The Top 5 Salad Bars in Barcelona
I’ve got a bone to pick with Barcelona, and it’s regarding the lack of salad bars.
For a healthy conscious, keep fit lifestyle oriented city, there really are a shortage of places in which to build a bowl of greens. Don’t get me wrong, the cafes and restaurants across the city will always have a salad or three on their menus; I’m talking about a salad only bar where you build with each ingredient from the base up.
On my never-ending hunt, the following few have come into my experience. Read, eat, tell your friends!
1. Salad Market Europa in Barcelona
Thank the heavens for the Salad Market Europe. Being in les Corts, it might be considered somewhat out of the way. I will gladly take the two trains it takes to get me here just to enjoy the meal.
At the Salad Market Europa you start from your choice of base, and work your way up into proteins, veggies, dressings, toppings and more. You really can go hard on the creativity here, it’s so reasonably priced you wont even notice the extra cost per add on.
What I also love about the Salad Market is that you can place your order online prior to arrival and they will have it ready for you to collect within minutes. Ideal if you don’t have much time between a guided walking tour, or simply want to pick up something to enjoy in the park nearby.
They do a great loyalty program where with every few salad purchases you’ll get one for free.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday — 9am to 4pm
ADDRESS: 33 29, Carrer d’Europa, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Maria Cristina
2. Café Parc Belmont in Barcelona
Hard luck, since there are virtually no salad options anywhere near this Gaudi monument. I did, however, managed to find the Cafe Parc Belmont who have an interesting menu centered around their specialty salads.
Most of the dishes are salad mains with a side of a protein of your choosing. Everything is plated together, topped with dressing, and served with a variety of whatever sides you’d like.
Of course one can simply ask for a salad plate, in which case they’ll skip all the extras and pike your rectangular plate high with the famous salad mix. It’s hardly a salad bar, but it will do!
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday — 8am to 5pm
ADDRESS: Carrer de Lepant, 256, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Sagrada Familia
3. Quinoa Bar Vegetarià in Barcelona
The Quinoa Bar Vegetarià is also not a salad bar. But, it is a vegetarian cafe which means there ought to be a plethora of vegetables floating around, and there are!
Their salad menu is vast, and they are also happy to customize all of them wherever possible to suit your taste. I wouldn’t bother with the side salads, they are nothing special. Opt for the main ones and customize them.
The music and vibe of this space making dining here worthwhile. There are also two great art house cinemas within close proximity to Quinoa Bar Vegetarià that are great as a full night out.
I know we didn’t come here for vegan burgers, but I wouldn’t feel right not pointing out that Quinoa Bar Vegetarià has some of the best in town!
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 11am to 11pm
ADDRESS: Travessera de Gràcia, 203, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Joanic
4. Poké Maoli in Barcelona
When Barcelona can’t give you salad bars, we go to poke bars instead.
There are a bunch of these around the city, all of which make for great make-shift salad bars where you can build your bowl. This one I simply like because of its close proximity to the beach!
At Poké Maoli one can build a regal salad quite easily. They have mixed greens as a base option, and then you’ll add in things like tomatoes, cucumber, onion, avocado, radish, peppers etc.
You can also add any protein you like from their poke menu, which is usually chicken, prawns, salmon or tuna. Vegans can opt for tofu or simply skip this step!
No, you won’t enjoy a traditional Greek salad dressing or balsamic vinegar here, but the poke marinades aren’t so bad and can give your salad some interesting, exotic flavors.
Not bad for a city with no salads, not bad at all.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 10pm
ADDRESS: Carrer de Sevilla, 80, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Barceloneta
5. Bo de B in Barcelona
Bo de B is also right by the Barceloneta waters and is helping bridge the absence gap between salads and the Barcelona people.
You won’t build up salads of your own, instead you’ll be presented with a wide variety of salads of the day, made by the Bo de B staff. They are always creative, always top quality and always delicious.
You’ll pay by the plate full, and can add scoops and scoops of all of your choices until it is full. It’s a salad bar done street food style, and tourists are loving it.
On the menu as well are patatas bravas, sandwiches, wraps and meaty mains.