Vegan Barcelona: The Ultimate Guide to All You Need To Know

Gracia, Barcelona

Vegan Barcelona: to the uninitiated, this sounds like an oxymoron (isn’t Spain the land of cured ham?). But to those in the know, Barcelona, alongside cities like Amsterdam, is one of the vegan capitals of Europe.

Heading to Barcelona soon? I want to help you find the best vegan restaurants in Barcelona, which is why I wrote a vegan guidebook to Barcelona! Click here to find out more about the Barcelona Vegan Guidebook.

I also want to show you where to find a killer vegan breakfast in Barcelona, authentic and vegan tapas in Barcelona and vegan pizza in Barcelona made with homemade vegan carrot-based cheese (yes, really!). 


1. Where to stay: best vegan hotel Barcelona
     1a. Luxury 5-star hotel: Grand Hotel Central
     1b. Mid-range: Eco Boutique Hostal Grau
     1d. Mid-range: Casa Bella Gracia
     1d. Budget: Jam Hostel
     1e. 100% vegan hotel: Casa Albets (outside Barcelona)
2. Best Vegan Restaurants Barcelona
     2a. Best for fancy restaurant: Teresa Carles
     2b. Best for budget: Vegetart deli
     2c. Best vegan Chinese food in Barcelona: Vegesana
     2d. Best vegan Indian food Barcelona: Veg World India
     2e. Best vegan pizza Barcelona: Dolce Pizza y los Veganos
     2f. Best vegan Thai curry: Green Spot
     2g. Most impressive-looking vegan dish in Barcelona: Sesamo
     2h. Best raw vegan food in Barcelona: Petit Brot
     2i. Best healthy vegan food Barcelona: Vacka
     2j. Best vegan sandwiches & wraps: Quinoa Bar
3. Vegan breakfasts
4. Vegan lunches
5. Vegan tapas: how to eat vegan anywhere in Barcelona
6. Vegan bakeries, ice cream & treats
7. Booking your flight
8. What to pack
9. Vegan shopping (groceries, shoes, makeup and more)
10. Vegan phrases you need to know
11. Download your free sample of the Barcelona Vegan Guide!


Where to stay in Barcelona: the best vegan hotel Barcelona

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a Barcelona vegan hotel, the city doesn’t have any 100% vegan hotels yet, but there are some vegan- and eco-friendly accommodation options! And if you’re willing to venture out of the city, you’ll find Casa Albets, a vegan hotel. Spain actually has quite a few vegan hotels, and one of the best ones, Casa Albets, is just a few hours from the city. If you’re looking for a place to stay in the city, on the other hand, I’ve got a few eco- and vegan-friendly options for you.


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Luxury 5-star hotel: Grand Hotel Central

The Grand Hotel Central is widely regarded as one of the best hotels in Barcelona.

The 5-star hotel combines old-school elegance, with its location housed in a refurbished Twenties era building, and modern amenities: each room has a rain-effect shower, air conditioning and a well-stocked free minibar. The location is ideal, in the trendy neighbourhood of Born, with views over the Gothic Quarter and rooftop infinity pool that boasts view of Barcelona Cathedral.

The rooftop bar is buzzy and the hotel has a fitness centre that offers massage services too.

Since it’s so centrally located, it’s within easy reach of many of Barcelona’s best vegan restaurants.

Click here for the latest prices and availability.

midrange: grau

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Eco Boutique Grau

Eco Boutique Grau is one of the best choices in terms of location, price and eco-friendliness,

The 2-star hotel is extremely centrally located (near Placa Catalunya in the Gothic Quarter, considered the centre point of the city), and eco-friendly too, using renewable energy. The hotel bar serves ecological wines and the hotel itself is constructed with environmentally-friendly technology. Rooms are painted with PVC-free paint.

Rooms have balconies or face a vertical garden. From the hotel, you can easily walk to most of Barcelona's attractions and some of its best vegan restaurants.

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casa bella gracia

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Mid-range: Casa Bella Gracia

Casa Bella Gracia is an eco-friendly hotel in one of my favourite areas of Barcelona, Gracia.

Gracia's still close to the main attractions but a little quieter, with a more bohemian and neighbourhood feel to it, and a ton of vegan businesses, ranging from restaurants to a vegan supermarket, a vegan shoe shop and a vegan makeup store. The neighbourhood also has lots of independent designers, eco clothing shops and yoga studios.

Casa Bella Gracia offers a free airport shuttle, and each room has air conditioning, free wifi and a flat-screen TV, plus organic teas and a kettle.

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jam hostel

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Budget: Jam Hostel

Jam Hostel is an eco-friendly hostel. Like Casa Bella Gracia, it's located in Gracia, one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Barcelona. It's a bit out of the centre (but still easy to reach by public transporot or walking), with a village-y, local feel, and a lot of vegan businesses. From vegan restaurants and cafes to a vegan shoe shop, supermarket, makeup store, eco clothing shops and yoga studios, Gracia's got it all!

Jam Hostel has a big terrace, where they hold yoga classes. It also has two shared lounges, one with computers and one with a shared kitchen, dining area, TV and board games.

