“If you like a glass of wine, you shouldn’t have to eat horrible healthy food to compensate.” That’s the ethos at Lulu, a flexitarian café-bistro bar in the Born managed by Swedish-Canadian pair Marija Maslakovic and Katie Shaw. What was once an old cervecería with a garish interior is now a chic eatery that seamlessly transforms from a daytime cafe into an evening bar—to have both under one roof is a rarity in this neighbourhood. Complete with hanging incandescent light bulbs and wooden breakfast bars, Lulu is in a prime position on a sunny corner. But it’s not just sunlight that increases your happy hormones here, as the menu offers delicious food that is good for you, although you might not even realise it. The majority of the menu is sugar-free and vegetarian (with some pescatarian options), and the combination of organic, locally-sourced products with nutrient-rich dishes makes all their food and drink understatedly healthy. The cocktails are sweetened with agave or maple syrup, rather than sugar, and from the chia breakfast pudding to the avocado sandwich, healthy certainly doesn’t have to mean boring. It’s clear that Lulu is offering something rather unique in the barrio, making it something of a golden child in the Born.
Lulu. Marquès de l’Argentera 7.