Barcelona: where to find the best brunch!

When I first started visiting Barcelona a decade ago, good brunch spots were hard to find. Thankfully, now you can kick start your morning at a different and amazing cafe every day of the week!

On the go? Use my Barcelona city map to locate all the places below.

Federal

In 2014, Federal‘s original branch in Sant Antoni stole the crown for me in terms of brunch in Barcelona (maybe even the world). Their menu is huge without being excessive, with loads of tasty options that suit everyone (including vegans, dairy and gluten-free peeps), good service and a great vibe. They leveled-up for me on this trip by opening the larger and more central branch in the Bari Gotic, which has ample seating inside and out. I actually prefer their newer branch for these reasons and, whilst it was always busy, you could still grab a table. Plus they also have those cute seats where you’re basically straddling the windowsill like their original spot.

On my whopping 3 trips to Federal on this trip, I tried the chia pudding (great light/healthy option), the smashed avocado with poached eggs (the lime and macadamia were such a great addition), the smoked trout omelette (divine), the pineapple sunset smoothie (delish) and the magic monkey smoothie (dairy-free banana magic) – all of which I would highly recommend, including their gluten-free toast. The menu is in English and has all dietary options/ingredients clearly marked on the menu. This is hands down the one place that you shouldn’t miss on your next trip.

Trópico

Hidden away in El Raval, you could easily walk past Trópico‘s doorway without realising the gem inside. You might think it’s a kitsch furniture store, with the bamboo pieces and ferns adorning the entrance, but head down the dark hallway and you will reach a large dining room bathed in sunlight. There are a number of tables of all sizes here, suiting everyone from solitary brunchers to large groups and on the mid-week morning we visited the cafe was half-full so I imagine it gets very busy on weekends. One of my favourite features about Trópico (aside from the incredible food) was the wall that had layers of plaster stripped back to look like a map of the world. It’s worth the trip here alone for any travel bloggers just to get a photo in front of it!

The menu is a mix of Caribbean/Central/South American, which means for brunch you have Huevos Rancheros next to Cerviche and lots of plantains. I had the Arepas Con Perico which was INCREDIBLE! It was really filling too, so you could easily split them and share a fruit plate. The juices are really excellent here too, and are a bit of a feature so don’t miss trying at least one. The menu is available in English and all dietary options are clearly marked. The are also open in the evenings so it would be interesting to try dinner here sometime!

Flax and Kale

On my last trip to the Catalan capital, I brunched one morning at veggie institution Teresa Carles, which I actually found a pretty disappointing (our food took ages and then arrived cold). But I had heard rave reviews about their new venture, Flax and Kale, so I headed here one morning without trepidation. F&K is a very snazzy clean eating restaurant, the newer incarnation of veggie eating. Think Deliciously Ella, with the gigantic fridge / chilled room visible to all diners so you can see their epic stock of fruit and vegetables.

The brunch menu is bigger on the weekends, so it is worth waiting for a Saturday or Sunday before checking it out. It’s also VERY healthy – even the doughnut was way too pure at heart to suit my sugary needs – so if you’re in need of something fried to cure a hangover, you should probably avoid this place. But if you’re the type to fight the effects of a big night out with coconut water, then this place is definitely your style. I balanced my doughnut with the Green Apple Amazonia bowl, which was basically a smoothie covered in super tasty toppings. I was sitting at the bar so I got to see all the smoothies that they were putting together, and there were some epic looking chocolate sundaes being put together. These must have been the Healthy Indulgences and I would definitely order one of these on my next trip. Also, I want to explore their roof garden that Robin found upstairs next time! The menu is available in English online and dietary options are clearly marked. Head here for a special brunch when you’re feeling fresh and adventurous!

Caravelle

Run by chef Zim Sutton, formerly of East London gastro-pub Princess of Shoreditch, and his wife Poppy, Caravelle is another example of how Australian’s have bought so much to the European brunch scene over the last decade. This fits well with Barcelona as the cosmopolitan beach city often feels like a sister to Sydney for me and Caravelle is a such a breezy open-fronted spot that it transports me home. My brunch consisted of delicious baked egg and great coffee their menu has grown since my first visit there in 2014 to include coconut French toast, Mexican meatballs and desserts. The menu isn’t available online but it is in English on their door when you arrive. Best thing is: they serve brunch-ish menu until 3pm!

Milk

I discovered this little gem on my trip in 2012. At the time, I was yet to discover Federal and Caravelle (who had just opened) so I went to Milk for breakfast a lot. It is still a great option for a proper feast (or if you have an epic hangover as they call their breakfast menu the ‘Recovery Brunch’), so if you’re planning on doing a lot of walking around stop here first. The servings are HUGE & include lots of classic options like pancakes, eggs Benedict, & omelettes – all served with a side of spicy potatoes for an epic carb fest! Smoothies & cava are also on the menu, depending on how you like to start the day. Their menu is available online in English. This is definitely not the place to hit up if you’re heading off to the beach later!

Other places I’m still to try that you should check out:

Satan’s Coffee Corner – they do incredible cold-brew coffee so it is definitely worth checking staying for a bit of sustenance too. Their menu includes some Japanese-inspired options.

Elsa & Fred – this bistro is adorable and I had a lovely late-night supper here so I imagine it would be ideal for a special brunch on the weekend.

Brunch and Cake – they have multiple spots across the city including one by the beachfront.

Can Dende– if you’re heading down to Mar Bella beach, stop here for brunch first.

The Juice House – I had an amazing dinner here so would love to check out brunch at this gluten-free and vegan-friendly restaurant.

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On the go? Use my Barcelona city map to locate all the places above.

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