Ah Barcelona! One of my favourite cities in the world. Full of life, culture, beautiful people and amazing food. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some good tapas and paella but when you’ve been on the road for a while sometimes you just want a dam good salad and some raw vegan cake! This list has that and so much more!
5 Healthy Food Options in Barcelona
Here’s my top tips for healthy eats in Barcelona:
Run by Teresa Carles who is a true pioneer in plant-based foods in Spain, she started in 1979! This lady is a powerhouse! There’s a few cafes around town under the Teresa Carles brand, but the stand out is Flax and Kale. The restaurant takes its inspiration from Soho, NYC but adds a Spanish flare. The majority of the menu is completely plant based but they also offer a selection of sustainably sourced oily fish, hence why it’s called the Flexitarian restaurant - all hail balance! Their wine list is just as good as their cold pressed juices and they are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. There’s plenty of gluten-free, vegan, Paleo and raw dishes to keep everyone happy and healthy. You can sip your raw cacao almond milk shake whilst looking at the Ciutat Vella out of the window and take a cold pressed juice and some gluten-free donuts away with you whilst you stroll the streets of Barcelona. Bliss.
Image credit: Flax&Kale Facebook
Half art space, half cafe this creative hub is buzzing with good food and good vibes. The menu is mostly raw and their desserts are to die for. The juices might not be cold pressed but the salads are nutrient packed and the coffee is good. There’s always art projects going on so be sure to ask the staff if there’s something there to see. Make sure you order the hummus, it will change your life.
Image credit: El Cafe Blue Project Facebook
#3 Bar Brutal
These guys might not offer cold pressed juices and almond milk lattes but they have one hell of a wine list!
Specialising in natural wines. That’s hipster for wines made traditionally without all the nasty added preservatives or chemicals.. Their menu changes according to the season and is loaded with traditional Spanish tapas, creative salads and clean meats. The staff are extremely friendly and are happy to help with any questions, which in my case is always; “What can I have that’s gluten, dairy and soy free?” It’s the fanciest place on my list, but my favourite spot for a wine and tapas in the whole of Barcelona.
Image Credit: Bar Brutal Facebook
Whilst the La Ramblas street it’s located on is the biggest tourist trap in Barcelona, the market, whilst on the tourist radar is still one of the must see’s. It’s one of the most colourful markets i’ve ever seen! It’s bursting with fresh fruit smoothies, (be sure to choose the ones without added sugar, they are labeled) nuts, seeds, veggies, and other delicious fresh produce. There’s fish markets and local meat options for the carnivores out there. Get your butt here, load up your backpack with some plant based goodness and go and enjoy a picnic.
Image Credit: La Boqueria Marke Facebook
#5 Barcelonareykjavik - Organic Bakery
Ok, so I understand that it’s weird for someone who is intolerant to 99% of the products available inside a bakery to recommend a bakery, but this one is seriously good! These guys have gluten-free crackers (perfect for your picnics), cakes and raw carob and date slice to keep you satisfied. They have a great philosophy on food and are apart of the slow food movement. It’s a rare find to see gluten-free, sugar-free options at a bakery in Spain so embrace it and support them so that they see the demand and make more (yes, this is me pulling you into my personal mission). There’s a few locations about town but my favourite is in the Born area. Grab a treat and stroll through the cobblestone streets browsing the many boutiques filled with locally made wares. Hipster heaven.
Image Credit: Barcelonareykjavik Facebook
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