Barcelona offers a tremendous variety of options when it comes to good eating. In fact, so much so, that sometimes finding the perfect spot can be a daunting task. From classic Spanish tapas dishes and diner-style American grub, to Peruvian/Asian fusion, Barcelona really does offer it all. If you’re looking to avoid that well-known heavy Spanish lunch that requires a siesta afterwards, you’re in luck. Here are 4 fantastic restaurants serving healthy, fresh, and innovative dishes to check out for your next lunch date.
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In the heart of Barcelona’s Eixample district, you’ll find the up-and-coming restaurant Mostassa. Mostassa’s cozy and clean atmosphere paired with it’s unbelievably yummy menu are not to be missed. From the quinoa salad filled with edible flowers, duck tacos and eggs benedict to the house-made desserts, rest assured you’ll find something to ‘hit the spot.’ From the artisanal/bio ingredients to the preparation and presentation, lunch at Mostassa is sure to be a success.
Where: Carrer de Mallorca, 194
Flax and Kale
Self described “healthy flexitarian” restaurant Flax and Kale has basically become a household name since it’s opening. Located El Raval, Flax and Kale is most likely the best known healthy food locale in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella. The large, spacious restaurant is perfect for one-on-one lunch dates, to group meetings. Flax and Kale is adjacent to Teresa’s Juicery, also realized by vegetarian chef Teresa Carles. Whatever you do, don’t pass on their grilled watermelon appetizer, served with goat cheese, mizuna, mustard leaves, almonds, and sweet mint sauce!
Where: Carrer dels Tallers, 74
If you’re looking for brunch, look no further. Oma Bistró serves the best smoked salmon eggs benedict on a homemade bagel in town. Also located in Eixample, Oma Bistró is a kid-friendly spot perfect for family gatherings. To drink, you have the option of excellent craft beers, mixed fruit juices, or excellent coffee. Be sure to save room for dessert; the impressive selection of homemade baked goods (red velvet cake, anyone?) isn’t to be missed!
Where: Carrer del Consell de Cent, 227
The beloved vegetarian eatery BioCenter is a the perfect place to soak in the cozy atmosphere while enjoying delicious, buffet salad, or kitchen-made hot dishes. Choose from complete macrobowls, seaweed wok, vegetable soups, pastas and veggie burgers, or head straight for dessert with the praise-worthy carrot cake.
Where: Pintor Fortuny, 25