Heading to Barcelona this summer to soak up some sun was exactly what I needed, and to make it even better I had my bestie Maxine with me! Whilst there we sought out some restaurants that were recommended to us, as well as stumbling across some hidden gems, so I feel that it is my duty to share these with you.
Brunch and Cake – my favourite place in Barcelona. Located slightly NW of the Sagrada Familia, it has an all-day brunch menu with options for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. The portions are generous and gorgeously presented. If you’re indecisive it’s the perfect place for you, as they have options such as avocado toast with granola and fruit, and salad bowls with loads of different veggies. I had the protein bowl which was insanely good, and even came with strips of bread which I was able to smother with avocado, thereby satisfying my craving for both avocado toast and a salad bowl! Maxine had the chicken mango salad which even came with nachos! The iced coffee here was also just what you need on a warm summers day.
Flax and Kale – if you’re looking for a place that emulates the healthy cafes in London this is the perfect lunch spot. With raw vegan, vegan, and the occasional seafood option, and everything clearly labelled (including gluten free options), you’ll find something for you. Just don’t ask for extras or substitutions as for some reason they’re unable to deviate from the menu in any way. It doesn’t quite match up to the standards of London healthy cafes, but it’s perfect if you’re after a major dose of vegetables. The smoothies on the other hand are absolutely massive and amazing value for money. I had the chocolate smoothie and thought I’d died and gone to heaven! If juice is more your thing there’s plenty to choose from there too.
Surf House – less of a healthy spot but with seriously good soul food. I highly recommend the veggie burger (yep it’s vegan and even comes with cashew cream) with fries, and load up on the sangria too as not only is it made perfectly, it comes in big jugs, which you’ll likely find yourself going through a much faster rate than you’d expect! If you’re after good seafood options, there’s also plenty there. Maxine had a tuna dish with black rice and a hearty dose of guacamole that apparently tasted incredible. As a bonus they even have fresh coconuts!
La Boqueria market – lots of fruit and veg, fresh pure fruit juices, giant dark chocolate covered strawberries (which taste amazing), and cups of cut fruit to take away. Of course there’s more than just fruit and veg here, there’s also butchers, seafood, and spices, but they’re definitely the best part!
Marina Bay – right next to the casino by the (yep you guessed it) marina and beaches, we went here for our first night and had seriously good tapas! Everything from seafood salad to patatas bravas and fried aubergine with honey, plus some really good sangria and lovely outdoor seating.
Xup Xup – one of many restaurants on the beach, where you end up paying not just for the food but also the privilege of having an unobstructed view of the beach and ocean. The food is pretty good, not the best, but the setting definitely makes up for it! There aren’t too many veggie options here, but the abundance of seafood was impressive!