Barcelona Food Guide: top 5 vegan-friendly food spots you have to visit

Barcelona is a city I adore much. Not only because it’s so diverse in nature (ocean, mountains, old town, modern part) but also because of its diversity regarding to food. Barcelona is a real food paradise, I guess everyone will get satisfied there. Especially when you live gluten free or vegan, you’ll find a lot of cool restaurants and cafés.
In this post I will show you an overview of my favorite vegan-friendly food spots in Barcelona.

Brunch & Cake

Carrer d’Enric Granados, 19, 08007 Barcelona

Brunch and Cake_collage

Brunch & Cake is a charming café for breakfast and lunch which is located near the Universitat de Barcelona. You will already notice from the outside that it’s one of those photogenic “blogger” cafés: the windows are decorated with huge bouquets of roses, people are sitting inside on the windowsills, taking photos of their food. But don’t be deterred by just the outer appearance. Their food has quality too. It’s worthy. Every meal looks like a piece of art.
When you get the menu, you feel kind of overwhelmed because the opportunities seem endless. Nacho plates, smoothie bowls or fancy muffins . I decided to take the cacao dream bowl which was a very good choice. Above its thick creamy chocolate and berry mousse, it was decorated with mint leaves, granola, some fruits and two home made “snickers” bars. Apropos the keyword ‘home made’… Brunch & Cake’s philosophy is “in grandmothers we trust” because everything is made by hand and with care. Every food is made with passion and respect. Wherever it’s possible they use organic and locally sourced ingredients and 100% of their coffee is organic. They describe themselves as a company of people for people. And this is reflected in their food as well. You feel the love they put into it and I think that’s what it’s all about. So if you’re in Barcelona and want to have a fancy breakfast or lunch, go to Brunch & Cake. You will be satisfied. I actually can’t wait to be back in Barcelona and visit Brunch & Cake.

Atmosphere:

You immediately feel comfortable when visiting the café. The staff is super friendly and attentive and wants you feel like home and welcome. They inform you about the menu and also ask about allergies. Inside, you either sit on chairs, stools or on a couch. Whatever you choose, I guarantee you that it’s comfortable. The bright colors and decoration immediately raises your mood and I ensure you that you will leave with a smile on your face.

4/5

Brunch and Cake_breakfast

Vegan food choice:

Brunch & Cake offers a huge variety of good food, also for vegans. You will find a large variety of salad bowls, smoothie and fancy beverages. They also offer multiple pancakes and cakes which however are not vegan.

3/5

Prizes:

Although their food looks super fancy, you can’t complain about their prizes. They’re totally okay and affordable. Especially because of the location, interior and the fact that it’s in Barcelona, they could definitely raise their prizes. A beetroot latte for example costs 2,10€, a super food smoothie 5,85€ and a bowl about 8€.

4/5

Brunch-and-cake-outside

Recommendation:

I went there twice and both times I ordered the cacao dream bowl. It not only looks good but it’s also delicious. And it definitely makes you full. Don’t underestimate that. It’s really heavy. I also recommend you their latte macchiato with oat milk. Often, oat milk coffees taste a bit diluted and tasteless but theirs just taste amazing: a strong coffee with a mild oat flavor.

Tip: Consider a waiting time. If you’re visiting on the weekend or under the week at late morning (around 10), be aware that there might be a waiting line. During my trip we were there at about 9.15 in the morning and we didn’t have to wait at all.

 

Zumito

Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 74, 08039 Barcelona

Every time I’m in Barcelona I visit Zumito. It’s a healthy food restaurant located in Barceloneta and very close to the beach, so it’s a perfect spot to visit after a long beach day. I became aware of it through Instagram because not sometimes you’ll find celebrities there. Rafinha, a player of FC Barcelona, for instance visited the café once.

zumito-barcelona

Atmosphere:

Although their seating areas remind a bit of a noble snack stand, the atmosphere is something special. You sit on normal, simple chairs at wooden tables but there’s a net made out of plants and chain of lights stretched above you, which makes it a cozy and magical atmosphere.

4/5

zumito-inside

Vegan food choice:

Zumito offers huge variety of vegan meals – and every one of them is healthy. You will find plenty of smoothies, juices, super bowls, salads or wraps. Although some of the meals are with ham or eggs, you’ll find many vegan menus too. I can definitely recommend you all the açaí bowls and smoothies.

4/5

zumito-acai-bowl zumito-healthy-food

Prizes:

Zumito doesn’t have the best prizes but unfortunately most of special healthy food spots haven’t. Nevertheless, it’s definitely worth it. (‘cause you know: you either pay for your health now or later… ). Açaí bowls cost from about 9 to 11€, depending on which topics you choose.

3/5

Recommendation:

It’s kind of a habit to order the açaí brasileiro when I’m there. If you haven’t tried an acai bowl yet, I definitely recommend you to do so. You won’t regret it. Açaí bowls are such a refreshing snack and super healthy. The açaí brasileiro is refined with guaraná, banana, seasonal fruits and home made granola.

 

Flax & Kale

Carrer dels Tallers, 74b, 08001 Barcelona

Also via Instagram, I encountered Flax & Kale. It’s a flexitarian restaurant which offers about 80% plant based food and 20% fish. The restaurant is located in the street Carrer del Tallers, a smaller street near the Plaça de Catalunya. It’s a rather hidden street but very beautiful and full of vintage stores, restaurants, bars and spots to relax. With more than 100 000 Instagram followers, Flax & Kale is famous amongst many vegan bloggers and food lovers.

