Brunch is traditionally not as common in Barcelona as in other parts of Europe, Spanish dining habits tend to favor eating later in the day. But with an ever-growing popularity, almost all brunch menus are paired with refreshing cocktails, especially on weekends, where they serve as the perfect antidote for a late Friday night.
Located just next to Plaça Catalunya, La Esquina serves the quintessential brunch, complete with Eggs Benedict, avocado and poached egg on toast, Buck’s fizz, and bloody marys. If that wasn’t enough, they also smoke their own salmon in-house and serve coffee from the best roasting places in the city, including Nømad Coffee and Bright Side Coffee. The venue is stylish but with a warm, welcoming vibe and the feel of a classic neighborhood haunt. This is the place to go for anyone for whom brunch just wouldn’t be brunch without all the classics (including a great selection of pastries and freshly squeezed orange juice!) but who also values great quality produce and friendly service.
Opened by two Australian locals, Federal Café has a relaxed and friendly ambience and understated decor. On a hot day in Barcelona, the café opens its many windows, enhancing the already generous internal space and offering the perfect perch in which to observe passers by. Owners of the café encourage patrons to relax for hours, to either hide away from the busy city with a book, or enjoy the sun on the large roof terrace. The menu offers up a range of delights from coconut pancakes to perfectly cooked eggs served with halloumi cheese and mushrooms.
Picnic’s bright interior, high chairs and dainty features such as individual decorative seat cushions are guaranteed to refresh you after a slow morning. The restaurant’s menu promotes organic produce and boasts all the brunch necessities including strawberry pancakes, salmon gravalax and even mouth-watering pulled pork. Personal touches such as fresh flowers are presented on every table, and the cocktails are changed to accompany the seasonally updated menu. The hotter months are made more bearable with a sweet iced tea and pink lemonade with vodka. This charming café and restaurant is located on the edge of the Eixample and the Sagrada Familia neighborhood. A great destination any time of the day, Granja Petitbo serves a mouth-watering selection of sweet and savory dishes, perfect for a well-rounded brunch. The décor is warm and welcoming, think big leather armchairs, vintage coffee tables, reclaimed wood tables, inviting guests to feel right at home. From pancakes with red fruits, to eggs Royale and even a Full English, there are plenty of classics as well as in-house creations to choose from.
Taking inspiration from Milk, its older sibling which was the first restaurant to serve brunch in Barcelona, Marmalade boasts a similar menu of healthy shakes, eggs cooked to request and a delicious take on the croque-monsieur with a blueberry jam accompaniment that gives a sweet twist to the dish. Those seeking a bigger brunch will not be disappointed as Marmalade’s Sunday fry is the go-to cooked breakfast, in addition to a selection of burgers for which the establishment has become known. The setting is one of luxury, with comfortable cushions on the seats and heavy drapery over the windows. Marmalade is the place to visit for a more formal brunch. The clue is in the name with this popular Sant Antoni establishment! The Juice House specializes in freshly made cold-pressed juices and smoothies, packed full of vitamins, anti-oxidants and other essential nutrients to really kick-start to your day. This self-described ‘clean eating restaurant’ prides itself on its healthy-but-delicious dishes which are carefully prepared using seasonal, local produce, as well as all the classic super-foods. Think oatmeal pancakes with chia seeds and coconut, or salmon on toast with radish and celery. This is the perfect place for those wanting a healthy start to the day without having to compromise on flavor or enjoyment. A small restaurant boasting a detailed and interesting menu, La Pepita combines flavors from Japan and Europe, in addition to a varied tapas menu. Although often busy, the atmosphere is consistent without seeming overly crowded. The restaurant features a long bar which highlights the social feel of the place, and this is further emphasized through the staff members, who are happy to give advice on tapas and wine combinations. A look at the specials board is a must when dining here for brunch, as it is updated with new and innovative dishes. Sweet dishes are experimental and include corn ice cream with a popcorn topping. This is the place for those of you who would gladly tuck in to eggs, avocado or pancakes any time of the day. Brunch & Cake is a venue entirely dedicated to the art of brunching, and features all the classics as well as some of their own creations, such as a quinoa veggie burger, or even a strawberry, brie and caramelized onion sandwich. With lots of interesting options to choose from, including plenty of vegetarian options, a visit to Brunch & Cake will be sure to please even the most adventurous of brunchers. A note of caution, though, they don’t take reservations so be prepared to wait a little on the weekends if you don’t get there early. The bright and colorful Dostrece is welcoming from the outset and has a vast brunch menu to suit all tastes. Pancakes and French toast satisfy those with a sweet tooth, with omelettes and eggs also complementing a range of salads and sandwiches. The restaurant also provides a children’s menu, which whilst being fairly modest, is a pleasant touch not adopted by all restaurants within the city. The restaurant exudes a very laid back atmosphere, and it is perfect for weekend brunches for simple but fresh cocktails. Large windows allow for a flow of natural light, which has been shining on this established restaurant of over a decade.