It seems like our extended stay in Barcelona was long ago, though, it’s only been less than two months since returning back. I still day dream of the glistening Barcelonetta, wandering the alleyways of our hipster neighborhood of Gràcia, nibbling on Iberian ham and sipping a Flat White or Cafe con Leche at a local cafe.
There is no doubt that Barcelona is rich in culture. This rad city of hip professionals and stylish bohemians get up early and stay out late. A life lived among outdoor cafes fits the bill in this timeless, classic city with its fashionable youth.
It might come as quite a surprise that this city has only just started its coffee revolution and has slowly found its way on to the coffee culture map. There are many cafes in Barcelona popping up, paving the coffee way–many, reminiscent of those West Coast coffee shops back in my hometown of San Francisco and Portland. Here are eight curated places that should be a must-visit for the most discerning coffee nerd.
1. Nømad Coffee
Nømad Coffee is a trailblazer in the growing coffee culture of Barcelona. This coffee shop places a bold emphasis on exceptional quality and roasting techniques. You’ll find beans sourced fair-trade from farmers around the globe.
2. Onna Coffee
At Onna, they take coffee seriously, and one can see that. You’ll find single-origin beans here from faraway places like Costa Rica. A visit here calls for a flat white. And, if you’ve never had one, Onna is the place for a “first.” It’ also good to point our that they have great working space for those working remotely. (A double win.)
3. Skye Coffee
At first glance, Skye Coffee is probably not what you might expect when thinking coffee to-go. This über-hipster, intimate cafe on wheels, housed in a converted 1972 Citroën HY van in the Poblenou neighborhood and serves up a great cup of coffee from local coffee roasters.
4. Satan’s Coffee Corner
If you’re a young hipster in the city, Satan’s Coffee Corner is unpretentious and has a minimalist appearance. Its modern urban decor, tucked away in the Barrio Gótico, has a loyal following. If you go there, just know that they have two rules: No decaf and no Wi-Fi.
5. Spice Cafe
At Spice Cafe, people don’t just flock here for the excellent coffee, but also for the delicious pastries, like the sought-after Carrot cake, and for a flavorful Chai latte.
6. Animal Coffee Bar
Animal Coffee Bar serves up a great cup of AeroPress coffee and other frothy and milk-coffee drinks. One sip and you can instantly taste the quality in the beans, which are sourced from local coffee roasters.
7. Federal Cafe
Federal Cafe is one of the many coffee shops making their mark in Barcelona. Drink a coffee made with fresh, pure milk in the garden or sit inside with those working remotely on their Macs.
Free Wi-Fi, delicious food, quality coffee, friendly service, and a comfortable working space. What more could you want? At Caravelle, they use a La Marzocco machine (the Ferrari of coffee machines) and source their coffee from a small roaster called Right Side.
Did I miss a place that should have made it on the list? Share it with me below!