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The best cafes in Barcelona

Written by Adriana

Taking a delicious and aromatic coffee has become, for some people, a pleasure. a ritual and a perfect excuse to meet someone at any time. For most of us the caffeine contained on this drink is essential to start the day with energy. From ShBarcelona we want to turn a possible unpleasant experience into a joyful moment, so we recommend some of the best cafes in Barcelona and we invite you to discover all of them.

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Photo by marfis75 via Visualhunt

Café de l’Opera – its location on the Rambla in Barcelona, its history and keeping intact its modernist essence, makes of this place one of the most emblematic cafes in town. Named after the Teatre del Liceu, situated right on the other side of this wide avenue. In this cafe you can enjoy 12 kinds of coffee and more than 20 cocktails made with the “liquid gold”.

Federal Cafè – in this new concept of café located in Parlament street you can have and English breakfast, have lunch or eat something at afternoon. In this three-leveled space (the third is a beautiful terrace), you can taste the classic cafes and some of his own invention as LSD, with soy milk and dandelion. In the Federal Café they also sell delicatessen products and delicious cakes.

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Photo by Carolina_BCN via Visualhunt

Central Cafe – the philosophy of this franchise of cafes is to offer its customers an exceptional cup of coffee with one of the best coffee makers and grinders on the market and a special water purification treatment. Its avant-garde decor welcomes you to one of the Central Cafés to enjoy the tranquility and the aroma of its coffee varieties.

Zurich: this emblematic café is more famous for its centric location next to Plaza Cataluña than for the quality of its coffee. That’s why it has become a meeting and a crossing point for tourists and locals. It is very common to meet in front of Zurich cafe or wait for your friends at one of the tables on its terrace while taking a coffee. Have a seat and enjoy watching the world go by!

Granja Viader – this family business located in a narrow street in the old town of Barcelona (Carrer d’en Xuclà) has a history of more than 130 years and opened its doors at the beginning of the century as a dairy. It is really in the city for being the “birthplace” of Cacaolat. It’s common to find queues of people trying to get a table to enjoy a hot chocolate with cream, some “melindros” and “churros”, and other delicacies to accompany a good coffee.

The Pallaresa – is common that, at weekends and holidays, there are a lot of people waiting for a table to sit down at the door of this “granja” to taste one of their homemade cakes dipped in chocolate or hot coffee with a thick layer of froth. The iconic Petrixol street is where you will find this cozy “old-fashioned” café, coming from the well-known Portaferrisa street.

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Adriana is a writer, content & community manager, web designer, media analyst and tireless traveler.

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