Every dorm room and individual room is air conditioned and has personal lockers and plugs for each bed, and the shared bathrooms have hair dryers and are adapted for those with reduced mobility.

There's also a shared laundry area and free fairtrade tea and coffee is available throughout the day.

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casa albets

100% vegan hotel: Casa Albets (outside Barcelona)

If you feel like taking a trip to the countryside from Barcelona, you couldn't choose a better spot than Casa Albets, an all-vegan hotel.

This beautiful old stone Spanish farmhouse has been transformed into a 4-star vegan, eco and dog-friendly hotel. Visitors love the on-site vegan food.

The views of the surrounding area look absolutely stunning, and a variety of popular activities are available locally, including skiing and cycling. 

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best restaurants

Best Vegan Restaurants Barcelona

Vegan Barcelona: Why the Catalan Capital is a Plant-based Paradise

Barcelona is an amazing city...full of sun, jaw-dropping architecture, tapas, the beach, the mountains and a surprising number of vegan and vegan-friendly places (so much so, I wrote a whole vegan Barcelona guidebook -- and you can download a FREE sample here)!

In 2016 Barcelona’s city council even declared it a #VegFriendly city and promised to promote vegetarianism and veganism. 

Basically, it’s got everything you could want in a city... After over a year in Barcelona during which I ate at all the vegan restaurants and all but 3 of the vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona (yes, I ate a lot!) and co-founded the biggest vegan social group in Barcelona, the Barcelona Vegan Meetup, I’m pretty well-versed in all things vegan Barcelona. 

So I wanted to help you out with some insider tips on vegan and vegetarian Barcelona (if you to learn absolutely everything I know about vegan Barcelona, you can grab a copy of the Barcelona Vegan Guide)!

Click here to find out more about the Barcelona Vegan Guide.

I lived in Gracia, which is the best neighbourhood in Barcelona (I'm a little biased though!).  Gracia has a vegetarian bar, vegan croissants at the bakery, a fresh farmers market every day, dozens of yoga studios, an organic clothing shop, a meditation centre just down my street, the cheapest vegan cafe in Barcelona, and a vegan supermarket... If you're wondering where to stay in Barcelona I highly recommend Gracia. But shh, don't tell anyone else! It's thankfully a little less touristy than the Gothic Quarter and I'd like to keep it that way!

Top 10 Best Vegan Restaurants in Barcelona

Vegan Barcelona Guide: the best vegan restaurants and where to stay that's vegan- and eco-friendly

With so much to choose from (a lot of people don’t believe just how vegan-friendly this jamon-obsessed city is), it’s tough to single out the best vegan eats but with my extensive experience eating my way around Barcelona here are my choices!

Important Note: I've linked to the restaurants' site where you can check their hours but you should always call to double check hours because SO many places in Barcelona change their schedules due to holidays, siesta...or just because they feel like it! There's nothing more disappointing than standing melting in the heat, staring at a paper sign taped to a restaurant window in Catalan, which you can't read, but which you think more or less says "we're shut."

Opening hours:
I used to list restaurant opening hours but took these out because they change so frequently in Barcelona. Instead, I recommend phoning or messaging the restaurant to confirm current hours (see above).
Restaurants: Varies by restaurant, but most restaurants serve lunch from approximately 1:30 - 3:30pm and dinner from 8pm to midnight. If you try to eat outside these hours, the restaurant or its kitchen may be shut (unless it's a touristy place).
Shops: Most local, independent shops close for siesta (usually from 2pm to 4:30pm or so) but do not always note siesta times in their opening hours listed on their website. 
Holidays: Most places close for 2-3 weeks in August. Some also closed between Christmas and Three Kings' Day (6th of January).

€ = mains under €7
€€ = mains €7-10
€€€ = mains €10-15

teresa carles

Teresa Carles: Best for Upscale Eatery

For a fancy-pants meal, it has to be Teresa Carles. Get their layered vegan lasagne with cashew cheese and sundried tomatoes. If you want to impress (your parents, a date, yourself) then go to Teresa Carles.

Teresa Carles (€€€)
Address: Carrer Jovellanos 2
Phone: +34 93 317 18 29


Vegetart: the best vegan tortilla in Barcelona

Vegetart: Best for Budget-Conscious Travellers

You don't have to spend a lot of money to try some of Barcelona's best vegan food, because one of the city’s best-kept secrets is this tiny vegan deli tucked away on Torrent l’Olla in Gracia. Takeaway only, their vegan tortilla (traditionally an egg and potato omelette but this one is made with chickpea flour in place of the egg!) is the best in all of the city, hands-down. Even better, the tortilla is only €1.50 a slice! In fact, all their food is all just a few Euros! Spend 3 Euros on some food there and take it to nearby Placa del Sol for an al fresco lunch.

