Coffee: nature’s drinkable on-switch.
You need at least two to get through a big day of sightseeing so a list of the best cafes in Barcelona is essential reading. But hold up! The coffee scene in Spain is known for two things: poor roasts and too much milk.
Does Barcelona actually have an answer to Rome, Melbourne, or Vienna?
The Best Cafes in Barcelona
Satan’s Coffee Corner
The best coffee in Barcelona by sheer popularity with locals was originally a take away window in a stationary shop steps from the Barcelona Cathedral. Owner Marcos Bartolomé creates his own seasonal blends and names them after rock stars – you won’t find coffee like this anywhere else.
You can now sit down and enjoy the best coffee with a delicious homemade pastry and sift through their stock of indie magazines.
Whether you want cutesy tables in a simplistic and cosy cafe with wifi up front or a big working space in the back it’s here. A classic spot that’s famous for its attention to detail and its flat whites and cold brew coffee made with roasted in house coffee.
The snack offerings also put up some of the city’s best chocolate cake and almond croissants. You’ll also be happy to know they have gluten-free options.
A coffee-lover’s cafe right off the Catalan Music Palace. London-trained owner Jordi has won multiple Spanish Barista Championships. The beans are roasted weekly on site and the staff are finicky as hell about their perfectly pulled espresso and micro-foamed milk.
The 24-hour cold brewed coffee is so delicious (this apparently lowers the acidity) you won’t even need any sugar – and they don’t have sugar anyway! No word of a lie. The best cafe in Barcelona for coffee purists.
Granja M. Viader
If we could gear down from all the fancy modern coffee jargon and get back to tradition and atmosphere for a second? You’ll find this decadent cafe has been steps from the famous La Rambla since 1870.
If you love coffee and have a sweet tooth this is the ticket so try the famous churros con chocolate or crema catalana (a type of Catalan creme brule) and don’t look back.
SKYE Coffee Co.
Area: Poble Nou | Carrer de Pamplona 88 | Metro: Bogatell (yellow L4) | Website
A sleek espresso bar that might have you reaching for your cameras. The spacious, warehouse-like confines and bench seating are almost too inviting.
Here you’ll find high quality artisan roasts and organic teas served from their coffee bar… which just so happens to be a refurbished 1972 Citroën H Van! Damn.
Café El Magnífico
How can you go wrong with a name like that? Visible from the entrance of the Picasso Museum is the biggest high-end coffee wholesaler in Barcelona. El Magnifico sources and roasts their own beans but this ain’t no one trick pony.
The bar serves 40 varieties of coffee from all over the world to a standard rarely seen around these parts.
Roast Club Cafe
You’ll be happy that the staff at this Barcelona cafe takes your coffee seriously much like you do. For personalized coffee and out of this world suggestions by straight up coffee freaks like owner Iker this is your place.
The matcha lattes and teas are executed to perfection and it doesn’t stop there! Morning staples like avocado toast, muesli and acai bowls, and pastries also really shine in this cosy coffee cavern.
And don’t get me started on the enthusiastic service latte art. Just the best local cafe you could ask for.
El Petit Princep
If you’re looking to combine great Ethiopian coffee with one of Barcelona’s best breakfasts go here. The Nutella pancakes, omelettes, and toasted bread with homemade jam are will get your itinerary off on the right foot.
The best coffee in Barcelona near the beach and it doesn’t charge an arm and a leg! This luminous hole in the wall with wifi serves up delicious coffee and its mother-daughter-grandmother team offer some of the friendliest service around.
The homemade baked goods and sandwiches are top notch but the crowds really go wild for the milkshakes and the white chocolate cronut: two of both please!
This bakery near Sagrada Familia serves top-flight Italian coffee. The friendly owners running this place won’t let you leave without a couple fresh pieces of focaccia or a pastry – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
The baked goods are practically unbeatable and of particular ‘ridiculousity’ are the homemade cannolis.
Area: Poble Sec | Carrer Margarit 13 | Metro: Paral-lel (various lines) | Website
Another cutesy alternative cafe with friendly multi-lingual service. A friend of mine told me they have the best carrot cake in the Western world, whatever that means.
By the looks of their online reviews this seems to be true. All the baked goods are pure deliciousness but the no-bake cheesecake might just take the cake! Say that three times fast.
Careful: Spice Cafe is closed Mondays and only opens at 4 pm Tues-Thurs (Fri-Sun 11 am – 9 pm).
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Have a nice cuppa 🙂