Barcelona has established itself as a sustainable tourist destination, with responsibly managed tourism and cutting edge strategies which seek to ensure it is a model city for the future. For locals and tourists alike, the city offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and even hotels with sustainability in mind. Check out the list below for some eco-friendly hotspots.
Situated in the trendy El Born neighbourhood, just off Via Laietana, lies CatBar, combining some of the world’s best inventions: vegan burgers and craft beers. This cat-themed, funky bar offers about six different burger options as well as side dishes. Their craft beer selection is almost entirely local, and if you’re new to the craft beer scene, the staff will happily help you out!
Carrer de la Bòria, 17, 08003
Due Spaghi provides a welcoming and inviting dining atmosphere, while taking a great deal of care in what they do. The kitchen and concept is based on a mix of Catalan and Italian cuisine, and culture is rooted in their work. They only use local products and build transparent working relations and connections with their producers through the use of seasonal products. Many dishes are vegetarian friendly and are made with great care. It is built on sustainable principles with value for local and regional food products, making it an excellent role model for all.
Carrer de Sepúlveda, 151 08011
In the ice cream world, Bodevici sets itself apart by working with only quality products, no additives, artificial flavours or colourings. Products are always ecologically-friendly through the use of organic cow or goat’s milk and the walls are often lined with flyers from sustainable projects or businesses in the area, meaning you can enjoy your favourite ice cream flavours without the guilt…
Carrer de Torrijos, 21, 08012
Amapola Vegan Shop
Everything in Amapola is vegan…from shoes and clothes to bags and wallets. All products are made from non-genuine leather and there is guaranteed to be no use of silk, wool or feathers, plus, everything is cruelty free! In addition to their environmentally free design, Amapola also pays a great deal of attention to nice design and high quality. Supporting an important cause through fashionable designs is pretty commendable…let’s hope this trend continues.
Travessera de Gràcia, 129, 08012
L’estoc isn’t just your average furniture shop, it’s a social enterprise with sustainability at its core. They make their furniture by recycling unused objects. In addition to their sustainable products, they also greatly value high morals and ethics, as well as giving back to the community. They employ people with disabilities, which is a much-needed initiative in a place where employment rates of disabled people is alarmingly low. When shopping at this store, you’re not only making a difference to your own lives but to the lives of others and to wider society by contributing to a business with sustainability at the forefront of its practices.
Carrer dels Almogàvers, 225, 08018
La Manual Alpargatera
In the 1940s, this well-known espadrille shop used cutting edge technology to create the then emerging shoe. Nearly 80 years later, the trend has returned to the fashion world. La Manual Alpargatera sells high quality, fashionable espadrilles made of only natural materials. Each pair is crafted with a fine artistry, combining tradition with uniqueness, appealing to men, women, and children.
Carrer d’Avinyó, 7, 08002
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