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... ... read full review
La Rambla, 74
93 317 75 85
Barri Gòtic, Barcelona –
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 their first morning coffee and read the newspapers in proper Spanish style.
Decorated with antique paintings and etched mirrors, the front of the venue provides ample opportunity for strangers to become fast friends at the tightly packed rows of black tables, while a nearby pastry display beckons to sugar junkies with everything from hot apple pies to traditional churros.
A small hallway by the bar leads to the larger back room, where a diverse crowd of everyone from older couples and artsy young friends to sore-footed tourists pile in throughout the evening to nurse beers and chat as dapper concert-goers grab a nosh before hitting the historic Liceu opera house across the street.
The street-side patio is a favorite for people-watchers, second perhaps only to the cozy second level – frequently rented out for private parties – where guests traipse up past the venue’s antique bottle display to enjoy the bustling thoroughfare from above.
Often busy but always relaxed, Cafè de l'Òpera is an old haunt that’s as good for a morning caffeine fix as it is for a cozy hot chocolate or a quiet beer before crashing into the Ramblas night.
Diverse crowd of chatty locals, cultured post grads, older Catalonian gentlemen, opera-goers, savvy tourists, and unpretentious friends in the mood for a mellow way to kick off a night or a cozy way to end it, mid 20s to 40s+.
People-watching along the ever-entertaining Las Ramblas thoroughfare.
Menu of traditional Spanish fare including tapas, seafood dishes, and sandwiches, as well as traditional American favorites like bacon and eggs. Several kinds of pastry and desserts also available.
Breakfast items €4–€6, sandwiches €2.70, entrées €4–€7, desserts €4. Fresh juices, coffee, and tea €1–€4.
Beer €1.50–€3, wine €3.50, sangria €4, whiskey and spirits €4.50+.
Casual: comfy button-downs, khakis, jeans, fitted sweaters, muted blouses, some trendier wear at night on the opera and pregame crowd.
Early in the morning for a quiet kick start to the day, any day for lunch to watch Las Ramblas rumble, or late-night Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy a few rounds before or after hitting a rowdier club or bar.
Schilling (Carrer de Ferran 23) is another great place to people-watch with a coffee during the day and to chill with something a little harder at night.