As you might know – and if you don’t, you will now – both my sisters work in coffee.
The middle sister is now a coffee trainer for a Cornwall roaster and has made coffee her personal bitch. The younger one has been captured by the same science, and is now a head barista for a central London deli, pouring you some of the best coffee I had the chance to have.
So, all in all, you might have got that we are a bit of a coffee snob triad, scouting all the cities we visit for the best cuppa. Plus, while them two are proper coffee scientists – both qualified, one more than the other maybe, but I can’t tell – I am an avid coffee drinker, and I do not tend to function without coffee. The caffeine fix in Barcelona was a discovery for us.
This second time – we were in Barcelona a couple of years ago – I would say, it was revealing and surprising: a lot of the places we saw last time were better, all in all, the city seems to be developing even more than it used to, the pace it’s just out of hand. Coffee-wise, it’s like the London Coffee scene we are used to has pretty much moved there for the better weather: specialty coffee it’s not a hidden gem anymore, it’s in every little corner and cranny of the city and you will be so glad you did stop at every single one of them. These are the 3 main ones we have been at for the best caffeine fix in Barcelona.
Satan’s Coffee Corner
This is our (possibly) favorite place in Barcelona, and I will tell you why in 5 words: just look at their menu. Sassy, like very sassy. Snappy, if anything. But dear, did we laugh. We have been to both their locations and loved them. The first one, near Arc De Triomf, is a beautiful place sandwiched between some cool places for lunch and hanging out with friends, full of green and open space. The second one is more central, close to the Gothic Quarter and just a nice hidden place to rest in between the many little shops and the loads of tourists you will encounter.
Black Remedy Coffee
Carrer de la Ciutat, 5, 08002 Barcelona
This one is located as well near the Gothic Quarter and it’s a gem: not only coffee, but also great food and the most stylish place you could ever end up in. Fred managed to find a geisha for cheap so yeah, loved every second of it. Father not impressed – but then again his coffee idea is different from ours.
Carrer de la Marina, 288, 08025 Barcelona,
A stone’s throw from the Sagrada Familia, this one is a tiny little gem in the midst of the craziness around the cathedral. Does not open early, but pair it with some fresh pastries and cakes from the bread places just around the corner and you have sorted breakfast – late one, of course – or just coffee break. And their floors where just to die for, there, I said it.
For the touristy Barcelona, find the first post here.