In Barcelona coffee is consumed along the year: espresso; white; with cream, iced, with liquor, with condensed milk or at the consumer’s choice. The coffee shop or Cafeteria is also a place for social gathering and culture and from TodoBarcelona we suggest you a tour throughout some of the most charming cafeterias in Barcelona.
The Best Cafeterias in Barcelona
Let’s meet up at the corner of Passeig de Gràcia and Gran Via, right by the L2 Metro station, to walk towards Llibreria-Café Laie (Pau Claris, 85). This bookshop and coffee shop has become an institution in the Eixample. On the ground floor there’s on of the most prestigious and historical bookshops in town. On the first floor you’ll find a classical Eixample flat transformed into a cafeteria. Smooth lighting and wooden chairs to enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal while you take pleasure of a good reading. Workshops, conferences and book presentations also take place at Laie.
We continue our stroll on Via Laietana towards the seafront, to enter Barcelona’s Old Town (Ciutat Vella), more concretely, to the former Jewish quarter (el Call). At Carrer Banys Nous number 4 there’s another coffee institution: La Granja. First opened in 1872 on the midst of Barcelona’s Art Decó movement (Modernisme) it has a well assorted coffee menu: Mexican, with soy milk, American; with cocoa… A pleasant and relaxing place in one of the city’s busiest areas. Ideal for going alone or with someone.
We remain in El Call to recommend you the Satan’s Coffee Corner (Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 5). This is a modern coffee shop, inspired on the Brooklyn style, where you can have a seat and a coffee or a Take Away one. This is a surprising place for its variety, for its Japanese Breakfast (served in-situ by the Chef), for the huge American style coffee cups or for not having decaf coffee on the menu.
As the sun sets we keep walking throughout Ciutat Vella, now facing El Born to buy or savour one of the coffees at Cafés El Magnífico (Argenteria, 5). One of the traditional spots that resists the passing of time by specializing in a high quality product and a personalised and committed service. It is worth a visit to this temple of Art Decó in the middle of El Born quarter.
I’d like now to say goodbye as I get on my bike to head to Skye Coffee, on Carrer Pamplona, 88, in Poble Nou. This is a cafeteria located into a multipurpose place and its curiosity lies in the fact that coffee is made into a vintage van, which in special occasions is used as a Food Truck. A curious place, at least.
And last but not least, we finish this route with a special mention to L’Épicerie, where without leaving, you can travel to the coffee shops of Toulouse to have an afternoon snack á la Françoise. Its name in French means grocery shop and its manager is Romain Fornell, native to that Occitan city. To visit this place you have to go very close from our starting point, at Carrer Pau Claris, 145.