This weeks blogpost is a bit different from my other posts. I have been to Barcelona this week for a couple of days and I thought I share my experience on eating vegan while traveling and vegan food in Barcelona.
Barcelona is a real paradise for vegans and I met so many nice people, ate delicious amazing food and had a great time! I also really spoiled myself eating out a lot because there are just so many vegan places that I wanted to try and it was so worth it 🙂
I arrived in Barcelona in the afternoon and after checking in at my hostel I went looking for this small smoothie place in El Raval on Joaquin Costa 26, called Mother.
What I found was this beautiful small shop with super delicious smoothies freshly made and they also have breakfast, cold pressed juices, almond and cashew milk homemade. I tried a smoothie called Fig Tree with coconut milk and water, figs, chia seeds, vanilla and cashew butter. It was beyond delicious!! Creamy and thick, like a really satisfying dessert. With the smoothie I tried a piece of quinoa chocolate brownie which was also super good. I also bought one of their juices, Turbo with beet, carrot, apple and ginger and their homemade cashew milk. Both were incredible and the little shop is just beautifully decorated with a lot of love and although there is not many places to sit it is really comfy and you can feel the good energy in there.
If you ever go to Barcelona definitely check out this place! It was my favorite and delicious!!
As I found out the next morning the cashew milk was a perfect buy. They had a free continental beakfast at the hostel with muesli, different breads, some spreads and fresh oranges, tangerine and apples. Of course they didnt have any plantbased milk so I just had some muesli with my cashew milk and could also drink my coffee with it.
The first evening they had a paella night with brazilian live music at the hostel, which I didnt want to miss and because – no surprise – it wasnt vegetarian nor vegan I just decided to find a vegan store to buy some food that I could bring and prepare at the hostel kitchen. What I found was a nice vegan store called Ecocentre, which was not too far from the hostel and I would have loved to buy so many things from it. They had cakes and cupcakes, donuts, all sorts of vegan food and even cosmetics and some shoes and clothes. Basically everything a vegan heart desires.
The sweets looked so delicious but I already had my sweet tooth satisfied from the smoothie before and I found a ginger limo and precooked bulgur salad with chickpeas, peas and some other veggies in it and tasted pretty good.
The next day I had my muesli cashew milk breakfast with fresh fruit and went off exploring the city with some people I met. Of course we went to the famous market on Las Ramblas La Boqueria. They have a huge variety of fresh fruits and vegetables along with fruit salads and smoothies. It really is a fruit heaven, but I was a little disgusted by the meat stands you had to walk through. But we bought some fresh fruit; mango, coconut and smoothies and went outside to find a nice spot to sit down and actually to enjoy our smoothies. I had a pink pitaya-coconut smoothie and it was not my last one I came back for it a few times 🙂 the first time I tried pitaya/dragonfruit and I just looved it! It tasted so good with coconut; fruity, fresh, juicy and you just got to love the vibrant pink colour..makes me happy just looking at it ❤ so pretty! And that only for 1€!
Being hungry for lunch I remembered having seen a place called Veggie Garden the other day. So I went there and I had my first ever vegan burger with seitan, tomato, salad, cucumber and a tomato basil cilantro sauce. My friend from Japan had a kind of marinated Tofu with vegetable entree. Both was nice and tasted good but it was nothing out of the world amazing. But a good lunch for little money.. 4,50€ for a burger.
In the evening I met with a few girls I just met from Brasil, Japan and Germany and we went to a vegan pub and restaurant, the Cat Bar. I was so happy they went with me trying vegan burgers although non of them was vegan or vegetarian and so nice that they were open to try it. We had a great evening, drinking beer, eating burgers and having conversations about life and different cultures. It is always so nice meeting like-minded people while traveling – my other passion besides healthy food – and I find it a lot easier then meeting people at home.
Well the burgers were good, really good and the staff was also nice and everyone liked the food. I had the Green Burger with a veggie burger, spinach, tomato, onions and pickles as far as I remember. We also shared some potatoes that were super delicious!
So on day 3 and also my last day I went to the market again, had my usual breakfast at the hostel and for late lunch I found a small vegan place in El Gotic, Cervantes 3 called PILI-PILE. They just reopened on that very day. It is decorated really nicely in a 80s retro style. The menu is only in Spanish – sadly I pretty much only understand Hola and Adios – but the owner was so kind and tried his best to translate everything for me. They offer a small selected menu of smoothies some sides, salads and sandwiches and burgers, they also offer some desserts. It was hard to decide what to order because everything just sounded delicious. Fortunately I was offered a fresh wheatgrass smoothie that was just in the making with fresh wheatgrass, ginger, carrots and different kinds of berries
The smoothie was just what I needed – I did not eat many greens in these few days. Besides the smoothie I ordered a miso soup and a sandwich which was tomato bread with marinated tofu, shiitake mushrooms, veganaise, spinach, pickles, tomatoes and pesto. This was my absolute favorite of all the burgers I had!! It was satisfying yet felt light in my tummy; just the perfect sandwich! I also had a nice talk with the people that run the shop and they are so friendly and the restaurant had a positive and friendly atmosphere.
So if you plan a trip to Barcelona definitely don’t miss out on PILI-PILE and Mother! So worth trying their delicious creations!
There are so many other vegan and vegan friendly places in Barcelona and it was just not eough time to explore them all, so definitely going back one day; not only for the food but also for beautiful Barcelona!
Wishing everyone of you a nice second advent evening ❤