In recent years Sant Antoni has firmly established itself as the place to go for brunch at the weekend in Barcelona – in fact, Barcelona’s brunch trend pretty much started here when Federal opened its doors and started serving poached eggs and Bloody Marys. These days there’s everything from healthy juice bars to artisan bakeries offering some of the most scrumptious breakfast goods you’ll find in the city.
Cafe, Contemporary, Fusion, $$$
Federal Cafè is widely considered the birthplace of the brunch scene in Barcelona and remains one of the best places to get a Bloody Mary in the city. Fresh baked pastries, speciality coffee, breakfast cocktails and more ways to eat an egg than you’ll find elsewhere in Barcelona, Federal’s brunch offering is strong. When the weather is nice you’ll find the downstairs opens up onto the street while the shaded tables on the rooftop terrace are ideal if you can get one.
Possibly one of the cosiest cafés in Barcelona, Café Cometa were all over Scandi-chic before it was even really a thing: pastel coloured tables, a ‘no Wi-Fi’ policy, original artwork on the walls and an old-school map of Denmark hanging on the wall. The food is all made to order from behind the bar and consists mostly of generous hot and cold sandwiches, impossible-to-resist home-made cakes, freshly squeezed fruit juices and coffee from the local coffee roaster Nømad.
If you can’t decide between sweet or savoury, hot or cold, then don’t: La Desayunería has one of the most extensive breakfast and brunch menus around. The home-made pancakes come highly recommended and topping choices include greek yoghurt peach and Cheerios, grilled apple and cheddar cheese or even eggs and bacon. On the other hand you can also get a Full English Breakfast or a monster ham and cheese toasty – there’s even a choice of bun bao sandwiches.
An understated all-day cafe and eatery, Manso’s Cafe is the kind of place you walk into for the first time and think ‘Huh, how had I not heard about this before?’. For starters, the home-made pastries are a cut above your average croissant and have a clear Scandinavian influence: cinnamon rolls, cardamom cake and chokladbollar chocolate pastries. For those with a savoury tooth there are eggs Florentine and Benedict as well as a choice of quiches, burgers and gourmet sandwiches.
The Juice House
Cafe, Healthy, $$$
If you’re the kind of person who likes to get off to a healthy start to the day then The Juice House has just what you need. The house speciality is of course the cold pressed juices which can be enhanced with the likes of chia seeds, wheatgrass, matcha or ginger. Then there are breakfast bowls which are piled high with super-healthy ingredients such as fresh fruit, açai berries, seeds and nuts. Even the naughty option is still rather healthy as the pancakes are made with oats and chia.
Cafe, Bar, Contemporary, $$$
Located on the corner of Parlament Street and Viladomat Street, Tarannà Cafè is a casual café, bistro and bar with one of the only sunny terraces on the street – be warned though, there are only three tables. The brunch menu is available until 4pm so there’s really no need to rush out of bed, and although the choice of dishes is quite simple there’s everything you need: baked eggs, a few fresh pastries and even a Bloody Mary. What’s more, prices here are very reasonable so there’s no excuse not to order a second one.
It’s pretty much impossible to walk past La Donutería and not suddenly get an irresistible craving for one of their jaw-dropping doughnuts. A bakery specialising exclusively in these sticky balls of goodness, La Donutería would have Homer Simpson squealing with pleasure. The toppings are changed daily and are some of the most mouth-watering combinations you never knew existed: dulce de leche with almonds, cacao crumbs and Maldon sea salt, or even pink grapefruit and candied ginger. We’ve warned you.