Anna’s list of cool cafés

Barcelona is a big city and there are always new places to discover. As I enjoy walking down its streets I often come across new cute stores like coffee shops, bakeries, patisseries and traditional chocolate and “xurros” cafes. I am a list person, so I have decided to make a list of these cute little places so I won’t forget to visit them and try them all as soon as possible!

TRADITIONAL

These are the most traditional, offering the typical “xurros con chocolate” and other home made desserts like “crema catalana”, “arroz con leche” o “pastis de formatge”.

CUTE CAFÉS

  • Cafe Clarés (Bruc, 162): Very “french”, great magdalenas and cakes, although a bit expensive and with very few tables and space. The “garçons” have the characteristic french attitude: they never smile and they always seem a bit bothered with something. http://cafeteriaclares.com/ (see my review for more)
  • Cafe Emma (Pau Claris, 142): Another “french” bistrot (there is a french boom in Barcelona these days), although with the same “french” attitude… Has more plates for lunch or dinner as well. I really recommend the basket of cruasans and pastries for breakfast, their eggs benedict are also great!  http://www.cafe-emma.com/ (see my review for more)
  • Sandwichez (Amigó, 63 and Capità Arenas, 1): Nice for a coffee break with a snack and of course Sandwiches! The one in Capità Arenas has lots of space and is less crowded, ideal for celebrations or big groups. http://www.sandwichez.es/ (see my review for more)
  • Brunch & Cake (Enrique Granados, 19): From the same guys as Cup & Cakes, they offer a nice atmosphere with much light and views in the pedestrian street of Enrique Granados and great, huge cakes! I had some “torrijas” for breakfast once which were really really good!  http://www.cupcakesbarcelona.com/es/index_bc.html (see my review for more)
  • Elsa y Fred (Rec Comptal, 11): Just next to Arc de Triomf, in a very authentic neighborhood, great for romantic walks in the old city’s small street. Ideal for long coffee breaks with a good book or your laptop, plenty of space and nice plates for when you get hungry. http://elsayfred.es/ (see my review for more)
  • Granja Petitbo (Paseo Sant Joan, 82): One of the latest additions to my list, has a great design with attention to small details, some nice sofas next to big windows watching the Passeo Sant Joan movement and ecological products. Their Sunday brunch can be veeeery crowded. Facebook page Granja Petitbo (see my review here)
  • Giulietta(Pl. Tetuan, 4): My new favorite!! Great coffee, nice sandwiches, usually quite full though. http://giulietta.cat/en/
  • Je t’attends (Aribau, 177): Although I find the space a bit cold and not much inspiring, it has some nice cakes and good fame. http://jetattendsbarcelona.com/
  • Mamma’s Cafe (Torrijos, 26): Very cute and with a nice back garden. Especially nice for tea or coffee and cake, all organic. As the name indicates, it can be full of kids some times! http://www.mamascafebcn.com/
  • Strata Bakery (Provença, 158): After seeing the photos of this post and all the variety of tarts and cakes they have, I went to make them a visit, the red velvet was quite good but I was a bit disappointed by the space, cause although it is nicely decorated has no natural light at all… http://www.stratabakery.com/

LET’S GO FOR BRUNCH!

eggs and bacon

I admit it: brunch is my favorite meal of the week! I have been checking the various places offering brunch in Barcelona the last couple of years, and I am happy to see that they are multiplying and the offer is growing constantly. Here is my list of brunch places worth a visit.

  • Elsa y Fred, See above. Love the scrambled eggs with bacon, nice price as well!
  • Cafe Emma, See above. One of the best eggs benedict in town.
  • Milk, one of the first places to offer brunch in Barcelona. Decent plates and prices, but usually crowded with tourists. Prices around 10€.
  • LaFourmi (Mila i Fontanals), smaller and less touristic, very good offer for only 8€, although do not expect sophisticated plates such as “eggs benedict”.
  • Picnic (Comerç, 1), have heard wonderful things about it from friends, still haven’t tried it though. Tends to get really full, so reserve a sit.
  • Tonka (Marqués de Campo Sagrado, 27), I think their specialty is home-made cakes and a variety of organic products, recommended by a friend.
  • Alsur Cafe Haven’t tried that yet but looks promising.
  • Federal Cafe (Parlament, 39), brunch from 10 to 20€ in a very “nordic” decor.
  • El Bombon (Riera Alta, 36)
  • TimeLine (Providencia, 3 in Gracia), brunch with free buffet from 15€.

Some more recommendations in this link of the Timeout magazine or this other from the Traveler.es (this last one is focused on what they call “gastrohipsters”.

CUPCAKES CRAZE

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Nowadays you can find cupcakes almost everywhere, but these are some of the pioneers in the area in Barcelona

*In case you haven’t noticed, many of these places are located in a small street, called Petritxol. This is a narrow, hidden street, close to the crowded streets of Portaferrissa and La Rambla, crammed with numerous art galleries, bookshops, chocolate shops and cafeterias. Whatever you do in Barcelona, don’t miss it!

Check also this list of great coffee places in Barcelona, lots of information and ideas!!

Also the page of Mantel a cuadros, full of great reviews with photos and more information.