Vegan Guide to Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region of Spain and also the country's second most populated city. There is a fair number of vegan places to eat in Barcelona. It's a popular tourist destination which might turn off people that prefer the road less travelled but when you go you'll understand Barcelona's popularity.


Why You Should Go: It is an beautiful city with incredible architecture everywhere. There is a huge beach and it is a perfect summer time destination. The public transport is good making it easy to get around. Like most big cities in Europe they have a hop on hop off bus for tourists. The city comes alive at night and it's super fun to wander through the narrow streets and alleys in the Gothic Quarter full of restaurants and bars; Also check out La Rambla which is a boulevard that is a big tourist attraction with lots of excitement.
Getting to Barcelona: We flew into Barcelona El Prat Airport and took a taxi into town to our hotel. You can also get a bus to and from the airport. The airport is well connected and if you don't want to pay for a taxi then the bus is the best option. If you are at a hotel they might have a shuttle bus available.

How vegan friendly is it? We found Barcelona to be fairly vegan friendly. We found some places on Happy Cow listed as vegan and we also happened upon some vegan friendly places passing by and reading menus. Down by the beach we had a bit of a hard time finding something to eat. In most cities the waterfront is the worst place to find vegan food so maybe pack some snacks if you head to the beach.

An Example of Vegan Food Available: 


Cat Bar: Located in the Gothic Quarter, Cat Bar is a vegan bar that specialises in beer. They have a larger number of craft beers on tap and one cheap macro brew as well. The food was fantastic in Cat Bar but you are going to need to drink a lot of beverages as it gets very hot inside during the summer. As far as atmosphere, it's pretty casual inside; there is a guitar and piano for people to play open mic night style. 

 DosTrece: A veg-friendly brunch cafe - lounge that has quite a few vegan options. The vegan options are things you want to eat like nachos, french toast, and tacos so it is worth a visit. We just happened upon this place while we were trying to find somewhere else but we were happy we stopped by.

On La Rambla we found some cheap falafel pita but we don't remember the name of the place we went. Falafel places are pretty commonplace so you should be able to find these all over the city wherever restaurants are found.

For more vegan options check out Happy Cow which has a comprehensive list of vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly places to eat. Happy Cow states that Barcelona has 12 fully vegan places. There seems to be many places we missed and possibly ones that have just opened up since we were there last.

Sight Seeing Barcelona is a beautiful looking city thanks to all the Modernisme style buildings and the work of the architect Gaudí who creates very unique looking buildings. The most famous building in Barcelona is the Sagrada Família  which is a massive church designed by Gaudí that has been under construction since 1882. The boulevard called La Rambla is one of the biggest tourist sights in the city with all the restaurants, bars, vendors and all sorts of fun that can be had there. There is a statue of Christopher Columbus at one end of La Rambla called Mirador de Colón. Casa Milà is another famous building by Gaudí with a crazy looking design. You could start by taking a walking tour or getting on a "hop on hop off" bus and get to know the city a bit more.



Where to stay: Our hotel was Hotel Regincia Colon. It is listed as a 3 star hotel, but receives 4 star reviews on Expedia. We picked this hotel as it was reasonably cheap for a room for 3 people. We arrived too early for check in, so we left our bags. It was free to store our bags in their storage closet. All the staff were very friendly. The hotel is in the perfect spot in the city, right in Gothic Quarter, very close to La Rambla and on a route of the hop on hop off bus. We also had a lot of space in our room for 3 people.

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Check out Barcelona's city guide for more information on their tourism.



Do you have a favourite vegan restaurant you would like to add to our list?

Comments

  1. I loved Barcelona when I was there..Every thing you said was so spot on...I would love to go back and really get to know Barcelona better. I missed so much when I was there the first time. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for reading. We loved Barcelona. We are happy you loved it too.

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  2. We have different friends who are vegan so we have to send them the link of your article. Even if we are not vegan those foods look like delicious!
    Barcelona is stunning!

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    1. Awesome. I hope they enjoy. The food was so delicious.

