Barcelona

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Last stop during my summer ’17 trip was BARCELONAAAA (you have to say it out loud, like Freddie sang the song with his unbelievable voice 👑). I saved the best for last? I don’t know..I truly enjoyed every city and its own history and stories. Barcelona has been on top of my ‘must-visit’ list, and I was not disappointed. After all, the city with the best football club in the world is located here..so no way it would be boring and dull right 😉?

The city center is really REALLY crowded, which reminded me of Amsterdam, filled with tourists. I felt and shared the frustration with a few citizens, which I totally understood. But behind all the selfie sticks, tourist groups and segways (why?! just walk), you can find all the places that makes Barcelona such a popular place to visit. Like in every city during my holiday, I did most of the traveling by foot, you see so much more when walking around instead of taking the underground. On my first day I found Flax&Kale, my god that menu! But more about that restaurant below. There were many vegan places to visit, to many for me to visit during my 4 days stay. So yeah, sharing my love for Barcelona together with one of my best friends, makes it an even more logical decision for me/us to go back right? Plus all the tickets for the Gaudi experience were sold out (short noticed planning has its downside). So I have to go back anyways. Barcelona, Barcelona, Barcelona..have you been before?


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Enjoy Vegan was one the places that was closed during my stay in Barcelona. Yet it became a part of this list. While walking around the city the very first day, I met someone with quite the same (heavy) interest in vegan food as I did. And she recommended the place over and over again. So as a reminder for myself, to visit Enjoy Vegan when it’s actually open, and a question to you who’s reading this..have you had your dinner after your siesta at Enjoy Vegan? Let me know what you thought of it. Also, kind stranger, thank you for your enthusiastic vegan talk/food share. I don’t know your name, nor your number. But I hope you still enjoy your life in Barcelona as much as you told me back then. Below a few pics of the menu. Si, looks so good!

🏡 Address: Plaça de Sant Agustí Vell 10, 08003
☎️ Contact: +34 635 72 1200
📧 Email: enjoyveganbarcelona@gmail.com
💻 Website: http://www.cateringveganbarcelona.com
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday – Sunday 11 am – 11 pm |


Flax & Kale

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Flax & Kale for the win. Such a beautiful restaurant! Great place, always crowded and lovely menu. And the decoration of the plates is as beautiful as the venue itself. Or even the menu card. I had my first and last meal in Barcelona at Flax & Kale. The first time I ate there I had breakfast with a fresh coco masalachai, a tofu-veggie wrap and a oatmeal cappuccino. The wrap was just perfect. I don’t know how exactly they prepared the tofu, but is was the best tofu I had in a very, very long time. All the veggies were perfectly steamed and it was just an excellent breakfast. They sell a wide range of Teresa’s juicery at Flax & Kale, which makes it even harder to decide which kind of juice / smoothie / milk / water you want with your fancy breakfast. Also, during the weekends they serve brunch as well. Hello lazy Sundays in sunny Barcelona with pancakes, fruit cocktails and grilled veggies 😋.

On my last evening in Barcelona I had dinner for two. Me and my notebook, near the window. Writing down my rhymes I created in my head that day. And once again, I enjoyed the great food that Flax & Kale has to offer. I ordered the veggie panang red curry and a healthy frappe mocha. For dessert I had the two texture choco cake. Brownie, chocolate mousse, homemade strawberry ice cream and sprinkled with a little bit of miss avena avellana merengada milk (think hazel-cinnamon-lemon flavour). Truly mouthwatering delicious 😋. If you’re not that into ice cream, there is a wide range of vegan sweets to find at Flax & Kale. Blueberry muffins, donuts, energy balls and several types of cakes and cookies. You will find something, I’m sure! When you’re in Barcelona, please do not forget to visit this place! But make sure to make a reservation when you want to have dinner in the evening, since it’s such a popular location.

🏡 Address: Carrer dels Tallers 74B, 08001
☎️ Contact: +34 933 1756 64
📧 Email: reservas@teresacarles.com
💻 Website: http://www.teresacarles.com/fk/
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 11.30 pm | Saturday- Sunday 10 am – 11.30 pm |


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At Teresa’s they display all their juices in the window. So whenever you walk by, you won’t be able to help yourself and walk in and choose a drink without being thirsty. At least that’s what I did. And I ended up ordering a gluten free burger with a freshly made green juice AND white-pink chocolate for dessert. Yep, I had lunch twice that day. And all vegan of course. It’s a small venue located in the city center, but perfect when you’re on a shopping spree and looking for a quick bite. Besides the wide range of juices, they also have a wide range of desserts. And most of them are vegan. Even gluten free options can be found here. I enjoyed every second of my soy – cheeseburger with mango topping 😋. But if you’re looking for avocado toast, acai bowls or just a portion of fries. This location has it all. Healthy indulgences all day, every day!