Vegetart (€)
Address: Carrer Torrent de l'Olla 138
Phone: +34 668 88 53 75
Note: closes for siesta


Vegesana: Best Vegan Chinese Food in Barcelona
Carrot art at Vegesana, BCN

I don't know why more people don't talk about Vegesana, but they should. This vegetarian Chinese restaurant serves the best Yuxiang eggplant (berenjena salteada) I've ever tasted. Crispy, salty but not overly so, with a perfectly balanced sweet and sour sauce on top. Also, the chef is obsessed with carving carrot animals and he makes the cutest little carrot creations!

They deliver, too, although the first and second time they delivered to me they got terribly lost (my street was a little out of the way, but not that far!) and took 2+ hours. You're better off eating in, especially since you don't get carrot animals with delivery.

Vegesana (€€)
Address: Carrer d'Aribau 14
Phone: +34 933 01 34 42

veg world india

Veg World India: Best Vegan Indian Food in Barcelona

Veg World India is not only great value for money (their lunchtime deal is a steal) but they're one of the few places in the world I know of where you can get stuffed vegan cheese naan! (Be sure to ask for the vegan version because this place does serve dairy, too.)

Veg World India (€€)
Address: Carrer Bruniquer 26
Phone: +34 932 10 70 56

dolce pizza

Dolce Pizza: Best Vegan Pizza in Barcelona

Dolce Pizza y los Veganos is a vegetarian pizzeria, with about half their dishes as vegan. They make their own vegan cheese from tofu and carrots. Try the pesto pizza with vegan pesto and chorizo! 

Dolce Pizza y los Veganos (€€)
Address: Carrer d'Hipolit Lazaro 34
Phone: +34 932 13 12 20 

green spot

Green Spot: Best Vegan Thai Curry in Barcelona

I wrote before about the magic of the freshly prepared Green Spot vegan curry. Fragrant herbs and piquant spices, all made fresh. So while this might not be a traditional Thai restaurant, they have the best vegan Thai curry in Barcelona (plus you don't have to worry about whether you correctly asked them to leave out the fish sauce in Spanish - everything vegan is labeled so here at this veggie restaurant!). 

Green Spot (€€€)
Address: Carrer de la Reina Cristina 12
Phone: +34 938 02 55 65


Sesamo Barcelona: Most Impressive-Looking Vegan Dish in Barcelona

Cauliflower with tahini sauce, chilli and coriander salsa, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts

For pure impressiveness when it's brought to your table, the whole head of roasted cauliflower (complete with a steak knife sticking out of it!) at Sesamo wins for the most impressive vegan dish in Barcelona. Try their vegan tapas, too, or their tasting plate if you want to sample a lot of dishes.

Reservations are highly recommended as it gets busy in this place!

Click here to make reservations.

Sesamo Barcelona (€€€)
Address: Carrer de Sant Antoni de Abat 52
Phone: +34 934 41 64 11

petit brot

Petit Brot: Best Raw Vegan Food in Barcelona

Vegan Barcelona Guide: the best vegan restaurants and where to stay that's vegan- and eco-friendly
If you're after a fix of healthy, raw vegan fare in Barcelona then you absolutely must go to Petit Brot. This vegan restaurant in Barcelona is all plant-based and raw. I wrote about Petit Brot when it first opened, and it's since expanded its menu, offering more food, and becoming Barcelona's best raw vegan restaurant. Run by a raw vegan couple with a lot of love and attention to detail, this raw vegan restaurant is the place to go if you want freshly made raw vegan dishes, cold-pressed juices and raw vegan cheeses.

Petit Brot (€€)
Address: Carrer del Dr. Dou 10
Phone: +34 937 68 98 97


Vacka: Best Healthy Vegan Eats in Barcelona

Hidden in a quiet side street in Gracia, Vacka's restaurant serves vegan burgers, gluten-free waffles and more, plus raw options. It's also a great place to work from -- though you won't be able to stop yourself sampling the entire juice and drink menu! Try the porteño (Buenos Aires) lemonade, made with ginger and mint. Vacka also now run a number of workshops on bread, vegan fermentation and more.

Vacka (€€)
Address: Carrer de Sèneca, 4, 08006
Phone: +34 930 18 87 69

quinoa bar

Quinoa: Best Vegan Sandwiches in Barcelona

Vegan burgers, sandwiches and wraps made with the freshest of ingredients, served alongside fresh juices in the cutest little bar you could hope for? Welcome to Quinoa! Don't miss the lunchtime special (menú del día).

Quinoa have expanded with a slightly bigger and more central location on Arago. Reservations are still highly recommended to avoid disappointment if you can't find a seat!

Click here to make a reservation.

Quinoa (€)
Address: Carrer d'Aragó, 209, 08011 Barcelona
Travessera de Gràcia, 203, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 931 12 93 26

Reservations recommended.


Vegan Breakfast in Barcelona

Eat vegan breakfast anywhere with tomato bread

Bread rubbed with garlic, tomato and olive oil (a sort of Catalan version of bruschetta) is a popular breakfast food in Catalunya and available in 99% of tapas bars. So pop into a local bar and order an espresso and pan con tomate (pa amb tomaquet in Catalan).

