When I first traveled to Barcelona 8 years ago, it was love at first sight. One reason I love the city has to do with the fact that it offers endless options for vegans. This time I spent five days in Barcelona, and it wasn’t enough to try all the vegan restaurants the city has to offer.
I stayed in three different hostels in Barcelona. Urbany Hostel Barcelona (Avinguda Meridiana 97) was the most expensive one but what stood out was the breakfast. They offered a lot of vegan options in a buffet: toasts, vegan margarine, jam, fruits, vegetables, fried potatoes, coffee, tea, juice, cereals and soy milk. Usually, breakfasts in hostels are a bit of disappointment when it comes to vegan options, so it’s always a pleasant surprise when they have soy milk and vegan margarine available.
Barcelona has so many vegan restaurants that I didn’t have time to try all of these. Here are some examples and pictures of what you can find in Barcelona. All the restaurants I tried had delicious vegan meals, and I can highly recommend them.
Carrer de la Bòria 17 (Metro Jaume 1)
This was the first vegan restaurant I tried in Barcelona. I had heard so many good things about this restaurant, so I had high expectations. It didn’t let me down. It’s a perfect place for a person like me: someone who likes cats, vegan food, and good beer. The bar is located in a neighborhood called El Born, which is a hipster neighborhood full of trendy restaurants and bars.
As soon as you step in, you will see creative cat-themed decorations, old pianos and a fridge full of bottled beers. The menu is 100% vegan, and the main focus is on burgers and beers.
I ordered a burger called Black Cat, a bean burger. The portion was huge, and it also came with the potatoes. However, I managed to the whole thing because it was just so delicious. Probably the best vegan burger I’ve ever had!
Bar Celoneta Sangria Bar
Calle Sevilla 70 (Metro Barceloneta and a 10 min walk)
Another fantastic vegan bar but instead of beer they are specialized in a wide variety of sangria. You can choose from red, rose and white sangria and they also make alcohol-free versions. As for food, they offer a large variety of tapas, a couple of raw dishes and burgers. On Thursdays, it’s also possible to order paella with vegan prawns.
I ordered raw spaghetti with red pesto, tiramisu for a dessert and of course glass of sangria. Everything was incredibly tasty, and the atmosphere was cozy and laid-back.
Plaza de Sant Augusti Vell 10, Zona Born (Metro Arc de Triomf)
I went there in the morning hoping to get some breakfast. Unfortunately, they were still preparing the food when I arrived, and they didn’t have any breakfast items. Then I just ordered a fresh baked quiche and a smoothie with the ingredients they already had. The food was alright, nothing to get excited about. Also, I would state that the opening hours are unreliable. The staff was very friendly, though.
C/ Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 602 (Metro Universitat)
I ordered the menú del día which is always an absolute bargain, and I really recommend everyone ordering this when available. For just 8,5 euros you get a first and a second course, dessert, a basket of bread and a glass of wine or water. You can always choose from different options, and I ordered hummus for the first course and lasagna for the second. Especially the lasagna was delicious.
Ronda Sant Antoni 63 (Metro Universitat)
This is a lovely, cozy, little café. The owners were friendly, and the food was delicious homemade vegan food. I ordered the menu del día again, and for 7,90 € I got the first and the second course, and with a passionfruit juice and water, the total was around 11€. I was also dying to try their vegan empanadas, so I bought one and ate it later in the afternoon. As you can see from the picture, they have a huge selection of vegan empanadas, and I can really recommend them.