The best cafés in Barcelona

Searching for that warm pick-me-up only a perfectly brewed cup of coffee can give? Get your fix with this guide to the city's best cafés.

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Finding an attractive café with quality products to eat breakfast, have a snack or go for a coffee can be a difficult undertaking. We show you where to go to hit the mark.

Scott Chasserot

La Granja

  • Price band: 1/4

There aren't many vegetarian restaurants in uptown Barcelona. Located in Sant Gervasi, La Granja is a simple, cosy restaurant serving up buffet-style home cooking. They offer vegan options and make a point of using organic products whenever possible. You can have a quite a good meal here for €20. They also rent out the venue for parties and celebrations.

  1. Sant Eusebi, 64, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08006
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Satan's Coffee Corner

Satan's Coffee Corner ©Maria Dias

Satan's Coffee Corner

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Setting up a coffee shop in the window of a stationery and gift store was the brain child of Marcos Bartolomé, who was born into a La Rioja coffee family, and wanted to carry on the tradition he grew up with. In this takeaway coffee shop, nothing is left to chance. Bartolomé, first a barman, creates his own blends, which change with the seasons. He christens each one with the name of a rock star, such as Blondie's Debbie Harry or Poison Ivy from The Cramps, and the newest star will be Divine. The idea is that customers will easily remember their favourite mix and be able to ask for it by name. With coffee selected from El Magnífico de Barcelona, you can sample brews from Guatemala and Sumatra. The mystery is in the blending, which is why Bartolomé humbly claims he makes the best coffee in town.

  1. Peu de la Creu, 25
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Vil·la Florida

  • Price band: 1/4

Heading to the neighbourhood civic centre might not be the first idea that comes to mind for breakfast or lunch with the kids. But the cafe and restaurant of the Villa Florida civic centre has a well-designed, healthy daily menu, in which couscous frequently features. They also have good burgers and omelettes, as well as a selection of home-made cakes.

  1. Muntaner, 544, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08022
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Cafè Salambó

  • Price band: 1/4

Salambó has become a local landmark in Gràcia, and it’s worth a visit just to experience its numerous attractions: the interior is mainly made up of wood, which gives it the feel of a neighbourhood bar, there are two pool tables and a modern clientele who come because of the food and the proximity of Verdi Park cinema. This is the perfect place to have a coffee or a glass of something else that is very popular here: the cocktails. They have a good list of cocktails, like the Roma (grappa and cream), the Mèxic (tequila, cream and chilli) and the Bombó (condensed milk, chocolate and Cointreau).

  1. Torrijos, 51, Gràcia
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Cafés El Magnífico

Cafés El Magnífico

Cafés el Magnífico

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The Cafés El Magnífico shop has a tasting area where you can sample a carefully prepared coffee.In the Cafés El Magnífico shop – where you can get yourself some of the best coffee beans in the world – there's also an area where you can have an excellent cup of coffee. It's not cheap, but the high quality of the coffee is worth the extra coins once in a while. The capuccinos are especially delicious.

  1. Argenteria, 64, Sant Pere, la Ribera i el Born
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Cachitos

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Many locals might well give Cachitos a wide berth without suspecting that behind the striking decor lies a truly great food experience. With its excellent, varied dishes, presented entirely without affectation, the cuisine’s success is the result of a careful, common-sense selection of premium ingredients. The barbecued squid and ribs are absolutely first-class. Good wines and cocktails.

  1. Rambla de Catalunya, 33, Eixample Dret, 08007
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Scott Chasserot

Viader

Some traditions, customs and trends, fortunately never go out of style. One of them in Barcelona is treating yourself to a breakfast or an afternoon snack in one of the city's historical café bars called 'granjas'. These are where you can find Cacaolat, Catalonia's own drinking chocolate, served warm or cold, and do not forget to ask for a 'suizo' – sweet thick drinking chocolate topped with unsweetened whipped cream. The charm of the place, the career waiters and the picturesque clientele make even the coffee take on a nostalgic and evocative flavour.

  1. Xuclà, 4-6, El Raval, 08001
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Maria Dias

Tonka Bar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This small but scrappy restaurant has a very good range of tapas, and tantalising pies and quiches. It's an ideal place for a nice lunch, cakes and desserts, and they also have a nighttime menu, which boasts that all their meat, eggs and tofu are certified organic. The cocktails aren't bad either, and are set at ridiculously affordable prices.

  1. Marquès del Campo Sagrado, 27, Eixample Esquerre, 08015
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Caelum

Jesus, Mary and Joseph! And don’t take that as blasphemy: it’s the exclamation you might come out with when you visit this shop in Barcelona's old quarter. They sell all kinds of sweet treats made by monks and nuns in monasteries and convents around Catalonia. There's also a small café, with a good selection of teas. A divine temptation.

  1. Palla, 8, Gòtic, 08002
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Central Cafè

  • Price band: 1/4

This chain of cafés has locations all over Barcelona, all are small but always full of punters who know perfectly well that they serve one of the best cups of coffee in the city.

  1. Calvet, 1-3, Sant Gervasi, 08021
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