The Provincial Government of Barcelona was recently awarded the ‘Biosphere Responsible Tourism’ certificate, which is supported by the United Nations and UNESCO and is awarded to tourist destinations that are recognised as being sustainable and responsible.
Barcelona itself is home to a variety of shops, restaurants and accommodation which consider their environmental impact and keep sustainability at the forefront of their businesses.
Take a look at our list below for some of the best eco-friendly hotspots in the city!
Craft beers, vegan burgers and quirky décor; if these words are like music to your ears, CatBar is definitely the place for you. Located just off Via Laietana in the trendy El Born neighbourhood, this funky, cat-themed establishment has a huge selection of local artisan beers that can be enjoyed with one of their many vegan burgers. Friendly staff members are always on hand to help if you’re a beginner to the craft beer scene, or if you simply just can’t choose!
Address: Carrer de la Bòria, 17, 08003 Barcelona
Located in the neighbourhood of El Raval, Due Spaghi fusions Catalan and Italian cuisine whilst offering a welcoming and inviting dining atmosphere. They only use local products and refer to their suppliers as part of their family, emphasising their passion for caring for the environment and knowing exactly what goes into their dishes. With the Slow Food movement originating from Italy, Due Spaghi undoubtedly combines the pleasure of delicious food with environmental responsibility and seals the deal with friendly customer service!
Many dishes are vegetarian friendly and are made with great care. So, if you want to dine at a place that puts soul and history into their dishes, whilst highlighting the value of local and regional food products, Due Spaghi is definitely not one to miss.
Address: Carrer de Sepúlveda, 151, 08011 Barcelona
Did somebody say ice cream? Using organic cow’s or goat’s milk, Bodevici combines high quality, eco-friendly products to create flavoursome ice creams that can be enjoyed without feeling guilty! Gràcia is known for being chic and trendy, so it comes as no surprise that Bodevici is located here. At this cute and colourful gelateria you aren’t just limited to just ice cream, as they also offer frozen yoghurt, creamy smoothies and yummy fresh-fruit toppings!
Address: Carrer de Torrijos, 21, 08012 Barcelona
Amapola Vegan Shop
Love shopping? Indulge in some eco-friendly fashion when visiting Amapola Vegan Shop, located in the heart of Gràcia. Everything sold here is made from non-genuine leather, from shoes and clothes, to bags and wallets! This little vegan boutique also guarantees that no feathers, silk or wool are used in the manufacturing of their products. What’s more, the attention to detail and quality is up there with some of the best! Let’s hope this cruelty-free fashion trend continues…
Address: Travessera de Gràcia, 129, 08012 Barcelona
La Manual Alpargatera
There are rumours that espadrilles have been manufactured in Catalunya since the 14th century, and even today they are still a prominent trend in the fashion world. La Manual Alpargatera has been manufacturing the shoe since the 1940s and today it still sells high quality, fashionable espadrilles made of all natural materials. Attention to detail is never spared as each pair is crafted with a fine artistry and appeal to all ages and genders. Eco-friendly fashion combined with tradition and originality!
Address: Carrer d’Avinyó, 7, 08002 Barcelona
Sustainability being one of its core values, L’estoc isn’t just your average furniture shop! They design, produce and sell unique furniture pieces made from recycled unused objects. Those at L’estoc believe that a sustainable economy can also be obtained from a social viewpoint, on top of their environmental values.
Giving back to the community is key for those at L’estoc and they do so by employing people with disabilities – a much-needed initiative in a place where unemployment rates among disabled people is extremely high. Purchasing artisanal furniture from L’estoc not only makes a difference to our own lives but to the wider society by supporting a business with sustainability at the forefront of its practices.
Address: Carrer dels Almogàvers, 225, 08018 Barcelona
Centrally located and eco-friendly, Sleep Green hostel is exactly that – a green hotspot for visiting travelers and tourists who want to make sure their trip is environmentally friendly. At Sleep Green they use energy efficient electric installations, 100% green energy, recyclable and environmentally-friendly cleaning products, to name a few things. Situated in the heart of Barcelona just off Plaça Catalunya, the city’s main square, you’ll be in the heart of the action in the cosmopolitan city centre, whilst still doing your bit for the environment!
Address: Ronda de la Universitat, 15, 08007 Barcelona
Also located in the central part of Barcelona, just 200m from Las Ramblas and Plaça Catalunya, is Hostal Grau. This family-run, eco-friendly hostel features simple but stylish rooms and uses energy efficient lighting, renewable energy and a water recycling system. If you’re looking for cosy yet environmentally friendly accommodation in a top location in the city centre, Hostal Grau should be in prime position on your list.
Address: Carrer de les Ramelleres, 27, 08001 Barcelona
Now you can explore Barcelona to your heart's content, without feeling like you're ruining the city. So don't hang around, jump onboard the eco-tourism bandwagon! Read some more tips for going green in Barcelona.
Travel tip shared by Lauren Regan at AB Apartment Barcelona