With a modern and minimalist décor, its dimly lit lounge area emits soft, harmonic tunes, along with mouthwatering aromas, making it the perfect atmosphere to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Yet as summer months approach, the desire for outdoor seating areas grows.
Not only does this chic little retreat boast an intimate and sleek inside, but it should also hold bragging rights to one of the most exquisite terraces in the city – one that is now hosting a delicious and extensive breakfast/brunch menu.
Brunch at the Alma — Photo courtesy of Hotel Alma Barcelona
Although the Alma has been around for quite a few years, it has only recently opened its doors to the general public, allowing everyone to lap up its luxury while enjoying a delightful Sunday brunch sure to amuse the palate.
While breakfast in Spain is usually a pleasant experience, it’s not the meal the city's known for, and residents eat mostly carbohydrates and chocolate milk.
Brunch has been virtually nonexistent until recent years, and as more and more restaurants are offering this unconventional meal, few get it right.
Yet once again, the Alma doesn’t disappoint, bestowing its guests with only the highest quality and finest selection of both sweet and savory.
The buffet-style brunch extends throughout the different areas of the dining hall, with one end presenting an array of scrumptious breads, delectable cheeses, Spanish ham and dainty sandwiches. Meanwhile, the other tempts you with sweet goodness, such as moist, spongy carrot cake; delicate, buttery croissants; and classic churros con chocolate.
Last but not least is the bar area with its display of colorful salads and salty dishes, including ham croquettes and even fresh oysters.
All of this may and should be accompanied by a hot plate, which you can order off the menu for your typical American dishes like eggs Benedict or pancakes.
The terrace setting is worth mention, too. With lush green plants and trees that allow just enough sunlight to seep through their dangling leaves to keep you warm, the terrace at Alma Barcelona also offers plenty of shade for those who can’t handle the Mediterranean rays.
If you're looking for an authentic, serene Sunday brunch in Barcelona, the Alma does it well and very much in style. Try the carrot cake, eggs Benedict and pancakes with maple syrup: they're amazing.
The price for a complete brunch buffet at Alma Barcelona is 35€. Brunch hours include Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.