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16 of the best vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona

If you’re vegetarian, Barcelona is a great place to be. From tapas to curries, here are some of our favourite spots.

By Ricard Martín, Marcelo Aparicio and Manel Guirado
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Looking for good vegetarian food in Barcelona is like looking for hay in a haystack (isn’t that the expression?) You might think that this coastal city is only good for seafood paella and ham-centric tapas, but we’re here to tell you that the veggie scene is on the rise.

With vegan delicacies, modern vegetarian dishes and classic veggie tapas popping up on menus everywhere, it could feel overwhelming to narrow down your choices for a veggie-centric meal – here are our top picks in town. 

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Vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona

Aguaribay

Restaurants Vegetarian Sant Martí

At this trendy spot, it’s easy to forget that you’re even in a vegetarian restaurant. Soggy tofu and wilted greens are nowhere to be found, and healthy, inventive dishes abound. We’re talking hearty wraps, fresh roasted veggies, handmade pastas and veggie-forward soups as well as yummy tapas. Aguaribay also has a carefully curated selection of beer and wine, so you can feel like you’re indulging even when there’s no meat on the table. 

 

Teresa Carles

Restaurants Vegetarian El Raval

This charming spot is set apart by their unique menu. Most of their dishes are a mix of traditional Catalan fare and haute-cuisine technique which makes for a truly wonderful dining experience. Don’t forget to wash everything down with a glass (or two) of something from the formidable wine list.

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Rasoterra

Restaurants Vegetarian El Gòtic

This phenomenal vegetarian restaurant, owned by the creators of Slow Food Barcelona, is open for lunch and dinner. At noon they have an affordable menu with soups and dishes that stray from the predictable vegetarian trope. At night they serve homemade pasta dishes and international delicacies that pair nicely with the wine and craft beer. With all this variety under one roof, there’s no way you’ll grow tired of dining at Rasoterra. 

Flax & Kale
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Flax & Kale

Restaurants Haute cuisine El Raval

At this healthy hotspot, you can find raw foods, vegan options and gluten-free dishes along with ‘flexitarian’ creations containing lots of veggies and small amounts of animal protein. The menu also boasts cold pressed juices from fresh fruits and vegetables. Whether you visit for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, you’ll leave Flax & Kale feeling full and plant-powered.

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The Green Spot
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The Green Spot

Restaurants Vegetarian

The owners of The Green Spot set out with the goal of creating a a restaurant for everyone – not just vegetarians. With this in mind, this spot focuses more on featuring vegetables than calling the itself 'vegetarian'. The international recipes incorporate tons of fresh produce, and everything you’ll find is flavourful, fun and made from legumes, seeds, nuts and herbs. 

Macrobiotic Zen
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Macrobiotic Zen

Restaurants Vegan

Entering Macrobiotic Zen feels like stepping into another world – a veggie-filled, peaceful haven. You choose between five main ingredients to create your own culinary adventure. No matter which direction you head in, everything on the menu is vegan and macrobiotic and can be combined in different ways.

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L'Hortet

Restaurants Vegetarian El Raval

This classic institution has been a Raval staple for over two decades. People flock here to enjoy traditional vegetarian dishes and vegan options all made with the freshest produce. Additionally –thanks to the varied clientele – you’ll always get your meal at L'Hortet with a delicious side of people-watching.

Biocenter
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Biocenter

Restaurants Vegetarian El Raval

Biocenter has been going strong for 30 years. 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 and healthy options at an incredibly good price. Their quality range of vegetarian and vegan options for traditional and ovo-lacto-vegetarians is made using all natural and organic products.

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Sésamo restaurant
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Sésamo

Restaurants Vegetarian El Raval

A vegetarian restaurant with fantastic drinks, good wines and tasty snacks? Sign us up. No matter if you’re looking for a bar scene or a cozy place for a romantic dinner, Sésamo is a great option for veggie fans (although there aren’t too many vegan options available).

Arco Iris

Restaurants Vegetarian Dreta de l'Eixample

This small bistro-style restaurant serves up simple, fresh vegetarian fare. Crisp salads, hearty soups and plenty of vegan options makes Arco Iris the perfect spot to stop for lunch on a weekday. 

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Flax & Kale
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Flax & Kale Passage

Restaurants Pizza Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

The third location of Flax & Kale is truly a wonder to behold. Two rooms frame a pizza oven that churns out burbling Neapolitan pies, but don’t fret – the people behind this iteration of the healthfood staple are just as committed to creating gut-friendly dishes as they are to experimenting with the perfect chewy pizza crust.

Amaltea

Restaurants Vegetarian Eixample

One of the first vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona, Amaltea has something for every veggie enthusiast. The big space is usually full thanks to the menu’s variety, so head over and see what all the fuss is about.

