As healthy vegan and vegetarian food becomes increasingly trendy in Barcelona, restaurants trying to offer tasty, fresh and picture-perfect dishes are springing up all over town.
So far, one restaurant has definitely got it right. Known for its raw, vegan and gluten-free focus, Blueproject is one of the hottest plant-based and friendly locales in the city.
Situated in the chic and bustling Born neighborhood, this small and quaint restaurant has an eye for detail, producing not only delicious food, but beautiful plates, as well.
Blueproject's plate full of veggie-friendly bites — Photo courtesy of Blueproject
As part of a larger multidisciplinary arts center, Blueproject Foundation's El Café offers a range of organic products, as well as dishes based on the concepts and spirit of raw food, which encourages the use of uncooked and unprocessed foods.
Embedded in a philosophy of eating foods that are raw, live and plant-based – such as fruits, vegetables, greens, leaves, roots, seeds, grains, pulses, nuts, oils, fats, algae, flowers, herbs, salt and spices – Blueproject's café uses natural cooking techniques to obtain and preserve food and nutrients, such as sprouting, dehydration, fermentation and maceration.
They also grind, mix, filter, blend and cut, thus providing them with endless possibilities of textures and unique flavors, all of which are evident in the mouthwatering dishes that come to your table.
Inside Blueproject restaurant — Photo courtesy of Blueproject
Although plant-based and raw foods are slowly making a name for themselves in Barcelona's culinary scene, there are still very few to rival the greasy and gastro tapas that run rampant in the city. Blueproject is one of a kind, in that its food is extremely fresh, beautifully presented and 100 percent organic.
El Café is also one of the few places in Barcelona where one can find kale chips. Other must-try dishes include the Magic Hummus, and the Outer Space Salad, which varies depending on the week. It's known to be the kitchen's hot bed for creation.
Located just a stone's throw from the enchanting Park Ciutadella, iconic Arc de Triomf and always happening Passeig del Born, this is an excellent place to go for lunch before strolling through nature or having dinner before you end the night in one of the many bars or clubs around the barrio.
Blueproject is closed on Mondays, and it's quite small. So it's best to reserve in advance, especially if you're going on a weekend. They're open for lunch and dinner and have Wi-Fi – for those looking to work while reveling in a delicious meal.