Best Barcelona Cafes (Updated)

Coffee in Barcelona, Spain, is easy to find. But when you have work to do, don't want to feel rushed, and like a good atmosphere, it's not as easy as popping into the nearest cafe.

Scroll down to see my picks for the best Barcelona cafes

I have created two lists: one for cafes with WiFi, and one for those without. They are not ranked.

I’ll update my selections when I discover somewhere new. If you’re in town and you think I missed any, please tell me!


Best Barcelona Coffee Shops With WiFi


Three Marks Coffee

Neighborhood: Glories
Restrooms: 1

Come here for...great service; delicious coffee; an inviting, spacious place to work.

Opened in the second half of 2018, this place is a gem of gems. They have great filter and espresso coffee, and you can’t beat the space. You can chill upstairs for hours, where there are outlets and strong WiFi (I’m using it now to update this post), or you can stay downstairs at the bar or in the nook by the window.

It’s also on the corner of the street, so that, plus the super tall windows, make for great lighting.

Their pastries are from Cloudstreet.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Super-nice staff

  • Quality filter and espresso coffee

  • Great lighting and workspace

  • Free water

CONS

  • I guess that it’s not open 24/7


Departure Coffee

Neighborhood: El Raval
Restrooms: 1

Come here for...great variety of coffee; an inspiring workspace.

It's a converted horse stable with a rotating selection of art to liven up this distinct but unpretentious atmosphere. The owners run the place themselves, and it shows in the attention to detail throughout the shop, which has plenty of seats and delicious pastries to boot.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Filtered coffee

  • Free water

  • Lukumas and its delicious doughnuts are down the block

  • It's a quiet, classic Barcelona street with a little outdoor seating, too

CONS

  • Food is only pastries and cookies

  • Not the kind of place you can make a phone call when it's busy (because it's popular, and loud)

  • Sometimes the WiFI is spotty, but when it works, it’s good


Little Fern Cafe

Neighborhood: Poblenou
Restrooms: 2 (one male, one female)

Come here for...a well-lit, tranquil environment with excellent brunch-style food, most of it pretty healthy.

You can come for a meal, or find a spot at the community table or small window bar to get some work done. The owners are a New Zealand husband and Hungarian wife. Your blood pressure will drop the moment you walk in this sensibly designed space.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Friendly staff

  • Quality coffee, espresso and filter

  • The food is delicious, and it’s difficult to find dishes quite like the ones they make (e.g. kimchi pancakes)

  • They use metal straws in their smoothies (you know, instead of plastic ones that kill the planet)

CONS

  • The WiFi can be slow at times

  • The food isn’t expensive, per se, but it’s not cheap, either. That being said, it’s worth it. Portions are great

  • It’s closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays


Espai Joliu

Neighborhood: Poblenou
Restrooms: 1

Come here for...a peaceful environment; good coffee.

When you first walk in, you encounter the plant store and various coffee and travel magazines. To order something from the friendly staff, keep heading up in the back, where there are plenty of seats. On Fridays they serve doughnuts from La Donutería, which are the best in the city.

They’re planning to open a second location in early 2019, but the owner won’t say where quite yet.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Great filter and espresso drinks

  • Peaceful place you can work for long periods of time

  • Outside seating (on crates)

  • Free water

CONS

  • WiFi cuts out occasionally, but if you ask them to reset it, it works well again

  • It can get a little warm in the summer


MECÀNIC

Neighborhood: Gràcia
Restrooms: 2

Come here for...good music (from a record player) and vibes; inspiring workspace.

This versatile locale opened the week before Christmas in 2017. The owners are an amiable French husband and a Catalan wife with a passion for authenticity.

They also hold high-quality exhibitions and sell difficult-to-find books.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Huge space (which includes a couch!)

