As a culture with gastronomy at its core, Barcelona is located in a perfect climate for growing seasonal produce, so there’s no reason why it can’t be a hotspot for vegetarian cuisine. However, until recently, the result of asking vegetarians to choose a vegetarian diet in Spanish restaurants was that meatless people could only accept any combination of seafood. Now, Barcelona is embracing vegetarian cuisine, which has led to many restaurants having dishes that are purely vegetarian and often vegan.
With the global wave of vegetarianism, Barcelona is bucking the trend of so-called plant-based diets. Barcelona’s vegetarian scene didn’t happen overnight, nor did restaurateurs make a big deal out of catering to vegetarianism; many of the city’s best vegetarian restaurants have been around for decades, and their enthusiasm breaks with Catalan tradition, with almost all dishes made with meat. The chefs and health-conscious merchants have cultivated their passion and grown their skills over the years, and now their patience and determination have paid off. Below we’ve picked eight of the best vegetarian restaurants in the city, including those that offer takeaway and those with varying styles and prices.
Bio Center is one of Barcelona’s most original vegetarian restaurants and a pioneer in a time when food culture was still in its infancy. Opened in 1980 and now approaching its 40th year, it’s safe to say that given their experience, they definitely know how to do things. The menu offers a wide selection of dishes to suit all diners at the same time: a quick menu of del dias, including a soup buffet and salad bar, as well as four formal dining options, takeaway dishes for those on the go, and an a la carte menu of burgers, salads and curries for those who like to dine like a local: no rush, savoring all the flavors. Since the restaurant has a lot of activity and a large number of regulars, the staff are friendly and helpful, eager to walk you through the menu and make sure newcomers are aware of the various menus and ordering options, as well as your food.
Located near the El Raval University District, Teresa Carles Restaurant welcomes guests with its lively atmosphere. Especially at lunchtime, the friendly waiters guide diners through a menu of Catalan flavors. The menu del dia is a great value option for guests who dine between noon and 5 p.m. These dishes, which change weekly, are scheduled according to the time of the month, and the ingredients are chosen based on seasonal produce. The menu consists of a soup or salad-style appetizer, followed by a vegetable, cereal/rice, bean or pasta-based entree: stuffing or simple pasta. This humane menu is a friend to people with all kinds of dietary needs. Elsewhere on the a la carte menu, you’ll find sharing dishes, burgers, a la carte salads and main meals. The drink menu is as tempting as the food, with Teresa’s juicery brand of cold-pressed juices, plant-based juices and plant-based water blends all featured here. This diversity is the result of Chef Teresa’s nearly 40 years of experience in the industry; her success lies in creating healthy, natural family cuisine in the Catalan tradition.
Vegetalia’s roots are in their eco-food production company. Now 30 years old, they’ve grown into a popular vegetarian and vegan restaurant that sources fresh produce from the land of Mas Monserrat. All the vegetarians are Catalan-inspired and have crafted all the proteins and produce into their recipes: the appetizer pica pica sharing plate and the vegetable paella are both filling choices that are full of flavor. Like anywhere in Barcelona, Vegetalia’s menu del dia is a great value, and you can pair the dishes according to your hunger level, but for those who want to end their meal in a sweet atmosphere, fruitcake and brownies are recommended.
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Quinoa Bar Vegan
Quinoa is a friendly cafe with locations on Gracia’s signature streets and in the bustling downtown Eixample, near the Universitat. A few stools and tables at the bar in the shop form a homely atmosphere, and a highlight at Quinoa is their delicious vegan cakes, banana and carrot cakes are the perfect way to end a meal, or pair them with coffee and a rare scoop of vegan ice cream. In addition, the delectable dishes here include mixed salads, sandwiches, barbecue patties, hummus and many more, all made with vegetables to highlight Quinoa’s commitment to healthy eating and ethical awareness.
One of Barcelona’s newer vegetarian restaurants, Floripa’s interior is bright, boisterous and stylish, and its cocktails and food are eye-popping. In the downtown Eixample district, Floripa’s stands out from the competition, both for its extensive dishes and drinks. The restaurant has burgers, curries and tacos on the menu, and brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday. Open Tuesday through Thursday evenings and all day Friday through Sunday, Floripa is a great option for lazy weekend brunches, hearty vegetarian dinners, or relaxing with a delicious cocktail and snack.
Located in Barcelona’s Poble Nou Barrio, Sopa is a restaurant that every region should have. Soups, salads and entrees are on the daily menu, including vegetarian options, and takeout is also available. The ever-changing menu means that Sopa is always a satisfying lunch option, as it offers home-cooked dishes that are often overlooked by those curating vegetarian fare.At its core, Sopa is focused on sustainable, ecological cuisine and supports small, local vendors; it’s not just a restaurant, but also a yoga space and a shop selling clothing and home goods.
BarCeloneta Sangria is located on the edge of Barceloneta’s bustling beach and is a great choice for those who are tired from the beach. With vegetarian paella and patatas bravas on the menu here, make sure that vegetarians don’t miss out on sampling these Spanish classics in Barcelona. To complement the vegetarian menu, the restaurant also offers to try different styles of sangria, made from fresh fruit, spices and specially selected sparkling wines or wines.
Dolce Pizza y Los Veganos
If you find yourself near Park Güell, or just want to hang out in the Gracia area, then Dolce Pizza y Los Veganos is sure to appeal to you if you’re looking for a break from the Spanish cuisine. The pizzeria is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and low-gluten dieters, and the menu isn’t limited to pizza; the chefs also offer a variety of pastas, salads and sandwiches, many of which are creative meat dishes made with tofu or lentils.