Ferran, 13
Nearest Metro station: Liceu

9. Manna Gelats

Of course, you’re never going to be short of late night ice cream shops in Barcelona, but trying to navigate the language barrier as a vegan can be a challenge. Not only is the ice cream delicious and the scoops massive, all the dairy-free flavours are clearly marked, so all you have to worry about is what to get. Mojito flavour anyone?

Location: Carrer dels Banys Nous, 22
Nearest Metro station: Jaume I

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