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Cat Bar

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Vegetarian Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

This punk restaurant-bar serves up a killer veggie burger and trendy craft beers. We really couldn’t give you a better recommendation for an all-day spot with unmatched, casual vegan vibes. 

La Vitamínica de Horta
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La Vitamínica d'Horta

Restaurants Mediterranean Horta - Guinardó

This isn’t the kind of place where your veggie plate is served with a side of moral preaching on the environmental or health attributes of vegetarianism. The team behind La Vitamínica certainly cares about plant-based diets, but part of their bar also serves up omnivore-friendly sandwiches. This is a restaurant where anyone – meat-eater or not – can incorporate some more veggies into their life.

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Vegetalia (Gòtic)

Restaurants Vegetarian El Gòtic

What started as a business dedicated to producing natural, organic vegetarian food has transformed into two of Barcelona’s favorite restaurants. For €20 you can sample a whole range of tasty, imaginative dishes, some of them vegan. And don’t leave without sampling one of the beatiful cakes displayed at the front – they taste as good as they look. 

Govinda restaurant
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Govinda

Restaurants Vegetarian El Gòtic

A vegetarian Indian restaurant without a drop of alcohol on the menu isn’t exactly what many people think of when they think of the Barcelona food scene, but don’t use that logic to dismiss Govinda. Since the 1980s, they’ve been providing Barcelona with hearty Indian cuisine, pizzas and a formidable salad bar. Go with a lot of friends or when you’ve worked up a real appetite, as portions are generous. 

Eat My Trip
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Eat My Trip

Restaurants American Dreta de l'Eixample

Eat My Trip has become one of the hottest breakfast spots in town. The menu features sweet and savoury items, so all day you can get yourself some ‘American waffles (which happen to be both sweet and savoury) or an amazing ‘Guacascramble that also includes salmon tartare. Try some eggs Benedict with a Thai touch thanks to the panang sauce. Or get a salad bowl or a smoothie bowl, but follow them with a home-made dessert, please. Theres also a whole page of drinks, including speciality coffees, smoothies, and an array of lattes. 

Nobu Restaurant
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Nobu Restaurant

Restaurants Japanese Hostafrancs

In Barcelona there is no shortage of great sushi restaurants and Japanese cuisine. And among them is a real heavy-hitter: Nobu Barcelona, ​​on the 23rd floor of the hotel with the same name. Yes, one of the partners is Robert De Niro. But the real incentive to stop in for a meal is the megastar chef Nobu Matsuhisa. French chef Hervé Courtot directs the kitchen and interprets Matsuhisa’s recipes, which gives him plenty of room to inject his own creativity. And on Sundays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm you can dig in to their special brunch options, with the World of Nobu Brunch, featuring dishes from Nobu restaurants around the world, or the Nobu Signature Brunch. Either way, you’re going to be dining on heavenly food with an equally divine view.

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Auto Rossellon
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Auto Rosellon

Restaurants Mediterranean

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming decor at Auto Rosellon. The keep it simple and they make great food. As part of their excellent brunch menu, you might choose the Nordic scrambled eggs with cured salmon, crème fraîche and dill (all the egg dishes are out of this world, and all made with organic eggs), or maybe you’re in the mood for a bowl of granola with home-made Greek yogurt and organic fruit, or perhaps some toast with home-made jam. If you’re feeling frisky, get a brunchy cocktail, like a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Kir Royale or Bellini. This is quality food with an eco-friendly attitude.

Yummy Sundays at Monument Hotel
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Monument Hotel

Hotels Eixample

Attention fans of Basque cuisine (or haute cuisine in general): Martín Berasategui – the chef with the most Michelin stars in Catalonia and Spain – offers his version of traditional Basque cuisine for brunch at the Monument Hotel. Be aware that these ‘Yummy Sundays’ are only on the first Sunday of each month, from 12.30pm to 4pm, in Glasss, the restaurant on the hotel’s terrace. You might wonder if the €59 per person price tag is worth it. We’re here to tell you: if you’ve got it in your budget, it is. You’re getting a vision of Basque cuisine by the most important Basque chef in the game. We recommend you visit the omelette station, where you’ll get yours made to order. And prepare yourself for wonders such as fried hake (a childhood fave of the chef’s, cod ‘kokotxas’ with Txakoli cockles and the Donostiarra-style ‘txangurro’ (crab). Plus there are all manner of fried delights. And if that weren’t enough, the open bar serves up soft drinks and cocktails (nothing beats a good Blood Mary with a Sunday brunch).

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Federal Cafè Gòtic
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Federal Cafè

Restaurants Sant Antoni

Federal Cafè is done up in a style befitting the trendiest, most cosmopolitan of cities. Natural light, tasteful decor, good music, fast and friendly service, and a menu specialising in breakfasts that can resuscitate you after a night of overdoing it: juices and smoothies, eggs and sausages, fruit and sandwiches... Federal was one of the pioneers on the brunch scene in Barcelona, and it’s still living up to and surpassing expectations.

