Although she was raised in a nearby mountain village Central St Martin’s educated Idoia Martinez now lives in the beautiful Gracia district of Barcelona. She is passionate about discovering new places to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
BED & BREAK
If you are looking for a stylish and eco-friendly place to stay in Barcelona, there is no doubt that this charming family-run bed and breakfast in the Eixample neighbourhood is a good bet. Located in an amazing modernist building, the rooms in the apartment all have an astonishing amount of natural light and their style is modern yet authentic. The couple who run it, Iván and Janna, prefer to use renewable energy instead of mains electricity: solar, hydro and wind energy. Further, the restoration of the building was done using non-toxic and local materials. Is there anything missing to make this beautiful and modernist apartment more eco-friendly?
C/ Diputació 327, 2nd floor 2nd door, 08009 Barcelona, Spain
PRAKTIK BAKERY HOTEL
The word “Praktik” will make complete sense to you once you stay here. Located in the Eixample district, very close to must-see Gaudí modernist buildings (Sagrada Família, La Pedrera…) this new and surprising hotel has something very unique: its entrance is a real bakery. And, it’s not just any bakery. “Forn Baluard” is one of the most famous bakeries in Barcelona (some people will even say it’s the best), and it’s a good place to find real homemade bread. Heaps of varieties of artisan bread made with ingredients that vary from organic flour, whole-wheat flour and toasted grains to stone-milled flour and spelt, all await you every morning. Your mouth will begin watering as the aromas of this incredible hotel and cafe reach you.
Calle Provença 279, Barcelona, Spain
Ivori is a charming and seductive design space devoted to 100% Catalan sourced products. Clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories are all carefully selected by Carola Alexandre to offer a high quality range, of brands. Some of these are completely eco, such as CUS, a brand that uses only organic fabrics and firmly avoids the use of pesticides and fertilisers. And what is more, “ivori” (ivory in Catalan), is the colour chosen to create the warm atmosphere that enhances the magnificent late nineteenth century ceiling. This is an environment that puts you at ease while you discover the latest creations that have been “made in Barcelona”.
C/ Mirallers 7, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Would you like to know where to find some of the dresses Penélope Cruz wears in Woody Allen’s movie “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”? Well, they are from l’Arca, a magical vintage store located in the tiny streets of the mystical Gothic quarter. It’s a must: antique textiles, wedding dresses, vintage fashions, lace pieces and artisanal crafts; all carefully curated, these are unique and exclusive items that transcend time and trends. Once you open the door of L’Arca, you will discover why and how the past is still alive here.
C/ Banys nous 20, 08002. Barcelona, Spain
ENCANTS Fira de Bellcaire
By visiting the Encants you will be saying “hello” to the Vintage Paradise of the city. Open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 8pm, the Encants from Plaça de les Glòries – which you can easily reach by metro from the city centre – is one of the oldest (open air) markets in Europe. It recently re-opened on a new site. Initiated in the fourteenth century, the market is one of the best examples of Barcelona’s commercial dynamism, a place where you will find all sorts of old and new or handmade pieces at an unbeatable price.
Av. Meridiana, 69, Barcelona, Spain
FLAX & KALE
A new place with an old and beautiful story: this is Flax & Kale, the young (big) brother of the coolest vegetarian restaurant in the city, Teresa Carles. Jordi Barri, the owner, is the son of a vegetarian chef who opened one of the first vegetarian spaces in Spain, in Lleida. Jordi started travelling to the EEUU at a very young age, in search of ideas and recipes for his mum. Now, Teresa (his mum), is the chef of these two amazing restaurants in Barcelona which have incorporated the best nutritional values from around the world. When visiting, do not miss the incredible cold press juices such as the “Green Medicine”, or the breakfast with superfoods in Flax & Kale like the “Açaí Bowl”. The combination of a huge sunny space and tasty, healthy, sustainable food will just make you want to go back.
C/ Tallers 74b, Placa Castella, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Spain
OhBO ORGANIC CAFE
If you are around the pretty neighbourhood of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, OhBO is a must.They truly take care about what they include in each of their dishes, giving the details of each on the menu (glycaemic index, fat, protein and sugar content). A menu specially thought by a naturopath bearing in mind vegan, vegetarian, paleo and gluten free diets. They do veggie brunch and what they call súper Cinema Packs, a formula to make your evening cinema plan perfect.