Vegan chocolate filled croissant, Knella Bakery BCN


My favourite vegan breakfast in Barcelona is a croissant! There are a few bakeries that make vegan croissants (unfortunately, my favourite, Knella/D'Monica, has now closed) and the best ones, in my opinion, are the chocolate-filled ones! You can also get vegan croissants (ask which are vegan) at Santa Clara Bakery (just €1.70 per croissant), Crois Sants or Santoni.

Vegan Brunch

I recommend getting brunch at Flax & Kale, a vegan-friendly 'flexitarian' restaurant. Choose from avocado toast, acai bowl, pink pitaya bowl, chia flax bagel with vegan cream cheese and tempeh or more. 


Vegan Lunch in Barcelona

Takeout in the plaza

My favourite lunch in Barcelona is takeout from all-vegan deli Vegetart, eaten in the nearby Placa del Sol. Nothing feels more Barcelona than eating al fresco in a sunny plaza. Vegetart makes the best vegan tortilla (they've even won awards!) so grab a slice for just €1.50.

Vegetart: the best vegan tortilla in Barcelona

Bargain Barcelona lunches with menú del día

Don't miss out on the menú del día -- lunch specials offered at many restaurants around town. You can save quite a bit on lunch with the menú del día (which usually includes three courses - a starter, main and dessert - for anywhere from €10-15). My top vegan menu is Quinoa, which offers delicious, fresh sandwiches and burgers. Second choice goes to Veg World India; if you like Indian food and want a filling lunch, theirs includes an unlimited salad bar, a thali (selection of curries, rice, dhal, etc) and bread (ask for vegan cheese stuffed naan!).


Vegan tapas in Barcelona: how to eat vegan ANYWHERE

If you're travelling with non-vegans to Barcelona, don't fear! You can find a vegan meal in any tapas bar since some tapas are naturally vegan!

Here's what the choose from the tapas menu to make sure your meal is plant-based...

You can still enjoy tapas as a vegan! In fact, one of the easiest ways to get vegan food in a non-vegan place is to go for tapas. Look for some typically vegan tapas which are usually on the menu (and just double check if they are vegan):

  • Pa amb tomaquet/pan con tomato (tomato bread) - a typical Catalan breakfast dish (but great at any time of day!) of toasted bread rubbed with tomato and olive oil.  It's simple but delicious!
  • Escalivada (roasted vegetables) - a mix of grilled aubergines, onions, red peppers and tomatoes, usually served with bread
  • Pimientos de padrón (roasted padron peppers) - roasted in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, these are simple but incredibly delicious
  • Gazpacho - a chilled tomato soup which is perfect for a hot summer day!
  • Patatas bravas minus alioli - fried potato chunks in a spicy tomato/paprika sauce. Check if the sauce is vegan and just make sure they leave off the alioli (which is like a garlic mayonnaise; the authentic, old-school version is vegan but many modern versions are not).
  • Olivas (olives) - make sure they aren't stuffed with anchovies! It's best to ask for 'olivas con hueso' (olives with pits).

Sometimes you'll also see other grilled vegetables on the menu - for example, grilled artichokes (alcachofas) or grilled mushrooms (champiñones a la plancha).  And weirdly, a lot of tapas places around Barcelona seem to sell hummus with crackers or bread.

Want tapas at an all veggie/vegan place?



Vegan bakeries, ice cream & treats

Vegan bakeries in Barcelona

There are a few vegan and vegan-friendly bakeries in Barcelona, so you won't miss dessert. La Besneta is an all-vegan bakery in the Gracia neighbourhood that has muffins, cookies and cake (including cake in a jar!). Chok is a bakery in the Gothic Quarter with vegan options, including vegan Nutella-stuffed doughnuts.

Vegan ice cream Barcelona


You'll find small heladerias/gelato stalls tucked all over Barcelona, especially in the plazas. There's nothing better than sitting in the shade of a plaza, eating a fruity gelato on a hot summer day!  Luckily, since they are made in the Italian style, most ice cream places here have vegan options (normally in the fruit section) - just ask if they have any that are dairy free (sin leche).  And they are delicious!

For a fully vegan gelato experience, head to Gocce di Latte, a dairy-free gelateria (only their cones aren't vegan). 


Booking your flight

Vegan Barcelona Guide: where to stay that's vegan- and eco-friendly

The airport in Barcelona is called El Prat (BCN) and is located around 12 kilometers/7.5 miles from the centre of Barcelona. It's easy to get to the city centre from the airport in under half an hour by taxi, airport bus, train or metro (but note you'll need to buy a special airport metro ticket -- standard metro tickets won't cover the journey). You may sometimes see flights listed at Girona (GRO), which is a city around 100 km / 60 miles from Barcelona. Beware that Girona airport is NOT in Barcelona and it will take around an hour and a half to get from Girona to Barcelona by taxi or train.

Booking the flight

Within Europe

If you're booking a flight to Barcelona from within Europe, I highly recommend using Skyscanner. I've found it always searches out the best deals within Europe on a number of different airlines and aggregators. Search Skyscanner flights and book here.

