Vegan Sitges

We spent a lot of time in Sitges. More time than I wanted to really, but that’s another story.

Being an hour away from Barcelona and on the coast it’s a pretty good place to hang out. It’s fairly modern in attitude but has some beautiful architecture and the kind of twisty residential streets that make Spain so much prettier than many other countries.

While it used to be synonymous with the gay movement (like the Brighton, England of Spain) it is now more of a combined gay, heterosexual, family vibe. What it doesn’t share with England’s Brighton, apart from the weather, is the number of vegetarian and vegan options available.

If you are a vegan in Sitges, well good luck to you. There is not much imagination applied when it comes to feeding peregrinating vegans. I’m not sure they’ve even heard of it in some places, so eating out is going to be difficult for you, unless you are happy to eat patatas bravas (fried potatoes in spicy sauce [you need to check if they use animal oils]) or pan con tomate (white bread with garlic and tomato). You may also find gazpacho, which is a cold tomato and aubergine soup, and despite sounding pretty horrendous, is pretty tasty.

You can also try and get yourself a vegetarian paella but you will need to make sure that they understand that you don’t just want a vegetable paella (verduras) as sometimes this also means tuna-fish or chicken – which I don’t think is strictly vegan, or wasn’t last time I looked.

There is a restaurant called Lady Blues that serves vegetarian options, but other than that, you need to get yourself to Veritas on passeig Villa Franca to pick up some vegan yummies or to the market (Calle Salvador Meravent) or one of the many fruit and vegetable shops. My favorite is on Paralles (the main shopping street of Sitges) and is called Carme Miranda. The fruit and vegetables here aren’t the cheapest, but the quality is good and they also have prepared fruit salads that you can take on the beach with you (as long as you don’t have your dog with you).

For a great granizado de limon (like a snow cone but runnier) head to [Llao Llao] on the same street, where they serve the greatest. It’s just lemon, sugar and water and so thoroughly vegan (unless lemons have been reclassified as sentient since I last looked).

There’s a small juice bar called [Disfruta!] which opens the typically erratic Spanish horarios (opening times) but does a number of fruit combos – including one with acai berries. Vegetable juices seem to be unheard of in Spain.

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