One of the hardest challenges visitors seem to have when coming to Barcelona, is how to order a coffee. Between cortados, americanos, cafe solos and cafe con leche, it can get a bit confusing, especially if saying 'regular coffee' usually does the trick. However, Barcelona takes pride in not only its coffee, but in its coffee time. It's very rare to see someone strolling down the street with a 'take away' cup of coffee in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Coffee time is time to sit, relax and chat or read the paper. Por eso, there's an overwhelming number of cafes in Barcelona, each with its own unique flare.
Our number one pick is the best place to 'take a coffee' (as they say in Spain), if it's sunny out. Located in Plaza del Sol, Cafe del Sol has prime seating for most of the year. The actual bar/cafe is small, with a few narrow wooden tables, however outside it has a great patio overlooking the square where some of Gracia's 'finest' are usually congregated, playing guitar and putting on somewhat of an entertaining spectacle for onlookers.
Slightly closer to the center of town, our number three pick is a great place to read, work and have a coffee, tea and a few light tapas or sandwiches. Laie Libreria-Cafe doubles as a book store and cafe, it has wide open spaces, comfortable tables and poses an idea atmosphere if you want to set up shop and stay for a while working or reading.
Our number eight pick is slightly more commercial, with locations throughout the city, yet it has quality food and tasty coffee. Buenas Migas is a good place if you enjoy pastries, pies and want to grab a quick lunch in an inviting atmosphere.
Carrer de Pau Claris 85
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carrer de Ferran 23
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Carrer del Mar 1
carrer de Ferran 10
carrer de la Palma de Sant Just 1
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