Vegan in … Barcelona but you don’t know what to eat or where to go? I hope this post will help you ^.^ Vegan in … is a series of posts on Elephantastic Vegan where I write about my vegan travelling experiences. I love to travel especially to larger cities, rather than spending my days on the beach at some resort, but finding restaurants with vegan options in a foreign city – even when it’s a metropole like Barcelona – is not always easy. With this post I want to show you possible places to eat for your next trip to Barcelona! :)
Over the end of May and beginning of June we visited Barcelona for a couple of days. My boyfriend and I went there with three other friends and we chose to stay in an apartment, which was great because not only did we have plenty of room we also had our own kitchen so we were able to enjoy breakfast before heading off to our adventurous days in the city! Beforehand I browsed through HappyCow‘s list of vegan restaurants in Barcelona, of course – I always do that (often even before booking the trips because travelling is all about food with me!).
Let’s start with a few impressions from Barcelona to get you into the mood! ^.^
…and now to the food:
Gopal is a rather small restaurant near La Rambla – a huge street in central Barcelona – which divides the quarters Barri Gotic (great for shopping – there are a lot of great boutiques) and El Raval. Because Gopal is one of the most central vegan restaurants it was our first stop. Everything is 100% vegan and they offer mainly Burgers and Bocatas (sandwiches).
They also had cakes and donuts (especially the donuts looked sooo good, I totally regret not trying one), and Tortilla Española. I L.O.V.E. Tortilla Española (kind of a potato omelette) so I had to take it! Also the prices were very fair – 7.90€ for a menu consisting of a burger, fries and a drink.
Unfortunately, all the seats in the small restaurant were taken so we got our meals to go and sat on the stairs of La Rambla, which appeared to be the closest possible seating area. That’s why my Tortilla Española is in a plastic package on the photo! However, it was so good! I loved it! Accompanied by the salad that you can see under der Tortilla, it was the perfect refreshing cold treat for a hot, sunny day.
As for the burger I went with the Chorizo Sandwich, which appeared to be in the same bun as the burgers. It contained spicy, vegan chorizo slices, vegan cheese, tomato slices and cheesy sauce. It got a soggy quite fast because of the sauces in there but it was delicious and a huge portion.
Another plus point goes to Gopal because they have vegan ice creams in front/kind of inside of their restaurant! First I thought they were made by them as well, but then I saw the same ice creams in the same freezer scattered a few times through the city. The ice cream was delicious! I went with the coconut ice creamsicle and my boyfriend chose the watermelon one – both were great! The right one was a kiwifruit – mango or papaya or something. So refreshing!! I think the ice cream was about 2.50€ per piece.
Mercat La Boqueria
I can recommend visiting the Mercat La Boqueria to anyone! It’s near the metro station Liceu, if you go along La Rambla, you can’t miss it. They had a huge selection of fresh fruits some of them ready to eat like this pitaya (that I tried for the first time – not bad, not too exciting :D), young thai coconuts and much more! It’s a vegan’s paradise.
I also had a blackberry-coconut shake at the market, which was delicious too!
Veggie Garden was not too far away from the Mercat La Boqueria. Everything they offer is 100% vegan and they have a huge selection of homemade juices and milkshakes. The food ranges from burger to curries, nachos with guacamole, seitan dishes… I chose the menu of the day, which was 8.50€ for a starter, main meal, drink and dessert. Very reasonable priced!
I went for the potato-filled samosa as a starter. It was super delicious and the sweet dip was perfect!
As the main meal I chose the Thali – which is a huge indian plate consisting of different curries and additional portions of rice, pakora, papadam (the thin bread) and pickled onions. It was so much food, but we already had the idea it could be a lot so I shared it with my boyfriend. The curries were all very good, but the right one was with sweet potatoes and it was my favorite! And I loved that spicy sauce to dip in the pakora. Yummy!
As a dessert I went with a chocolate creme that tasted a lot like cinnamon and it was the perfect little treat.
My boyfriend and I also shared the Nachos with Guacamole. It was a huge amount of Guacamole and it was very tasty. It was the best Guacamole we had in Barcelona!
I was so excited to go to the Cat Bar because it got great reviews on HappyCow and I simply loved the name! It’s also 100% vegan and it offers a great selection of craft beers (which we enjoyed). We were lucky to get a table because we had no reservation (I don’t even know if they do take reservations) but the place was packed!
It was a rather small bar with limited seating but it had a quite nice atmosphere.
What a huge selection of craft beers!
We had fried cubed potatoes as a side with a garlic sauce (oh boy!! that garlic sauce was awesome!). The potatoes were super delicious too!
They offered 5 different burgers and a wheat-free option! I chose the “Crazy Burger” which had a nut and seed patty, pesto, rocket salad, fresh spinach, a tomato and red onion. What a great choice – it was truly delicious. I loved the patty and the pesto was the perfect addition. They also had a burger with a veggie patty, one with a hemp patty, a bean patty and one spicy burger. I also had the chance to try the one with a veggie patty called “Champion” which also had grilled mushrooms in it. It was great as well!
I loved the Cat Bar – it was my favorite vegan restaurant in Barcelona. The burgers were delicious and I miss that garlic sauce already. Should you be ever in Barcelona I can highly recommend visiting them!
I have to apologize for the poor quality of the photos – in some restaurant the lightning wasn’t that great, also.. I don’t enjoy making photos in restaurants so I’m kind of sneaky which does not help making great-looking photos! :D
Do you have any additional vegan restaurant tips for Barcelona? I’d love to know in the comments!