From North America

If you're flying to Barcelona from North America, I recommend Expedia. Skyscanner is my preferred flight tool for flights within Europe and from Europe to North America, but for flying from North America to Europe I think Expedia's got the edge. Check and buy flights on Expedia.


What to Pack 

Anti-theft bag

Barcelona is the pickpocket capital of Europe so it's a good idea to have a purse or backpack that can be attached to chair legs and with zippered compartments that can be tied shut like this bag. You needn't be concerned about your safety as Barcelona is a very safe city in general, but pickpockets are very skilled here. I knew someone who'd been pickpocketed 6 times in the year he'd lived in Barcelona and I witnesseed several phone snatchings.

You don't have to buy a bag that's slash-proof like this (although it won't hurt), but look for a bag that has clips that can secure compartments and zippers. Most importantly, you need a bag like this that has removable straps that can be tied securely to your chair in restaurants. Never leave your bag at your feet! I had a bag like that and always secured it to my chair and I think my bag is one reason I was never pickpocketed or experienced a bag snatching in Barcelona.

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Waterproof phone case for the beach

I highly recommend bringing a waterproof case to the beach if you plan on swimming. Put your phone, cards, hotel key and cash in here and bring it with you into the water. Or, make sure someone in your group stays with the bags. Do not leave bags unattended on the beach! Pickpockets love nothing more than finding an unattended bag on the beach and when you come back from swimming, you'll more than likely find all your valuables have disappeared.

Also, make sure (as always) that you have a secure hold on your bag when you're at the beach and that no one can access the zippered compartments without you noticing (and don't fall asleep!).

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Vegan Guidebook

Top 25 Vegan Friendly Cities: Barcelona Vegan Guide

If you want to find out all the best vegan restaurants in Barcelona, PLUS the nearest vegan restaurants to all the attractions in Barcelona (great for when you've finished sightseeing and are hungry!), vegan events and more, then my Barcelona Vegan Guide is for you. I've included everything you might expect in a guidebook, from transport to where to stay to shopping, all with an eco, vegan or healthy twist!

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General Barcelona Guidebook

Now, this book won't give you vegan information and inspiration, but to learn about the city's history, architecture and main attractions I recommend the Rick Steves Barcelona guide

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European Plug Adapter

Spain uses European power sockets, so make sure you have a European plug adapter if you're coming from a country with a different power socket. Nothing's worse than arriving in a new country and realising your phone is running out of charge and you don't have a plug adapter, so can't charge it!

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Seasonal clothing

Contrary to popular belief, Spain does, in fact, experience winter. It's a much milder winter than some places like New York City, but it still does get chilly in December and January. Be sure to bring a winter coat if you're visiting in winter!

Conversely, in summer, make sure you pack plenty of light summer clothing -- it gets very hot in July and August. 

If you plan to swim, bring a swimsuit. Late spring, summer and autumn are good times for swimming in the sea. (Yes, autumn can actually be the best time to swim because the sea is at its warmest in Setember.)

Vegan Sunscreen

Be sure to pack vegan sunscreen for your trip; Barcelona is very sunny and hot especially in the summer, so you can easily burn. Not all sunscreens are vegan (some contain animal products or are tested on animals). I recommend Jason sunscreen. I've also gota guide to choosing the best vegan sunscreen here with many more choices.

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Vegan Shopping (groceries, shoes, makeup and more)

Where to Buy Vegan Food in Barcelona: Supermarkets & Markets


If you're staying in an apartment in Barcelona, you might want to see if you can get one near Ecocentre!  

Ecocentre is a vegan supermarket, but much larger than most vegan supermarkets I've seen in London, Paris or Berlin.  It's about on par with Veganz in Hamburg for size.  

It's not a huge supermarket like a big national chain, but this competes with the little grocery stores you'll find dotted around Barcelona.  

Ecocentre is my vegan heaven - the first time I saw it, I nearly cried at their range of vegan products and the fact that it's so close to my house.  Looking for vegan tuna? They've got 3 varieties!  Mayo? At least 7 (including different brands and all sorts of flavours!).  Whipped cream? 5 kinds!  It's got everything in vegan form.  It's amazing.

If you're itching to try vegan chorizo (a popular spicy Spanish sausage) while you're in Barcelona, Ecocentre has a whole fridge full of them.

Important for nooch-obsessed vegans: you can buy nutritional yeast (levadura nutricional) here! Great news for Barcelona vegans. You can also get it at The Living Food.

Address: Avinguida Diagonal 329
Phone: +34 932 07 57 85

Beans & Market Stalls

If you've got a kitchen, you'll definitely want to check out the local markets!  

Although there are some disgusting sights in there (unfortunately the meat stalls and vegetable/fruit stalls are usually not separated - although thankfully the fish stalls are often segregated into one smelly, awful area!), there are some fantastic fruit and veg stalls.  

It's like a farmer's market that runs every day (except Sundays, usually), and they're very local.

Apart from La Boqueria, the famous market off Las Ramblas, most of the markets in Barcelona are not frequented by tourists.  The city's put a lot (millions of Euros!) into regenerating the markets and they are fantastic.  

