A tour of Barcelona's best healthy restaurants

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A tour of Barcelona's best healthy restaurants

When it comes to health and wellness, the Catalan city has a lot of eating options. Take advantage of your city break to explore these healthy spots.

A tour of Barcelona's best healthy restaurants

A smoothie by the sea

For your first morning in Barcelona, head seaside to soak in the salty air during a sun-drenched stroll. One after another, the chiringuitos – minimalist food stands – that line the beach will start opening their doors. At the Sant Sebastià beach, four cubes piled up in lopsided fashion stand out against the Mediterranean sea. Near this sculpture by German artist Rebecca Horn, now a symbol of a highly creative city, Guingueta del Escribà is managed by Michelin-starred chef Carles Abellán. Try the toast with avocado, lime and chia seeds and boost your vitamin quotient with a beetroot, carrot and ginger smoothie. Admire the view and start your super healthy day off right.

Guingueta del Escribà
Av. del Litoral 62
08005 Barcelona
Spain
+34 633 72 25 66
www.laguingueta.com/

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A tour of Barcelona's best healthy restaurants

Vegetarian lunch in the Raval

Meander on towards the Raval neighbourhood, where you will find the fabulous Flax & Kale by Teresa Carles, a Catalan chef known for her vegetarian fare. In her restaurant with its refined decor, you can enjoy a creative super bowl with courgette spirals, cherry tomatoes with basil or red cabbage hummus. Next have the bluefish, an oily Mediterranean fish garnished with a surprising roasted carrot and avocado-based sauce. In the afternoon, you can wander through this veritable paradise of street artists where the most incredible murals hide among the narrow streets.

Flax & Kale
Carrer dels Tallers 74B
08001 Barcelona
Spain
+34 933 17 56 64
teresacarles.com/fk/index_eng.html

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A tour of Barcelona's best healthy restaurants

Traditional cocktails and veggie cuisine

In the evening, make your way to the Barceloneta. Feel like going somewhere cosy for a drink? Tuck into the Green Spot, a vegetarian joint with a Scandinavian and vintage decor. Their “caipipera” – an original cocktail made with cachaça, pear puree, lime and soda water – will wake up your taste buds. On the day's menu, let yourself be tempted by the San Choy Bao, noodles with tofu, mushrooms and carrots served with a Korean sauce. Tasty and refreshing!

The Green Spot
Carrer de la Reina Cristina 12
08003 Barcelona
Spain
+34 938 02 55 65
www.encompaniadelobos.com/en/the-green-spot/

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A tour of Barcelona's best healthy restaurants

Marvellous breakfast and a walk to awaken the senses

The next morning, get on the tramway to Poblenou. Hidden away in this former industrial neighbourhood off the beaten tourist path is the Little Fern Café. Bright light bathes this pretty space decorated with plants. Jay and Judit, a charming couple hailing from New Zealand and Hungary, welcome you for a superb breakfast of utterly crunchy granola, hibiscus yoghurt, rhubarb compote and coconut flakes.

Fortified by this yummy yet vitamin-packed combo, set off to discover Poblenou's whitewashed streets that bring to mind those in Andalusia. Stroll along until you reach the Santa Catalina Market in the heart of the Gothic quarter. Under the rooftop covered with Gaudí-inspired coloured mosaics, ramble through the stands of fresh products from Catalonia.

Little Fern Café
Carrer de Pere IV 168
08005 Barcelona
Spain
+34 938 08 93 17
littleferncafe.com/

Santa Catalina Market
Av. de Francesc Cambó 16
08003 Barcelona
Spain
+34 933 19 57 40

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A tour of Barcelona's best healthy restaurants

Every calorie counts in Eixample

When it is time for lunch, you should head to Eixample for a balanced meal at Fit Kitchen, a restaurant that is all about healthy food. Here, the menu lists the nutritional information for every dish. From among the vegetarian, low-carb or high-protein options, go for the delicious tuna tataki with avocado, quinoa, edamame and seaweed.

Fit Kitchen
Carrer de Londres 91
08036 Barcelona
Spain
+34 938 32 79 54
www.fitkitchenbarcelona.com/

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A tour of Barcelona's best healthy restaurants

An afternoon snack with a Brazilian flair

This tour of the health cuisine scene in Barcelona continues on to the Almalibre Açai, a bar open non-stop from 11am. In this elegantly designed space, you can create your own açai bowl with all your favourite toppings (banana, chocolate, sesame…). The Brazilian berry with multiple detoxifying properties is the venue's speciality. Refreshed and ready to roll, you can now explore the modernist architectural monuments of Eixample that Barcelona is known for: just a stone's throw away is Casa Batlló, a masterpiece by the illustrious Gaudí.

Almalibre Açai Bar
Carrer de Girona 118
08009 Barcelona
Spain
+34 931 37 63 01
www.almalibreacaibar.es/barcelona

Casa Batlló
Passeig de Gràcia 43
08007 Barcelona
Spain
+34 93 216 03 06
www.casabatllo.es/en/

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A tour of Barcelona's best healthy restaurants

Where Asia meets Spain

As afternoon gives way to evening, go a little further north towards the colourful neighbourhood of Gràcia for a cocktail on the terrace of a bohemian café. Along a pedestrian street of this former village absorbed by Barcelona, you will find a perfect, healthy dinner. Gut, a lovely neighbourhood spot with a polished interior, serves up a seasonal Mediterranean and Asian fusion menu with gluten-free and organic options. Their Kerala chicken curry with mango yoghurt sauce and raita is to die for! Or, perhaps you would prefer the surprising veggie burger made with soya, spinach and seaweed instead. It is a combination that will leave you feeling detoxed.

Gut
Carrer del Perill 13
08012 Barcelona
Spain
+34 931 86 63 60
www.restaurantgut.com/welcome