They might surprise you…
Probably one of the most controversial things you can do in any popular vegan/vegetarian restaurant scene is claim to have curated a list of the best restaurants. The best to whom or for what?
The perfect restaurant experience for one is not always the same for another. Although some basic elements such as taste, cleaniliness, service, and decor all play major factors in these decisions; the best is always subjective.
So, these are my picks for the best Veg friendly restaurants in the Barcelona region. Not only are they tasty, all except one are reachable by walking or public transit, and are close to sites and places worth visiting.
I have this ongoing obsession with creating the perfect day out. From what to wear, where to go and what to eat. It’s to the point where my husband and I even have our preferred luxury parking lots. Beautiful parking lots in the Barcelona area that are worth visiting themselves.
To me the perfect day out involves a nice meal, shopping or sightseeing and if we’re lucky a separate place nearby for coffee after a nice long stroll. We only want to park once and props for places that offer a new dining experience or are just so charming that we never tire of them.
Here are my current favourites and a small note about the worthwhile sites and attractions close by.
- Wild Food
- La Perra Verde
- Out of China
- Petit Bangkok
- Tast i Més
- Land (this one is far but so good it’s worth the trek)
- Arc Iris
Wild Food Av. Diagonal, 420, 08037 Barcelona
We went to Wild Food in Granada a few years ago and loved it. So we were excited to learn about the new Wild Food Location in Barcelona. As luck would have it, it’s near our favorite parking lot! Great location, friendly staff, nice decor, and excellent food.
Just a note: Both Wild Food and La Perra Verde are close to Passieg de Gràcia and the Gràcia neighborhood. Whether you would like to spend some money on some luxury brand shopping, at the Lego Store or do some site-seeing at Casa Batlló or La Pedrera-Casa Milà , these restaurants provide some tasty snack or meal options.
If you want to spend hours strolling the streets of Barrio Gracia, then again start with a nice lunch or tapas before wandering happily through the many streets and plazas of Gràcia.
La Perra Verde Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla, 12, 08012 Barcelona
So fun, so cute! This place is a little gem just up from our favourite parking lot( I promise I’ll stop talking about this parking lot) And serves a variety of delicious vegan tapas in a hip, charming environment.
We love the nachos, breaded cauliflower and the ceaser salad – it’s not every day you find a great vegan ceasar salad. As well, the croquettes are served in little sardine like cans – nice touch. They also have vegan cakes made by a local vegan baker – so tasty. This place is not huge but is big enough to accommodate a large party with a reservation.
Out of China C/ d’Aribau, 112, 08036 Barcelona
This is a local favourite with a large dining room and bustling kitchen. They serve meat and seafood but also quite a few vegan and vegetarian options. We have been a few times and even had our Christmas lunch here. Like most of these restaurants, be sure to make a reservation.
Petit Bangkok C/ de Balmes, 106, 08008 Barcelona
I love this happy colorful restaurant with it’s charming decor and lanterns hanging from the ceilings. They serve meat and seafood but have a nice selections of vegan and vegetarian options. There are a few locations but Carrer de Balmes is our favourite.
It’s near FGC Provenca which is in the city centre not too far from Passieg de Gracia and Placa Catalunya. Most importantly, it’s just a short walk away from one of our favourite places! – Come in English Bookstore – by far the most extensive English bookstore offering books, puzzles and learning games, for all ages and needs. I believe they also sell textbooks for multiple language learning, but we go for the picture books!
Bebo Brunch & Juicery Passeig de Sant Joan Bosco, 51, 08017 Barcelona
This is a delightful bright spot with good options and friendly staff. I visit this spot regularly for a quick coffee, or sometimes a meal while my son attends a class nearby. Everything is good but the soy meat nachos served with a scoop of cashew cheese is heavenly.
They also have a selection of vegan cookies that are quite large and surprisingly filling. If you’re strolling the streets of Sarrià village, stroll a little further and stop in at BEBO for a meal or one of their many fresh juices and shots.
L’Encant C. de los Castillejos, 210, 08013 Barcelona
This was recent find and we were really impressed. For a reasonable price you can choose a first, second and dessert course from a vegan/vegetarain menu.
I found the food fresh, flavourful, and filling. As well, the server was so nice to my son! We really don’t expect servers to engage with our little guy beyond a greeting but we always appreciate when they take the time to engage with him, ask him what he wants to drink or express interests in his thoughts and observations about his day.
Just a note: L’Encant and Green& Burger are super close to the Sagrada Familia. Depending on the day and time you book your tours you may need a reservation at either restaurant.
Green & Burger Plaça Sagrada Família, 3, 08013 Barcelona
Delicious spot serving burgers, potato bravas and a variety of tapas and desserts. Definitely, a fun place to stop for lunch or think about your Sagrada Familia visit.
Tast i Més Pg. de la Bonanova, 5, 08022 Barcelona
This is one of my most recent finds when I went to check out the Mansions on Avinguda del Tibidabo. It’s a sweet place with an a la carte or daily menu – two courses and a dessert for less than 14 euros. As well, the staff are wonderful – so friendly and informative.
Greta Av. de Rius i Taulet, 120, 08173 Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona
If you have visited Barcelona a few times or love a good furniture and vintage bauble market, then the Mercantic should be on your list and Greta Restaurant is a delightful dining option.
Greta has a wonderful patio area as well as indoor seating. The food is delicious and Instagram-worthy. And the service – so friendly and informative!
Located about a 25-minute FGC train ride from Placa Catalunya, the Mercantic is an electic market of restaurants, cafes, furniture, antiques, tableware and anything else you can think of for your home.
They have regular events, music and guest artisans, making this spot a must visit destination. We bought our dining room table from one of the woodworking studios and a variety of our soup bowls and serving dishes from another vendor. We love this place and try to visit a few times a year.
Land Passeig del Castell, 1, 08292 Esparreguera, Barcelona
So I had to add this restaurant as it is a truly magical find. Located outside of Barcelona in a city called Esparreguera it is reachable by FGC transit or of course by car.
Normally, I wouldn’t have said a word about this resto until I do a favourite restaurants in the Barcelona region post, but I just couldn’t resist.
The establishment has a bar vibe and is not that big although they could accommodate some larger parties. The menu consists of vegan or vegetarian tapas and mains inspired by different countries – Mexico, Japan, Thailand, India. Aside from a full bar, they carry 3 alcohol-free beers – which is good news for my husband.
And the dessert?!! Aside from the obligatory chocolate cake with an option for vegan ice cream they have a Spanish traditional dessert called a Torriga and wow was it fantastic. This was one of our family’s best meals in a long time. Well worth the drive and for a reasonable price.
Just a note: Esparraguera is located close to Montserrat and hosts one of the most elaborate Passion of Christ performances during holy week every year. There is a lovely old town, shops, cafes, and churches and it seems a habit of old building restoration and renewal.
ARC IRIS C/ de Roger de Flor, 216, 08013 Barcelona
Mysterious mention no more! – Arc Iris for years I wondered about this place. It’s a beautiful restaurant in a hip part of town, always busy with a delicious menu but the price was so low?
Under 14 euros for a 3-4 course meal. Anyway, mystery solved! We finally ate at Arc Iris and it was lovely. Great food, the fastest service we’ve ever experieneced, in a charming dining space. We will definitely go back soon.