Eat in the best healthy places in Barcelona, whatever your diet
If you are looking for healthy restaurants and cafés to eat in Barcelona, because you follow a special diet, have a food intolerance or allergy, or simply care about your health generally and that of the environment, read on!
I have now decided to focus on the best healthy restaurants and cafés in Barcelona, my home city.
I asked the expat community of Barcelona for their opinions and then added their suggestions to my own to provide you with a varied list that will hopefully meet all your dietary requirements.
Wide range of restaurants and cafés in Barcelona
Barcelona offers many options!
Actually, I have a post already about the best restaurants in Barcelona, which I wrote a while back, when I interviewed a friend who has been settled here for almost 10 years, like me, and who is a real foodie!
But this article is different: I want to focus only on restaurants that give a damn about healthy food!
I also want to take this opportunity to spotlight some local businesses in my community like cafés and restaurants and support them in the great job they’re doing to integrate different diets. So by going there, not only will you find food suitable for your special needs, but you will also help those great places thrive!
Why is it so difficult to find health-conscious restaurants and cafés in Barcelona?
Barcelona relies a lot on tourism, which means that clients are mostly just passing, and so it is not so important to encourage loyalty.
But with the Covid crisis, we are realizing how important it is to rely on local restaurants, and, in turn, restaurants are realizing how important it is to rely on their local community.
The Mediterranean diet is recognised as one of the healthiest in the world.
Yet because many businesses care more about money than service, some restaurants prefer to serve quick and cheap food to keep their overheads down, and offer food that is far from the typical Catalan or Spanish cuisine.
In reality, I think it’s easy to find healthy food restaurants in Barcelona.
Catalan food is ideal as we have all the ingredients to eat healthily all year round: olive oil, herbs, a great variety of fruits and vegetables, a nearby countryside with farmers willing to grow quality produce.
As Nino explained in his interview, you need to steer clear of the tourist traps and instead explore your “barrio” (neighbourhood) and discover what menus they have to offer.
A list of healthy restaurants and cafes to eat in Barcelona
Here are some great places to eat that I have selected for you:
Check them out below and find out which are suitable for you.
I have put together different options that are suitable both for people interested in eating seasonal and local (km.0) produce, and for people who follow special diets, like FODMAP, gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, low fat or low sugar diets.
I hope this guide will help you find a restaurant that matches your dietary needs!
Debby’s good veggie food
The first thing you will notice when you go to Debby’s are the people who work there, their enormous smiles and their willingness to make you smile, too!
On Debby’s website, you will see that she collaborates with suppliers of ecological products. For eco-friendly containers for takeaways, she works with Bionatic; the work clothes come from Circoolar, who help reduce waste through the circular economy. She also offers ecological drinks with Chica, and works with ethical providers who help ensure workers are paid fairly.
Debby’s focuses on vegetarian and vegan food. It is so delicious you will realize that you don’t have to eat dairy to enjoy mouth-watering cakes, desserts and sweets.
She’s also very conscious about health and always works very hard to use less sugar, exploring alternative ways to sweeten her recipes, and thus avoid the bad effects of refined sugars.
Most recipes are made with the fruits’ own sugar so that she only needs to add a small quantity of whole brown sugar.
We also love her healthy juices that vary with the seasons, as well as her tasty lunches!
If you have a lactose intolerance, you will be delighted to find many recipes that are perfect for vegans. You can also order coffee with plant-based drinks like oats, almond, cashew, coconut, nuts or soy instead of milk.
And finally, she has even started to offer recipes for people with gluten or wheat intolerances, my favourite being the vegetarian crepioca, a dish based on tapioca.
Other gluten-free options which are also vegan are her truffles, cakes, brownies, muffins and madeleines.
Debby’s is situated between Poblenou and Clot, close to Glories and Clot metro stations (red line L1).
It’s also not too far from Poblenou metro station (yellow line L4). It’s actually just a few steps away from Ca l’Aranyó tram station (Lines T5 and T6), the bus 7 (Rambla Poblenou-Diagonal) and the bus H12 (Lacuna Gran Via).
