Barcelona's newest brunch bistro and bar is fast becoming the place to be, especially on weekends. Run by two South Americans, The Benedict is a large space in the heart of the city's Gothic Quarter that serves American-style brunch with a twist.
The Benedict has hit the nail on the head with their menu. Offering American-style eggs, bacon, pancakes, yogurts and a variety of healthy fruit smoothies, they cater to a very international crowd as well as the locals.
Welcome to The Benedict — Photo courtesy of The Benedict
Located directly next to Milk, another popular brunch bistro, Benedict is quickly making a name for itself for serving consistently high-quality and fresh food in an extremely enjoyable and uplifting atmosphere. The restaurant sports a slightly antiquated vibe, with a mix of British and Indian decor.
The restaurant is divided into two rooms, one with a bar and the other for dining at tables. There are several tables with a small couch area at the back for those who just want a drink or to read a book with a cup of coffee. The lights are dim, but bright enough so you can read. You can even bring your laptop, as there is free WiFi. As long as you order a coffee (or more), you can stay for as long as you want.
The brunch menu is available Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Benedict is also open for dinner every day, except Sunday and Monday.
Since they cater to an international crowd, most of the staff speak at least two languages, including Spanish and English. Some of them also speak French and Italian. They also cater to dietary restrictions; they're extremely flexible when it comes to adapting the menu or being innovative with their dishes.
Located right behind the Correos (post office) and not far from Via Laietana, The Benedict is ideally situated if you feel like going for a late weekend brunch and then hitting the boutique shops right around the corner in the Gothic Quarter.
This restaurant is also excellent for late-night drinks before continuing the evening at one of the bars or clubs on Calle Escudellers or in and around Plaza George Orwell and Plaza Reial. Be sure to check their website, as they constantly have promotional events, especially surrounding national as well as international holidays.
If you're looking for an inviting and tasty place to enjoy a heartwarming meal, then this is a wonderful option. The Benedict has marked its territory as an "innovative brunch" trail blazer in Barcelona.