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The Top 10 Third Wave Coffee Shops in Barcelona

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Updated: 20 February 2018
From L.A. to Berlin and beyond, the third wave coffee scene is all about reconnection with the process of making coffee, from the bean to the cup. Whether it’s working with small, independent producers or having their own in-house roastery, these coffee houses are serious about the quality of their coffee. Here are the top ten independent coffee houses in Barcelona for an artisan cup of coffee.

Nømad Coffee Lab & Shop

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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Located on a charming pedestrian street at the top end of El Born, not far from Via Laietana, Nømad Coffee Lab & Shop is the flagship coffee store of Barcelona-based roastery, Nømad. Local coffee lover Jordi Mestre decided to set up his own roastery – the place where the coffee beans are roasted – after a stint abroad working in England. Today, Nømad supplies some of the top coffee shops in Barcelona, including their own and have even opened the ‘Roaster’s home’ to the public (more on that later). Their cold-brew is the perfect late-morning pick-me-up on a hot summer’s day.
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Mon - Fri:
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Satan's Coffee Corner

Cafe, Fusion, Contemporary, $$$
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Tucked away in the winding backstreets of the Gothic Quarter and open since 2012, Satan’s Coffee Corner is another coffee aficionado’s institution in Barcelona. Their regular choice of bean is from local roastery Right Side, who are based just outside the city in Castelldefels and have been at the forefront of the new wave coffee movement in Barcelona. The food is also worth trying, and the menu boasts a rather tempting selection of breakfast dishes, made-to-order sandwiches and fresh baked goods.
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Mon - Sat:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Modern

Black Remedy

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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A Kalita coffee drip © Dennis Tang
A Kalita coffee drip | © Dennis Tang / Flickr

Name your poison, Black Remedy is the answer. These relative newcomers (2016) work with a selection of small batch roasters – including Barcelona’s Right Side – and have everything from Kalita drip coffee to Aeropress coffee and nitrogen cold-brew coffee. Of course, they can also serve you a good old-fashioned espresso, too, if that’s more your thing, but the choice is nice. And if you’re the kind of person who likes good coffee, chances are you’ll appreciate the fact that they have their own Kamado egg smokers, which they use to make their own smoked beef and pulled pork.
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Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Cosmo

Bakery, Cafe, $$$
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If you’re of the opinion that coffee and cake are the perfect match for one another, then Cosmo is bound to hit the right spot. Cute, cozy and located on one of the nicest streets in uptown Barcelona – Calle Enric Granados – Cosmo is the perfect place for lazy breakfasts and weekend brunches. While completely unpretentious about the fact, Cosmo serve Nømad coffee prepared by people who know what they’re doing. Then there’s the jaw-dropping selection of homemade cakes and pastries which come from the Orion bakery just across the road. Oh, and did we mention Cosmo was also an art gallery exhibiting original works by local artists?
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Mon - Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Caravelle

Cafe, American, Contemporary, $$$
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The Caravelle dinning area Courtesy of Caravelle
The Caravelle dinning area | © Courtesy of Caravelle

Another brunch-time favourite, Caravelle is a cool little eatery located in the hip part of El Raval, not far from the MACBA, Barcelona’s contemporary art museum. The kind of place where you can easily ask for your flat white with oat milk – although the cow’s milk comes from a small farm some 30km outside Barcelona – but won’t get told off for asking for sugar either. A recent refurb has also seen Caravelle open its own micro-brewery on site, and the evening menu has become more substantial meaning it’s as good an option for lunch as it is for evenings these days.
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Mon - Wed:
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thu - Fri:
9:30 am - 1:00 am
Sat:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun:
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

SlowMov

Cafe, $$$
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As is nearly always the case with independent coffee houses, SlowMov was born of a personal passion for making good coffee. Working with small-batch roasters, importing speciality coffees but also selling professional coffee machines and coffee-making paraphernalia, SlowMov is also just a nice spot to grab an espresso and have a chat with the barista when you’re passing by Gràcia. Watch out for their workshops, too, which range from fermentation techniques to proper coffee-making at home.
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Tue - Fri:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Onna Café

Cafe, Bakery, $$$
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Coffee beans drying © Christopher Bowns
Coffee beans drying | © Christopher Bowns / Flickr

Walk past the door of Onna Café and you can immediately tell they’re serious about their coffee: cold drip, filter, Aeropress, espresso – you name it, they’ve got it. The café is the personal project of Anahí Paez, who decided to start importing coffee from her native Costa Rica back in 2012 and set up Onna Café where she sells hand-roasted coffee from small producers. This is also a cool little brunch and snack place serving fresh sandwiches and homemade cakes.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Hidden Café Bcn

Cafe, $$$
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Not quite so secret these days, Hidden Café is still something of a little-known gem tucked away in the neighbourhood of Les Corts. This place rivals any of the other coffee houses for quality and style but dared to veer off the beaten track of the city centre. Not only is the speciality coffee excellent, but there’s also a matcha bar, which is something of a novelty for Barcelona.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 8:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Nømad Roaster's Home

Cafe, $$$
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Nømad Roaster's Home Courtesy of Nømad
Nømad Roaster's Home | Courtesy of Nømad

After Nømad coffee took the city by storm, they decided to open up the doors of their roastery – nicknamed the ‘Roaster’s Home’ – and turn it into a coffee house-cum-workshop-cum-roast house. Located among the converted warehouses and art galleries of Poblenou, Nømad Roaster’s Home is where the team organise regular events, training sessions and workshops for both professionals and private individuals. It’s also within close walking distance to the beach, making it ideal for a refreshing Cold Brew when the sun’s glaring.
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Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

SKYE Coffee Co.

Cafe, $$$
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They say good things come in small sizes, and if SKYE Coffee is anything to go by then this is very much the case. Operating from a coffee truck parked up inside a converted warehouse, SKYE Coffee is no rookie in the art of coffee-making. The hip industrial setting also doesn’t hurt, and come late morning, you’ll see the space nearly doubles as a co-working space for freelancers and creatives. But it’s not all about the looks; SKYE is serious about their coffee and is widely considered to deserve their spot among the best places for a caffeine fix in Barcelona.
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Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual