The Barcelona Guide
Barcelona is one of Europe’s most spectacular cities, one that artfully combines the aquatic lifestyle of a seaside city with art and culture and really great coffee
Barcelona or Madrid? It really seems to divide opinions. One has the beach, its own cultural identity and Gaudí, and the other is the nation’s grand capital with world-class museums, excellent food and some of the country’s wildest nightlife. But when it comes to specialty coffee Barcelona is way ahead of its larger sister.
Influenced by stints abroad, a very international clientele and a very open-minded attitude towards the exotic, Barcelonans took it upon themselves to show the world that Spanish coffee can be a lot more than a big bowl of piping hot milk with a bit of bitter coffee mixed in for good measure.
Here’s our list of the best places in town to get your fix.
Satan’s Coffee Corner II
Satan’s is what originally brought specialty coffee to Barcelona. Yes, El Magnifico has been there for yonks but only Satan’s really put Barcelona on the map and helped launch the career of local roasters Right Side Coffee. This location is their second outlet in the lovely Casa Bonay and it offers a delicious menu of Japanese influenced dishes alongside exquisite coffees.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 700, 08010 Barcelona – Read our full review here.
Nømad Every Day
Located in Poble Nou, this is the second full outlet from local heros Nømad, which is by far the most recognized specialty coffee roastery from the city. Headed by the charismatic and repeated Spanish barista champion Jordi Mestre, this outlet has a big communal table and shares the space with a collective kitchen space whose various products you can also buy from the pantry there. A lovely spot.
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 26, 08001 Barcelona – Read our full review here.
Housed in a huge warehouse called Espacio 88 that doubles as the HQ of a local architectural firm, Skye Coffee is a beautiful old 1972 Citroën HY coffee truck that is permanently based there. Just plonk yourself into one of the comfy sofas and enjoy a perfectly prepared flat white using beans from Right Side Coffee and occasional guest roasters.
Carrer de Pamplona, 88, 08018 Barcelona – Read our full review here.
Another really great coffee bar that’s slightly out of the way and as a consequence not overrun with tourists is Atmans. This lovely coffee bar that shares a big and welcoming space with communal production kitchen Coocció is run by repeated Spanish Latte Art Champion Miguel Lamora Bárcena who has made it his mission to uncover the soul of each coffee that he serves.
Carrer de Morales, 27, 08029 Barcelona – Read our full review here.
This is where it all began for local coffee heros Nømad. This lovely and much instagrammed coffee bar in Born just offers a little bit of seating along the bar but is the perfect spot to recharge after a day exploring the city’s wonderful streets and squares. A highlight on any visit!
Passatge Sert, 12, 08003 Barcelona – Read our full review here.
This lovely coffee bar that has an exclusive focus on coffees from Costa Rica is not just a cool place to hang (thanks to the refreshing airco in summer) but also because staff are super lovely. The coffee is excellent and so is the food.
Carrer de Santa Teresa, 1, 08012 Barcelona – Read our full review here.
View all recommended cafés in our handy Barcelona overview