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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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
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."
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).
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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
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.
Address: Carrer Torrent de l'Olla 138
Phone: +34 668 88 53 75
Note: closes for siesta
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.
Address: Carrer d'Aribau 14
Phone: +34 933 01 34 42
veg world india
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 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
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
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!
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
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.
Address: Carrer de Sèneca, 4, 08006
Phone: +34 930 18 87 69
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!
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).
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.
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.
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?
- Bar Celoneta (near the beach) is an all-vegan sangria bar that offers tapas
- Sesamo is a vegetarian restaurant that both offers traditional tapas with a twist, such as padron peppers with chilli and lime (be sure to make a reservation here)
- La Raposa del Poble Sec is a vegan, feminist bar that has some tapas
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
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
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
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.Click here to check the latest prices.
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!).Click here to check the latest prices.
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!
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.
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!Click here to check the latest prices.
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.)
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.Click here to check the latest prices.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/FeriaVegana/. 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.
The End + Your Freebie!
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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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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