Oh Barcelona. I must admit that you are not my favorite city in the world and to be honest I was rather under whelmed. Park Guell was very interesting, albeit swamped with people, and seeing the ancient Roman walls was cool too. Perhaps because neither of us are super into art or architecture, the crowded nature of the city, or maybe we were just ready to head home - either way it just didn't end up being a favorite stop on our trip.
All that being said, eating out gluten free in Barcelona was a real treat. We were only there for about a day and half and on tight food budget, but we even found a restaurant where I could get dessert (for someone who can't do gluten, dairy or soy - that's a serious treat!).
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First things first - no, the burgers are not made of hearts, just shaped like them (so are the gluten-full buns). Second thing, I'm not really a burger person but the Hawaiian burger was one of the best I've ever had - could because of the manchego cheese melted on top (I don't recall the last time I had cheese on a burger) and the gluten free bun. They also have vegetarian options including deliciously interesting salads and sides. Their staff were wonderful and great at helping me pick out a safe meal - I even got a trio of sorbets for dessert!
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Located right the famous (and very popular) La Rambla, La Poma has a big menu labeled with all sorts of options for those with other dietary needs including gluten free. I opted for a big bowl of minestrone soup and a salad topped with goat cheese. The staff seemed knowledgeable and very helpful when it came to ordering a safe meal. If you get a table by the window, it's a wonderful spot to people watch.
For our lunches and breakfasts we opted to stick with meals made in our room - to keep to our budget. So we stopped in a few major grocery stores and a few corner markets around the city and all had at least a small variety of gluten free packaged goods. All sorts of sweet treats were gobbled up and we even found a jar of Mexican style salsa and a bag of tortilla chips to enjoy on the rooftop deck of our hotel room.
Have you ever been to Barcelona? What were your favorite gluten free finds?