  • They speak English, Castellano, Catalan and French

  • Way more than just a coffee shop

CONS

  • Sometimes it gets cold in the winter because it's an industrial space (cement floor)


SKYE Coffee

Neighborhood: Poblenou
Restrooms: 2 (one male, one female, upstairs)

Come here for...a relaxed vibe and the largest community table I have ever seen; somewhere to have a casual conversation.

Site of the annual Independent Barcelona Coffee Festival, no cafe can compete with SKYE (the first name of the owner) when it comes to space. Drinks are made and served from an antique car. From there, you can make your way to one of the tables, two of which have outlets nearby.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Great filter and espresso coffee

  • Comfortable outdoor seating

CONS

  • Closed on weekends


Hidden Cafe

Neighborhood: Les Corts
Restrooms: 2 (one male, one female)

Come here for...great coffee; a relaxed atmosphere and a friendly staff.

Try the coffee cherry drink. It’s like a tea made from coffee cherries, it’s high in caffeine, and it’s quite tasty. Also, their pastries are from SPICE Cafe, which makes the best cakes in the city (see below).

PROS

  • Great filter and espresso coffee

  • Comfortable outdoor seating

CONS

  • By Barcelona standards, it’s a bit of a journey from the center of the city


Bermont Coffee

Neighborhood: Gràcia
Restrooms: 1

Come here for...great pour overs; long working sessions where you don't need a lot of real food.

The most minimalist on the list. Interesting "feature": They don't have sugar. At all. They moved to a new location in the summer of 2018, now more in the heart of the neighborhood with a bigger space.

PROS

  • Great filter and espresso coffee

  • Friendly service

  • Quality WiFi

  • Free water

CONS

  • It get’s a little warm inside when they’re cooking (limited menu, mostly pastries)


SPICE Café

Neighborhood: El Poble Sec
Restrooms: 1

Come here for...the best cakes in Barcelona.

This Canadian ex-pat owned cafe is a gem, but certainly not an undiscovered one. They also have small-group English and Spanish classes on some nights. I believe it's $5 and includes a drink. The coffee isn’t on par with the other places on this list, but it’s worth it just to have a dessert, and you can get plenty of work done here.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • The best carrot cake you ever had in your life, and I don't even like carrot cake, but I love it here. Lots of other great desserts, too, and they vary each day. Except for the carrot cake – there's always carrot cake

  • Super kind staff

  • Small seating space out front

CONS

  • Their hours are rather short (never open later than 21:00), but always worth stopping in when they're open Tuesday to Saturday

  • It can be difficult to snag a seat during peak season/hours because this place is so popular. There's a communal table, two square tables, and a nook by the cash register, plus the small nook outside


Bacanal

Neighborhood: Sant Antoni
Restrooms: 1+

Come here for...an inspiring workspace; distance from other people.

They don’t allow laptops, but who needs a computer when there’s so much cool art to look at? Not just hanging on the walls, but actually on the walls. Also, the brunch-style food is solid.

PROS

  • A ginormously high ceiling, and plenty of seats and tables that are well-spaced

  • There's cool art all around

  • Table service

CONS

  • NO laptops! Yes, they have WiFi, but you can't use a computer. It's such a good space that I'm including it anyway


Black Remedy

Neighborhood: El Gòtic
Restrooms: 2 (one male, one female)

Come here for...an energizing workspace; people-watching.

PROS

  • Respectable variety of coffees

  • They serve real food

  • You can work or sit here for a while without any issue

CONS

  • There’s a timing limit on the WiFi. If you go over, you have to wait two hours to reconnect on the same device

  • It's in a tourist-centric area, and typically quite busy


Satan's Coffee Corner

Neighborhood: L'Eixample (The second location)
Restrooms: 2 (one male, one female)

Come here for...a chill atmosphere where you can hang out for hours.

There's also a larger cafe/lounge in the back that stays open later and is good for working. It's all part of the same hotel, so there's even a book "shop" between the two.

