Federal cafe's yummy food and coffee Courtesy of Federal Cafe
Whether you’re travelling and need somewhere to catch up with friends and family online, or want somewhere you can set up your laptop for a few hours, a good café with wifi is worth knowing about. Here are some of the best places in Barcelona where you can get free internet and decent drinks.
Alsur Cafè (El Born)
Bar, Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
Located on a buzzing square in the heart of El Born, Alsur Cafè has managed to make a name for itself in the city, thanks to its selection of homemade cakes, pastries and sandwiches. There’s plenty of seating both inside and out, although the place does get busier around meal times. Staff are friendly and used to receiving a mixed-batch clientele of locals and travellers. You can use your laptop to your heart’s content.
Located just round the corner from the Plaça Catalunya, La Esquina is something of a hidden gem. The stylish venue offers fresh, contemporary daytime dishes and speciality coffee, as well as local wines and craft beer. The kitchen specialises in brunch-style dishes such as eggs Benedict, smoked salmon (made in-house with their own smoker) and generous portions of cake. Their lunchtime ‘combi’ menu is tasty, healthy and reasonably priced at just €16 with a drink and dessert. Your laptop will be welcome, so long as you’re not holding up a table with a coffee at lunchtime.
The alleged birthplace of Barcelona’s brunch scene, Federal Café is about as hip as they get. Located in the middle of the oh-so-trendy Parlament street in Sant Antoni, Federal Café offers a selection of Middle-Eastern inspired dishes, freshly baked cakes and speciality coffee. The large downstairs table is laptop-friendly and the large glass windows open up in the warmer months, so you can still enjoy the buzz from the street.
This organic café specialises in healthy but tasty dishes which make clean-eating easy. There are nutritious salads packed with super-foods but also burgers, sandwiches and cakes made with fresh ingredients. This is a cozy venue and not the kind of place you’d be welcome to bring your laptop but your smartphone will definitely be able to make the most of the free wifi.
Satan’s Coffee Corner is tucked away in El Call | Courtesy of Satan’s Coffee Corner
Up there with the best of Barcelona’s third wave coffee scene, Satan’s Coffee Corner opened on this quiet corner of the Gothic Quarter back in 2012. The kitchen serves a selection of Asian-inspired brunch dishes put together by their Japanese chef, while the guys behind the bar knock out some seriously good espresso. There are a few large sharing tables and some counters to perch on with large bay windows, offering views of the old stone street.
Fresh from a refurb which saw this trendy all-day venue acquire its own on-site nano-brewery, Caravelle is as good as ever. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, the kitchen serves an eclectic range of dishes including Mexican tacos, pulled pork buns, corn fritters and Moroccan baked-eggs. All the delights are made in-house, from the hot sauce to the brioche buns and the home brew is definitely worth a taste. Again, not necessarily the kind of place for your laptop but when you see the food all you’ll want to do is eat anyway.
This French-owned café is tucked away in the charming old streets of Barcelona’s El Born neighbourhood, not far from the Born cultural centre and Ciutadella park. The venue offers a selection of freshly made sandwiches, soups, snacks, cakes and even a platter of selected French cheeses. The speciality coffee is well-made and there’s also a choice of fresh juices, cocktails and wines. There’s seating inside but also a shaded terrace on a small square outside.