Best coffee in Barcelona

top cafeterias in Barcelona

Drinking coffee while nibbling a freshly – baked croissant is a Spanish habit you won’t resist. Even if you were not a coffee fan before visiting Barcelona, you will definitely become one here.

A plethora of cosy cafes and cute terraces sprung up around town, where you can read an interesting book or morning newspaper while drinking your favourite café con leche. (coffee with milk).

Coffee amateurs will definitely provide you with a long list of charming places, perfect for a morning cup. Nevertheless, professional coffee drinkers constantly complain about poor quality roasts and coffees drenched in milk.

So we had to use our investigative spirit to satisfy refined tastes of coffee maniacs visiting Barcelona. Beginners in a coffee world should visit them too, in order not to make Café con leche too ingrained to try anything new.

Onna Café

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Longing for a splendid dose of caffeine, coffee addicts of Gracia neighbourhood head to Onna Cafe.

The owners and coffee have a lot in common; they both come from Costa Rica which makes a good match to offer the client a great coffee experience.

Baristas perform a function of good mixologists in a cocktail bar. They intend to make the best blend exclusively for you and have different ways to infuse your brew.

They also make flat whites and cold brews, in case you feel like trying something less traditional. (I do prefer straight “americano” as you may have seen in the photos)

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Unlike similar cafes, Onna is not very famous for its pastries and snacks. They do have a nice selection of home – made pastries, light dishes and sandwiches, but the majority don’t come here for food and stick to coffee.

This is because Onna is really serious about this bitter elixir.

orange and thyme cake with cafe con leche in Onna coffee

The place itself is not big and since it is quite popular, it is usually packed. Nevertheless, personnel manages to find a table for you and keep the service quite quick.

Guys are not only quick in what they do but really passionate about it, as a result, what goes in your cup of coffee is effort, love, and passion.

Onna coffee barcelona

Where you can find it: Carrer de Santa Teresa, 1, 08012 Barcelona

Nømad Café

Noman Coffee, americano

Only if you are a real devotee of good coffee, you need to make an effort to find this place.

Otherwise, you might be really disappointed, when after looking for it for half an hour in a plexus of charming streets in the Born neighbourhood you figure, that no sugar, no pastries, only damn good coffee at your disposition.

Jordi Mestre, the owner and the barista, describes a space as a “coffee showroom” rather than café. You might guess that coffee is treated here as an art.

So as you enter the place, all your coffee ignorance will be revealed as far as you intend to make an order. Fortunately, the guys will be happy to enlighten you a little bit, since they are quite knowledgeable.

They will help you to distinguish among different coffee flavours and types of drinks they offer: from cold brews to coffee-lemonade combos.

Space is a coffee oasis, which turns into a venue for workshops, where coffee- making secrets and techniques are revealed.

Nømad Coffee production is also a roaster, a consultant for coffee-related businesses, event organiser and, which is obvious, a coffee shop.

So keep in mind, it’s not a right place to open your laptop and dive into your work topics for good hour. Just keep it straight, keep it coffee.

Jordi kindly explains that depending on the coffee and the qualities to be highlight Aeropress, V60, Kalita, French Press, Clever or cupping could be used… That was the last drop, I realised that the spot is geeked out and café con leche will never be the same again…

Where you can find it: Passatge Sert, 12, 08003 Barcelona

Skye coffee CO

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Skye coffee CO offers you not only great coffee experience but a different approach to space.

The guys brought their coffee truck to a spectacular open space called Espacio 88. This original warehouse is a free co-working studio and also regularly hosts events such as performances and exhibitions.

The truck itself is an iconic 1972 Citroën HY, beautifully restored to create the right setting for a heavenly coffee experience.

I deluded myself imagining this pretty shiny track travel through the sunny streets of Barcelona, selling delightful coffee, but no! it is illegal for food trucks to sell food (and drinks) on the streets. (What about pancakes tracks in Barceloneta then?)

A couple of words about the coffee-making process: all coffees come from local coffee roasters Right Side, there is a limited selection of filter coffees and if you are attentive enough, you might notice a shiny plaque on the machine boasting “La Marzocco”.

