If you’re in love with coffee like I am then one of your very first tasks in Barcelona will be to find the perfect coffee shops. I always enjoy spending late afternoons or weekends in a local cafe reading a book or journaling about my time abroad.
Each of my favorite coffee shops listed below are located in different parts of Barcelona. What’s better than exploring and sightseeing while also enjoying great coffee?
I’ve spent the last three months searching the city and here are my top five recommendations!
1. Bicioci Bike Cafè
Address: Carrer de Venus, 1, 08012 Barcelona
Near: Passeig de Gràcia & Casa Milà
This is my favorite coffee shop in Barcelona! The coffee is great, of course, and they also have amazing fresh juices. If you’re looking to get some work done on your computer or read your favorite book this is a great place to go. But, I would recommend not staying later than 6-6:30pm. The cafe also serves alcohol and has a slightly different vibe at night. If you’re looking to grab a relaxing drink with friends this is a great place to go in the evening as well!
P.S. The cafe is even bike friendly! Not sure what that means? You should visit and see for yourself.
2. Black Remedy
Address: Carrer de la Ciutat, 5, 08002 Barcelona
Near: Catedral de Barcelona & El Barrio Gótico
Black Remedy reminds me of Brooklyn, NY which is definitely a reason why I love it so much. It’s located in more of a touristy area so the drinks are a little pricey. This cafe is a great place to get work done or just hang out with friends. They even have iced coffee! If you’re familiar with Barcelona then you know that's a super rare find.
3. Espai Joliu
Address: Carrer de Badajoz, 95, 08005 Barcelona
Near: Glòries & El Poblenou
This cafe’s slogan is: “Where plants meet coffee”. That in itself pretty much proves how awesome Espai Joliu is. The cafe is filled with plants and overall has a really great vibe. My super weird recommendation is to make sure you take a look at their bathroom before you leave. I’m not kidding. It’s pretty cool.
4. Camelia Art Café
Address: Carrer de Padilla, 264, 08025 Barcelona
Near: La Sagrada Família
The main reason why I’m including this cafe on the list is because it’s a great escape from a really touristy area. If you find yourself near La Sagrada Família and are looking for a quiet place to go then Camelia Art Café is a great option. I will say that it’s not the best cafe if you’re trying to get work done as it can get a little noisy. But it’s a great place to enjoy a coffee or tea with friends.
Address: Carrer d'Enric Granados, 3, 08007 Barcelona
Near: Universitat de Barcelona & Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
This is a huge cafe with a unique and fun setup. Take a peek in the back and you might even find a mini food truck...I enjoyed a really yummy cup of tea and the food is also delicious. CaféCosmo doesn’t have wifi which is important to know in advance. But it’s still a great spot to read a book, do some writing, or just enjoy spending time with friends!
An important goal of mine when arriving to Barcelona was to not purchase a single cup of coffee from any huge chain. I’m in Spain! Why would I get the same ridiculously expensive coffee here that I could get back home? I’m challenging you to do the same thing. Buy local and enjoy the real coffee shops that Barcelona has to offer!
Until next time!
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Bicioci Bike Cafè: https://www.spain-holiday.com/Barcelona-city/articles/byob-bring-your-own-bike-into-barcelonas-bike-friendly-bars
Black Remedy: https://sprudge.com/barcelona-guide-2-113728.html
Espai Joliu: https://plateselector.com/espai-joliu/
Camelia Art Café: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Camelia-Art-Caf%C3%A9-157339901609556/photos/?ref=page_internal
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