Vegetarian delights

Barcelona has a lot to offer vegetarians and vegans, with tempting and creative dishes

©Maria Dias
Cat Bar
We pick out some of Barcelona's best vegetarian restaurants. Not just for vegetarians, these places serve up mouth-watering, healthy food day and night.
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Raso Terra

Critics' choice

This phenomenal vegetarian restaurant, owned by the presidents of Slow Food Barcelona, is open for lunch when they serve up a fantastic and affordable set menu from which you can choose one, two or three courses, all made with purpose and care, and off the traditional vegetarian path – that is, with a lot of imagination and using rediscovered recipes. At night they bring out the big guns – a menu full of of homemade pasta dishes and international cuisines. Most of the ingredients come from their own garden in nearby Sant Feliu de Llobregat, and you can tell by the excellent flavour from the first bite. They also serve wine and craft beer. Nothing like the old idea of vegetarian food à la Bugs Bunny.

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Sésamo

Critics' choice

This vegetarian restaurant is also a lively drinks bar where they serve a range of good snacks. At the back there’s a cosy little room that’s ideal for quiet, romantic dinners. They serve international specialities with a bias toward Italian food that brighten up the concept of vegetarian cuisine, though there aren’t many options for vegans. A good selection of wines.

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El Raval

Cat Bar

A petite bar-restaurant with a vegan punk spirit, the walls look like Black Flag album covers starring cats. They're also big into their beers, with foam-licking-good Catalan craft beers, and the punky bottled Scottish Brew Dog. The lunchtime menu always features a veggie burger (that could easily make claim to being the best in the city in its class) and dishes that are simple but always scrumptious. Food and beer are served all day till closing time.

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Sol i Lluna

The quinoa wok at Sol i Lluna is one of the star dishes in this eatery that specializes in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Chef Samuel combines this precious grain from the Andean highlands of South America with mixed vegetables and legumes, especially lentils, into the wok before it's served. Not only is it a tasty and healthy dish, but it's rich in the various properties of the grain, such as protein. In this warm Gràcia  restaurant, frequented by film buffs that pack the Verdi cinemas, you'll find jewels in the crown  of vegetarian and vegan cuisine. One of the most popular dishes is the meatballs made from French lentils from Puy. Primarily French and Mediterranean cuisine, Sol i Lluna is also known for its ratatouille lasagna with melted goat's cheese. The soups are also specialities of this charming place. With a good layout and warm light, this pleasant restaurant makes diners feel comfortable. The salads and desserts are other favourites at Sol i Lluna.

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Vila de Gràcia

Juicy Jones

At first glance it looks like a Rasta bar, perfect for enjoying a fresh fruit juice after a late-night rave. But in fact they serve good, varied meals at Juicy’s: exotic salads and cold dishes, stews with Indian touches, as well as all kinds of shakes, juices and delicious sandwiches. They always use organic produce, and the menu is 100% vegan.

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El Raval

Govinda

Critics' choice

It’s hard to imagine what the locals must have thought when this place opened in the mid-1980s – an Indian-style vegetarian restaurant that didn’t serve alcohol! In addition to their fine selection of Indian vegetarian specialities, they also have pizzas and a salad buffet. There are vegan dishes as well. Be careful when you order, because the portions are very generous.

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Biocenter

Critics' choice

One of the pioneers among the city's vegetarian restaurants, Biocenter's been around for 30 years and still going strong. You may have heard of Biocenter references as a 'quiet place', but 'quiet' isn't exactly how we would describe it. And that's not a criticism. We found it to be spacious, lively, decorated with care, and ultimately enjoyable. When you enter you have the feeling that it's not a restaurant that's just for vegetarians, but for anyone who wants to eat well, with generous portions, healthy options, fast and cheerful service and at an incredibly good price. Lunchtime features a self-service salad bar with much more than your typical lettuce-and-tomato options, followed by a main dish that you choose from among the daily specials. At night you get a bit more intimate lighting, good music and waiter service. In addition to a quality range of vegetarian and vegan options for traditional and ovo-lacto-vegetarians, it's worth noting that they use all natural and organic products.

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El Raval

Arco Iris

Critics' choice

Behind the rather hippie-ish name (it means 'Rainbow') lies a small, bistro-style family restaurant, very well-lit and lively. Maybe it’s because of the location (lots of offices and businesses nearby), or its simple, tasty cuisine (salads, soups, creams, bulgur, moussaka, plus vegan options), but the fact is, at lunchtime there aren't many empty tables. People on a lunch break have to get back fast, though, so just have a seat and wait a bit. Peace and quiet, and good food.

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Dreta de l'Eixample

Aguaribay

Critics' choice

The best thing you can say about a vegetarian restaurant is that it doesn’t look like one. Forget about the vegetarian clichés of sad tofu salads, here they offer a lunch menu featuring imaginative, tasty, nutritious dishes such as beans with cream of polenta and sage or home-made stuffed pasta, and always with an aperitif tapa included. In the evenings they unveil a range of tapas such as papas arrugas, Argentinean pies, burritos and fajitas. A small, well-chosen selection of wine and beer is available.

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Sant Martí

Self-Naturista

This self-service restaurant promotes fresh, healthy, tasty eating. They have a huge range of dishes available, and customers can choose from over 300 dishes, made while you wait. Located in an area where local people rub shoulders with office workers and tourists, it’s the best way to eat healthily, quickly and cheaply. Because fast food can also be vegetarian.

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