La Marzocco brand is very well known among coffee freaks and believed to be the finest espresso machine in the world.

Baristas make the impression of chemists here: measuring every drop of liquid, analysing the consistency of the foam, using different jars and pitchers.

What comes into your cup is a marvel of science and art complemented by milk from a local farmer (if you wanted milk of course).

The amount of joy you get, while sipping the drink (and flashing your eyes) is something you deserve; more than that: you should fetch some pastries too.

A carrot cake is definitely worth trying! Or anything else! Hofmann pastries should never be neglected.

The café breathes with inspiration and creativity. Sit at the communal bench, connect to free Wi-Fi, get a high-quality drink and take advantage of a coffee muse.

You can even drag your caffeine-free friends, they will order a good organic tea here.

Where you can find it: Carrer de Pamplona, 88, 08018 Barcelona

Café del Gallery

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May coffee freaks forgive me but I’m willing to mention this lovely café next to the Palau Robert Gardens.

In fact, this is just a terrace of The Gallery Hotel. I’d say more, it’s a walk-through passage from the garden to Carrer del Rossello with some scattered around tables. Gallery Cafe in Barcelona

But this open-air terrace with dimmed light and smooth music is so charming that you should definitely drop by for a quick coffee (or wine!) break.

The choice of coffee options is not impressive (a bit broader than standard) and you might even ask why the heck this terrace is doing in this article…

I guess for the thick and creamy foam of café con leche, nuttiness of the espresso and exceptional atmosphere.

cafe con leche in Gallery

Where you can find it: Carrer del Rosselló, 249, 08008 Barcelona

Satan’s coffee Corner

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This café, located in the Gothic quarter, is a mecca for coffee lovers. Good breakfasts, a lot of light, multilingual personnel, and oodles of hipsters.

These guys take coffee as serious as the Satan, so you shall not be deceived.

Satans Coffee cafe con leche and croissant

“No decafs, no sugar, no bullshit”, says their motto. And let’s give them some credit, it works so well. Ask for americano!

Satan's cafe interior

By the way, I have already mentioned this place in the article about the Gothic quarter, so if you want to know more, you can check it too.

Where you can find it: Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11, 08002

P.S. And the good news is, there’s another Satan’s Coffee Corner located in Eixample, Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes, 700, 08010 Barcelona, Spain.

Satans Coffee Corner in Eixample

So tasty and so convenient, huh? I hope you’ve got my point.

Same fine roasted beans and coffee that deserves to be called so.

Black Remedy

This coffee corner is located close to Placa de Sant Jaume, in the middle of the Gothic quarter, which quite guarantees its fair share of visitors.

But there’s so also a lot of competitors around, you’d have to be really good in something in order to survive.

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The space has a clean trendy look with high ceilings and wide windows to the street, ensuring lots of light coming through.

It has cozy armchairs as well as high tables with stools so everyone would find his favourite corner.

I’d say this coffee bar is one of the best places to work in or have a small class reunion to discuss your team project.

americano and cake in black remedy In this bar Se habla Ingles meaning that “English is spoken”, the bartenders were very friendly and helpful.

Their specialities are a “killer” coffee, which is pretty much obvious, signature salads, complementary products from local partners and slowly cooked food.

This last one I didn’t have an opportunity to try, cause I was too tempted by Red Velvet at the moment.

americano and cake in black remedy

Keep in mind that this place is exaggeratedly expensive, I’ve paid 7,80 for the Americano and Red Velvet cake.

But let me tell you one thing, it was totally worth every cent paid. Red Velvet was creamy, spongy and fresh. That Americano I had, quite a bit acid but fruity and balanced.

Here’s the map where I pinned all these places for your convenience

I must admit, I’m not a coffee expert just a humble hedonist who seeks for best experiences. I did my best to make this review relevant for those who can’t imagine their lives without a good cup of coffee.

Hopefully, I succeeded. Energise with good coffee to explore other pleasant experiences and leave your comments on your favourite places!

Yours, JT

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