I was advised by an elderly lady in my building to always shop in the market because the fruits and vegetables are higher quality but also cheaper.  In addition to fruits and vegetables, you'll usually find stalls that sell spices, nuts, dried beans, olive oils, bread and even Japanese and Middle Eastern stalls selling tahini, wasabi and the like!

But my absolute favourite part of the markets are the cooked bean stalls!  You'll find cooked bean shops (legumes cuits) dotted around the city, as well as the stalls in the markets.

There, you'll usually find giant bowls of cooked chickpeas (giant and small), white beans, lentils and more, and you can buy as many grams of whatever variety of cooked beans you want.

They cook them fresh each morning. Sometimes they also sell cooked pasta, rice and quinoa.  I made the best hummus I've ever eaten in my life using some of these beans and authentic tahini from a Lebanese supermarket.  

They're brilliant if you want to pack in the flavour of beans cooked from scratch but don't have the time or energy to make them from dried (which is especially true if you're a tourist and trying to devote your time to exploring Barcelona rather than cooking dried beans!).  

I'm lazy, so I've rarely cooked beans from dried in the past - but now that I've discovered these stalls, I can't go back to tins of beans (or glass jars of beans, as they are sold here), so consume carefully.

Supermarket Finds

There are a surprising number of accidentally vegan foods in supermarkets.  It helps if you can read Spanish; if not, be sure to have a handy translation app on your smartphone (Google Translate is free to download)!  

For example, I've found accidentally vegan versions of:  hot chocolate mix for churro dipping, frozen churros, chocolate sauce for ice cream and caramel sauce.

A few items you might want to try:

Vegan Barcelona: supermarket find (patatas bravas sauce)
Patatas bravas sauce (this is a famous fried potato dish, served at tapas restaurants and usually with brava sauce and aioli - which usually isn't vegan). It's so good on boiled or roasted potatoes but even just on some bread!. Here's a recipe for vegan patatas bravas. You can also order it on Amazon if you want to taste it before your trip. Buy it here.

Romesco sauce is a traditional Catalan sauce made of almonds and roasted red peppers. It's delicious on roasted vegetables or bread and is traditionally eaten with calcots (spring onions) at a spring onion barbecue. Here's a romesco sauce recipe if you want to make your own! Or you could order it on Amazon to try before your trip. Order it here.

Vegan Barcelona: supermarket find (gazpacho)

Gazpacho: I remember years ago people telling me how everyone in Spain beats the heat by eating this chilled tomato soup. I didn't see how this could compete with air conditioning, but after living in Barcelona, I get it. Ok, it doesn't quite beat air conditioning, but it really is refreshing! Most gazpacho is vegan -- it's just tomatoes, bell pepper cucumber, bread, olive oil and vinegar blended.

Vegan Barcelona: supermarket finds (horchata)

Horchata, a drink originally from Valencia in Spain and made from chufa, or tiger nuts (many brands add milk but this one's suitable for vegans). If you've never tried it, you should -- it's delicious!

The Living Food

If you're into raw food or healthy eating, or you just want to check out Barcelona's artisan vegan cheese scene, you have to check out The Living Food. An all vegan and mostly raw shop in hipster haven Sant Antoni, The Living Food sells every superfood, supplement, sauce, syrup and dried good you could want. Plus they make their own artisan vegan cheeses!

The Living Food
Address: Carrer de Viladomat, 85
Phone: +34 935 14 76 95

Gra de Gracia

Lastly, if you're staying in Gracia, you're in luck.  Check out Gra de Gracia, one of my favourite shops in the area.  

It's a shop that sells dried foods in bulk, without any packaging, to reduce waste.  They sell all sorts of rices, flours (but no white flour!), teas, sugar, nuts, seeds, spices, pastas (of all varieties - kamut, quinoa, lentil etc), and more.  

The shop is beautifully arranged and the containers of food look like a work of art!  Just grab some paper bags and fill with as much of you want and when you get to the till they'll weigh and label them.  

Perfect for getting a little bit of that one spice you need for just a single dish.  I always hate buying a big jar and wasting.

Especially useful when you're on holiday and might only use a little bit over the course of your trip.

Useful tip: vegan is vegà in Catalan.  They have a lot of vegan cookies and mueslis and the ones that are vegan are labelled vegà.

Gra de Gracia
Address: Carrer de Puigmarti 11
Phone: +34 932 10 28 46

Vegan shoes, makeup & more

Vegere Vegan Beauty in Gracia is Barcelona’s first vegan beauty parlour, using only vegan products with their massages, nails, facials, make-up and hair removal.

VeGala Vegan Beauty is a vegan cosmetics shop in Gracia, which sells vegan and cruelty-fre makeup, shampoo, nail varnish, soap and soy candles. VeGala also offer makeup appointments.

Amapola in Gracia is an all-vegan shoe shop, which also sells vegan bags, belts and more. It's also dog-friendly!

Those on the hunt for vegan shoes can also check out the small selection at Ecocentre, Barcelona’s biggest vegan supermarket.

