Top Cafes in The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona
Since Barcelona is a cafe-oriented city (be it for tapas, health foods, or cocktails), it’s easier to isolate the best cafes of each neighborhood instead of attempting to round up the best in the whole city.
The Gothic Quarter is a trendy neighborhood in Barcelona’s city center. It is know for its medieval architecture and alluring cobble stone streets; amongst this, exists some of the best heath food, tapas and late night cafes the city has to offer.
Black Remedy in Barcelona
In Europe, a successful cafe needs a strong brunch menu, a fresh baked goods section, at least two or three sandwich options, and decent coffee (preferably imported).
Black Remedy ticks all of the boxes, and is a hot spot for both locals and travelers who need to refuel between their daily errands or free guided walking tours.
Since food trends are rapidly changing (it’s 2019, after all), cafes in Europe also need to keep up and be able to accommodate every dietary preference that comes through their doors. This is what makes Black Remedy one of the best in Barcelona.
They offer meal options for meat eaters, vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians… even fruitarians in Barcelona can find something suitable for their breakfast or lunch.
A lot of people come to Black Remedy for the Eggs Benedict, which I will admit is quite impressive. All in all, when it comes to cafes in the Gothic Quarter, this spot trumps them all.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 9am to 7pm
ADDRESS: Carrer de la Ciutat, 5, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Jaume I
Tostaderos Bon Mercat in Barcelona
There are a few street clusters within Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter that are hot-spots for cafe dining. The streets surrounding the Picasso Museum are one of these, with competitive cafe culture that aims to impress.
Tostaderos Bon Mercat identifies as both a coffee shop and cafe. Their coffee section takes bean roasting very seriously, and their customers are somewhat of a cult-following, staying loyal to this establishment for their daily brew.
Moving into the cafe section you’ll enjoy eggy breakfasts, brunch pastries and toasted dishes for something more hearty.
A third section within the cafe is dedicated to gelato. Triple threat, this little cafe.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday – 8am to 8pm
ADDRESS: Baixada de la Llibreteria, 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Jaume I
Salterio in Barcelona
Pay attention or this hidden gem of a cafe will slip right by you in the back alleys of the Gothic Quarter.
Salterio is one of those spots that is revealed to you from a Barcelona insider who’s been eating their way through the city for years, and was likely shown it themselves by an insider who hailed before them.
It’s one of the quaintest and most charming little cafes in all of Barcelona. The menu at Salterio is strictly vegetarian and vegan; everything is organic and prepared in house, including all their sauces.
Since the don’t open for breakfast or brunch, Salterio keeps their doors open until 1am, daily. It’s a fabulous place for late night dining, or a night cap after your excursions through the city.
What makes Salterio so unique is that the interior has been designed to reflect the character of the Gothic Quarter’s streets. You’re transported back to Medieval times for the duration of your meal; leaving modern day Barcelona behind.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 1pm to 1am
ADDRESS: Carrer de Salomó ben Adret, 4, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Liceu
Granja Dulcinea in Barcelona
Roaming around the Gothic Quarter and joining in on guided walking tours doesn’t always leave time for full sit-down meals in the middle of the day.
Granja Dulcinea is a popular cafe for midday, light refreshment. They only do warm drinks and fresh baked pastries & cakes; most of which are traditional Catalonian treats passed down in age old recipes. The cafe is actually considered to be a historical spot in terms of Barcelona city development; it’s been here for years.
The Granja Dulcinea is said to be one of the best places in Barcelona to eat churros. One portion comes with four pieces, which I’ve found is fine to share between two people. But if you have a strong sweet tooth you might like the full potion to yourself.
The cafe likes to put whipped cream on everything, be sure to specify which drinks you’d like it on and which you’d rather enjoy plain.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 9am to 1pm // 5pm to 9pm
ADDRESS: Carrer de Petritxol, 2, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Liceu
Cafè Caracas in Barcelona
Where to Barcelona’s early birds go when it’s too early to be anywhere but in bed or at the gym? They go to Cafe Caracas.
Morning’s in Barcelona usually start around 10am; this is considered early to Europeans. Finding cafes open at 8am is a push, the fact that Cafe Caracas opens at 5:30am is quite astounding.
The space and menu are simple, but you don’t really need much at the crack of dawn. Hot tea and coffee, breakfast pastries, egg on toast and light sandwiches make for an easy entry into another day in Barcelona.
After midday you can enjoy some Spanish beers with your meals. There is free WiFi available in the cafe, and a lot of local freelancers spend their days here because the food is so cheap.
This is one of the cafes closest to Barceloneta Beach.