If you live in the area, she is basically near Gran Via and Rambla Poblenou, near a kids’ playground, making it ideal to just grab something to eat in the park!
Debby’s is a cosy cafe with a couple of tables overlooking the kids’ playground. It provides takeaways and usually opens Monday to Friday from 8 am to 7 pm. It closes on Saturdays but opens again on Sunday for brunch, from 9 am till 3 pm.
They love to make all types of cakes, sweet and savoury, for any occasion.
Some examples: muffins, cookies, gingerbreads, quiches, cocas, dumplings.
Their trademark is their artisan bread made with alternative flours*
*they may contain traces of gluten, so not suitable for coeliacs, but healthy for FODMAP diets, or people having an intolerance to gluten
And recently they introduced signature French patisserie (patisserie fine).
I asked them a few questions to find out more about those things that are important to us, i.e. environmental and personal well-being.
Can you explain to us how you integrate various different diets to cater for everyone?
Our daily menus consist of dishes that use alternatives for any food characteristic (vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free and for everyone!).
In our shop we have vegan and gluten-free muffins, gluten-free artisan breads, gluten-free cakes, vegan sugar-free cookies…
We also make vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free cakes on request.
We are developing a range of sugar-free confectionery.
And of course, our gluten-free breads – a house speciality – which we make with alternative flours to wheat. They can be plain or with walnuts, olives, or Provencal dried tomato!
Our breads keep perfectly in the fridge for up to a week. You just need to toast them and they are ready to be savoured! And if you are not going to consume them all in one sitting, you can slice and freeze them, and like this you’ll have bread readily available when you need it!
We also offer organic, vegan and/or sugar-free products, such as marmalades and vegetable patés.
Is your food seasonal and local?
Yes, we adapt our menus according to what’s available in the local markets, and we have local suppliers.
Of course! We work with Stuart deliveries. Delivery for an order placed directly with el Obrador of €50 and over is free inside Barcelona.
Lockdown made it crucial to get closer to our clients, so we streamlined the processes so that platforms such as Glovo could also work with us.
What do you use for takeaways or home deliveries to reduce your environmental impact?
We use 80% biodegradable cardboard and plastic packaging. There are certain types of recyclable plastic that do not resist well to heat, so we have had to opt for other alternatives.
When can we visit you?
Obrador de la Nena is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.
Where is Obrador de La Nena?
Obrador de La Nena is situated in the elegant district of Gracia, very close to Passeig de Gracia.
Metro Diagonal or frequent buses at Pau Claris/Diagonal and Passeig de Gracia /Diagonal bus stops.
Obrador La Nena Carrer de Santa Tecla, 8, 08012 Barcelona T: +34 933 682 084
Le Pty Mon
If you love authentic French crêpes, (i.e. the ones from Brittany) you will simply love this place!
Le Pty Mon means ‘the small world’ (in a mix of French, Breton and Catalan), ‘world’ probably referring to their wide choice of galettes (that’s how we call buckwheat crêpes in French); but also ‘small’ because of its warm family atmosphere.
Made with traditional buckwheat flour, you can enjoy tasty gluten-free crêpes.
As for fresh produce, Le Pty Mon always works with locally sourced ingredients and always tries to support ecological food coming from sustainable productions.
Le Pty Mon also takes pride in using the best ingredients that are typical of Brittany to provide you with a taste of the true flavours of France’s food and drinks. Because a crepe is best accompanied by a glass of cider.
And if you are worried about your special dietary needs or a food intolerance, you can relax here! This restaurant makes every effort to cater for you, offering options for different types of diets like the vegetarian, the vegan, or any type of food intolerance, as long as you let them know in advance.
To book a table you can give them a call or email them via their website. They will send you an email to confirm.
Their timetable is adapting to the restrictions so check online or call them to make sure. But they should be open from 1.30 pm Tuesday to Saturday.
I went there a very long time ago, when I used to live in the Eixample. Although it’s very central (a few blocks away from Hospital Clinic, near Francesc Macias), because they are located in a small “passatge” you escape the noise of the traffic.
