If the sound of gooey melted cheese and warm, toasted bread is music to your ears, then head to La Esquina and order the Bikini sandwich. Named after the city’s Bikini concert hall, home to the dining hall that first served up Catalan‘s answer to a ham and cheese toastie, the Bikini comes in varying shapes and sizes, although the standard café version usually involves soft white bread and cooked ham. Renowned as the best Bikini in Barcelona, La Esquina’s version is made using jamón ibérico, full-flavoured Gruyère cheese and slices of sourdough bread.
La Esquina, Carrer de Bergara 2, Barcelona, +34 937 68 72 42
Probably the best burger joint in Barcelona with five locations across the city, Bacoa serve a variety of burgers which include chicken, vegan and vegetarian options. However if you’re not feeling too adventurous, then the Bacoa burger is the perfect classic to opt for: a juicy mincemeat burger (get the organic Pyrenean beef for a small supplement), rashers of crispy bacon, manchego and Cheddar cheese, finished off with some homemade pickles – what more could you ask for.
The sandwiches at Bo de B are so popular they even have their own hashtag: #famousbocadillo. However, far from being anything fancy, they’re simple grab-and-go sandwiches which cost as little as €3.50 and attract large queues of hungry locals and travellers every day. Served in a simple baguette, the chicken sandwich contains juicy chunks of grilled chicken piled high with a mix of different salads to make you feel that little bit healthier.
Bo de B, Carrer de la Fusteria 14, Barcelona +34 936 67 49 45
Located in the hip part of Sant Antoni, on Carrer Parlament, the Juice House are known for their vitamin-packed juices. They’re made using a cold-press technique which preserve all the nutritional value of the fruit or vegetable for maximum health benefits. The Veggie All Stars is a smoothie made with carrot, cucumber, avocado, celery, ginger and a little apple juice for good measure – in other words, rich in vitamins C, E, dietary fibre and other all-important nutrients to give your body a much needed boost.
The Juice House, Carrer del Parlament 12, Barcelona, +34 931 17 15 15
One of Barcelona’s hippest low-key eateries, Caravelle serves an eclectic menu of wholesome brunch dishes drawing inspiration from around the world. If muesli can sometimes be a sad affair, with bland cereal and sour yogurt, it’s no such thing at Caravelle. Here the muesli is homemade – always crunchy and full of flavour – and comes topped with fresh seasonal berries, passionfruit yogurt and toasted almonds. Not only is it delicious, but the fruit, nuts and cereals are a great source of vitamins, fibre and protein.
Caravelle, Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 31, Barcelona +34 933 17 98 92
If you’re the kind of person who needs sugar to survive the morning after the night before, then try a doughnut from La Donutería in Sant Antoni. Baked fresh every day, the doughnuts are always fluffy and light, never stodgy or dry. They come in a variety of gourmet flavours which change from one day to the next – except the classic vanilla glaze. Toppings to look out for include white chocolate and matcha tea, or blackberry, yogurt and muesli.
La Donutería, Carrer del Parlament 20, Barcelona +34 933 29 75 11
The kind of place where you can have breakfast for dinner, Brunch & Cake is serious about all things cake, pastry and brunch. The French toast is made using thick slices of brioche dipped in batter and then fried, before being topped with a rich chocolate sauce and slices of caramelised banana. The warm brioche is the ultimate comfort food, while the chocolate is sure to give you a much needed endorphin release and leave you with a satisfied grin on your face.
Brunch & Cake, Carrer d’Enric Granados 19, Barcelona +34 932 37 87 65
They say the best remedy is made with a little hair from the dog that bit you, in other words you might just have to drink your hangover away. In which case a chilled Michelada from El Pachuco is sure to do the trick. A Mexican classic, the drink is a mixture of lager with tomato juice, lemon juice and a spicy salt rim to get your taste buds going. You’ll hardly notice the alcohol – which is relatively low in content anyway – but it’s a fiery drink which is likely to bring you back to your senses in no time.
El Pachuco, Carrer de Sant Pau 110, Barcelona, +34 931 79 68 05