Two Schmucks

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars El Raval

The two schmucks in question, from Sweden (Moe) and London (A.J.), opened their bar for brunch, coffee and cocktails while it was still under construction, but now youll find a fully functioning spot that serves up a delicious American brunch with southern influences. You wont have to pay a lot for quality food (the eggs and chicken are local, from central Catalonia), and the American chef serves up portions that wont leave you wanting. The fried chicken with waffles and honey butter is well worth the calories. 

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Enkel
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Enkel

Restaurants Contemporary European

Venezuelans Fabio and Francia explain that theyve travelled loads and love bringing those experiences to their menu, playing with Asian and Latin American flavours and reimagining them using local products. Their brunch (served daily from 10am to 4pm) includes highlights such as their version of shakshuka (poached eggs baked in tomato sauce, topped with yoghurt and avocado) – a creamy delight that pairs perfectly with the country-style bread. If youre in the mood for something smaller, dont pass up the tapas. And bear in mind theyve got six craft beers on tap for when you’re feeling thirsty.

Brunch at Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel
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Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I

Hotels Les Corts

One Sunday a month (check their Facebook page or website), the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I presents a themed brunch with live music that’s a gourmet delirium, both in quantity and quality. Theres a station just for breads and sausages, for example, and a stellar selection of smoked seafood. The mains include made-to-order omelettes, a ‘capipota stew and a ‘picadillo with wild mushrooms and Iberian bacon, plus other great Catalan dishes in their best versions. And the dessert station is over the top. Its all served in a majestic setting, for €59 (including a glass of cava) per person.

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The Corner Bar

Hotels Eixample

Brunch is kept simple at The Corner Bar, but that doesnt mean you shouldnt try it out. On Sundays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm you can sit down for a set brunch menu for just €21 per person. You get to choose from three hearty starters (among them some stunning eggs Benedict), then one of four mains (a cheeseburger, or perhaps vegetable moussaka), followed by a selection of desserts and accompanied by water and a glass of cava. It’s all set to live music from local musician Joan Tena, who was one of the six finalists in the 2002 edition of Spain’s nationwide singing competition, ‘Operación Triunfo’.

Can Dendé
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Can Dendê

Restaurants Brazilian El Poblenou

Specialising in brunch, Can Dendê serves up four different versions of eggs Benedict, sweet or savoury pancakes, and deli items for lunch that are simple yet exquisitely made, like pulled pork sandwiches with pork that’s marinated for hours before it’s grilled. You’ll also find a few Brazilian dishes from chef Patricia Leona’s country of origin.

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Brunch at Blanc, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
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Blanc

Restaurants Catalan Dreta de l'Eixample

Let’s make one thing clear. This is not your typical hotel brunch. Catalan chef Carme Ruscalleda’s brunch is nothing short of spectacular. You’ll find the chef’s local favourites like cannelloni and lobster rice, as well as delicate and exquisite sushi, and everything else you’d expect from a five-star luxury hotel with a Michelin-starred chef at the helm. Plus there are special dishes that pop up along with special dates, whether it’s Chinese New Year or the local La Mercè festival. Brunch is on every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. And did we mention the free-flowing cava? 

Paddy Flaherty
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Flaherty’s Irish Bar

Restaurants Irish El Gòtic

The offering at Flaherty’s isn’t a brunch per se, but they’ve got some breakfast items on the menu served until 3pm every day and some served until 7pm for those who get a late start. Your traditional Irish breakfast includes Irish bacon and sausages, a fried egg, baked beans, black pudding, hash browns, grilled mushrooms, white pudding, slow-roasted tomatoes and toast. And that is all for less than a tenner! There are also creative vegetarian and vegan options (meaning they don’t just scrape off the meat!). Until 3pm you can get eggs Benedict, chorizo baked eggs, sweet and savoury waffle, and more. 

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Ugot
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Ugot

Restaurants Bakeries

Now that a good few years have passed since the opening of Ugot (which means ‘cakes’ in Hebrew), owner Adi Nachson is proud that her ‘bruncherie’ has grown without losing its heart and soul. Now serving some of the best eggs in Barcelona, Ugot offers five versions of eggs Benedict – the ones atop shredded pork and their version of French toast are heavenly – and five other hearty options. Other featured options include omelettes and soups, and you can also get tapas, salads, burgers, and cakes that are out of this world.