But all the same, you can get there easily with all the different buses passing nearby, especially on Diagonal, but also close to the metro station of Diagonal and the Ferrocarril station of Provença.
So do not hesitate to pay them a visit and support a small family business. You will enjoy delicious food and feel like a true guest in Brittany, all at the same time!
Crepería bretona Le p’ty mon Passatge de Lluís Pellicer, 13, 08036 Barcelona T: +34 934 109 002 Le Pty Mon Instagram
I interviewed Claire, who explained to us what her restaurant is about and how it can help people like us feel integrated, no matter if we have a special diet or a food intolerance.
What is your speciality?
Doble Zer00 is an Asian fusion restaurant, with a speciality for sushi and exotic tapas.
What sorts of diets does your establishment cater for?
We can accommodate gluten-free, low-salt, and vegetarian diets.
Can you give us some examples of the dishes in these special diets?
The Copasetic project was born 7 years ago, from a Catalan-Greek couple – a beautiful mix that translates into delicious Mediterranean style!
But it’s so much more than that!
They have reconciled people with special dietary requirements, food intolerances and even allergies with eating out again!
It can be so difficult to find adequate food when we have those limitations.
But you’ll change your mind when you enter Copasetic!
Healthy food at Copasetic for all types of diets
You’ll find gluten-free* crepes, pancakes and carrot cakes, and more, made with rice flour. And be ready for a gluten-free taste that exceeds your expectations, thanks to the owner, Therry, who has also eliminated gluten from his diet.
*may contain traces of gluten, please advise them if you have this allergy.
Having this limitation herself, she understands the importance of artisanal elaboration, versus the industrial and processed food that many coffee shops and restaurants offer as the only alternative to people with gluten intolerance.
There are also many lactose-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
So for those who are suffering from IBS and follow a low fodmap diet, you’ll find options there too.
What we also love is that they are really integrating the ecological side of things, from offering lots of ecological food and drinks, to the way they have decorated their place, to their ethics.
You can go to Copasetic for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even brunch on weekends. But that’s not it: at Copasetic, you will also find many different drinks, including cocktails, wines and beers.
Where is Copasetic?
Copasetic is located in la Esquerra de l’Eixample, just a few steps away from Rocafort metro station, and can be reached by any of the many buses going up and down the Gran Via.
I used to live in this area, right between Plaza Espanya and Universidad, and I loved it for its proximity to the bustling centre, as well as to Sant Antoni and Sants.
Copasetic Carrer de la Diputació, 55, 08015 Barcelona T: +34 935 327 666
This is a typical Catalan restaurant, situated in the heart of Poblenou, one of my favourite barrios of Barcelona, close to the sea and the Rambla del Poblenou.
Ca Germans serves delicious food, and their service is like no other! This family business has really understood how to keep a loyal clientele, treating their clients like royalty! And you don’t encounter that very often in Barcelona!
The kind of healthy food you find at Ca Germans
If you like seafood, I highly recommend it. They always do a ‘special of the day’ depending on what is available but if you happen to get rice with octopus, you won’t be disappointed!
If you are looking for quality, this is definitely a place you should try!
With lockdown, they were forced to close, but they are open again now, and it’s one of the restaurants I am looking forward to going back to!
Contrary to a lot of Spanish restaurants that go heavy on the oil, in Ca Germans they don’t. Everything is healthy and simply delicious!
They also offer a great variety of tapas at very affordable prices.
Also, my husband loves to have a glass of cava there because the champagne flute is covered with a mist of ice. The glasses are stored in a fridge, and we appreciate it greatly, especially during the hot months!
Cafe Cometa is a nice place to go for a break, breakfast or brunch.
What we love about Cafe Cometa is that they offer delicious food that is ‘kilometre zero’, meaning it has a low carbon footprint, as they get their products locally.
We know how important it is to go local, as it helps the local economy and also reduces the impact of transport. They also embrace the concept of slow food (as opposed to fast food), and foment regional dishes and traditional ways of preparing the food.
What kind of food and drinks to expect in Cafe Cometa?
