Best Barcelona Coffee Shops (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.

This list is divided in two: strong WiFi – mostly not the kind where you give your email or social account info for access, but actual quality WiFi – with (usually) sufficient outlets. And then, of course, no WiFi.

For both lists, the spaces are welcoming, and so are the baristas and/or owners. You can spend hours in most of them, get lots of work done, and enjoy some quality people-watching, too.

The list will be updated whenever I find additional worthy spots, or the ones here regress. If I missed any, please tell me!

Best Barcelona Coffee Shops With WiFi

Wer-Haus

Neighborhood: L'Eixample
Restrooms: Plenty

Come here for...delicious food, an inspiring workspace.

Like MECÀNIC (below), this place is way more than a coffee shop. In fact, that's the least of what it is. If you have deep pockets, you'll enjoy the vintage and/or fashion-forward shop in the back.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • All kinds of places to hang out here. Up front outside, up front inside, in the "hallway," in the regular seating area, or back in the pop-up shop
  • Cool art/clothes/books
  • Very spacious, very well lit
  • Excellent food
  • Filtered coffee

CONS

  • I can't think of any

Departure Coffee

Neighborhood: El Raval
Restrooms: 1

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

It's a converted horse stable. The art is awesome, the owners run the place themselves. Most neighborhoods wish they had this kind of coffee shop.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Filtered coffee
  • Free water
  • Lukumas and its delicious doughnuts are down the block
  • It's a quiet street, classic European 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)

MECÀNIC

Neighborhood: Gràcia
Restrooms: 2

Come here for...good music and vibes, inspiring workspace.

This versatile space opened the week before Christmas in 2017.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Huge space
  • Very kind owners (wife is Catalan and husband is French)
  • Delicious pastries and desserts made in-house
  • Triples as a photography gallery (there are exhibitions) and mini artistic book store with rare publications
  • They have a record player and great taste in music

CONS

  • Sometimes it gets cold because it's an industrial (non-carpeted/-wooded) space. Suck it up

SPICE Café

Neighborhood: El Poble Sec
Restrooms: 1

Come here for...excellent service, maybe 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.

 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, bilingual 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.

PROS

  • This place is huge. Not just in the spacing between seats, but also the ginormously high ceiling. There's a large community table, then smaller, separate tables, mostly for 2, or a tight 4
  • There's cool art all around
  • Table service
  • They serve food – it's not amazing, but they have it

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
  • The food isn't amazing, but it gets the job done

Black Remedy

Neighborhood: El Gòtic
Restrooms: Don't remember, but it's huge so surely they have some

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

PROS

  • Huge space with table service
  • Easy to get lost in the crowd

CONS

  • It's in a tourist-centric area, and typically quite busy
  • You're likely to be sitting at a community table if you come alone at a busy time

Federal Café

Neighborhood: Sant Antoni
Restrooms: 2, upstairs

Come here for...good food, friendly service.

I haven't been to the El Gótico location (or the ones in other cities), but I love this one. The food is great and there's upstairs (non-laptop) seating, too.

It's Australian, for whatever that's worth.

PROS

  • The food and drinks are very good. I especially like having breakfast here
  • The staff is very kind
  • Free water

CONS

  • There's only one table at which you may use a laptop, but it's pretty large, and seldom completely full. I would guess 10-12 can comfortably fit, and people are pretty courteous
  • It's the kind of WiFi where you have to give information to sign up, but once that's out of the way, it works well

Satan's Coffee Corner

Neighborhood: L'Eixample
Restrooms: 2

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

There's also a larger cafe 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

Onna Café

Neighborhood: Gràcia
Restrooms: 2

Come here for...a place to have filtered coffee, sit 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 great lighting.

PROS

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

CONS

  • I find the seating arrangement in the front room a bit awkward
  • If you're going to use a laptop, you have to set in the backroom, which is well lit but has no windows
  • The WiFi is slow

 

Bermont Coffee

Neighborhood: Gràcia
Restrooms: 1

Come here for...great pourovers, 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.

PROS

  • Filtered coffee – three kinds, in addition to the standard espresso-based drinks. All the ones I have had are really good
  • It's more of a takeaway place, so it doesn't get crowded, which is good if you want to hang out for a while

CONS

  • Not in the way of food – some pastries and cakes, but fuel up before you come
  • The restroom. It's an awkward space without a lock, but there are two doors between the coffee shop and the toilet. It's also dimly lit, and they have actual cloth towels hanging up to dry your hands, which seems like a major germ issue. Also, it doubles as a kind of storage space. If you can't hold it, you'll be fine, it's just a little weird

Babèlia Books and Coffee

Neighborhood: Sant Antoni
Restrooms: 1+

Come here for...a no-frills, homey atmosphere, cheap used books.

PROS

  • Doubles as a used book store, with publications in quite a few languages. These aren't random rejects – I recognize many of the titles when I'm here

CONS

  • The seats and tables aren't very large. Not the most comfortable for long-hours work, but you'll be fine
  • They close for siesta hours

El Petit Príncep

Neighborhood: L'Eixample
Restrooms: 1

Come here for...a long working session that will require more food than just pastries, too.

PROS

  • There's a small alcove of outdoor seating up front
  • Filtered coffee
  • Food, and it's pretty good

CONS

  • It's probably the least "homey" place on the list, but it's still a comfortable place to be
  • The street out front is a bit noisy

Best Barcelona Coffee Shops Without WiFi

Cosmo

Neighborhood: L'Eixample
Restrooms: 1+

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

The owners of this shop also oversee Cometa (see next), Orion and La Central, though I have not been to the latter two. (I do know that La Central is near Cosmo, and in a bookstore.)

PROS

  • Very large – I'm told it's the biggest of the four in this grouping
  • So large that you can make reservations
  • Outdoor seating, very friendly staff
  • You won't feel rushed to leave, because there are plenty of seats

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 gabbing a seat. I have never been upstairs, but apparently there's seating up there.

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PROS

  • Close to other great places to eat and drink
  • Outdoor seating, very friendly staff
  • Very trendy, great place to talk to someone, or read

CONS

  • It's tough to grab a seat, and you may feel self-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

Syra

Neighborhood: Gràcia
Restrooms: No

Come here for...great espresso drinks.

 Photo: Brad Gerick

Photo: Brad Gerick

PROS

  • Perhaps the best espresso drinks on either list
  • They serve different cookies and dessert breads

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

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