Being a vegan or vegetarian in Spain is a pretty hard thing! Often when you tell the waiter or waitress that you’re vegetarian they just tell you “That’s ok, I’m gonna bring you some jamón” Really ?!
Here in Spain there is sometimes a liberal interpretation of what it means to be vegetarian. This can make it a little difficult to find places that cater for vegetarians. But thankfully you’re not alone – there is a good store and vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona in the form of “La Bascula“.
“La Bascula” is a Barcelona vegetarian restaurant hidden in El Borne which is a part of a vegetarian cooperative such as “La Cereria” which is in Gotico. You can’t miss this place – the entrance is a giant wooden door wide open on the street, and the first thing that you’ll notice is the decoration which is really different from the other restaurants that you can see in Borne. At “La Bascula” they use doors as tables and they recycle old stuff to give them a second life which makes you feel comfy and part of a welcome environment ready to appreciate all the vegetarian dishes they offer.
Fourteen years ago a vegetarian cooperative was founded by an Argentinian who settled in Barcelona and who wanted to bring together people from Latin America like Argentina, Chili and Equator to all work together, to build a community around the notion of being vegetarian. All these people who were part of this cooperative had a goal – to be together and work together creating vegetarian cuisine and homemade arts and crafts. This cooperative was also set up to help unknown artists to be highlighted and helped to organize exhibitions or concerts in their local spaces.
“La Bascula” is a restaurant which is a part of a vegetarian and organic cooperative here in Barcelona. The second restaurant of this cooperative is “La Cereria” in Gotic. Those two restaurants are pretty different.
“La Bascula” is a vegetarian cooperative café located in a former chocolate factory. You can eat healthily and cheaply. They offer fresh food and healthy dishes like empanadas, gaspacho or tarts, and desserts that you can accompany with teas and a homemade smoothie or milkshake.
La Bascula is hidden but Suitelife can tell you where to go:
Be careful this place doesn’t take credit cards so bring some cash. There are cash machines nearby.
Even if you’re not a vegetarian or a meat lover, go to this restaurant. You will enjoy the food and the environment. I swear you will fall in love with this place and maybe you will want to try more vegetarian food. Check out our previous post on different stores where you can get vegetarian products: http://suitelife.com/2011/06/17/vegetarian-in-barcelona-where-to-shop-the-best-vegetarian-food-in-bcn/
– by Kok Natha HEN (pictures included)