A Guide to Barcelona’s Vegetarian Restaurants
Up until a short time ago, vegetarians visiting Barcelona didn’t have much choice and often had to settle for a sad plate of lettuce and an apple. Luckily though times have changed and vegetarians and those looking to try new flavours are in luck. More than a few restaurants are now specialising in organic and vegetarian cuisine. In this post I’m going to take you on a tour of my favourite vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona.
TERESA CARLES- Considered by many to be Barcelona’s best vegetarian restaurant it just has to be on the list. It’s a cosy, welcoming restaurant with large windows and an incredible display of fresh produce. Their dishes are a mouth watering combination of traditional Catalan with a touch of contemporary. You must try the vegetarian cannelloni, heavenly. They also do a great breakfast and brunch. Where: C/ Jovellanos, 2. Metro: Catalunya (L1-L3) Price: €10-€25 When: Daily from 9am-11pm
AMALTEA- Run by the same people as Govinda, this restaurant has a nice relaxed atmosphere and Indian inspired food. From the delicious range of vegetarian food the standouts are the vegetable goulash with basmati rice and the eggplant and chickpea stew. Accompanying the food is some fresh homemade bread. Alcoholic drinks are not served. Where: C/ Diputacio, 164. L’Eixample Metro: Urgell (L1) Price: €9-€30. When: Mon.-Sat: 1pm-4pm, 8pm-11pm.
LA RIERA- Away from the major tourist area this vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona stands out for its simplicity and home-style cooking. Featuring a set menu of three dishes with such delicious ideas like creamy chestnut soup, artichoke empanada, and mango tart. They also serve vegan and gluten free food as well as doing a grweat take away menu. Where: C/ Regent Mendieta, 15. Les Corts. Metro: Collblanc(L5) Price: €10 When: Mon.-Sat 1pm- 4:30pm
BIOCENTER- Founded in 1980, it is one of Barcelona’s pioneer vegetarian restaurants and since its inception has promoted the use of organic farmed and grain products. At lunch time there is a self serve buffet loaded with salads and various set menus on offer. In the evening they have traditional a la carte dining. Their dishes are quite traditional with soups, legumes, rice dishes etc. Where: Pintor Fortuny, 25. El Raval Metro: Liceu (L3), Catalunya (L3,L1) Price: €7-€20 When: Mon-Sat 1pm-11pm Sun. 1pm-4pm
VEGETALIA- Originally this restaurant only sold ecological products and after a time they decided to launch a restaurant, since then it has become one of Barcelona’s most popular vegetarian restaurants. There is a different set menu everyday and a fantastic variety of original and creative recipes. Their vegetarian pizza, smoked tofu with roast vegetables smothered in a sesame sauce and carrot cake must be tried. Where: C/ escudellers, 54. Barri Gotic. Metro: DRassanes (L3) Price: €10-€20 When: Daily from 11am-12am
CAT BAR- Technically speaking it’s not a restaurant but this punk style pub is one of the few places seving purely vegan cuisine. Their speciality is vegan hamburgers served with chips and sauce. They also serve noodles and tapas. On the weekends they serenade their guests with live music. Where: C/ de la Boria, 17. El Born. Metro: Jaume I (L4). Price: €6-€15 When: Mon-Sat 6pm-2:30am
Would any of these make it onto your list of favourite vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona? Are there anymore we should know about to include in our guide?