Before touring around and enjoying the world-famous sites and attractions of Barcelona, be sure to start your day with a delicious brunch. Here are our ATA-approved favorite Barcelona brunches:
Federal Café - This cute café is well designed with open communal tables and light music, and is a perfect place to get work done. Individual tables are located on the second floor with seating by the windowsill to overlook the busy street below. This café is priced appropriately for how good the food is. In the warm weather, the windows on the first and second floors remain open so customers can feel a light breeze. The third floor is a rooftop terrace where customers can enjoy the Barcelona sun while also enjoying their delicious meal. The menu is simple and tasty, with a plethora of healthy and savory offerings. This is definitely a must-visit if you are in Barcelona.
Milk - Milk’s brunch menu, served until 4 p.m., is called the “Recovery Brunch” and definitely lives up to its name. Milk is located in the Gothic Quarter closer to the port, and feels homey with its comfortable couches and throw pillows. Compact and often crowded, this cozy restaurant serves some of the best egg dishes in Barcelona. They also have delicious brunch drinks. We suggest their Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Cavas.
Brunch & Cake - This is a chain restaurant with a few locations within Barcelona, all equally satisfying. The décor gives a farm style vibe, also offering seating outside with a 10% extra charge. The orange juice is freshly squeezed and comes highly recommended. Fruits and greens are incorporated into most of their menu items. We suggest the eggs benedict, which comes over a sweet pastry waffle and served on a shovel as a dish. Pro-tip: Brunch & Cake is one of the few places where iced coffee is served in Barcelona.
Pudding – Pudding describes itself as creating a “new generation of coffee shops.” With their Eat+Play+Think motto, this is one the few coffee shops that is a great place for kids. The colorful and animated décor makes this restaurant an experience more than just eating brunch. Two big mushrooms light up the lower level with a big twelve person communal table and a couple of small tables surrounding it. The pleasant music and fast Wi-Fi connection facilitate a calm atmosphere, given it isn’t too busy at the time of your visit.
Marmalade - Milk’s sister restaurant, Marmalade, is located in Raval which is a buzzing area no matter what time of day. The space is larger than Milk’s, so if you’re in the mood for a “Recovery Brunch” but are traveling with a larger group, Marmalade is your best option. It has a bohemian Havana vibe, and the bar serves great cocktails that are moderately priced at 5 to 8 euro and the menu ranges from 11 to 30 euro. Bloody Marys and eggs benedict are their specialties, and we definitely recommend both.
Copasetic – Found in l’Eixample, Copasetic serves an almost entirely organic brunch. Something unique about this place is that it accommodates food intolerances and allergies: Vegetarian, Lactose-Free, and Gluten-Free. Their brunch menu is comprised of set meals. For example, their “English breakfast” includes fried eggs, English bacon, beans, toast, and tea or organic coffee and freshly squeezed juice, and all for 7 euro. They allow supplements at no additional charge because of their accommodating nature. The decor is also very cozy and homey. Additionally, the owners at Copasetic integrated the concept of “suspended coffee” to their menu. They donate food to the needy when you pay 0,60 euro for a coffee and 1 euro for a sandwich. Their staff is always friendly and timely, and the prices reflect the quality generously.
Picnic – With its location right by Parc de Ciutdella and Arc de Triumph, Picnic is the perfect place to start your day off on the right foot. Their brunch menu, aside from being fantastic, offers both tapas and full plate options. It has a lively atmosphere with amazing customer service. Sunday mornings are family-friendly. We suggest making a reservation to avoid a lengthy wait. Terrace seating on a nice sunny day provides a great atmosphere and an awesome brunch experience.
Alsur - A relaxed vibe welcomes customers to sit in mini tables or benches with soft throw pillows to enjoy a hearty and healthy brunch. The laptop area is a decent space for working if you can be productive in a crowded environment, and you don’t mind checking in on Facebook to obtain the Wi-Fi. Their iced tea is amazing and their eggs florentine comes highly recommended. The service can be somewhat slow, but the staff is always friendly and they speak English for the most part. There are various locations, but the one in el Born, located on a picturesque square, serves for a great people watching spot.
Els 4 Gats – If you’re a Picasso fan, don’t spend time in Barcelona without eating a meal here. It was Picasso’s favorite café where he and his friends often ate, and where he held his first solo exhibit. The atmosphere is overloaded with culture and history. It’s primarily a tourist destination rather than an authentic Barcelona café, so expect prices to be on the higher end. People normally order a pastry and coffee or tea as opposed to a full brunch meal. Eating here is more about experiencing the history than experiencing runny eggs or huevos rancheros.