It offers a wide range of coffees, a forte of theirs. They also offer healthy drinks, like natural juices, and healthy snacks. With my FODMAP diet, I enjoy having a nice lemonade there in the summer! And as I love herbal or traditional teas, I always find something I want to drink there.
What I also appreciate is that you can easily enjoy a hot drink even if you are lactose intolerant. They offer different plant-based milk options by ecological brands, and vegan and vegetarian snacks too.
For people following this type of diet, trying to avoid greasy food due to poor digestion or intolerance to fatty food, then this method is definitely helpful, and Via Granados uses the latest technology to grill it the best possible way!
The food is typically Catalan, and mostly local too.
So it’s really a fusion between modern and traditional cuisine. They also offer a wide range of tapas.
The food also varies according to the season. At the time I am writing this article, you can enjoy the famous “calçots”.
I went there during semi-lockdown and ordered a lunch menu as a takeaway, with grilled chicken, grilled aubergines and potatoes, an artisan dessert, and a drink, all included.
I had to wait a little while the food was being cooked to guarantee the best quality. It was a perfect menu for my Fodmap diet!
They also deliver within Barcelona city, just check with them directly if you are interested.
Via Granados Carrer d’Enric Granados, 67, 08008 Barcelona T: +34 93 707 0621
I enjoyed a nice meal there a few years ago for Valentine’s day.
It is part of the same group as Via Granados, so you will enjoy the same quality and similar menu, with delicious meat and vegetables “a la brasa”, which also works for me with the Fodmap diet, or any low-fat diet.
It is also situated in the heart of Eixample and very close to Via Granados
Like their sister restaurant, you can ask for delivery by contacting them directly.
3 Focs Carrer de València, 207, 08007 Barcelona T: +34 93 116 4997
I have also heard from them through the expat community who gave me really good feedback. Here too there are food intolerances and there was consensus on the great service and how they always accommodate everyone’s needs.
I have also talked to them personally, and they told me how important it is for them to ensure that everyone feels welcome, no matter their diet, and nobody has to worry or feel weird about this.
Pizzeria Eden is a 5-minute walk from the famous Pedrera, in the Eixample district.
It’s very spacious and at the same time has a bucolic style that feels very welcoming.
They also deliver through various platforms like Just Eat, and are usually open for lunch and dinner, from Monday to Saturday.
Pizzeria Eden Barcelona Carrer de Provença, 332, 08037 Barcelona T: +34 93 106 8309 email@example.com
Restaurant En Ville
En Ville offers traditional Mediterranean lunches that change daily. They are 100% gluten-free, without traces and/or risk of cross-contamination (gluten does NOT enter the restaurant, so there are no mistakes in the kitchen).
What kind of healthy food can you eat at En Ville Restaurant?
All dishes are gluten-free, 80% are lactose-free and we also have vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Some typical gluten-free dishes are:
The roasted chicken cannelloni with béchamel sauce and parmesan, baked in the oven.
Cod “a la llauna”with beans from Santa Pau.
They even have thechocolate coulantdessert that won the 2020 distinction for best dessert, awarded by the Celiac Association of Catalonia.
Some lactose-free options include their crema catalana dessert.
As for vegetarian dishes, an example would be their basmati rice with basil, sautéed with seasonal vegetables.
En Ville uses seasonal products and their dishes are based on what they find at the market.
Most of the products they buy come from the famous Boquería market in Barcelona.
I will keep adding places as I discover them so keep an eye on this page and follow us on Facebook and Instagram, as I will let you know there when I add a new cafe or restaurant!
Do you also know great restaurants or cafés in Barcelona, who offer the flexibility of various diets, and/or who have a focus on local and seasonal food, with an eco-friendly philosophy? If so, let us know either in comments below or directly on our recommendation page!
Bon appétit! or as we say in Catalan: ¡Bon Profit!
Eat in the best healthy places in Barcelona, whatever your diet
If you are looking for healthy restaurants and cafés in Barcelona, because you follow a special diet, have a food intolerance or allergy, or simply care about your health generally and that of the environment, read on!