Café / Tea House
Party Earth Review Tucked away in a sequestered courtyard near La Seu Cathedral, Caj Chai is a romantic tea house that serves infusions from every corner of the globe, though it specializes in the Far East. Leaves picked during the humid autumn in the Himalayan mountains are no ordinary leaves, and Caj Chai’s menu advises customers of all ... more
Sant Domenec del Call, 12
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Bauma definitely benefits from its central location off the busy Avinguda Diagonal, and though it’s definitely not a place to go in search of a raging party, this old-style café and bar makes for a cozy spot to spend a few hours while exploring L'Eixample. The sidewalk patio fills up fast on warm days, with older locals ... more
Carrer Roger de Llúria, 124
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Situated near the southern edge of Rambla del Raval, Café de les Delícies is a cozy little bohemian café that promises a relaxed escape from this ever-bustling thoroughfare. The sidewalk patio is popular on warm weather days for breakfast or an afternoon coffee, but also makes for great people-watching as pedestrians stream ... more
Rambla del Raval, 47
Café / Restaurant
Reviewed by Sara G.
"Playing hide and seek in one of El Born’s tiniest crooked nooks is Lilipep – an intimate, warm and budget friendly German cum Catalan eatery slash cof ..." more
Carrer del Pou de la Cadena, 8
Coffee Shop / Historic Bar
Party Earth Review Kitschy tourist traps abound along the famous Las Ramblas stretch, but Cafè de l'Òpera – in business since the 1920s – isn’t just another overpriced coffee shop. True, folks might pony up an extra Euro or two for items here, but the Art Nouveau-style interior usually offers enough free tables for anyone who wants to take ... more
La Rambla, 74
Party Earth Review Located just steps from the highly regarded University of Barcelona, Cosmo is a popular café and dedicated art gallery where guests can enjoy a little nosh, sling a few cocktails, and try to figure out what the hell that blank canvas in the corner is supposed to represent. Tall ceilings and bright white walls throughout ... more
Carrer d'Enric Granados, 3
Bakery / Café / Restaurant
Reviewed by Sara G.
"Bubo is a little gem of a cake shop cum restaurant in the heart of Sant Pere, right opposite the Sant Pere de les Puelles church. It is important to n ..." more
Carrer Caputxes, 6
Party Earth Review Although the café at Barcelona’s Wax Museum seems an unlikely place of interest, El Bosc de les Fades (The Forest of the Fairies) has done a terrific job of creating an enchanted glade where patrons can sip coffee or cocktails amid trickling waterfalls and the twisted branches of gigantic tropical trees. The main room offers ... more
Passatge de la Banca, 5
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review A corner location on Carrer de Ferran, which connects Las Ramblas with the bustling Plaça Sant Jaume, certainly benefits gay-friendly Schilling, making it a great place to people-watch with a coffee during the day and to chill with something a little harder at night. The name’s a holdover from the Austrian who opened the ... more
Carrer de Ferran 23
Art Gallery / Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Coffee, tea, books, and art are the core ingredients at Lletraferit, all folded inside a spoken-word burrito and topped off with a hearty dollop of cocktails. The front room offers a great view onto the narrow but always bustling Joaquín Costa Street, at the same time shielding patrons from city noise, making it an ideal ... more
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 43
Because the city is known for wild parties and incredibly late nights, there are tons of cafés in Barcelona that make for both laid-back alternatives to the crazy party scene and surefire hangover spots for day after recovery.
Cafés are obviously spread all throughout the city and can be found from the streets of Barri Gòtic to the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas. There are Barcelona cafés of all shapes and sizes, from brunch and lunch spots, and tea houses, to late night bar café hybrids that lubricate the night before the heavy party scene kicks in.
The cafés are great for eating tapas or maybe drinking a little sangria, but mostly they’re the perfectly chill settings for afternoon tea or coffee, doing a little work, reading a book, having a daytime date, or hanging out with friends.
Caj Chai is a popular café in Barri Gòtic but also doubles as a tea house where a mellow all-ages crowd pops in daily to get a caffeine fix and while away the hours. El Bosc de les Fades, meanwhile, is an off-the-wall café inside a wax museum that could also be considered a haunted house.
Regardless of which café you choose, in Barcelona there’s always a cup of coffee waiting, friendly company to be had, and a laid-back setting to relax in.