You can find good coffee almost anywhere in Spain, so it comes as no surprise to discover that La Rioja’s capital of Logroño is no different. The city is filled with cafes and coffee shops, whether you’re after classic blends, paired with a slice of cake or made into a milkshake.
From American-style coffee bars to those who are serious about quality beans from all over the world, and even those who add in a bit of coffee art, here’s our pick of the best cafes and coffee shops in Logroño.
El Beso Café, which translates as ‘Kiss Café’, is situated on the grand Plaza Mercado and offers outdoor seating on the terrace so you can enjoy your cup of joe while watching the world go by. In the morning the cafe serves croissants and toast, while in the afternoon you can pair your coffee with a slice of cake or classic tapas such as tortilla or patatas bravas.
Situated in the modern centre of the city, between two leafy parks, Cafe Bombon is ideal for those who love quality coffee and have a sweet tooth. It’s elegant and slightly old fashioned with Art Deco touches in the black and white chequered floor and colourful lamps. Old coffee grinders, roasters and coffee bean weighing scales decorate the walls, and behind the bar are vats full of different beans from around the world. Pair your favourite coffee with classic Spanish sweets such as turrón(almond nougat), marzipan or crumbly butter cookies.
Located in residential area behind the main train station, this sleek and flashy cafe may look more like a bar or a nightclub than a cosy coffee shop, but if you’re after good coffee and and cooked breakfasts (which can be very hard to find in Logroño), it’s the perfect spot. Popular with locals, there’s everything here from pintxosand croissants to breakfasts such as French toast, and toast filled with eggs and bacon. It’s also a vibrant place for a evening drink and serves the best milkshakes in town.
Located right next to Espolón Park and Gardens in the centre of the city, this huge modern establishment is a cafe and bar in one. It has seating inside the low-lit interior, or outside on the terrace. Coffees are often decorated with chocolate syrup in various patterns such as flowers or hearts. It also serves pintxos, toasts, beer, wines and cocktails.
Situated in the modern centre, Cafetería Robusta is serious about coffee – so much so that Turkish coffee proverbs decorate the walls, while the menus detail the flavour, acidity, body and balance of each blend. It’s the ideal place to chill out and chat with friends over a mug. Surprisingly Cafeteria Robusta also specialises in tortilla (Spanish omelette), which comes in a variety of flavours. Many locals claim it even serves the best tortilla in town.
Located in the centre, close to many of the major hotels, Faborit follows the same style as America coffee shop chains, where you can order at the bar from an extensive menu including everything from blended iced coffees to matcha lattes, frothy cappuccinos and coffees topped with mountains of cream and cinnamon. It also doubles up as a smoothie and juice bar if you feel like something a little healthier. The menu also includes salad bowls from the salad bar, focaccia, wraps and cakes for a quick lunch. Enjoy your chosen blend on the terrace outside or the contemporary cafeteria-style seating area.
Located on the main Avenida de la Paz, east of the centre, Avenida 55 is a classic cafe-cum-bar serving coffees, tapas and snacks. Coffees often come with cartoony, fun latte art. They also do excellent Spanish potato tortillato eat in or takeaway. There are a few tables inside and more on the leafy rambla across the road.
Situated on Plaza Alférez Provisional right in the heart of the city and close to the Old Town, this is an elegant, yet snug cafe. Popular with locals who come to chat with friends, it’s decorated with patterned wallpaper, elegantly framed artwork and old fashioned lamps. Choose from a variety of classic Spanish coffees including cafe bombon (with condensed milk), cortado (short coffees with a dash of milk) or traditional cafe con leche (milky long coffees). It’s also a great place for afternoon cakes or breakfast, serving cooked eggs, croissants and filled baguettes.