search

10 Best Places for Coffee and Croissants and Breakfast in Barcelona



In a culture that doesn't really 'do' breakfast, finding a cheesy omelet, hash-browns and a side of bacon is often hard to come by in Barcelona. There are however, a few rare gems who understand the greasy and the gourmet breakfast; as long as you know where to look there are plenty of options available. Although most Barcelona restaurants don't open their doors before 10, there are some who have capitalized upon the 8am crowd and these are usually the best places to dine.

A few notable Breakfast locales include those in the Raval and Poble Sec neighborhoods. Located slightly off the beaten path these 'barrios' aren't filled with tourists, yet their quality breakfast menus attract the masses at all hours of the day. Federal, in Poble Sec serves breakfast all day on Sunday and with their three stories and a rooftop terrace, it's one of the most popular places to enjoy an early morning mimosa or an extra large 'americano' coffee.

In the Raval neighborhood right next door, Teresa Carles has proved to be more than just a high quality vegetarian restaurant and is in fact a breakfast haven. One of the only places in the city that serves fresh fruit and three-cheese omelets, this is an excellent choice for Barcelona's early birds.


Advertisement



Tucked away in the Raval, in the gardens of the Old Hospital Santa Creu, El Jardi is a quaint and very charming outdoor tapas bar and restaurant. Ideal during the spring and summer, the restaurant serves fresh salads and tapas and also features an extensive wine list. During the winter the outdoor heaters and blankets provide for a cozy and fairly warm atmosphere, while during the summer, it's hard to find a more romantic place to dine or to have an intimate evenings amongst friends. El Jardi also boasts an excellent breakfast menu with a variety of eggs and fresh fruit options.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Tucked away in the Raval this is a great place for breakfast in a beautiful garden

Sam's expert tip: They don't take reservations so if you're going for lunch show up before 1:30pm if you want a table, especially during the summer

Read more about El Jardi →




Not only does this sleek yet rustic restaurant/bar sport a large breakfast menu, but it is one of few places in Barcelona to offer bagels as well. Situated in the up and coming Raval neighborhood in the Old City, Dostrece's brunch and lunch menu is hard to beat. With a wide variety of eggs dishes, cheeses, breads, yogurts and even fruit smoothies for brunch and mouthwatering hamburgers and sandwiches for lunch, Dostrece has high quality food in a very cool atmosphere. Don't be fooled however, this trendy restaurant turns into a lively bar and lounge in the evening with a stage downstairs, ideal for live music venues and djs.

Recommended for Breakfast because: An unpretentious, inviting restaurant with vegan breakfast options and a great terrace

Sam's expert tip: Bring your laptop and work while you enjoy breakfast

Read more about Dostrece →


Picnic


Another Barcelona rarity when it comes to breakfast, Picnic's menu is not elaborate, but it's packed with high quality, tasty dishes and most importantly it caters to those looking for a 'greasy spoon' morning meal (although it's not greasy). Located in the heart of the Born, this is a small, intimate locale with a few bar stools and tables lining the walls as well it has some outdoor seating. The staff are personable and eager to please and the food is great, especially the eggs! Picnic doesn't cater as much to the early morning crowd as some of the other breakfast locales, however it's ideal for weekend brunches and even caters to large groups with their extra seating space downstairs.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Great breakfast food with two floors and a quaint outdoor patio for warm summer days

Sam's expert tip: If you want the brunch menu be sure to arrive before 1pm.

Read more about Picnic →


Advertisement

Situated in the Born, Alsur's outdoor patio is perfect for summer afternoon brunches, or early evening cocktails. Their brunch menu is offered daily until 12pm and on the weekends it's served throughout the day. Along with their extensive brunch menu they feature a wide variety of Catalan and Mediterranean lunch and dinner dishes. This is a fun, unassuming restaurant in the heart of the Old City, reasonably priced and extremely lively. In addition to their inviting patio, the inside is full of plush leather booths, comfy armchairs and high top tables. It's a good place to work and spend a few hours in the afternoon.

