Cosmo

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Cosmo Cosmo in Barcelona's L'Eixample is a modern Café & art gallery with rotating exhibits & a good crowd of students. Get creative in Barcelona with Party Earth. Barcelona Spain 41.3874806 2.1627874
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 9:30am–midnight, F–Sa noon–midnight, Su 2–10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Cosmo Review

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Cosmo in Barcelona's L'Eixample is a modern Café & art gallery with rotating exhibits & a good crowd of students. Get creative in Barcelona with Party Earth.

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 give the L-shaped space an airy minimalist feel, with the front half serving as the place to get a meal and the back entirely reserved for exhibits that rotate approximately once a month.

Not surprisingly given its location, the venue sees lots of artsy-minded students dropping by between classes during the day, when they settle in to chat at the sleek, narrow tables or read a book on one of the cozy, big blue sofas.

Also not surprisingly – it is a gallery, after all – the place hosts many creative events, from eclectic jam sessions and movie showings to unique workshops like a hands-on cupcake decorating class.

Unless it’s part of some performance art showcase, raging blowouts probably won’t be found here. Instead, the contemporary design allows casual intellectuals and overworked tourists to escape the vintage feel of the city’s traditional cafés and enjoy some light eats or dessert over a bottle of wine.

An über-modern place to chill in a city brimming with history, a trip to Cosmo is just like visiting a museum…except this museum has booze.

And really good carrot cake.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you like some of the art you see, Cosmo has prints of most current and past featured works for sale on their website, as well as branded clothing, cool accessories, and avant-garde art books.

  • Crowd

    Students from the nearby University of Barcelona, artists, art lovers, other creative types, and laid-back young professionals, early 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient pop and rock on the sound system.

    Lots of varied types of art on display in the dedicated back gallery. Exhibits change about once a month.

    Venue hosts an assortment of workshops, live music, and other events throughout the year. Check venue website for latest schedule.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small menu of bar food, tapas and light sandwiches, including vegetarian options and fresh desserts. Street-side patio.

  • Prices

    Bar food and tapas €5–€7, sandwiches €3–€5. Beer €2–€3, wine €2.50/glass or €12.50/bottle, mixed drinks €6+, coffee €1–€2, tea €2, fresh squeezed juice €3+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, button-downs, branded University attire, hoodies, flannel, unique accessories, colorful blouses, leggings, scarves.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime a cool event or workshop of interest is scheduled, or any sweltering afternoon to escape the sun in a non-traditional locale.

  • Close By

    Espai Menorca (Carrer de la Diputació 215) offers a variety of Minorcan plates that are more substantial than Cosmo’s bites, making it a good place to start the night with a full stomach.

Cosmo User Reviews

Average rating:
Sit back, relax, and eat some carrot cake
Kendrick K. Aug 14, 2012
This café is such a neat, laidback place for when you need to have a bite and take a break from your busy day. They have a great selection of snacks and desserts to choose from, which you can enjoy outside, at the bar, or on the couch. As you eat, you can view the movie screening projected inside, or just take in your surroundings. The atmosphere is definitely one of a kind with its brightly colored lamps, chalkboard menus, and the array of public art hanging in the back of the café. Cosmo is definitely the place to refresh yourself for the rest of the day.
Cosmo is a laidback, quirky, fun place to chill, eat, and relax!
Mahika G. Aug 8, 2012
Cosmo is definitely one of my favorite places in the city. Typically filled with local students, it maintains a young, authentic, friendly, and relaxed vibe which invites tons of people to come by for some low-cost, fresh squeezed juice, coffee, pan con tomate, sandwiches, and amazing carrot cake. With chalkboard menus, colorful couches, mixmatched furniture, and eclectic, colorful decor, Cosmo is definitely one of the more quirky cafes in the city and has plenty of space for groups to enjoy the atmosphere. To make it even better, the cafe has rotating exhibits of local artists displayed in the back, making it a truly local venue with a devoted staff who succeeds in creating a unique yet casual experience.
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