A few years ago, trying to find a vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. However, the Catalan veggie scene is well and truly on the up and there are plenty of great places to check out. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, it’s good to have a break from meat and these restaurants all have something to tickle your palate.
We heartily recommend Sésamo, even if it’s just to meet Argentinian chef Alfredo (a bit of a character). This is a cute restaurant tucked away in the Raval district, serving incredibly fresh food – chef Alfredo goes back and forth four times a day to the Boqueria Market to source ingredients.
The dishes change daily depending on the chef’s mood and what produce the market has to offer.
Tip: The taster menu will blow you away. Look out for the provolone cheese and cucumber dish and the gorgonzola gnocchi with roasted hazelnut and beets.
|Location:||Carrer de Sant Antoni Abat, 52|
|Metro :||Sant Antoni (L2)|
A vegan bar with both an English and feline twist. Cat Bar specialises in artisan beers, veggie burgers and even bake their own bread. Fairly small inside, the place has a cool, laid-back vibe, with a quiz night every Wednesday and live music usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Their version of the famous full English breakfast is one to try but make sure you go with an empty stomach!
Tip: 10% discount on food for members of the Vegan society, AnimaNaturalis and holders of Bicing cards.
|Location:||Carrer de la Bòria, 17|
|Metro :||Jaume (L4)|
100% vegan, Juicy Jones is a Barcelona institution. As soon as you walk through the doors of this colour explosion, you can’t help but smile. Their funky menus are displayed outside so you can drool over the 40+ juice inventions, sandwiches, salads and tapas such as hummus, satay tofu and ‘escalivada’ (roast vegetables).
The chefs are always experimenting and absolutely everything is homemade; the bread, pasta and even tomato ketchup!
Tip: There are actually two different Juicy Jones restaurants. Grab a shake at the newest one in the Raval then cross the Ramblas to the Gothic Quarter for a delicious soya burger in the original venue.
|Location:||Carrer del Cardenal Casañas, 7||Carrer de l’Hospital, 74|
|Metro:||Liceu (L3)||Liceu (L3), Sant Antoni (L2)|
Renowned as the best vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona, the chef behind the eponymous Teresa Carles is an expert not only in cooking but also in diet and nutrition. This eatery’s menu certainly gives food for thought; with design-your-own salads, homemade pastas and veggie creations to make your mouth water.
Tip: This one’s a little on the expensive side but go for lunch during the week and order from the ‘menú del día’, which is great value. Or for something a bit different, opt for their tasting menu.
|Location:||Carrer de Jovellanos, 2|
A new pretender on the Barcelona vegan and veggie scene, Rasoterra opened in April 2013. This place manages to be both healthy and tasty, with most of the ingredients home grown and sourced from their own kitchen garden, giving you peace of mind about your food’s organic credentials.
Tip: Check out their long list of organic wines and beers and keep an eye out on their Facebook page to see upcoming events such as such as wine tasting and cheese nights.
|Location:||Carrer de Palau, 5|
|Metro:||Jaume (L4), Liceu (L3)|
Right in the heart of the Born district, La Báscula (meaning ‘kitchen scales’ in English) is a firm favourite with Barcelona’s veggie crowd. Its casual, quirky interior gives it a cosy ambience, and the daily changing menu includes standards such as quiches, crêpes, smoothies and delicious cakes. Make sure you try their homemade ginger and lemon juice.
Tip: They don’t take credit card payments and they are only open Wednesday to Sunday.
|Location:||Carrer dels Flassaders, 30|
Amaltea and Govinda
These sister restaurants have been around since 1986 and each have something unique to offer. Amaltea serves up both Mediterranean and international dishes, while Govinda puts on a vegetarian Hindu feast.
There’s always a salad buffet and it’s nice to see that Govinda offers a fair few Indian puddings. The samosa that we tried there was really tasty but sadly a bit soggy, and, a bit like the interior, could do with a revamp.
Tip: Order the ‘Thali Govinda’ platter which gives you a little taste of everything.
|Location:||Amaltea: Carrer de la Diputació, 164||Govinda: Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, 4|
|Metro:||Urgell (L1)||Liceu (L3)|
Just minutes from the Sagrada Família, clean and crisp Arco Iris is one of Barcelona’s most established veggie restaurants. A local favourite, it’s only open for lunch, offering a 4-course set menu that’s incredible value.
A good option if you’re in the area and want somewhere trustworthy to pop into for a veggie lunch.
Tip: Brush up on your Spanish…the staff don’t speak much English and the menu is in Catalan.
|Location:||Carrer de Roger de Flor, 216|
|Metro :||Verdaguer (L4)|