Read more about Alsur Cafe →


El Foro


Every morning El Foro features a small breakfast menu, with fresh orange juice, eggs and toast. Something most people don't realize as this restaurant is mostly known for being a beef lover's paradise. El Foro cooks a mean Argentinean bife de chorizo and is one of the few places in Barcelona that knows how to make a steak 'poco hecho' (bloody rare). This lively, airy and spacious restaurant is excellent for dates, parties or just an intimate evening out amongst friends. When it comes to lunch, they have a very affordable three-course lunch menu. Even if you're not a carnivore, you still have options; El Foro has an extensive menu including pasta, pizza and salad dishes amongst other Argentinean specialties.

Recommended for Breakfast because: This Argentinean meat lover's paradise is now serving American style breakfast

Sam's expert tip: Ask for their breakfast menu served daily from 9am

Read more about El Foro →




The recovery brunch is only one of Milk's strong selling points. Available daily until 4pm, this restaurant was one of the first in Barcelona to nail down the breakfast menu with their American style brunch. In addition to their delicious morning options, Milk has a great lunch menu which leads nicely into happy hour cocktails, at 5 Euros a piece where you'll be left with quite the headache, (although it's well worth it at the time). If you're keen on staying for dinner, try one of their mouth watering hamburgers. Run by an Irish couple, this bistro turned cocktail bar after dark, is an ideal place if you're looking for quality food in a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Recommended for Breakfast because: A Barcelona classic, in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, Western style eggs in a homey setting

Sam's expert tip: If you want the full day brunch menu be sure to get there before 4pm

Read more about Milk Bar & Bistro →


Teresa Carles


A vegetarian oasis on the edge of the Raval neighborhood, Teresa Carles serves fresh vegetables and fruits, authentic salads and even brunch. This is a comfortable, relaxing, very warm and inviting place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and even takeaway. Their breakfasts in particular are delicious, especially their brie omelets with a side of fresh fruit and avocado. They have an extensive menu including scrambled, poached and sunny side up eggs, which is hard to come by in Barcelona. Teresa Carles also has wi-fi so it's a perfect place to grab a morning coffee and a bite to eat while starting the day.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Delicious food, organic, fresh and healthy and they open at 9am

Sam's expert tip: Try their breakfast and brunch menu served daily from 9am-2pm.

Read more about Teresa Carles →




Finally a Barcelona restaurant that has mastered the brunch menu. Not only is Federal's classic decor, spacious setting and inviting ambiance selling points in themselves, but this Australian owned rustic three-story diner, restaurant and cocktail bar all rolled into one, boasts the best breakfast in the city. Whether you're carving pancakes, eggs 'benny', smoked salmon mixed with spinach or just a Mimosa to help with the Sunday hangover, this is a Barcelona treat and a brunch lover's haven. They also have an extensive lunch and dinner menu and with free wi-fi you could easily stay all day - and they don't mind if you do.

Recommended for Breakfast because: A revolutionary restaurant in Barcelona with American Style breakfast and a great terrace

Sam's expert tip: Get there before 10:30am on weekends. They don't take reservations and they are ALWAYS full

Read more about Federal →


2
GrĂ cia

This modern, boutique restaurant is relatively new to the Gracia scene and a great place for brunch, lunch and a delicious dinner. Godot's wooden decor combined with it's modern twist provides for an inviting place to dine, have a few drinks or mimosas, depending on the time of day it is. Its brunch menu is quite extensive with a variety of eggs, meets, pancake and other 'American-style' breakfast options. Once you're finished eating, Godot is perfectly situated for a stroll in Plaza del Sol or Rius Taulet, in the heart of this trendy, Catalan neighborhood.

Read more about Godot →




A great bistro in the heart of the city center, close to La Rambla, Passeig de Gracia and fabulous shopping. La Esquina is a trendy, rustic, yet modern locale with high quality food, seasonal ingredients and expert baristas. This is the perfect place for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner as well as cocktails in the evenings. Open until 1am on Saturdays and open as early as 9am during the week, it's accessible, comfortable and ideal for intimate gatherings, working or throwing parties. La Esquina's chefs are extremely talented, with many of them having trained in England and bringing their expertise to Barcelona.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Reserve on the weekend as it gets busy, however great place to go early in the morning

Sam's expert tip: Reserve on the weekend as it gets busy

Read more about La Esquina →


Map

Meet Sam Mednick

Sam’s passion for the sea and mountains makes Barcelona the optimal living destination. 

Sam's love for traveling has taken her to Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America. Before...  More About Sam

×