Located right in the center of town, just off Plaça Catalunya, La Esquina is an all-day restaurant and café which is rapidly making a name for itself for serving healthy, home-made meals in a part of town you wouldn’t quite expect it. During the week at lunchtimes the kitchen offers a ‘Menu Combi’ — a choice of 3 dishes on one plate as well as a drink and dessert, making for a time-efficient way to get your five-a-day. The service is friendly and laid back, and there are a number of large tables perfect for seating a group. Oh, and did we mention the coffee is from local roasteries operating right here in the city?
Located in the heights of Eixample, just by Avenida Diagonal, El Velódromo is stylishly decorated bar, restaurant and café open from 6am to 3am every day. Today owned by the famous Barcelona-based brewery Moritz, the venue has a long history as a literary café frequented by members of the local intellectual crowds for centuries. The décor has kept much of the original charm, with old woods and vintage objects adding to the atmosphere, but the large tables and laid-back ambience as well as the selection of dishes designed by Michelin-starred chef Jordi Vilà make El Velódromo the perfect place to combine work and play.
This cozy hangout in the middle of the El Born neighborhood is on everyone’s list as one of the best places to grab a coffee and do some work — and for good reason. Alsur Café offers a laid-back mood with welcoming staff and a cool interior, located on a square in one of the trendiest parts of town. The food selection is a mixture of Spanish and international cuisine, plus a choice of small dishes or main courses as well as a menu of the day during weekdays.
Although a brewery doesn’t sound like the ideal place to get some serious work done, the Fábrica Moritz is remarkably well-equipped for a working lunch with a group of colleagues. This large multi-purpose venue contains — amongst other things — a brewing area, a bistro, a wine bar, a concept store and a bakery. The original headquarters of the company set up by Louis Moritz back in 1856, today the space is a trendy meet-up point popular with both locals and visitors. In addition to the main restaurant, the Louis 1856, a selection of lighter grub and Spanish tapas are available in the main area that boasts large tables and plenty of space.
One of the first places to introduce the concept of brunch to Barcelona, Federal Café is among the trendiest hangouts in the city, and a great location for an informal meeting fueled by freshly brewed coffee and tasty treats. Open from 8am until 11pm during the week, the menu is composed of a selection of sandwiches, burgers, salads and a few brunch classics, as well as freshly squeezed juices. The café is usually busy at weekends, but during the week you should be able to get a table without much of a fuss.
Flax & Kale
If you’re a fan of healthy eating, then this is one place in Barcelona you won’t want to miss. Opened by Catalan chef Teresa Carles whose eponymous vegetarian restaurant is one of the most popular in town, Flax & Kale describes itself as serving ‘flexitarian’ cuisine — serving mostly vegetarian dishes, but with the presence of certain fish-based meals as well. Located on the border between Plaça Catalunya and the Raval, this is a popular eatery with a buzzing atmosphere. Be sure to book if you want to secure a table.