Granada’s Arabic heritage is the richest in Andalusia, and nowhere is this more evident than on the mini-souk that is Calle Calderia Nueva. Leading off Calle Elvira and up into the old Arabic quarter of Albaicin, this narrow, cobbled street is lined with Arabic fabric and ceramic shops, tea shops and sweet stalls. In any of the numerous Moorish-style cafés on Calderia, you can choose from a huge selection of herbal and infusion teas, freshly ground coffees, Arabic pastries and flavoured shisha pipes to enjoy as you watch life unfold on the colourful, chaotic street outside.
In most traditional Spanish cafés, you have one choice when ordering your coffee: with or without milk. Decaf? Forget it. At Baraka, of of the coolest cafés in town, nine types of coffee are on offer (all available as decaf, too), as well as an impressive selection of fresh yogurts, juices, cakes, tarts and sandwiches. The two-person brunch deal is well priced and can be enjoyed on beach-hut-style outer terrace or within the café’s spacious interior. This place gets very busy in the mornings and at lunchtimes, so service can be a little chaotic, but is always super-friendly; in any case, you look out onto one of the liveliest streets in central Granada, so there’s plenty to watch while you wait for your frappe, latte, espresso or cappuccino.
Café Baraka, 24 Calle San Jerónimo, Granada, Spain, +34 958 27 60 09
This chic little café is situated in a beautiful old townhouse halfway along the prettiest street in Granada. Winding alongside the Darro River at the foot of the Alhambra, the Carrera del Darro is the perfect street for a morning stroll – before the temperatures start to climb to prohibitive levels – and Duran is the best place to stop for breakfast in this area. A range of organic coffees, customised by skilful baristas, can be enjoyed in its elegant, minimalist interior, from where you can watch life unfold on the street outside. Directly opposite is the charming Puente Espinosa, one of the oldest bridges in Granada, on which a local poet often sets up with her typewriter to write poems for passing tourists.
Barista Duran, 25 Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spain, +34 628 41 45 95