Whether you’re travelling and need to connect with friends and family, or just want a decent place to catch up on some work or plan the next leg of your journey, sometimes you need a good wi-fi café. Here are some of the best places to chill out and go online near the Sagrada Família, Barcelona’s most famous church.
Bakery, Bar, Spanish, Coffee, $$$
Named after the Sagrada Família’s famous architect, Antoni Gaudí, the Gaudí Bakery specialises in sweet treats and light snacks. There’s a selection of savoury sandwiches, pancakes, French-style crepes, muffins and cakes as well as hot drinks and a variety of chocolate milkshakes. The café’s décor is a homage to the mosaic so typical in Gaudí’s work and is reminiscent of the architect’s other famous landmark, the Park Güell.
If you’re looking for somewhere unfussy to get some work done, the Buenas Migas opposite the Sagrada Família is a good option. This chain-run café specialises in focaccia – savoury topped bread – as well as having a small choice of salads and other tasty dishes on display behind the counter. There’s nothing particularly glamorous or cosy about the locale, but you’re unlikely to get any bother from the staff for setting up camp for a while.
Bar, Pub, American, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Want wi-fi but a stiff drink too? The Chill Bar has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with music to get you in a good mood. While the bar is open during the nights when it has more of a party atmosphere, it is also open in the daytime and serves a choice of international dishes such as curry, tacos or burgers alongside draft beers, spirits and cocktails. Stay here too long, and you’re likely to forget all about that email you were writing.
Fan of healthy food and clean eating? Mama’s Café is an organic café that serves a selection of health-conscious and organically sourced dishes of the kind you’d find in California. Don’t worry as there are also sandwiches, burgers and cakes alongside fresh salads, soups and juices. The locale is rather small, and at meal times, they’re busy; therefore, this isn’t the best place to get your laptop out, but if you’re looking for somewhere to catch up on messages over lunch or a snack, this is a perfect option.
An independent café that prides itself on giving a warm welcome, the Antarados Café offers a mixture of hot drinks, sweets and snacks. There’s also a distinctively Oriental inspiration on the menu, with Arab coffee and mint tea as well as baklava and fig cakes making regular appearances. The friendly owners are always happy to recommend something off the menu or give a tip on what to see in the area.
A cosy café with a stylish red-brick retro interior, the Paisano Café sits just opposite the Sagrada Família and is a great place to grab a drink and rest your feet after sight-seeing. An Italian-run business, the café serves Illy coffee, Aperol Spritz, and a mouth-watering tiramisu alongside other Italian delicacies.
This family-run café business has all the charm of an old-school Italian restaurant, with black-and-white pictures hanging from every wall and a warm family feel. The café is open for morning, lunch and afternoon snacks and serves a range of salads, sandwiches and tapas as well as homemade cakes and sweets. During lunch, you can also get cooked meals, which vary daily, while the bar serves hot and cold drinks as well as alcoholic beverages.