Brunch fever has hit Barcelona and now every bar in the city is offering eggs and pancakes. Here we list our favourite places in the city for long, lazy brunches.
Brunch and Cake
C/Enric Granados, 19
Brunch and Cake along with its sister cafés Travel and Cake and Cup and Cake offer non-stop brunches throughout the week and weekend. Their motto is ‘In Grandmothers we trust’ thought none of the food on offer could ever but thought of as old- fashioned. The menu is full of modern twists on brunch favourites. They offer bagels filled with chicken and mango instead of the usual smoked salmon, Eggs Benedict served in a hot dog bun, black brioche with smoked salmon and greek yoghurt and the list goes on. The clean, modern décor gives their spaces a relaxed atmosphere perfect for a long lazy brunch. Why not try their new offering of Pilates+Brunch during the week?
Passeig Sant Joan, 82
Not long opened, Granja Petitbo is one of the growing number of trendy ‘gastrobars’ in Barcelona offering everything from breakfast and brunch to set lunch menus, coffee and cake and Gin and tonics to round off the day. The brunch is served on weekends only though throughout the week a breakfast menu is offered. The focus here is on fresh food, locally sourced. The cakes are homemade, the smoothies made from seasonal fruit and vegetables in front of your very eyes and the bread baked daily. Housed in a converted dairy, the atmosphere is relaxed and you will still find yourself chatting and whiling away the day here hours after you finished your delicious meal. Brunch fans need to arrive early for a table or be prepared to wait, but trust us, it’s worth it!
C/ Parlament, 39
Federal Café is a little slice of Australia in the heart of Barcelona. Bringing sleek modern design and that relaxed Aussie vibe to Sant Antoni the two Australian owners have created a three story haven where large windows open out on the street to let the air circulate in the summer and a roof terrace which is an oasis of calm with tropical plants and wooden tables. The menu uses local ingredients to create international dishes, ranging from pistachio tapenade to a good old English Ploughman’s Lunch. Federal Café also serves coffee and cake throughout the day and has become famous for its weekend brunches. The usual suspects are here; various forms of eggs, greek yogurt and museli etc but with a hipster twist. For example their coffee is a special in house blend chosen by the owners. The brunches are so good a second Federal has opened in the Gothich Quarter and there are now outposts in Valencia and Madrid.
C/ Pintor Fortuny, 31
Caravelle is the baby of an Australian couple who, via two acclaimed London gastropubs, landed in Barcelona and opened Caravelle just a stone’s throw from La Rambla. The food is hipster cool; Taco Sundays and craft beer on tap are just two of the delights of this fresh and modern space. Their brunches are one of the best in Barcelona, offering more than the standard Eggs Benedict, Caravelle plays with new combinations, taking their inspiration from the Middle East, Mexico, Australia the USA and of course, Spain and Catalonia. I personally also have a special weakness for their chai latte and coconut bread, and that is coming from a person with no sweet tooth to speak of. Taking one of the posters on their wall as a motto ‘Work hard and be nice to people’, the service is relaxed and friendly. Once you try you’ll be back again and again.
C/ Comerç, 1
A great restaurant for any meal of the day, Picnic also offers a fantastic weekend brunch taking the best breakfast items from around the world. The menu includes Israeli style cous-cous, Salmon gravlax with crème fraiche and rye toast, Italian ham and gruyere cheese toasted sandwiches and huevos rancheros amongst many other tasty dishes. This international breakfast can be washed down with pink lemonade, sweet tea, seasonal bellinis or chipotle Bloody Marys. It’s a good idea to come early or make a reservation as this small but perfectly formed restaurant gets full extremely quickly. Once you’ve got your table relax and enjoy one of the best brunches in town.
Travessera de Gracia, 50
In stylish Sant Gervasi what else but a New York style brunch served in sleek surroundings? At Meatpacking Bistro (named after the extremely fashionable New York neighbourhood) brunch is truly American style with Philly Cheese Steaks, chicken fingers and NY Cheesecake all on the menu, ready to be washed down with a freshly squeezed orange juice and hot cup of joe (that’s coffee to our non-US readers!) all made from local, organic produce that is hormone and pesticide free. The atmosphere is laid back and the décor urban chic. If you can’t afford flights to New York why not experience a little slice of the Big Apple in Barcelona at Meatpacking Bistro.