Although Barcelona’s third wave coffee scene
is in full swing with independent coffee houses, roasteries and events popping up across the city, there are plenty of great options for those who prefer a nice cup of tea to a steaming espresso. We’ve compiled the ultimate tea lover’s guide to finding the best places to sit and enjoy a fresh brew or buy delicious teas for enjoying at home.
The Best Tea Rooms
Hidden away in the back streets of the Gothic Quarter, Salterio is a real diamond in the rough. A self-professed tea house, they have a wide selection of teas and infusions including authentic Moroccan mint tea. The atmosphere has the feel of a North-African coffee house and there are regular live music performances in the corner of the room. This is an independent tea house with a cozy, welcoming feel to it, ideal for getting lost between the covers of your favourite book with a cup of refreshing tea.
Salterio, Carrer de Sant Domènec del Call, 4, Barcelona
Probably the most famous tea house in Barcelona, Čaj Chai has well earned its reputation for serving some of the freshest and finest teas in the city. The name is a hint to what inspired the decor and feel of the place – the bohemian tea rooms of Prague – which are known as ‘čajovny’ or ‘čaj’ for short. The team menu includes black, white, green, blue and yellow teas, as well as varieties such as pu-erh or oolong, and of course the eponymous chai tea. When you have found your perfect match you can purchase the loose tea leaves to take home.
Čaj Chai, Carrer de Sant Domènec del Call, 12, Barcelona
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Tea Room, Mediterranean, $$$
A restaurant, a tea room, a cocktail bar, a creative space, Artte is a versatile venue located in the heart of the Eixample district. The space is modern and elegant, managing to adapt to each of the different roles it plays. The local’s name is a hint to the ongoing artistic program of exhibitions and events that take place throughout the year. Artte takes the art of tea-making seriously, with a wide selection of teas from across Asia and ever Africa. For those eager to learn more about tea, they organise regular introductory workshops, including a more advanced level for those who just can’t get enough.
Artte, Carrer de Muntaner, 83C, Barcelona, Spain
Teteria and Tetere
Tea Room, Spanish
Teteria and Tetere
This cozy tea room was inspired by the 20th-century tea rooms of China and perfectly captures the feeling of importance and respect that good tea should command. The owners’ aim is to provide the highest quality Chinese and Japanese tea to discerning tea lovers here in Catalonia, and for those who really want to immerse themselves in the ritual of tea drinking, you can book a tea ceremony with JingJing and experience tea drinking like never before.
Teteria, Calle Saragossa, 113, Barcelona
Buried away in the back streets of the Gothic Quarter, La Clandestina is the perfect place to escape the crowds and grab yourself a warm cup of relaxation. There’s a friendly, relaxed atmosphere here which makes it all the better for treating yourself to one of the many speciality teas on offer, including spicy chai tea and fresh mint tea. And for those of you who enjoy a good cup of tea alongside a slice of cake, there is always a great selection of mouth-watering, freshly baked cakes on offer.
The Best Tea Shops For Home Brewing
Sans & Sans
This is by and large considered to be one of the best tea providers in Barcelona, with a selection of over 300 teas and infusions to choose from, including some of their own unique blends. All of Sans & Sans teas are available to buy loose but they also have a wide selection of teas in sachet for those who don’t always have time for a full pot. A Barcelona-based company, this is a name any local tea-lover will know and their teas are on sale in many of the finest restaurants and cafes in the city.
Sans & Sans, Argentería, 59, Barcelona