For those days when you’ve got more than your share of work or studying to do but don’t want to spend the day stuffed up at home, you need a café with a good atmosphere and free (and easily accessible) WiFi. But since the perfect café can be surprisingly hard to find, we've done some legwork for you. We’ve selected some great places in Barcelona where you can grab a coffee and a pastry, plug in, and get to work.
It’s no surprise that this cute, homey café that might remind you of your kitchen or living room back home is a popular spot among locals and tourists. It’s decked out with comfortable sofas, rustic wooden chairs and tables, and plenty of cosy decorations. Even better, though, is the menu. From breakfast and brunch options to small snacks and treats, there’s a delicious treat to enjoy at any time of day, and all pair well with a cup of coffee and a full day of work.
Nestled in the charming Gràcia neighbourhood just off Diagonal, this coffee shop is well-known for its professional, craft cups of coffee. They source their beans from Costa Rica and employ speciality brewing methods like V60, Chemex and AeroPress, so you know what they serve is tops. They’ve also got healthy food options and baked goods, all of which you can enjoy in their shared working space that has plenty of plugs and free WiFi to go around.
For a small, comfy space with natural light, friendly customer service and great food, check out Knel·la. Located in Gràcia, it’s the perfect place to bring a bit a work and snack on a croissant while typing away or searching for your next destination. And the seemingly ceaseless smell of fresh bread makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
Of all the cafés that channel their inner cosy, Alsur just might do it best. All it takes is one step inside this decently sized space to get it. Benches stuffed with pillows line the walls, sofas rest throughout the lounge space, and tables fill what's left. The outdoor terrace is perfect for nice days, and the coffee and food complete the experience. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and, on weekends, brunch, this kitchen and café in El Born is a perfect place to plop down on a cushioned bench and work for hours.
This open-layout café serves up some delicious, healthy eats in a well-lit space that’s perfect for a day of work. Try avocado toast and a cup of coffee on the side as you plug in and get down to business at one of their many tables, and let the atmosphere transport you out of the Barcelona and into the tiny town of Federal, Australia, which inspired this café.
This simple eatery with a slight old-timey feel has much more than just a good WiFi connection. If the whiffs of Italian coffee don’t grab your attention, the thick slices of cake at the counter surely will. This is the perfect place to get a solid amount of work done; just make sure to eat plenty of fruit before and after to make up for the vast amounts of gorgeous treats you're sure to fill up on while there.
Just a few minutes away from the Sagrada Familia, this two-sided restaurant has food and drinks for every hour of the day and night. Hit up the Limona side of the restaurant in the morning for a relaxed atmosphere and cushy chairs where you can type away for a few hours, and then ditch the computer and slide on over to Chicha for amazing food and drinks the rest of the evening.
We know, we know. This is a chain. But you can find them all over Barcelona, and you can always get free WiFi. It may not be your most unique cup of Spanish coffee, and it may not be your most carefully crafted croissant. But when you’re in a pinch and just need a few seconds of WiFi or you can’t find anywhere nearby, wander down a few streets and you’re sure to come across a Santagloria in no time. Always clean with affordable drinks and treats, it’s not at all a bad place to spend a day at work.
Another chain you can now find all over the city centre, this affordable coffee shop and bakery has everything you need for a day of work – food, drinks, WiFi and plenty of plugs to go around. For those needing more space than just a small wooden table, head to the back room and grab a spot at one of the big tables where you can spread out and get to work with some chill tunes in the background.
This bar in the Raval is a 100 percent cosmopolitan neighbourhood institution. It's become a meeting place for people from all backgrounds and social strata. Mornings are the best time to grab a spot and set up your laptop, making the most of the free WiFi. Later, La Rouge gets more festive, and you might find concerts, chats, book readings... they never stop!
Fastvínic is a perfect spot to log on while you enjoy one of their gourmet sandwiches made with seasonal, local and organic produce, in line with norms of top restaurants concerned with sustainability. You'll notice it in their food, but also in their wine list, and in the eco-sustainable design. Be sure to make the most of their terrace when the weather allows as well.
This bar in the Gràcia neighbourhood prepares delicacies for anyone who appreciates the fine art of the beverage. They've got magnificient teas and a good selection of signature cocktails (the gin and tonics are impressive). For those who are indecisive or have a sophisticated palate, they also offer tastings. So just be careful drinking and going online. We all know that alcohol and social media can be an explosive combination.
Here you're granted three wishes: art, food and free WiFi. Mitte is an art gallery that also boasts a spectacular café. They also serve up light and appetizing breakfasts and lunches, and it's a great place to work or study. There's a note of sophistication among their columns, but they don't put on airs – both latest-generation tablets and veteran chuncky PC laptops are welcome.