Vegging Out: 5 Top Vegetarian Restaurants in Barcelona
While the thought of Spanish food may conjure up any number of meat and fish dishes (chorizo, cured meats, seafood paella…) we discovered that Barcelona has fully embraced the vegetarian way of life. We found it incredibly easy to find vegetarian food in places like Chiang Mai, Ubud and Hoi An to name a few, but since only recently becoming fully vegetarian we were wondering how easy it would be to keep on finding wonderful and tasty vegetarian food. While some establishments don’t put much thought into their vegetarian options – basically meat dishes without the meat – we found it no problem at all to find top quality vegetarian food in Barcelona, which we knew we had to share with you guys.
These 5 restaurants are all 100% vegetarian. Some of them are 100% vegan, while some of them serve vegan options. We’ve tried to be clear next to the restaurant name.
We present to you our 5 Top Vegetarian Restaurants in Barcelona, in no particular order:
1. CatBar (Vegan)
This place was sold to us before we’d even entered. It’s called CatBar, how is it not going to be amazing?
CatBar is a cat themed vegan bar and restaurant in the Barri Gotic area. The name matches its quirky interior, with large cat art adorning all the walls and cat figurines on the shelves around you. The night we went was very busy, but we think it’s busy every night. There was a live pianist playing up-tempo jazz at the entrance and the patrons were loving it – the bar has a fantastic vibe. The lighting is quite low level, but you’re not straining to see. It’s cosy and warm with its wooden interior and it’s the kind of place you can stay the entire evening without realising it.
They have a range of about 12 craft beers written up on a chalkboard, which we were told change regularly. They tell you where the beers come from too, so we stuck to the local Barcelona or Catalonia sourced beers. As well as beers, they serve locally sourced organic wines and juices.
The vegan burgers they serve are delicious. Karianne had the “Green” burger consiting of a spinach patty, red onions, tomatoes, pesto, fresh spinach leaves and pickled cucumber. I had the “Crazy” burger, which was a seed and nut patty with pesto, rocket and tomatoes. You can choose from a selection of sides with the burgers – we ordered a side order of potatoes and a side of beetroot salad. As well as their burgers, they also serve a small selection of tapas.
We paid: €24 for two vegan burgers, a side of potatoes, side of salad, two small craft beers and filtered water.
We recommend: The Green burger
Nearest metro: Jaume I
2. Rasoterra (Vegetarian, Vegan options)
This place is very well reviewed and it’s easy to see why – we loved everything about it. As we approached Rasoterra, down a fairly quiet street off Plaça de Sant Miquel, we could see it looked pretty fancy inside. We are not ones for fancy places, but even though it looks like an expensive eatery it’s actually reasonably priced, with a wonderful laid back atmosphere inside. We checked out the menu outside, went in and were shown to a table for two under a fantastically large comic book art print – we were sold!
We arrived at the restaurant just after 7pm, which is quite early by Spanish standards. The waitress brought us their standard tapas menu, but told us they release their daily specials menu at 7:30pm, so we decided to order a starter of sourdough bread with olive oil and tomatoes, a bowl of Spanish olives, and two glasses of Sangria while we waited for the specials. Rasoterra is completely vegetarian, with many vegan options as well.
We were very impressed by the starters, but were ready for more when the waitress returned at 7:30pm. There were about 10 extra tapas dishes on their daily specials. The great thing about Rasoterra is that they have a slow food attitude to their ingredients. Next to some of the dishes on the menu was a little drawing of a snail, with the key at the bottom indicating this meant “slow food”, which contains ingredients either bought from local growers or grown in their own garden. We thought this was a lovely touch, and something that made us enjoy the experience of eating here even more. They also have an impressive drinks list which includes organic wines, biodynamic wines and home brewed beers.
Our choice of tapas for the evening were one from the specials menu – Buffalo mozzarella with pickled fruit and vegetables – and two from the standard menu – patatas bravas with tomatoes and cheese, and baked eggs with goats cheese.
We paid: €31 for 5 plates of tapas, 2 glasses of Sangria (plus free filtered water)
We recommend: If available on the day, the Buffalo mozzarella with pickled fruit and vegetables.
Address: Carrer del Palau, 5, 08002
Nearest metro: Either Jamue I, or Liceu
3. El Café Blue Project (Vegan, Raw options)
After a few hours relaxing and people watching in the Parc de la Ciutadella, we stumbled across this great little café on our way to the Picasso museum. It’s on the main road leading into the El Born district, and it’s a wonderful spot for chilling out in for a couple of hours. The café is connected to the Blueproject Foundation Cultural Centre next door, which houses exhibitions of local and international artists.
There is a lot of seating available although it was packed when we arrived, but another couple didn’t mind sharing their large table with us. The interior is lovely and they’ve nailed the shabby decor style. There are also lots of green plants scattered around and quotes written on the white walls.The café serves completely vegan food, with some raw options as well as options for celiacs. All of it is 100% organic. No alcohol is served here, instead you can enjoy their wide range of teas, coffees and fresh juices.
