With Spain and Catalonia being famous for paella, chorizo, and many other meaty things, being a vegetarian in the area can seem almost impossible. But Barcelona has much to offer in the way of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, and we’ve put together a few of our favourites.
Carrer de la Bòria, 17
Opening hours 1-11pm (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Check out this cool and quirky vegan burger bar in the side streets of the Gothic Quarter. It has a great range of beer and the black bean burgers are certainly worth a try. Even if you’re not vegan, you can still appreciate the food. Quite the opposite of what many people think about vegan food, these burgers are surprisingly ‘meaty’. If you’re looking for a chilled out space, or perhaps you want to make use of their piano or guitar while you’re there, this is the place to go.
Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, 4
Opening hours 1-4pm and 8-11.30pm every day (no later opening on Mondays and Sundays)
Govinda is an Indian restaurant located in the Gothic Quarter. Be prepared to be transported eastwards as you enter a space filled with Indian music and gorgeously spicy food. It serves everything from soups, to crepes, to traditional Indian dishes, to fresh juices and pizzas. Govinda’s cuisine caters to all kinds of dietary requirements, and its drinks are all non-alcoholic. For only 10,90€ you can buy their day menu and taste a whole variety of flavours!
Travessera de Gràcia, 203
Opening hours 10am-11pm every day
A great veggie café/bar located in the Gracia district; whether you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ll find something you’ll love. They have quiches, juices, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and all other veggie classics. It’s a small place, and you can guarantee that everything is cooked freshly to order. The menu may not have as great a range as some restaurants, but in the case of Quinoa Bar, simple is better. I would recommend in particular the lemonade and banana bread.
Carrer dels Àngels, 3
Opening hours: 12.30-11.30pm everyday
Situated in the Old City of Barcelona, Veggie Garden is a strictly vegetarian restaurant with a lovely terrace and a fantastic range of food on offer. It’s nicely decorated and the service is always very good, though on a hot day sitting inside the restaurant can become a little unbearable. However, with a day menu for only 8,50€ and great quality food, value for money puts it among the best vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona.
Carrer de la Diputació, 164
Opening hours: 1-4pm and 8-11.30pm every day except for Sundays
Another vegetarian restaurant, Almatea serves Indian cuisine for the more delicate palates and has quite a few vegan options too. In addition to serving seaweed, tofu, and various vegetables, it has a salad bar. It also has a separate space for meetings and cooking workshops. During the day you can have two courses, a drink, and a dessert for 10.70€, or a combo plate with a drink for 8.70€. It has a nice and casual atmosphere, making it a nice place to hang out with friends.
La Gelateria del Barri
Carrer de Sant Pere Més Baix, 14
Opening hours: 12-11pm everyday
This ice cream shop is an (almost) entirely vegan store with a wide range of flavours and a whole load of delicious produce. I am unsure how many trips I’ve made here during my stay in Barcelona, but one thing is for sure: it never gets old. The portions aren’t too bad, and they’re made without palm oil, which makes them completely guilt-free. Though the coconut is without a doubt my favourite flavour, it’s worth trying the apple compote if for nothing more than the novelty.
The Dog is Hot
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 47
Opening hours: 1pm-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 1-11pm Mondays to Thursdays, closed Sundays
Though not an entirely vegetarian restaurant, this place does some fantastic veggie hot dogs. For only 4€ you can have vegetarian salsa, different kinds of bread, guacamole, onions, and much more. It’s fast service, but the food quality is far above your average McDonalds burger. These are certainly the best hot dogs in Barcelona.
Aside from restaurants, Barcelona is also home to a great number of delis such as Veganoteca on Carrer Valldonzella, Bodevici on Carrer de Torrijos, which sells organic ice cream and yoghurt, or Gopal, a vegan deli on Carrer dels Escudellers. Between eating out and self-catering with food from these delis, we’re sure you’ll have a great veggie experience of this city.