PROS

  • They have kombucha! And they make it themselves

  • They also have fresh juices

CONS

  • It's registration WiFi that is technically from the hotel and not the coffee shop, but it works nonetheless

  • The seating is a little awkward and can be cramped, but you’ll be fine


Onna Café

Neighborhood: Gràcia
Restrooms: 2 (one male, one female)

Come here for...a place to have filtered coffee; a chat with a friend or two.

There are two seating areas – the main one up front of a modest size, and a smaller one in the back that doesn't have any natural light.

PROS

  • They have filtered coffee

  • You can work here for a while without issues (but you have to do it in the back room)

CONS

  • I find the seating arrangement in the front room a bit awkward

  • The back room is dungeon-esque

 

Best Barcelona Coffee Shops Without WiFi

Cafeteria Industrial

Neighborhood: Poblenou
Restrooms: 2

Come here for...personalized service; eclectic style and creative food and drink.

The Barcelona-born and bred owner, Miguel, opened this place Sept. 18, 2018. He’s crazy in the best way possible. Not his personality – he’s chill and personable – but the food and drinks he creates. Everything is made in house. Croissants, sandwiches, pastries, and of course, some really good coffee.

He also doesn’t use recipes – he makes up things anew in his head every day.

There are plans to add WiFi in the near future.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • The price is right

  • Delicious food and coffee

  • A vibe unlike any other coffee shop in Barcelona

  • Attention to detail

  • Free water

CONS

  • No WiFi (but he says he’s getting it)


NØMAD

Neighborhood: (El Born, El Raval, Poblenou)
Restrooms: 1 or 0

Come here for...top-of-the-line coffee; knowledgable baristas.

Lots of places in Barcelona use their coffee. The Poblenou location is where they roast, but it’s takeaway only. The El Raval location – NØMAD Every Day – doesn’t have a restroom, but it does serve ice cream and have merchandise. And if you’re in El Born, there’s are places to sit, and a restroom upstairs.

PROS

  • They have many styles of coffee from many different regions

  • The drinks are made with great attention to detail

CONS

  • The seating (in the two locations that have seats) isn’t designed for people to stay for long periods of time


Syra

Neighborhood: Gràcia
Restrooms: No

Come here for...great espresso drinks.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Perhaps the smoothest espresso drinks on either list

  • They serve cookies (from Sil’s) and doughnuts from Lukumas

CONS

  • There's really no space to work – the small seating bar is shallow. Great for reading or having a chat with one other person, but not much else. Not really a weakness, though, because it's by design


Cosmo

Neighborhood: L'Eixample
Restrooms: 2

Come here for...group hangouts; good cafe food.

The owners of this shop also oversee Cometa (see next), Orion and La Central,

PROS

  • Very large – the biggest of the four in this grouping

  • Outdoor seating, friendly staff

  • You won't feel rushed to leave

CONS

  • I don't know, I guess the automatic sliding door is a little annoying if you're sitting up front, but that's a reach for a negative point


Cometa

Neighborhood: Sant Antoni
Restrooms: 2

Come here for...alone time; intimate chats in public; good cafe food.

There's an awkward table with two chairs in the alcove next to the stairs that leads to the restroom. Try to avoid it, though when it's crowded, it may be your best chance of grabbing a seat. More seating upstairs.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Close to other great places to eat and drink

  • Outdoor seating, friendly staff

  • Trendy, great place to talk to someone, or read

CONS

  • You may feel pressured to move along if too many people are waiting

  • They leave pastries and desserts uncovered on the counter, where people probably breathe on them while paying/ordering


La Masala Cafe

Neighborhood: El Born
Restrooms: 1

Come here for...a cozy space to spend a lot of time; NØMAD coffee for less than you would pay in NØMAD.

PROS

  • Friendly staff

  • I have never seen it crowded

CONS

  • No WiFi, and cell service is weak

  • Limited food selection


Did I miss any or get something wrong? Let me know.