Another place to find vegan cosmetics, bags and t-shirts are at the monthly vegan fairs in Barcelona, which take place monthly on a Saturday, usually in the Born neighbourhood. Check on Facebook for the next Feria Vegana: You'll find around two dozen stalls selling mainly food but also bags, t-shirts and cosmetics.




Vegan Phrases You Need to Know

Here are some Spanish phrases you need to know before your trip:

  • I’m vegan (male/female). Yo soy vegano/a.
  • I don’t eat meat. Yo no como carne.
  • Does that contain cheese? ¿Contiene queso?
  • Does that contain gluten? ¿Contiene gluten?
  • Does that contain soy? ¿Contiene soja?
  • Is it raw? ¿Es crudo?
  • Soymilk Leche de soja
  • Gluten-free Sin gluten
  • Without ham Sin jamón
  • Without lard Sin Manteca
  • Vegan Vegano/a (vegà in Catalan)

*Why Spanish? What language do I need to know in Barcelona? Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya, and as such locals speak Catalan. It is not, as some mistakenly believe, a dialect of Spanish; it is a language which developed out of Latin and I personally see more similarities with French than Spanish.

While some of the older generation may not be completely fluent in Spanish, most people under the age of 50 are fluent in Spanish, and learn it in school. There are some political sensitivities around language use and Spanish vs Catalan.

However, there are many immigrants from other parts of Spain and Latin America (not to mention the rest of Europe and the world) living in Barcelona, who speak Spanish. So, for this reason, I’ve given you the translations in Spanish, rather than Catalan, as you’re more likely to be understood by both locals and immigrants alike.



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Hope you've found this helpful! I've tried to condense as much information on vegan Barcelona as I could in one post, but of course my guidebook is much more extensive. 

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If you have a Barcelona-related question feel free to get in touch (pop your comment below or email me on [email protected])!  

Note: This post was originally published in July 2015 but I update it every 6 months or so with the latest and best vegan restaurants in Barcelona, and information for Barcelona visitors. This is not meant to be an exhaustive guide (see my book for that!) but an overview and as much info as I could squeeze into a blog post.

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65 thoughts on “Vegan Barcelona: The Ultimate Guide to All You Need To Know

  1. Joey

    I cannot say enough nice things about Barcelona! It’s been a while since I went (sadly too long) but I remember the food being great, and I haven’t even tried out half of the places you’ve covered here. I mean, vegan croissants!

    1. Caitlin Galer-Unti Post author

      It really is a lovely city, isn’t it? I couldn’t believe the vegan croissants…I mean, it was just by chance I stumbled upon them! And now since they’re round the corner I get to eat them every Sunday for brunch! haha

  2. Caitlin

    Super excited to hear about ecocentre! I’m going to have to pay it a visit pronto.

    There is a huge asian/oriental market called Yang Kuang just above the arc de triomf with a MOUNTAIN of vegan food (and the asian markets are the cheapest places to find tofu!) including vegan mock-eel which was super yummy!

    Have you tried any of the pizzas at Dolce Pizza & Los Veganos? It’s close to sagrada familia.. They have so many options I could cry!

    Thanks for writing this post! Can’t wait for the next installment (:

    1. Caitlin Galer-Unti Post author

      Ecocentre’s the best!! Some of it’s a bit expensive but omg the excitement of going into a supermarket and know that EVERYTHING is vegan? my god!

      Thanks! I checked out Yang Kuang, it was really great. I love fried tofu so I was super excited to find it there, and cheap! Although I was sad they didn’t have Thai basil…any idea if anyone sells it in BCN?

      And Dolce Pizza & Los Veganos…I love it!! I discovered they deliver and I have had takeaway from there more times than I’d care to admit! My favourite’s the parmigiana with aubergine and vegan parmesan…yum!

      Thanks, glad you liked it! :)

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  4. Lauren

    I’ve been looking everywhere for Tahini! Do you remember at which market you found it?

    Great blog post by the way and super cute dog! :)

    1. Caitlin Galer-Unti Post author

      I’m not sure the name of the shop but it’s on Carrer de Girona, between Rosello and Corsega. It’s a little Middle Eastern shop, full of barrels of dried beans and spices – can’t miss those! I’ve also seen tahini at the Middle Eastern stall in the Mercado de l’Albaceria in Gracia as well! (Plus in a few random corner shops by chance encounter)

      Aww thank you! :)

  5. Jojo

    I loved reading this so much! Barcelona is definitely one of my favourite European cities and it looks like it’s become even more vegan friendly since the last time I visited. I can’t wait to come back!

    PS – Benito is ADORABLE. I am so excited that you found each other <3

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    1. Caitlin Galer-Unti Post author

      Thanks Milena! :) Hope you have a great time – it’s a wonderful city! :) Let me know what you think. Please note that sadly Rizoma has just closed. :( (The owner’s moving abroad!) I need to update this post to reflect it and will do shortly!

