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Best cafes for writers in Barcelona

Written by Vicky York

In Barcelona you can find inspiration and creativity on every street corner, from iconic modernist buildings to lively food markets and beautiful, scenic parks. So if you’re looking for a charming café to put your creative thoughts onto paper, as well as enjoying a good coffee, here is a list of the best cafés for all you writers in Barcelona.

Ateneu Barcelonés

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The Ateneu Barcelonès is an association which promotes Catalan culture and hosts a variety of activities including lectures, debates, poetry readings, workshops and live concerts. It also houses one of the most important Private Civil Libraries in Catalonia. So you’ll never be short of inspiration in its café, especially as it is set in a beautiful garden which is a small, hidden haven amongst the busy city. Address: Carrer de la Canuda, 6

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Café Salambó

With its narrow streets and bohemian atmosphere, Gràcia is the perfect setting for creative types such as writers and artists. And Café Salambó is no exception. It is known in the area as a meeting point for intellectuals with a cosy, informal atmosphere, great food and also a selection of different teas. Later on in the evening it also serves up a variety of cocktails. Address: Carrer de Torrijos, 51

Librería La Central

La Central has many bookshops across Barcelona as well as in Madrid and has a café located in Eixample on Carrer de Mallorca, close to La Rambla de Catalunya. If you’re suffering from writer’s block then you’ll be sure to find the cure at La Central café as it sells hundreds of books covering a huge range of topics from social sciences, art and film, photography, to poetry, science fiction and the list goes on. Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 237

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Laie is another popular bookshop in both Catalonia and Spain, and offers an enormous collection for book lovers. The café has a great lunch menu and hosts book readings and concerts with plenty of events happening around the year. In Barcelona, you can find Laie bookshops in the CCCB, CaixaForum, CosmoCaixa, Picasso Museum and MACBA. Address: Carrer de Pau Claris, 85


Do you have a favourite spot to find inspiration? Where is your favourite café for writing? Let us know by commenting below!

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About the author

Vicky York

Vicky is a UK copywriter and translator based in Barcelona. An avid traveller, festival follower and music lover.

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