Barcelona's best brunches

Discover the best restaurants in town for brunch

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While the healthy living associated with the Mediterranean diet may be admirable, once in a while it's nice to just sink your teeth into a big juicy brunch. In comparison with a coffee-and-sandwich breakfast and the famously lengthy, languid lunches, brunch isn't a meal you'd immediately associate with the local culture. In fact, as a predominantly Anglo-Saxon tradition, it suffers from a less refined, more DIY - okay, let's just say it: greasy - image. However, in recent years this foreign weekend favourite has proved surprisingly popular in the Catalan capital too, albeit with less of an emphasis on the grease. At weekends you'll find many of Barcelona's restaurants and bars open for business well before midday, and enjoying a brisk brunchtime trade. So, from hangover restoratives to fancy breakfast feasts, dig in to Time Out's guide to the best brunches in town.

Top brunches in town

DosTrece

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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DosTrece has become a modern classic on the Ciutat Vella dining circuit. The restaurant is on a corner and has huge windows, ideal for people-watching as you have something to eat or drink: There are teas, beers, cocktails and international dishes, either as snacks or meals. For a while they have also been offering brunch classics such as eggs Benedict, American crepes and French toast. It’s like being in a cafe in a trendy district in New York or Berlin.

  1. Carme, 40, El Raval, 08001
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Iván Moreno

Federal Cafè

  • Price band: 1/4

This restaurant would not look out of place in the trendiest, most cosmopolitan of cities. Natural light, tasteful decor, good music, fast, friendly service and a menu specialising in breakfasts that can resuscitate you after a night of overdoing it: juices and shakes, eggs and sausage, fruit and sandwiches...

  1. Parlament, 39, Eixample, 08015
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Meatpacking Bistro

  • Critics choice

This quirky, original restaurant that bears a resemblance to a New York eatery combines American dishes like barbecue pork rib burgers with a touch of the Mediterranean, like the tuna with wasabi mayonnaise variety. Have a slice of cheesecake for breakfast á la 'Sex and the City', or drop in for lunch or dinner.

  1. Travessera de Gràcia, 50, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08021
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Papas & the Mamas

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Some people can't bear to see (or hear) children in bars and restaurants. Remember those days? Now you're looking for just the opposite, meet Omar Sayol, who opened Papas & The Mamas in the new part of the Rambla of Poble Nou. 'It's not a kiddies' playground, it's just a place where parents can relax while they have a meal,' says Sayol. It's also a place where you won't have to do a balancing act between tables, and there's plenty of space to park the pushchair.

  1. Rambla del Poblenou, 125-129
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Picnic

  • Price band: 2/4

A seafood eatery outside Barceloneta. It’s great to have fishmongers in the family. The customer service is excellent here and this is reflected in sheer value for money, whether you want prawns, grilled squid, hake in breadcrumbs or a rice dish. Anyone not eating fresh fish, it’s because they don’t want to.

  1. Comerç, 1, Born-Ribera, 08003
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Milk

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

A modern yet cosy cocktail bar with an original, colourful atmosphere, very much unlike the classic venues of this type. From first thing in the morning to early afternoon they serve an excellent brunch.

  1. Gignàs, 21, Born-Ribera, 08002
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Café Veranda

  • Price band: 3/4

The Café Veranda at the Hotel Arts offers a sumptuous brunch featuring hot and cold dishes from around the world, seafood and salads. And a spectacular dessert section.

  1. Marina, 19-21, Sant Martí, 08005
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Ivan Giménez

Norte

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Three friends who graduated in philosophy, journalism and art history have turned a corner bar into delicious miniature restaurant, where they rework and update classic dishes from Basque and Galician cuisine, served on small plates. On Saturday mornings they offer brunch with toast and a home-made jam that has become an object of pilgrimage.

  1. Diputació, 321, Eixample Dret, 08009
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Caravelle

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Previously the Bodega Fortuny, this minimalist spot, run by an Australian and an Englishwoman is described as a gastropub. You can find delicious, original recipes, with British, Italian or Catalan influences, but always extremely original results. Good breakfasts, sweet and savoury items and imaginative dishes like the American-style rabbit fried in breadcrumbs. The home-made desserts are excellent.

  1. Pintor Fortuny, 31, El Raval, 08001
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Óliver
Óliver

And you fail to mention Brunch & Cake or B-Lounge at Barceló Hotel Raval?

Katia
Katia

AvenueBar and Timeline are fantastic!

Michael
Michael

There is a new place in Gracia (AvenueBar, Torrent de l´Olla, 159) that just starting doing brunch. Ample menu with classics like eggs beneditcs, omelettes, scrambles, french toast, burritos, pancakes, etc etc etc. Tried it last week and it´s delicious...and they serve bellinis! https://www.facebook.com/AvenueBarBCN Also, Marmalade (same owners as Milk) is missing from this list, as well as Timeline....

Catherine
Catherine

I would recommend Alsur Cafe in Borne for brunch - excellent food, fantastic terrace and good value for money! Oh and excellent coffee and cocktails