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🏡 Address: Carrer de L’Argenteria 31, 08003
☎️ Contact: +34 933 1025 99
📧 Email: http://www.facebook.com/teresasstairway
💻 Website: http://www.teresasstairway.com
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday – Sunday 10 am – 11.30 pm |


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I don’t know what upsets me more. Knowing that the day I had lunch at Petit Brot my phone had yet another meltdown or that Petit Brot is located in Barcelona. I mean, everything was so good and beautiful and tasteful and so perfect for pictures perfect pictures. I can’t remember what salad I had. But the combination of the colours, flavours, spices and dressing made it a salad that screamed f#ck everyone who thinks salads are boring 👌. Below a few pictures of their own Facebook page, just look at all the colours and ingredients. Gluten free options are available. And so are many types of drinks / juices and coffees. Staff was great and service was quick. This is yet another must visit place you have to see during your stay in Barcelona. Add this place to your favorites at your phone and enjoy a excellent lunch.

🏡 Address: Carrer del Dr. Dou 10, 08001
☎️ Contact: +34 937 6898 97
📧 Email: info@petitbrot.com
💻 Website: http://www.petitbrot.es
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday 11 am – 7 pm | Tuesday closed | Wednesday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm | Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm |


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Hola chicas, hola chicas, caliente eh? I will never not like watching people. Whether they are trying to sell discolored bad towels at the Barcelona beach boulevard, failing at flirting with strangers, acting like they own a scooter until the actual owner shows up, or seeing a group of girls take up their pace because a stranger keeps yelling chica while holding discolored bad towels and almost kick over a scooter. Yeah, sunshine makes some people act like they could use something to cool down. Luckily you can find several ice cream parlors in the area. One of these parlors is the Gelati Dino Barceloneta. Near the beach, big scoops for €2 and great staff. They have many many vegan options. Wide range of sorbet ice cream (I love me some sorbet 😋), and even vegan options in chocolate, pistachio and hazelnut! Just as creamy as I remember pistachio ice cream used to be 🍨. Besides the pistachio, I tried the chocolate / hazelnut / mango / strawberry and melon..not all together though ✌️. But they were all good. They also sell several types of ice cold drinks, slush puppies and other sweets. Oh, and they even offer gluten free options! Take a break from the heat and the beach when you’re in Barca, and kick back while eating your ice cream while watching the peeps trying to swoon over the tourists, and polishing their flirting techniques.

🏡 Address: Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 08039
☎️ Contact: +34 932 2134 44
📧 Email: info@gelatidino.com
💻 Website: http://www.gelatsdino.com
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday – Sunday 12 pm – 12 am |


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Realising that even for restaurant owners holiday season can be a season to take a holiday 😉. I ended up at Veggie garden since some other places nearby were closed. After an early morning hike at park Güell and walking back to the city and exploring the university side/area of Barcelona I past Veggie Garden. Unfortunately at the moment I arrived it wasn’t open yet. Buy hé, sitting in the sun and watching skateboarders trying their hardest to optimize a trick and get it on camera while other people, (read; confused tourists), mess up the parkour wasn’t the worst option while waiting around.

After an hour I walked back, the police came so the fun ended anyways, and I took a seat at Veggie Garden. I was craving for something spicy and luckily they had a couple of options on the menu. But then again, they had a lot of options. Like a lot. Seriously, widest menu in food and drinks I’ve seen during my whole holiday. I became that annoying person whom took waaaaay to long to make a decision. And I used to work in service, so I know when things can get annoying 😋. Besides the many options in starters, mains, cold, warm, shared and different cuisines. You can also choose the day menu. Everyday the same price, everyday new options. I took a green detox-ish juice and a spicy soja mixture with fresh veggies. It was really good, spicy but not to much and very filling. I couldn’t finish the whole bowl, so whatever was left, I took it with me and eat it at the beach a few hours later. And if you want to take all your food with you to the beach, that’s an option that’s possible too.  Step by when you’re in the neighborhood, you will have new food-cooking inspiration for days after seeing the menu.

🏡 Address: Carrer dels Àngels 3, 08001
☎️ Contact: +34 931 8023 34
📧 Email: facebook.com/veggiegarden
💻 Website: http://www.veggiegarden.es
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday – Sunday 12.30 pm – 11.30 pm |


Note: All photos were either made by myself, or taken from the restaurants websites and/or Facebook.

 

From Barcelona with love..