C. Dr. Fleming, 15 08017 Barcelona, Spain
If you are looking for a peaceful, all-white-and-warm-wooden-furniture-place to have a meal, you have found it. Recommended for its midday menu – only 11.50 € – you will enjoy a delicious fusion cuisine which will always include a veggie option and the unavoidable “eco” touch. Located in the Gracia neighbourhood – this is one to visit if you love street culture and alternative lifestyle – Gut is one of many more vegetarian and eco options you’ll discover. And be sure you don’t leave before tasting their sweet tarts! Really Gut ones!
C/ Perill 13, Barcelona, Spain
How about enjoying a delicious “paella” made with organic ingredients as you sit by a beautiful beach in the middle of the Mediterranean sea? Yes, this is possible at Barracuda, the newly opened restaurant run by Michelin-awarded chef Xavi Pellicer. Located in Castelldefels it is only a twenty minute ride by train from Plaça Catalunya. Beautiful umbrellas, sunbeds and authentic maritime decor await you in this unique and relaxing hotspot. Excellent quality and even better atmosphere.
Calle Ribera de Sant Pere No.27 08870 (Castelldefels), Barcelona, Spain
If you want to visit the city’s hippest neighbourhood, go straight to Poblenou. Factories, wide avenues, and some very cool places to visit. A favourite is Sopa, a restaurant with a big glass front and lots of cute wooden tables outside; this really is a place like no other. Located in front of Can Framis – the latest Fundació Vila Casas, a Museum of Contemporary Painting – Sopa offers vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic cuisine choices. Everyday they prepare a healthy and energetic “Sopa” – soup – together with a selection of salads and simple but amazing hot dishes such as pasta with mushrooms. You will also find a good variety of products with bio certification to complete your pantry, as well as clothing and accessories chosen with great care. But that’s not the end of it… Sopa Barcelona is also a yoga centre! The perfect tandem: a Yoga class and a delicious meal!
C/ Roc Boronat 114, Barcelona, Spain
LA CUINA D’EN GARRIGA
Helena Garriga grew up surrounded by relics of her family, including soda syphons – essential in any traditional Spanish vermouth bar. Helena’s passion for authentic local produce “made with the hands and with the heart” is evident throughout the echoes of La Cuina d’en Garriga.Helena Garriga grew up surrounded by relics of her family, a manufacturer of soda syphons, essential in any traditional Spanish vermouth bar. Helena highlights her passion for authentic local produce “made with the hands and with the heart” to build the lifeblood of La Cuina d’en Garriga. It’s just a few steps away from the iconic avenue of Passeig de Gràcia, but once you enter, the country-kitchen tranquillity inside feels like stepping back in time. La Cuina’s suppliers are old friends of the owner, who provide the free-range eggs, bring their best homemade charcuterie from Girona or their cheeses from South of France. The fresh products are accompanied by a superb menu where you will be able to taste the countryside Traditional Catalan Breakfast, the one that the farmers still have and is not that easy to find – which will include the typical “Butifarra amb mongetes” (sausage and baked beans). A perfect taste of rural Catalonia in the heart of the city. One hundred per cent recommended!
Consell de Cent, 308, Barcelona, Spain
THE JUICE HOUSE
Carrer Parlament is the city’s hipster avenue par excellence. Cute gastro places are constantly opening on this street hailing from the Sant Antoni district. Delicate and wood-wrapped, you will have serious problems choosing which juice, smoothie or brunch to have. Smoothie names vary from ‘Lucy in the Sky’ to ‘Bloody Beet’, and your options don’t stop for brunch either. The Caribbean Taboule is highly recommended and is gluten-free, vegan, lactose-free and sugar-free. Or you could opt for chia cereal with coconut milk, fruit and goji berries – all organic and made with love.
