One thing that Barcelona does well is cafés. Wherever you are in the city, you’ll probably see at least 3 just from where you’re standing. Of course when this is the case, you’re bound to miss some of the best tones that are usually tucked away.
Here are some hidden gems that we think you’ll love… 😉
Okay this one is not so hidden but it’s certainly unique! An eccentric, 1960s themed café/restaurant/bar with traditional Spanish dishes, beautifully presented. The menu may be somewhat limited but such care is put into each dish that it’s even better this way. The ingredients they use come straight from markets in Barcelona like La Boqueria, ensuring you have the freshest combination of flavours on your plate. Enjoy Catalan favourites such as grilled octopus leg or seafood paella or try their succulent Burger topped with Iberian sobrasada and smoked San Simón cheese between a brioche bun.
Location: Plaça Reial, 13-15, 08002
How to get there: Green Line (L3), Liceu
This tea joint takes you straight to Turkey the second you step in the door. Dimly lit with warm lamps and adorned with dark wood, its easy to forget that its daylight outside! A charming and cosy place where you can easily get lost in conversation for hours, oblivious to the outside world. It has an extensive menu of exotic teas and infusions, mostly originating from Turkey, as well as a wonderful selection of unique vegetarian food and snacks. A highlight of their food menú is the Sardo, which is basically a pizza in a pitta bread.
Location: Carrer de Sant Domènec del Call, 4, 08002
How to get there: Green line (L3), Liceu; Yellow line (L4), Jaume I
Hidden in El Raval, away from the hoards of tourists, is Café Cometa. This cute hipster gem serves up great, fresh coffee, beautiful cakes and yummy sandwiches. Find odd bits of artwork framed on the walls and interesting light bulbs hanging from the ceiling on long cords. It’s a picture-perfect café, ideal for those Instagram foodies…
Location: Carrer del Parlament, 20, 08015
How to get there: Green Line (L3), Poble Sec
For all the pudding and fairytale lovers, this one is for you. The decoration of this place transports you straight to a magical dreamland full of pudding and brunch, with draped candy-striped ceilings and the giant spotted mushrooms everywhere creating a whimsical fairytale setting. It is orientated towards children and families, with plenty of things to do with your kids like board games or read books. The café also organises workshops for kids in history, science and literature.
Location: Carrer de Pau Claris, 90, 08010
How to get there: Purple Line (L2); Green Line (L3); Yellow Line (L4) – Passeig de Gracia
In Barcelona its now difficult to find cheap tapas, but if you know where to go you can eat for an honest price. Along Passeig de Gracia one plate of patatas bravas will cost you upwards of €4 but at Urgell Café, get one plate of tapas and a beer for just €1. It may not be the most exquisite tapas but you can eat like a King for next to nothing.
Location: Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, 68, 08011
How to get there: Red line (L1), Urgell
Cassette Bar is one of those totally unique places where you just want to sit and soak up the setting. The decor has managed to perfectly blend a retro soul and a futuristic spirit, playing a whole range of music from old indie bands to experimental electronic. The little details in the decor have certainly not been neglected; expect to see quirky installations such as lampshades covered in cassette tapes and cave-art type paintings around the bar.
Location: Carrer de l’Est, 11, 08001
How to get there: Green line (L3), Drassanes