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The best places to enjoy a coffee while you work in Barcelona

Written by Priyankaa

It is an undisputed fact that Barcelona has a wealth of great cafés positioned all over the city. But where are the best places to go, if like me, you love nothing more than setting yourself up with a pile of work and an endless stream of coffees in a cosy café? I have scoured the city for inspiration and come up with a list of my favourite cafés which you can happily work from. Whether you’re a freelancer, student or just love the smell of a freshly brewed coffee, these fine establishments have open spaces, plenty of coffee and delicious snacks to keep you going while you work.

Cosmo cafe & galería de arte


Located on the charming tree-lined street of Carrer d’Enric Granados in Barcelona’s well-to-do district of L’Eixample Dreta, Cosmo is the perfect place to get your creative juices flowing. Whilst it doesn’t have Wifi, it more than makes up for this with its relaxed atmosphere, contemporary and open space and extensive selection of food and drinks. You can enjoy a wholesome salad or satisfying sandwich for around €6, and the portions are super generous too! If you’re not a big coffee drinker, they also have a fabulous selection of freshly squeezed juices to give your brain a real boost. So, if you fancy spending the afternoon tapping away on your laptop in an inviting arty environment, why not pay Cosmo a visit? Oh, and be sure to try their moist and crumbly carrot cake when writers block strikes – it won’t disappoint!

Federal Cafe, Gotic

federal cafeWhilst the Federal cafe only opened its doors in March 2015, it has quickly established itself as a buzzing café and popular brunch spot in the city. The location is ideal as the café is tucked away on Passatge de la Pau, in a quiet square just round the corner from the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas. It’s a huge space with high ceilings, large windows and a central bar/ kitchen covered in bricks, creating a chic and laid back vibe.

The wifi is quick, the staff are welcoming and friendly and the coffee is delightful. Food-wise, it has lots to offer – from a plethora of egg dishes to burgers and salads. It’s also ideal for the health conscious foodie; I was delighted to find I could order an almond milk cappuccino and a veggie-filled green smoothie as my mid-work pick-me-ups. Federal Cafe is the perfect place to spend a few hours while you work (and eat your way through their tempting menu). What’s more, I have never received any disapproving stares from members of staff if I haven’t ordered anything for an hour or two.

If you need a break, grab a seat by the window – it’s a prime people watching spot!


One of my absolute favourite working spots is Caravelle: a trendy café, with delicious coffee (their beans are sourced from the renowned roasters Nomad), super fast and reliable wifi and friendly staff. Once again, the location is very central, Caravelle is just a stone’s throw from Plaza Catalunya, on Carrer del Pintor Fortuny. The little spot is airy and cheerful,  has gorgeous and healthy food, plenty of power outlets and motivational background music. Whilst the little café is always buzzing with brunch-goers and mums with kids alike, it’s never loud enough to distract. It even has its own Galactic Pale Ale, brewed with the Catalan farmhouse brewery Art Cerversers, for when the creative juices are in need of a nudge.  For me, its biggest draw comes from its feel-good atmosphere. If you’re in the Raval district, be sure to pay Caravelle a visit – you won’t be disappointed.

About the author


Priyankaa is a Hispanic Studies graduate from the University of Birmingham.

1 Comment

  • A great article, I used to be a student in Barcelona and ended up wasting loads of time and money searching for a nice spot to do work and fuel my thinking with good food, ending up in noisy and expensive cafes. I only wish I’d read this 4 years ago!

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