Flax_and_kale_food

Atmosphere:

Flax & Kale has three different locations but this article refers to the one located in the Carrer dels Tallers. As soon as I entered the restaurant I felt welcome and knew right away this is the interior style I like: bright from the inside, colorful benches full of flowers, palm trees and a bathroom that is definitely worth taking a picture!

5/5

Vegan food Choice:

80% plant-based says it all: the options seem endless. Raw vegan lasagna? No problem! Plant-based “Bacon & Cheese”? No problem! Papaya-salad with tempeh? Also no problem! The list goes on and on and one and it was really hard  for me to decide. Want to check out their lunch menu? I guess it will your mouth water. Since Flax & Kale is focused on eating healthy, they know about different diets. That’s why each dish is labeled whether it’s raw food, plant based, gluten free or if it’s oily fish. At the end of their menu, you also find a detailed list of all allergens and also a huge description of diverse food you might not know, for example activated charcoal, maca or bok choy.

5/5

flax-and-kale-smile

Prizes:

I would say the prizes are in the upper middle class. Not too expensive but also not that cheap. An “anti-aging papaya salad” for example costs 12€, a raw vegan lasagna about 14€. However you can be sure that their food is full of quality and the creations are extraordinary. Therefore I think it’s adequate.

3/5

Recommendation:

Since I’ve only eaten the avocado toast and the “bacon and cheese” bagel, I can’t give you a real recommendation (there are way more fancy and exciting dishes to eat). What I can say to you however, is to check out their bathroom. You’ll LOVE it! It has such a tropical/fancy design and I bet you will take a photo at their huge mirror. It is best to post it on Instagram and use their hashtag “#flaxandkale” to see other posts like that. Or take a look at their video collage down below. Crazy, huh?

Tip:  Just like at Brunch & Cake, you have to expect a waiting time. Usually it goes very quickly and we just waited for about five to ten minutes.

flax-and-kale-mirror-selfie

We Bistrot

Ronda de Sant Pere, 70, 08010 Barcelona

What do you think of when you hear traditional Spanish food? Paella, tapas and Sangria, right? Here in Germany as well as in other countries there are Spanish restaurants with traditional food – but not everyone is good. However in Spain, most of the restaurants serve good quality food (and have one of the best interior, in my opinion). During our Barcelona trip we stayed in a little hotel near the Arc de Triomf,  so we usually went out eating in our neighborhood. We discovered the Restaurant We Bistrot and immediately fell in love.

we-bistrot-inside

Atmosphere:

We Bistrot has such a cute and loving atmosphere, you will like it for sure. It’s not a huge restaurant, so the atmosphere is rather familiar. It’s a place where locals enjoy a glass of wine in the evening and have a plate full of tapas. So it’s not touristy at all and I bet you will feel at home right away. The staff is also super friendly and tries to make you feel good.

5/5

Vegan food choice:

Since it’s a traditional restaurant, of course they serve ham and also fish but surprisingly they had vegan menus on their menu cards as well. Besides olives, tomato bread or potato chips, they also serve a vegan chocolate cake. We Bristrot has three types of milk and the salad can be ordered with tofu – so I guess when you’re vegan, you’ll be satisfied.

4/5

pan-con-tomate

Prizes:

Just as expected in a local restaurant, the prizes are very okay. An Estrella Damm beer costs for example 2,50€, a bio cake 5€, french fries 3€ and olives 3€ as well.

4/5

Recommendation:

My recommendation is definitely the “pan con tomate” or in Catalan: “pa amb tomaquet”. Actually it’s so simple to make and the Spanish people love it: it’s just a bread with a fresh tomato, garlic and a bit of oil. As a side dish we took some olives (they’re just so good in Spain, you have to try) and drank a glass of Spanish beer.

Boqueria Mercat

La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona

boqueria-mercat

The Boqueria Mercat is more than a food spot, it has become a real tourist attraction. Since 1836 more than 200 traders offer local and international products, from legumes and nuts to fruits and olives. It’s located on La Rambla and therefore in the heart of Barcelona. The market is outside, however roofed, and is a contact point for people from all over the world. No matter which diet you follow, I guarantee you that there’s something also for you.

Atmosphere:

To be honest, the atmosphere is not the best due to many many people. Often it’s full of tourists and hectic but you should definitely check it out if you’re in Barcelona for the first time.

2/5

Food Choice:

As I’ve written above, the market offers many different kinds of food – all fresh and mostly local. You’ll be surprised about the variety and I guess you can’t stop wondering. Especially the fruit stalls have my heart: tons of colorful tropical fruit. From pitaya and pomegranate through papaya to coconut and mango. It’s really heaven there.

5/5

boqueria-mercat-juice

Prizes:

The prizes definitely depend on the products you buy and the amount. You can spend 40€ on nuts or buy a fresh fruit juice for 1,50€. Generally speaking the prizes are in the middle-range segment.

3/5

Recommendation:

What I always buy at Boqueria Mercat is a fresh juice. The variety they have seems endless. Each time I’m standing in front of those stalls, my mouth starts watering. The fruit stalls look like a colorful ocean, full of tropical delicacies. My favorite drinks are: coconut and orange-pitaya. So yummy!

boqueria-mercat-fruits

 

These were my favorite vegan food spots in Barcelona. Have you been to any of these? If so, do you have the same opinion? And if not, do you know other good vegan cafés/restaurants in Barcelona? Let me know in the comments.

 

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