Picnic
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The Little Basket by Picnic

Restaurants Barcelona

After introducing brunch in 2009 at Picnic (see below), Californian Tara Penke and her husband and cook from Chile, Jaime, have opened The Little Basket. It’s a lovely, light-filled space where new food experiments are constantly happening, like a duck confit with naan bread or eggs with chipotle sauce. On Saturdays and Sundays you can enjoy brunch from 10am to 4pm either dining in or getting all the fixings to go and have a picnic of your own in the nearby park.

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Maai
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Maai

Restaurants British Gràcia

With a focus on healthy and energy-boosting food, you won’t feel guilty after eating brunch at Maai. The cuisine is friendly to those with gluten and dairy intolerances and focuses on fresh, quality meals. Forget crepes swimming in oil, and instead order waffles made from chickpeas with grilled avocado and eggs served along with a carrot salad with gorgeous cooked nectarines and almond vinaigrette. Everything is made from scratch using first-rate raw materials.

Picnic

Restaurants Global Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Picnic’s brunch is already known as the best place to recover from a night out on the town with its eggs Benedict and an ace cocktail selection. Since Tara and Jaime opened the space in the first half of the 2000s, the tradition of an American-style brunch has become a favourite in Barcelona, and you can dig into other scrumptious fare like pancakes or huevos rancheros as well. Plus, outside of brunch and depending on the season, you can gobble up dishes such as pork ribs with mashed potatoes, a New Orleans–inspired gumbo, or lighter options like ceviche. 

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Milk

Restaurants North American El Gòtic

You’ve got to respect this powerhouse that opened in 2005 as one of the city’s brunch pioneers and has never lowered its standards. They serve brunch every day of the week from 9am to 4.30pm, and the impressive repertoire includes four different versions of eggs Benedict, bagels, a selection of pancakes, Turkish eggs, chorizo hash, huevos rancheros, gourmet burgers and more. Plus, you are sitting in a bar, so don’t forget to order a brunch cocktail. And if you’re not feeling up for that, try a smoothie.

L'Artesana
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L’Artesana

Restaurants Catalan El Poblenou

This younger establishment, with cooks who’ve worked at Gresca and Monvínic, offers a modern and popular take on Catalan cuisine. There are some experiments in fusion with hearty Anglo fare, but Catalan tradition wins out. It’s a pleasure to sink your teeth into a sandwich stuffed with beef jowl and cheese (and made with impeccable focaccia from Cruixent). Yes, you can get eggs Benedict, but if you’re up for a truly local experience, order a Catalan staple like pigs’ trotters, ‘callos’ tripe with chorizo, or a spectacular sandwich with seasonal ‘calçots and romesco sauce.

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Marmalade
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Marmalade

Music El Raval

Marmalade is a lovely spot to have a cocktail in the evening with plenty of pals, thanks to the large area it covers. Just like its older sibling Milk (see above), Marmalade serves a cures-what-ails-you brunch, which, it’s worth saying, is the same as Milk’s, so you know what you’re getting. Unlike Milk, they serve brunch only on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am to 4pm, but you know you’ve got options depending on what part of town you find yourself in when hunger strikes.

Norte
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Norte

Restaurants Dreta de l'Eixample

Three friends who graduated in philosophy, journalism and art history have turned a corner bar into a delicious miniature restaurant, where they rework and update classic dishes from Basque and Galician cuisine. Stop by on Saturday mornings and try their brunch menu, which includes toast and home-made jam that has become a reason to make the pilgrimage.

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Caravelle

Restaurants Creative contemporary El Raval

The duo from Australia and England who own this minimalist place define it as a gastropub. Here you can find delicious and original recipes with British, Italian and Catalan influences. They serve up good breakfasts in sweet or savoury options, as well as imaginative dishes like the American-style fried rabbit. There are excellent home-made desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. And really, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, from confit ribs grilled over low heat to the now-ubiquitous healthy poke bowls packed with raw fish and 10,000 other ingredients.

La Desayunería

Restaurants Cafés Sant Antoni

The concept was to serve breakfast all day but gear the idea toward locals. And so they’ve become a staple in the Sant Antoni neighbourhood, with even the grannies having learnt to order pancakes with their cup of ‘suizo’ chocolate. The menu can make you dizzy, featuring pretty much everything you can imagine served in a diner, using local Catalan products. We’re still dreaming about the Manchito’s tail: their version of French toast with scrambled egg and cheddar, and ridiculously crispy bacon. Take your time drooling over the pancake menu – there are nearly a dozen and a half types to choose from.

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Mama's Cafe
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Mama’s Cafe

Restaurants American

Though customers do often go for brunch, the owner of Mama’s Cafe prefers to call her spot a diner. Feel free to grab a quick bite to eat or stay and enjoy your meal with a cup of coffee. Whenever the place is open you can order up a robust breakfast, opt for a daily special or choose from among the gourmet sandwiches. They use organic raw materials everywhere they can. Theyve also got gorgeous cakes and a delicious interior terrace.

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