In a city where the mighty ham reigns supreme, vegetarian options are alive and thriving in Barcelona. But, meatless options aren’t limited to tofu and veggie burgers anymore. From exotic Indian to healthy flexitarian, here are our top five vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona.
Food enthusiasts of eastern flavors will swoon over this exquisite Indian restaurant. Serving authentic Indian food, Surya’s interior is modern, kitschy, and fun (equipped with a colorful Indian food truck inside the restaurant!). We recommend the Chat Mix Platter, an array of Indian street finger foods, and the semi-spicy Tikka Masala curry with lamb. You can wash it down with a non-alcoholic drink like Green Day and Surya Breeze. Surya isn’t the cheapest Indian restaurant, but their offering of tasty Indian food and inviting atmosphere makes up for its prices.
Pau Claris, 92
When flavor becomes the challenge for vegetarian food, Biocenter doesn’t disappoint with its creative use of healthy, natural, and organic ingredients. And as one of the first original vegetarian restaurants for almost 40 years, it’s still going strong. Scarf down one of its original dishes like the leek and cheese croquettes, ginger tempeh, or quinoa and beetroot burger. Like its food, Biocenter’s decor is light-filled, clean, and fresh. Come here for friendly and non-pretentious vegetarian eating.
Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 25
Even meat lovers will be impressed with the almost-meat options at Vegetalia. We recommend the homemade empanadas for starters and the tasty breaded seitan with mushroom sauce as a main dish. Other enticing items include a veggie Thai curry with tofu and a vegetable brown rice paella. The interior feels like homely and earth-y, adorned with wooden tables and green and brown tones. Alternatively, hop outside on Vegetalia’s terrace for fresh air and fun people-watching. English is also spoken here!
Carrer dels Escudellers, 54
We can’t stop gushing over Flax & Kale Passage, a flexitarian restaurant by vegetarian restaurant pioneer, Teresa Carles. F&K Passage serves countless, creative options like the plant-based oysters made with shiitake, oyster leaf, seaweed caviar, and sea water foam, or the superfood plant-based dumplings likened to BBQ pulled pork. Kombucha fans will love gawking at the Kombucha lab, which creates 6 different kombucha drinks like the Mr. Barri kombucha made with raspberry, strawberry, and chia (perfect for first-timers!). While the food is outstanding, its modern interior is also inspiring with its industrial-chic design. If you’re flexitarian or just thinking of going meatless, F&K Passage is the ideal stepping stone to take that vegetarian leap – while enjoying an elegant atmosphere.
Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 31-33
In any city in Spain, finding a restaurant serving traditional Spanish tapas without meat seems impossible. Not at Barceloneta Sangria Bar! Vegetarians and vegans can rejoice if they want to eat plant-based food in a social bar atmosphere. Traditional Spanish food includes a veggie paella, the “like Andalusian” squid rings, and vegan sangria. For more meat-like texture, the faux calamari and prawns are also on the menu. Just a few meters away from the beach, Barceloneta Sangria Bar a great option for good times and good vegetarian food by the sea.
Carrer de Sevilla, 70
Have you been to any of the vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona? Can you recommend any others? Let us know in the comments!
July 21, 2019 | Words by Justine Ancheta for Eye On Food Tours