The staff are very friendly here, and want to chat with you even if they seem busy. When we entered we were hit with a smell of freshly baked cookies, only just taken out of the oven. We wanted to eat them there and then but they weren’t ready, so we were told to take one just before we left – it was delicious! We originally only wanted a drink so ordered a green tea and a sparkling apple juice, but the cakes looked too nice to pass up on. We added a raw carrot cake and a raw coconut cookie to our order.
This is a great café to check out if you’re in the fantastic El Born district.
We paid: €12 for a serving of raw carrot cake, a raw cookie, a green tea and a sparkling apple juice.
We recommend: The raw carrot cake.
Nearest metro: Barceloneta, Jaume I, Arc De Triomf
4. Ale and Hop (Vegetarian, Vegan options)
We discovered this place on a recommendation from the owner of CatBar. We’d gone over to CatBar on a Sunday night and found it was closed, but we ran into the owner who told us about Ale & Hop. We never got to thank him for this great tip!
Ale & Hop is near CatBar, in the Barri Gotic area, though Ale & Hop has much more of a modern British pub feel to it. It has funky artwork on the walls and a very helpful and friendly lady behind the bar recommending which beers to try from their list of craft beers available. As well as craft beers, they also have a range of organic and botanical soft drinks, with a friend of ours opting for their organic cola while we sampled four of their craft beers.
They too serve a great selection of vegan burgers, as well as and other foods like mushroom risotto and vegetable curry. We chose to have cheese with our burgers (it’s an additional extra you need to explicitly ask for, since the burgers are sold as vegan). I had the Mexican burger while Karianne had the lentil burger, both served with sweet potato chips. We liked the little touches of this place, like having recycled fibre paper table mats, and recycled napkins.
We paid: €27 for a Mexican burger, a lentil burger, 4 small glasses of different craft beer.
We recommend: The Mexican burger with sweet potato chips.
Nearest metro: Urquinaona, Arc De Triomf
5. Quinoa Bar Vegetarià (Vegetarian, Vegan options)
After spending the morning looking around the immensely impressive Sagrada Familia church (it’s seriously worth the money, just don’t forget to book your tickets in advance), we knew there was one more place we wanted to check out before leaving Barcelona. We’d seen this place on the HappyCow site, and it was about a 20 minute walk from the church and it was a gorgeous day, so figured it was the best time to go.
What a great last meal in Barcelona! There was an Italian guy working there when we went and the menu had an Italian feel to it. I had the Fresco panini, containing roasted courgette, nuts, mozzarella, tomato and pesto. Karianne had the Romantica salad, which contained mixed salad, rocket, goat’s cheese, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, almonds, raisins and Modena vinegar. To drink, we had the Guaca juice: avocado, apple, lime and the Citrus juice: orange, grapefruit, lemon.
The place is welcoming, the staff were friendly, and the food was incredibly tasty. The interior is small and cute, it’s more of a takeaway food place, with limited seating at the bar and a small seating area at the back. Next time we will grab a few pieces and take them to a nearby park, or maybe eat outside the Sagrada Familia.
This place has fresh, flavourful salads and delightful blended juices, we only wish we’d gone to Quinoa Bar more than the one time. Still, it’s a great reason to return to Barcelona, if anyone really needs convincing to go back.
We paid: €18 for a panini, a salad, two juices
We recommend: Any of their salads – the Romantica one was wonderful.
Address: Travessera de Gràcia, 203, 08012
Nearest metro: Joanic, Fontana
Bonus: Caravelle (Vegetarian options)
We’re including this as a bonus as it’s not a completely vegetarian restaurant, but the vegetarian brunch options were delicious so we thought they deserved a mention!
This is a very busy place which is known for their brunches, in fact it cleared out completely after the brunch rush was over. Even so we didn’t have to wait long for a table, and it’s great to be here with everyone else as it had a very local feel to it. It has a chilled out atmosphere – quite a young and trendy crowd all chatting away, it’s a very social place with hardly a laptop in sight. There is modern text art prints on the walls, with the London print being our particular favourite!
They serve organic wines and craft beers, with a wide range of teas and coffees for their brunch menu. We went for their baked eggs with leeks, one of the best chai lattes I’ve had, avocado and feta mash on toast, and a green tea with aloe vera.
We paid: €21 for two brunches and two hot drinks.
We recommend: Avocado and feta mash on toast.
Nearest metro: Catalunia, Universitat, Liceu, Sant Antoni
Well, that completes our round-up of our 5 top Vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona! We visited a couple of other restaurants that didn’t quite make the cut, but we’re hoping to return one day to check out some more. Now that we are fully vegetarian, we hope to bring you more round-ups from other cities. We hope you enjoyed this one, and do let us know if you check any of them out!