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Barcelona: Cheap + vegetarian = mission impossible?

kdgchow | Apr 13, 2011 08:05 PM

My wife and I are spending a week in Barcelona in June/July, we'll be staying in both L'Eixample, near La Sagrada Familia, and Sant Antoni, near Placa de Espanya.

As much as I'm looking forward to this trip, and getting my fill of Spanish/Catalan cuisine, I've been reading this forum and travel guides and getting a little worried, for a couple of reasons.

Every time I look at the exchange rate between the dollar and euro, I want to cry a little bit. Are there good meals to be had in Barcelona for under 20 euros per person? Places with menus del dia for lunch look promising, what are some of your favorites? Is our best bet to keep costs down to fill up at lunch and just snack for dinner? What are some of your favorite tapas or pinxtos spots that provide the best bang for the buck?

But here's where it gets even more complicated: my wife is a vegetarian - dairy, but no meat or fish. Of all the restaurants I've seen recommended here on Chowhound, almost none have any vegetarian options. I've looked at vegetarian websites like, but most of those restaurants seem too "healthy," if you know what I mean.

Are there restaurants that can satisfy both my wife and I? I've heard that tapas bars can be better for vegetarians that sit-down restaurants, but is that really the case? Would my wife just be eating cheese and olives all the time?

Is cheap + vegetarian possible in Barcelona? Or should we just buy stuff from local markets to feed ourselves most days? And if we wanted to splurge on a dinner one night - say, 50 euros person - is there a good higher-end place that could accommodate carnivores and vegetarians?

Thanks for any help!

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