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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

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14/01/2014

Beyond the rabbit food – vegetarian options in Barcelona

 

Let’s be honest, we don’t all like salads. Even the ones that do, often desire something a little creative every so often when selecting a healthy vegetarian option eating out. Believe it or not, even some of the team prefer to have an option rather than meat from time to time. More and more places are offering tasty salads with interesting ingredients and creative tapas. Here we have selected a few places that offer alternative vegetarian options other than your usual onion and goat cheese tart.

 

Veggie Garden

This little haunt in Raval is popular for it’s juices and hearty menu for just over 8 euros. The dishes are prepared and have some touches of Nepalese cuisine. They have an extensive the list of different  freshly squeezed fruit juices and smoothies, that I don’t think there is a combination they do not offer. We were surprised at how delicious the pear, mango and mint is.  Meals vary from cold pea soup, to vegetable curries served with rice and other goodies.

C/ Àngels,3
08001 Barcelona

 

Za’atar

Za’atar flatbread with dips and vegetable soup with mixed seeds, mains were veggie meatballs with rice and quinoa paella and the desserts were carob and hazelnut cake and a coffee cream.  All of the food is nutritious and tasty, with wholesome vegetarian and vegan options and the prices are fairly reasonable. They also have wifi, so great for a working lunch.
Calle Paris 200,
08008 Bacelona
0034 654 926601
www.zaatarvegetariano.es

 

Sesamo

This gem is located close to our Universitat apartments, by the Sant Antoni market in the Raval. Expect full vegetarian dishes, along with some vegan options both teamed with gourmet cooking. Suggestions include mushroom croquettes, lasagne with ricotta, spinach and pine nuts, and for pudding, almond and saffron tart, cheesecake with quince jelly. Full wine and drinks list. The tapas menu is also highly recommended, either eaten as tasters or combined to make a full meal.

Carrer de Sant Antoni Abat, 52
08001 Barcelona
0034 9344164 11

 

Teresa Carles

Right on the edge of the Raval neighborhood you will find Teresa Carles, a great restaurant that specializes in vegetarian and vegan food. The menu consists of a wide variety of fresh and tasty dishes that are dairy and gluten free, as well as ecologically friendly (including the wines). We loved the vegan carbonara and the flan de trufa! We can still taste it! Teresa Carles is a perfect place to visit if you are looking for something new in a nice and chilled environment.  The interior with its warm lighting, wooden furniture, brick walls and modernist tiling makes it all feel cosy. They also offer a good menu del día!

Carrer de Jovellanos, 2
08001 Barcelona
0034 933171829
www.teresacarles.com/eng 

 

Vegetalia

Vegetalia is more of a cafe and is located in the busting Barri Gotic. They also have a vegetarian food store, which is handy if you need to buy products for home. You can tuck into seasoned seitan, tofu, vegetables, and more.  Half of the menu is suitable for vegan eaters too. The restaurant uses organic ingredients where possible, including some grown in its own private garden. Try the smoked tofu tempura it’s delicious. Great place for lunch!

Carrer dels Escudellers, 54
08002 Barcelona
www.restaurantvegetalia.com

 

Govindas

This is a little Hindu vegetarian restaurant that can be found just off La Rambla.  Besides traditional Indian food, they also offer pizzas, a salad bar and a few other non-indian options. We tried the veg thali and also roti with cauliflower and potato curry, which were rather good. .  Most food is vegan – feel free to double check your dishes as the team speak English. We recommend that you go for lunch, it is a tad quiet in the evening. Note that they only serve non-alcoholic wine and beer. Closed on Sun and Mon.

Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, 4-5
Ciutat Vella
08002 Barcelona
www.govinda.es

 

Note that we also recommend the The Dog Is Hot, which we blogged about last year.

 

If you are planning on sampling delicious food whilst staying in Catalonia, DestinationBCN offer comfortable boutique Barcelona apartments that make an ideal home away from home.

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