Ever since I first started this blog people have been asking me which are the 10 most enchanting cafes in Barcelona, and how do you choose between so many?
Finally, thanks to social networking, I came across Monica Barbosa’s blog De Cafe por Barcelona which specialises, as its name suggests, in cafes around the city. So I thought, what better way to answer this question than to ask an expert who is, incidentally, also a very good photographer?
I would like to thank Monica for accepting the invitation to write such a special post. This is what she told us:
“Barcelona is, happily, a city with many enchanting cafes, but I think you’ll agree that the 10 selected here are very special indeed.
On with the cafes!
1 – La Marmota (Carrer del Comte Borrell, 107)
NOTE: La Marmota has closed down. At the same address you will find another cafe called Itacate.
“La Marmota is the coming together of all the memories and experience you create when you travel, when you dream, and when you appreciate all the little joys of life”
The charm of this place is in its simplicity and warmth, perfect for meeting friends, for impromptu English lessons etc. They also offer natural fruit juices and delicious sandwiches. The bread and the cakes are all made with organic produce.
2 – Bicioci Bike Cafe (Carrer de Venus 1-3)
This cafe is perfect for cycling enthusiasts. Cycling is a constant theme throughout the decoration, which makes it a unique and enchanting place. As well as its attractive presentation, there you can enjoy home-made cakes, good milkshakes and fruit juices.
3 – Cafeteria Clares (Carrer del Bruc, 162)
If you like the atmosphere of a parisian cafe, this is just the place for you to go and grab a coffee. The decor and music turn the cafe into a beautiful place to have breakfast, as well as watching people passing by and enjoying the view of Casa Punxes.
4 – Nabucco Tiramisú (Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia, 8)
In a charming neighbourhood, a charming place where you can try the best tiramisu in the city (in my opinion). A cafe and artisan cake shop which is ideal for savouring mediterranean cuisine, the tastes of Italian cooking and good coffee – preferably an espresso, short and with intense flavour.
5 – Cafe de la Pedrera (Passeig de Gràcia, 92)
To have coffee in one of the best-known buildings of the modernist style is a true luxury, and there’s no need to say much else. However, you ought to know that in this cafe you’ll find good service and wonderful views – of both La Pedrera and the Paseo de Gracia.
6 – Le Pain Quotidien (Avinguda Diagonal, 564)
Although this cafe is part of a Belgian chain, its location in a historic bookshop, which occupied the spot between 1956 and 2014 and whose character can still be seen today, makes this cafe-bakery a charming place.
Cafe d’Alicia (Carrer d’Entença, 176)
[UPDATE] THIS PLACE HAS CLOSE DOWN
This cafe transports you to a kind of Alice in Wonderland world. The Cafe d’Alicia is one of those places which is perfect to read peacefully in, and if you haven’t taken a book with you, no problem! You can buy or borrow books from one of the many shelves that make up the cafe.
8 – Mama’s Cafe BCN (Carrer Torrijos, 26)
A cafe which is undoubtedly suitable for any time of year, however something which is definitely appreciated in spring and summer is its indoor courtyard, full of light and plants, which provides endless tranquility – not easy in a big city. Thankfully, we do have this place in which to unwind.
9 – Tatin Bistró (Carrer de Nàpols, 314)
The charm of this place is in its cheerful atmosphere, its artisan produce and the owners who serve their clients with great attention and courtesy. On top of all that, they do an amazing tarte tatin and savoury pasties, so voila! This really is a charming place.
10 – La Marquise Dacadente (Carrer de Casanova, 191)
A delicate atmosphere, which feels like it’s taking you back in time. I love the tranquility that you can find there, and the smell of the cakes. Flawless furniture and silverware evoke the “belle epoque”. Delicious cakes from all over the world take you on a journey of flavours and sensations.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I recommend taking a tour around these 10 best cafes, and maybe you’ll discover more fascinating places around the city. There’s always a surprise just around the street corner.”