  8. Eve

    Thanks for sharing! I moved recently to Barcelona (I’m currently living in Gracia as well) and I can’t wait to discover the vegan options you’ve mentioned. Let me know if you’d like a partner, I’d be happy to try some barcelonian vegan delicacies! ;)

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  10. Andrea

    I’m a Barcelona native just beginning to explore the vegan world (my transition is pretty recent) and I’m super happy to have found your post! Now I’m dying to try those vegan croissants (my french ascendence is showing!!)!
    I knew about Ecocentre, but it’s kind of far from my home… Though there’s plenty of options in the local dried food shop.

    Anyway, you can find some options in some big supermarkets like Bonpreu, which I’ve discovered has some varied options (seitan, tofu, vegan yogurts, etc). There’s not a big selection but when you’re in a hurry it’s always an easy fix!

    1. Caitlin Galer-Unti Post author

      Congrats on exploring the vegan world, I hope it’s going well! :) And I hope you get to try those croissants soon – let me know what you think!

      That’s great news about the options in Bonpreu, thanks for letting me know! Luckily there are a lot of dried food shops around Barcelona, plus some chains like Veritas and Woki Market if you need something that’s not in the supermarket. :) I’m not sure which area you’re in, but apart from Ecocentre there’s also Veganoteca in Sant Antoni. It’s another vegan supermarket, a lot smaller than Ecocentre, but good if you need something special that you can’t find at Bonpreu.

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  12. Antje Perlwitz

    you can add to your list of supermarket foods ROMESCO sauce, traditionally made of almonds and red peppers.
    Mercadona (supermarkets) started having a “coca” (reminds somehow of a mini pizza) with red peppers in their bread/pastry section that is vegan, though a bit greasy for my taste, still a good “salvation” if you are in neighbourhoods far from BCN centre and want sth edibly quickly on the run.

    Ecocentre are nice people running it, that come from the vegetarian restaurant world back in the 80s when vegetarianism was still the weirdest thing in the world here and catalan waiters would look at you as if you had a contagious disease when you asked for a vegetarian dish, mumbling with disgust the world “salad”. They were the first to start a totally vegan shop some years ago, and i really wish them all the luck of the world with their endeavour.

    1. Caitlin Galer-Unti Post author

      Hi Antje, thanks so much for the suggestions. Oh yes romesco sauce, how could I forget! I absolutely LOVE romesco. Good news about Mercadona’s coca (shame it’s greasy though).

      Oh, that’s really interesting about the history of Ecocentre, I hadn’t heard that. Thanks for sharing it!

  13. Joey

    Oh wow – I would love Barcelona without any vegan food, because it’s such a great place, but with all these gorgeous eating spots, I just want to get back there even more. The world just needs more vegan croissants. The little carrot bird is beyond cute too!

    1. Caitlin Galer-Unti Post author

      I agree! Vegan croissants seem horribly underrepresented in London right now and it makes me miss Barcelona all the more! I *love* the carrot animals – makes my night every time I go there!

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  15. Jennifer

    I just went to Barcelona for the first time a couple weeks ago and used this post (and others I found) as a guide. There seem to be many many more places even since this post was written. It was so amazing and I think we are at every fully vegan, and most veg, places while we were there. I’m already planning a longer solo trip back next year. I’m curious if the vegan meet up you started is still going? Or if you have any suggestions. I’d love to connect with other vegans when I go next!

    1. Caitlin Galer-Unti Post author

      So glad you had a great time and the guide/posts helped! :) There are so many new places opening all the time in Barcelona these days it’s hard to keep up with all of them! It’s definitely become a little vegan paradise. The meetup group is still running! Since the other co-founder and I left Barcelona, a few of the meetup members took over as organizers and are still running it. They’re very active and the group has over 1000 members now! They have picnics on the beach, activities and meals/drinks. Have a look, it’s here, hopefully you can join next time you’re in Barcelona! :

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  19. Charlotte

    Can I ask what you were doing (job-wise) in Barcelona? I absolutely love the city (I lived there for a few months when I was with my ex, who is from there) and would love to move there permanently, but even my Spanish friends are struggling to find work in Spain at the moment, and I have no idea what kind of work an English-speaker could find there (apart from teaching English, which I hate!).

    Love the advice! <3

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  23. Vegacelona

    Hi Caitlin!
    We have opened a vegan shop just yesterday, 26th of February. We will very very happy if we appear in your future guide. You and all your friends are more than welcome to visit us in your next stop in the city.
    Will be a pleasure for us met you here!!
    Kind regargds,
    Kevin & Jessica

  24. Becka

    Ohhhh my!!! You are a lifesaver right now, I’m off to Barcelona next month with three friends, two meat eaters and one veggie! I was in such a panic about food but this has made me feel at ease about the whole situation!
    Is there generally a vegan option in most restaurants in Barcelona?

  25. Cindy Davis

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your page. We have been watching videos and everything is about ham. I was really worried, but this has put us at ease. Thank you for all the wonderful information.

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  28. Tabby Farrar

    Thanks so much for this! I’ve been looking in the Happy Cow app to find places to eat but didn’t see all of these in there – will definitely add once I’ve been to more! Awesome!

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