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  3. Really happy to see so many vegan places in spain. I am headed to Italy soon . Being a vegetarian, I am a little worried about my survival. Hope I will have a similar experience there. Thinking to install happy cow. does it suggest veg recipe names also?

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    1. You will have so much fun in Spain! Have a great time.

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  4. I'll be heading back to Barcelona in September - my first time as a vegan! Will be totally using your guide 💚

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    1. Awesome. It's such a cool place and there seems to be more and more vegan choices there.

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  5. Love to hear about all the vegan options and it looks like you ate very well. The photos you took of the buildings are absolutely beautiful. The architecture is amazing. I bet you were breathless looking at those amazing buildings.

    thanks for sharing with the world.

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    1. Yeah the architecture in Barcelona is one of the best parts of visiting the city.

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  6. I made it to Barcelona for the first time last year. It's such an amazing city and it's awesome to hear about food options for vegans. Looking forward to heading back someday!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this amazing city as well!

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  7. The Cat bar sounds like a good place to spend an evening, or afternoon in Barcelona. The Hotel Regincia Colon seems to be good value for money too, I'll consider it on my next stay.

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    1. It was an awesome place to have a good beer and burger! We liked the hotel! Did everything we needed it to.

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  8. I'm vegan so I found this really helpful :) Barcelona is a beautiful city, I've been there recently and for vegans I found it to be easy

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    1. Glad to hear! We found it fairly easy too. Barcelona has a lot of different food to choose from.

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  9. Did you happen to notice the amount of gluten free options in Barcelona? I've never been but with a bit of a wheat allergy I try to be careful :)

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    1. Some of the places we visited had gluten free options. Cat Bar, even had gluten free beers.

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  10. I've never been to Spain. Boo! My daughter is thinking about doing a study abroad in Barcelona next spring. I'm really hoping she can do it. Then I'd have to visit, right?

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    1. of course! Sending positive thoughts to your daughter. *Study in Barcelona!*

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  11. I would love to go to Barcelona. It's great to know that they have quite a bit of vegan options. I will keep the tip in mind to bring snacks to the beach. It can be tough to locate vegan restaurants in foreign cities. I'll keep your post in mind for when I go.

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    1. Great. Have a wonderful time when you go.

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  12. I've always wanted to visit Barcelona, and it's great to see that there are such great vegan options available!

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  13. Barcelona must be awesome! I have only ben to Malaga in Spain and I totally loved it. Barcelona is really a city I would love to visit soon. And that pink cake looks great ;)!

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    1. It is very awesome! We haven't been to Malaga, I will add it to our list.

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  14. Thanks for the tips but how much did you spend with your meal and how much per night the hotel costs?

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    1. We were in Barcelona about two years ago. The hotel for 3 of us was around $75/night. Food ranged from 3.80 - 10 euros.

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  15. such a good guide!I would definitely want to try and see Barcelona and I'm wondering if most people there understand English? thanks

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    1. We had not problem speaking English and getting our message across.

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  16. I'm not a vegan but am planning to do so in a couple of years. Any tips on how to slowly transition?

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    1. Gradually cut down on animal products. Slowly swap our dairy for non dairy alternatives. You can do this with meat too. Once you are off the animal products you can explore more into vegan cooking and ditching the animal alternatives.

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  17. I am not vegan but I love Barcelona. It's good to that vegan food options are available there. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing this post! I try to be vegan (emphasis on try) but we're getting there :). This information will definitely help when I visit Barcelona soon

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    1. Glad to hear! If you have any questions be sure to let us know!

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  19. another great comprehensive vegan list! love how informational this is!

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  20. I am vegetarian too.. :) I will keep the vegen eating options in mind if ever i visit barcelona. Are there any indian restaurants there if you happen to know?

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    1. There is a restaurant called "Restaurant Veg World India" We didn't get there on our trip, but it sounds like it would be good!!

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  21. a trying to be a vegan is here thanking for sharing this post. will take note of this

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    1. You are welcome. Good luck in your journey! Let us know if you have any questions, we are more than happy to help.

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