Carrer Parlament 12, Barcelona, Spain
Having one of the most important wine families in the country for a name, this Torres wine bar is located in a privileged terrace in Passeig de Gràcia. The choice is extensive: Habitat – both Red and White – or Nerola – both Red and White – are some of the bio options to be enjoyed amidst those jewels of modernist architecture such as La Pedrera, Casa Batlló… Highly recommended for wine lovers.
An amalgamation of the names of Ana López de Lamadrid and Gonzalo Galvete from Igueldo’s Basque restaurant in Barcelona both have experience in Michelin’s restaurants. Juice & Rodríguez was born to celebrate the experience of eating healthy and tasty food. With an amazing Swedish touch in déco, it offers delicious juices with all their corresponding benefits for the body. Depending of the time of the day don’t miss the “After Party” – salads that will make you travel around cities such as Lombok, Asilah or Rome, and the most luxurious sybarite sandwiches with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. If you are around the big Diagonal Avenue, do not hesitate.
Provenca 179 esq Aribau., 08036 Barcelona, Spain
GREEN WORK OUT
When a group of friends join to create something, it can only be a magical thing. Four friends and yoga teachers founded this cooperative in order to bring together their experience and knowledge about beautiful this exercise can be for both body and mind. In their cosy space you will also be able to buy some yoga products, read or interchange books related with healthy lifestyle. The rooms are equipped with high quality ecological mats, and locally made zafus and blocks.
San Juan 121, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
SKATING BY THE SEA Barceloneta
Many experts agree on the benefits of playing outdoors: fresh air is good for the lungs, you get wonderful views and oxygenated muscles. Well, that is the effect of skating, roller-skating or jogging by the most popular beach in the city: the Barceloneta. Take your skates, rollers or running sneakers, your sunnies and let the sun shine on you!
Barcelona’s mild and sunny climate, with its more than 168 kms of flat bicycle lanes, make it a perfect city for everyone to discover by bicycle all year round. There are many bike rental places, but just one very chic one with the Sustainability Tourism seal and… probably the best of all, beautiful Dutch bicycles with ten different stylish colours from which to choose – yes, from light blue, to cream or khaki! The rental includes free maps, locks, helmets and child seats. Did you ever dream of matching your look with the colour of your bike? Well, this can become reality in Barcelona!
Carrer dels Tallers 1B, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
AIRE DE BARCELONA Hammam Spa
In the heart of El Born neighbourhood Aire de Barcelona is a nice spa complex located in front of the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella – one of the biggest parks in the city. It is located between some of the ancient wells that were part of the old water system and has been totally reformed to create a special and peaceful environment for guests to totally relax in. Made of several pools heated at different temperatures and surrounded by the light of candles, you also have the chance to have a natural oil massages, or other treatments.
Paseo Picasso, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
YHI WELLNESS SPA
The sophisticated Hotel Meliá Barcelona Sky, part of the Sol Melià chain and located in front of the Poblenou Central Park, incorporates a spa with a hydro zone (hydro massage pools, hydrotherapy showers, dry sauna and steam room), a relaxation area, gym and treatment booth. The good news is that the spa is open to the public, and offers very competitive prices. It is not hard to imagine that Yhi, the goddess of light and creation, peace, relaxation and balance is watching this space.
C/ Lope de Vega, 141-147, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Obbio, a real supermarket in Barcelona where you can find a big selection of fresh products, gluten free products, superfoods, raw products, natural cosmetics, and all of it organic! It also includes a nice cafeteria where one can have breakfast or lunch and a wide eco wine selection. If you have kids they are very welcome and will be amused in their area next to the library with all sorts of books related to food, nutrition and cooking. Obbio is 800 sq. m of a dream come true in the Eixample neighbourhood.
Calle Muntaner 177, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
WOKI ORGANIC MARKET
Just off Plaça de Catalunya, this combined ecological market and restaurant features a vivid display of organic and ecological products, where special wines and vegetables have been locally grown. The food menu includes many vegan and vegetarian dishes for take-out and eat-in (also don’t miss the several options with organically-grown ingredients prepared using a variety of healthy techniques and traditions). You will find several locations in Barcelona that are more oriented to suit take away. Pick up and enjoy!
Ronda de la Universitat, 20, 08007 Barcelona, Spain