Juices, smoothies and shakes, oh my!

Get to know some of the top spots in Barcelona to drink your fruit and veg
By Mónica Cuende |
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Restaurants, Juice bars

La Bordiny

icon-location-pin El Gòtic

This small shop specialising in fresh fruit juices has two entrances, one on C/Jaume I and the other via C/Llibreteria. You'll know the place by their psychedelic decor and touches of strange Polynesian flare. With such a wide range of juices, indecision is commonplace, so don't drive yourself round the bend – if you can't make up your mind, head to the outer bar near C/Jaume where someone's always on hand to offer a taste of the juice of the day.

Bars and pubs, Bars

Bar Mendizábal

icon-location-pin El Raval

Such a small bar and such great delights, from creative sandwiches to refreshing juices made with all kinds of fresh fruit and spiced up with ginger, cinnamon or oregano. You can take your juice to go, or drink it down while standing or sitting on the lovely terrace in the charming little square in front, which rests in the shade of a few plane trees. Mendizábal is good place to get a vitamin boost while you take in the goings-on and cosmopolitan surroundings of the Raval.

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Restaurants, Mediterranean

La Báscula

icon-location-pin Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

In the heart of the bustling Born you can take a deep breath and relax in this co-op of workers set in old factory that's tastefully redecorated in the bohemian anti-fashion style with 100 percent recycled furniture. They serve home-cooked dishes with original touches, and especially vegetarian: salads, pastas, sandwiches, Argentinian empanadas, crepes and cakes. To drink, there are herbal teas and an extensive menu of fruit and vegetable juices, soy milk shakes and smoothies. Don't overlook the art-covered walls. And bonus: there's bicycle parking.

Restaurants, Tea rooms

La Clandestina

icon-location-pin El Gòtic

This charming tea room is located smack in the Barri Gòtic. As long as you're in the Old City walking around, take a break in La Clandestina. Step into the brightly coloured space filled with recycled furniture, cosy and welcoming surroundings where you can replenish with herbal tea or a natural fruit juice, made of one or multiple fruits. And worlds collide as you can also smoke from a hookah while you check your email, since they have WiFi.

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Restaurants, Vegetarian

Orgànic

icon-location-pin El Raval

'Orgànic is orgasmic', titillates the slogan. Not sure we'd go that far, but with three locations and a space in the Boqueria, the Orgànic team knows how to give tasty pleasure to its customers. Their dishes and tapas, made with vegetarian and organic products co-exist with natural fruit juices made fresh. Sit inside, or on the terrace, or take your juice with you for walking around the Raval or taking in the delights of the city's most famous market.

Restaurants

Sirvent

icon-location-pin Sant Antoni

Since 1920, ‘respect for traditional methodology and flavour’ has become the best publicity for this shop specialising in horchata, ice cream and turrons (nougat bars). They also serve lemon, coffee, strawberry granissats (slushes) and fruity milkshakes. The queue on the street of punters waiting to be served speaks to the high quality of the products. A true summer classic in Barcelona.

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Restaurants, Tea rooms

Malea

icon-location-pin Sants - Montjuïc

A small glass and wood door gives way to this old herbalist, an alternative space with a peaceful ambience where exhibitions and good food and beverages co-exist. They serve sandwiches, pizzas, home-made pastries from their bakery, chocolate, tea, and a variety of natural fruit juices. There's also an organic food shop inside.

Restaurants, Vegetarian

Juicy Jones

icon-location-pin El Raval

Not far off La Rambla you'll find this flower power–themed vegetarian restaurant/juice bar where they serve up vegan dishes and delicious natural juices. All the vegetables and fruits are fresh and bought directly from the Boqueria market. They also serve shakes and smoothies made with soy milk. It's quite an international affair, so whatever your language, they're sure to be able to explain the long list of options for your juice, smoothie or shake.

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Shopping, Markets and fairs

Mercat de la Boqueria

icon-location-pin El Raval

The world-famous market on La Rambla knows how to roll with the changes. The stalls at the entrance that draw in the tourists with their rainbow of fruit and veg understand that sightseers would rather drink their fruit than eat it as they walk around with saucer eyes taking it all in. So these clever merchants have spread out among their usual offerings take-away cups filled with colourful and delicious tropical and Mediterranean fruit smoothies.

Restaurants, Juice bars

Nakupenda

icon-location-pin Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Located in the Born, opposite the França train station, this spot with an international and relaxed feel defines itself as 'specialising in smoothies'. If you have a look at their menu you'll see this isn't an exaggeration. They prepare the smoothies with all kinds of fresh and frozen fruits, fruit juice, and soy or rice milk. Five percent of the profits go to charity projects.

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