It’s no secret that the Spanish love their meat: pata de jamón hang from nearly every food stall in the city. Still, there are lots of great places to get vegetarian food.
Barcelona has a reputation for being the best place in Europe to eat vegetarian dishes. Its population is very forward-thinking in what regards animal welfare. It was the first major city in Spain to ban bullfighting and to close many of its ocellaires (animal stalls) on La Rambla. So, it’s no surprise that vegetarian restaurants keep popping up all over the place.
Here are our top 5.
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Okay, so this one’s technically not a restaurant. But still, La Bascula is a delicious place to eat. It’s a cooperative run café selling dishes only made from organic ingredients. They are really dedicated to the issues of the environment here: even the plates and cutlery are bio-degradable! They specialize in fresh juices, full and hearty mains, and homemade desserts, all served up on tables made of repurposed doors. If you want to enjoy excellent food, whilst at the same time watching your impact on the environment, this is definitely a place to check out!
Location: Carrer de Flassaders, 30
Hours: Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 1 pm to 11 pm (6:30 pm on Sundays).
Located in the Gothic quarter, Vegetalia is a calm and quiet retreat from the hectic bustle of the city. This restaurant too uses all organic ingredients, some of which are grown in its own private garden. It has a terrace if you want to enjoy the weather with your meal, or ample indoor seating if you want that piece of quiet. It also has two sister restaurants as well, one located in Raval, and the other in Born.
Location: Carrer dels Escuders, 54
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 12 am.
If you’re a strict vegan and looking for somewhere tasty to eat then BioBento is the place for you. Located just off the Av. del Para-llel, near Hostafrancs subway station, this restaurant has a keen focus on serving up nutritionally balanced meals, with all the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy mind and body. With a very friendly team of staff, each member strives to give you that extra-special dining experience, along with information about the macrobiotic theme which makes this outlet so unique.
Location: Carrer Ermengarda, 34
Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
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If you’re a bit short on time then why not check out the fast-food style vegetarian restaurant, Maoz. Located just off La Rambla, this Middle-Eastern eatery specializes in a quick turnout between customers. But don’t let that give you the impression that their food isn’t well-crafted. They are well-known for their excellent falafels, and also their well-varied salad bar. They’ll even keep topping up your pita free of charge!
Location: Carrer de Ferran, 13
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 2 am
And finally, last but certainly not least, Aguaribay. Located in the Poblenou area of the city, this collective-run restaurant blends ingredients from all over the world to create perfectly unique dishes. They use only fresh, biologically chosen, seasonal ingredients. They have a great selection of artisan beers and wines, next to a great lunch menu also on offer. So, if you’re in the mood for something different it’s a must that you stop by in this homely premises!
Location: Carrer de Ramon Turró, 181
Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Thursday from 1 pm to 4 pm and 8:30 pm to 11 pm. Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm and from 8 pm to 11:30 pm. Saturday from 1 pm to 4:30 pm and from 8 pm to 11:30 pm. Sunday from 1 pm to 4:30 pm.
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