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Barcelona has been a pretty hip travel destination for some time now and lately the healthy side is also picking up fast. The offer of vegetarian dishes has grown rapidly and juice bars are popping up everywhere. So apart from the usual must visit locations this Mediterranean city has on offer, you here have a list of our favourite Hip & Healthy food spots and things to do in Barcelona.

EATING 

El Café Blue Project

The culinary experience is colourful and luscious and in a cosy atmosphere. All food here is organic and there are plenty of raw food, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

Teresa Carles

Named after its famous vegetarian chef, Teresa has come up with some delicious dishes in her first vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona. She takes vegetarian food to a whole new level and Teresa’s Mezze Platter is a good sample of the various tastes available in the restaurant. The kitchen is open all day. www.teresacarles.com

Flax & Kale

This is a truly hip restaurant boasting a wide range of flexitarian dishes that include plenty of healthy spices and superfoods. It’s modern, delicious and busy, so be sure to show up early or book ahead. It is the second restaurant of Teresa Carles.

Hummus

If you’re into hummus (who’s not?) then this is the place to go. The menu is simple but with quality options that are delicious. The friendly staff serve take away should you want to go on a picnic.

Obbio

The Obbio organics food supermarket has a small and cosy café that serves healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch throughout the day. Lunch is paid per weight so just fill up the plate with those healthy grains and salads etc. Food here is mainly vegan and vegetarian made with fresh, organic and seasonal food.

The Juice House

Besides juices, the Juice House also offers clean food without refined or processed products. They serve breakfast, lunch and teatime snacks. How about an oat and chia pancake with nut cream, coco and strawberries?

OhBo

Instead of a usual appetizer, why not have a shot of antioxidants to start the organic feast in this modern café? They have plenty of options of dishes that change with the seasons and a delicious brunch on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Organic’s

It’s an all-organic restaurant, serving “slow fast food” in the centre of Barcelona. You can combine the dish especially for your own taste buds. The kitchen is open all day and they also have a menu for kids.

DRINKING 

Mother

Mother is one of the very first cold-pressed juiceries in Barcelona. They serve juices of all kinds, as well as nut mylk smoothies – it’s all organic and scrumptious!

Teresa’s Juicery

Located in Flax & Kale, this juicer offers pure cold pressed juices and purees, veggie mylks, health smoothies and wellness elixir shots! There is something for every taste bud and they’re all delicious. If you’re not sure where to start, try out the Coco Masalachai.

Green Shoots

This small juice shop makes the juice you want with plenty of ingredients on offer. They also do take-away lunches and there are some table and chairs should you want hang out a little longer. Oh, and all in biodegradable packaging!

SHOPPING 

The following organic supermarkets have all you need for a healthy trip in town. You can stock up on snacks, fruits, mylks, as well as baby and beauty products.

Ethical and vegan fashion is also on the up in Barcelona and in these three shops you can find local and international sustainable fashion labels.

FITNESS

For beautiful beach run, the 7km on Passeig Marítim from Hotel W to Forum on Diagonal Mar; and for an incredible view of Barcelona, run along the Carretera de les Aigües like the locals do.

Work on your posture and stretch your muscles during a class at Postural Fit. And if you feel like caCthing up on a yoga session you can do so at Bikram Yoga or Yoga Yoga Barcelona, specialised in Bikram and Hatha Vinyasa respectively.

Take a swim while enjoying the spectacular view of the city and the sea at the Montjuïc swimming pool reformed for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games and featured in Kylie Minogue’s Slow music video.

Enjoy the spa at Aire de Barcelona for a blissful green hammam experience or visit the spa at Hotel Omm – a luxury spa retreat with natural and organic products to pamper you with.

Words by Helena Spongenberg

Image: Flax & Kale


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