5 Vegan or Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Costa Dorada

Being a vegan or vegetarian doesn’t mean that you can never go out to eat, even when you’re on vacation. Instead of cooking in your rental villa or apartment, why not try these five vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants?

Cook and Travel

If you are craving Asian cuisine, you’ll love Cook and Travel! Their menu is a fusion of Asian, Mediterranean, and European flavors that will give you a unique gastronomic experience. The restaurant is bright, eclectic, and welcoming with giant blackboard walls. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available as well as delicious wine and other beverages.

Portal 22

This modern-style restaurant is located in a gorgeous, historic home with plenty of grandeur and elegance. The Portal 22 menu is Spanish, European, and Mediterranean so there is something for every palate. Don’t miss out on their delicious drinks and cocktails. Each dish is a work of art and this is also a great place to grab drinks and tapas if you’re having a night out on the town!

Medusa Restaurant & Lounge

For a nautical and Ancient Greek themed restaurant, check out the Medusa Restaurant and Lounge. The menu is Mediterranean with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. The interior is brightly colored and lit, almost like an upscale diner. There is also outdoor seating with a beautiful view of the water. They have a large menu with plenty to offer everyone in your group, as well as amazing cocktails and beers.

Indian Spice

In the mood for Indian cuisine? You’ll love Indian Spice, which is an open-air restaurant painted in a beautiful and majestic purple. With gorgeous Indian-inspired décor, including pictures and paintings of India, you’ll almost feel like you’re there while you try some of the best Indian food you’ll eat in Spain! The portions are huge, and you’ll want to order a whole slew of dishes to share around the table so you can try each and every item!

El Vergel Veggie Restaurant

When you want a purely healthy option, you’ll need to head to El Vergel Veggie Restaurant. This beautifully decorated café is elegant and simple with a lot of pastels and wood tones. While meat is not found in this restaurant, they promise that you won’t miss it because their flavors are so delicious you won’t even notice!

Time to head out into the city to explore, or back to your holiday rental in Costa Dorada for a good night’s sleep to prepare for the adventures that await you tomorrow!


4 Restaurants to Dine with a Local Chef in Barcelona

You’ve rented your beautiful private villa in Barcelona. You’ve visited cathedrals, museums, and so much more! But now, your stomach is rumbling and you need sustenance. But why settle for a normal dining out experience when you can choose something far more unique? Here are four restaurants where you can actually dine with the chef!

Abanik Bar

This indoor/outdoor bar is a gastronomic experience like no other. Abanik Bar ensures that each dish looks like a work of art. The walls in the bar are brick and under the bar top is brilliant lighting, which gives an interesting twist between modern and classic décor and atmosphere. Even their menu is unique, coming in the shape of a hand-held fan. You’ll not only want to try one of each unique, delicious dish, but you’ll definitely want one or two of their amazing cocktails as well!


Simple, clean, and modern can describe the restaurant interior of Uma. But it certainly cannot describe the food. Here you’ll enjoy seven “acts”, each a dish that offers unique flavors and culinary techniques, and looks like art. You almost won’t want to eat it, because it’s so beautiful. Not only are the dishes something you would never find in a “normal” restaurant, but each one is served in an exceptional vessel – from the normal white plates to wooden crates, to stones. This is an experience you don’t want to miss!

Chaka Khan

With a unique fusion between African and Asian cuisine, Chaka Khan is an interesting dining experience! The interior is an eclectic mixture of African culture with retro tropical décor. They offer two menus which have international dishes in a vast range and variety. If you have a large group, make sure everyone orders something different so you can all try the amazing flavors. Don’t forget to try their delicious desserts and cocktails, alcoholic or virgin.


This restaurant was originally an underground club until Spoonik decided to open its doors to the public. Now you too can experience the friendly hospitality, unique creativity, and avant-garde techniques of this amazing restaurant. You have a gastronomic experience like no other found in Barcelona. They offer a tasting menu that changes based on the season so that their products are always fresh and delicious. You can expect a blend of cuisines from Mexico, Columbia, and the Mediterranean with these amazing dishes.

When your gastronomic adventure has ended, head back to your Barcelona holiday rental to rest and relax with a cool evening breeze.

What can vegetarians eat in Catalonia?

It can a little bit soul-destroying when you are enjoying your holiday in Spain with a loved one, family or friends and they suggest a meal at the local restaurant, knowing as a vegetarian you will probably find one item on the menu that you can eat every night of your holiday. So how do you ensure you are not chained to cooking the vegetables from the local market in your family villa in Barcelona for the duration of your stay? What on Earth can you eat as a veggie lover in the land of chorizo and jamon? Don’t panic: Here are a few tips to ensure you can eat out with the rest of the family without compromising your ethics.




What can I eat from a traditional Spanish menu?

There is a lot that you can feast on as a veggie traveling in Spain! The Spanish omelette or tortilla de patata is found in pretty much every tapas bar and restaurant in the country. Enjoy a slice with some patatas bravas on the side (cooked potatoes with a spicy sauce) and a few slices of homemade crusty bread.

Country Calamari

Some restaurants serve tempura-style vegetables which are lightly fried in batter. Onions, peppers and courgettes often get the calamari-style treatment without the seafood.

Asparagus Revueltos

Asparagus is also a favourite Spanish dish and can be served “revueltos” with scrambled eggs, or with a poached egg or Parmesan cheese.


Who would have thought Spain’s most famous soup would be vegetarian-friendly? Gazpacho may be cold to the taste but it’s super tasty and packed with antioxidants!




Spinach and Chickpeas

Chickpeas! Whether its hummus or falafel, chickpeas are usually a staple in the vegetarian diet, fortunately the Spanish love them too. The Spanish version of espinacas con garbanzos (spinach and chickpeas) is really tasty and widely available.


Croquetas contain bechamel sauce and a variety of fillings from mushrooms to Roquefort and walnut to spinach and pine nuts which can be found on most tapas menus. Be careful to check the filling though as most come with ham or chicken. If you are unsure, ask or check your translation app or guidebook.

Fried Aubergine

Another wonderful veggie dish is berenjenas fritas (fried eggplant or aubergine). Usually served fried in thin slices with a drizzle of honey over the top it’s truly delicious.

Ratatouille or Pisto

Roasted vegetables in olive oil, with onion, pepper, eggplant and tomato in a chunky and tasty sauce. Very tasty indeed.

Manchego and Walnuts

Manchego is a hard Spanish cheese, served with walnuts, breadsticks and a drizzle of honey. it’s a dish you will want to try again and again.

If you are still struggling then remember the larger cities also have Italian, Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants where an abundance of alternative vegetarian dishes are served. You don’t have to feel that you will be eating in your vacation villa in Barcelona each evening alone. There are plenty of wonderful choices for any vegetarian traveling in Spain, and if all else fails you always have the desserts!



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