Barcelona is known for their famous Creme Catalan, La Boqueria Market with the massive butcher section, and Las Ramblas which is home to many overpriced paella dishes. So where is one to find a good meal? Forget about ordering the veggie sandwiches as they usually come with tuna. The following restaurants are 100% vegan, but are also great for any vegetarian or omnivore looking to stay healthy.
Cat Bar, Where the Cool Cats Hang Out
When you are in the mood for hearty burgers made without meat but bursting with flavor and nutrients, Cats is the place for you. A cozy restaurant with a free-for-all piano and extensive vegan menu that centers around garden burgers such as hemp burger, black bean burger, and crazy burger! Look out for the spicy salsa (hard to find in Spain) and the fresh made potatoes, pair this with one of the many microbrewed ales they have on offer, and you have a veritable vegan feast on your hands. Cat Bar doesn’t accept reservations, and can get crowded so be ready to wait on weekends and peak eating hours. Find them at Carrer de la Boría 17, near metro Juame I.
Veggie Garden of Eden
If you’ve dreamed of inspired Indian and Nepalese food at rock-bottom prices for a European city like Barcelona, look no further. Veggie Garden serves up many exotic dishes, from curried samosas to buckwheat soba noodle soup. The restaurant’s drink choices leave nothing for you to want — chocolate and banana smoothies, fresh mango juice, date and pistachio smoothies, and a wide array of green juices to recharge your batteries. Everything on the menu is vegan, including beer and wine, so order your heart out! Take advantage of the daily menu which is first plate, second plate, drink, and dessert starting at only eight euro. They don’t have a website and the place is popular, but worth the wait. They are at Carrer Dels Angels 3, near Contemporary Art Museum.
Choose La Matahambre for a Quick Getaway
La Matahambre (literally, “the kill hunger”) is a sweet little spot owned by two sisters. It is micro-sized place packed full of flavor and great deals — their daily dish is only four euro. It rotates depending on what the sisters feel like cooking. Most winter days you can expect a nut-based lasagna or seitan dish, while the summer menu reflects lighter options such as a quinoa salads and fresh gazpacho. Since space is so tight in their establishment, it’s a take-away only restaurant, but their location close to Las Ramblas means it’s a perfect place to pick-up and go people watch. Find La Matahambre at Carrer Unio 13.
No matter where you choose to eat, it’s a wise idea to get a hotel in Barcelona that is near the city center, so you’re able to explore on foot everything the city has to offer. The money you save on public transportation can go toward a few flutes of delicious cava, which is a must in Barcelona no matter what diet you keep!
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