Kickstarting the day at Barcelona’s best brunch spots
By Jessica Bowler
Whether you’re fuelling up before a hard day’s sightseeing, recovering from a few too many mojitos the night before, or looking for the latest hipster hangouts, our list of Barcelona’s best brunch spots will point you in the right direction…
Brunch Restaurants in Barcelona
First it was gin and tonics. Then it was gourmet burgers. Then it was gin and tonics and posh burgers served together. But now, there’s a new culinary trend sweeping the scene in Barcelona – brunch. You know it’s popular when people have officially tried to give it its own portmanteau hashtag. Sorry guys, but “Brunchelona” doesn’t quite work.
Though the hashtag may not be especially successful, the scene in general is. There are a range of options for all different price points for brunch-goers in the city. Although, true to form of things generally happening a bit later in Spain, many diners don’t start queueing up until 1pm or later. While that may be late enough for you to strictly classify it as “lunch” rather than something that comes between breakfast and lunch, we think 1pm is a much more reasonable start time.
Now comes the real question – where can you find the best brunch in Barcelona? We’ve rounded up a handful of our favourites, along with when exactly they serve up the scrambled eggs and pancakes…
With cosy plush sofas, glittering chandeliers and 50s-style wallpaper, just popping in for a quick drink at Milk can make you feel a little special. The venue is a stalwart of the city’s brunch scene, with their famous Recovery Brunch served every day from 9am in the morning to 4:30pm in the afternoon. You can order classics like eggs benedict, American pancakes or an English-style fried breakfast with bacon, beans et al., or you could opt for more unique items like their triple-whammy breakfast burger, crab eggs benedict or ‘Nurse Jackie’ (toasted goat’s cheese with piquillo peppers). Whatever you order, don’t forget a Bloody Mary or glass of Cava to wash it down.
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Caravelle’s menu takes its inspiration from all corners of the globe, and their brunch menu has some especially tasty items that you may not have tried elsewhere. The baked eggs based on Moroccan cuisine are one of their standout items, as is their coconut French toast topped with ice cream and strawberries. They also make an excellent homemade toasted muesli. As it’s just steps away from the MACBA and CCCB museums, it’s a great place to get a bite to eat before heading off to take in some culture.
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Located on the up-and-coming Passeig de Sant Joan, Firebug only opened at the beginning of 2016 but has already made its mark on the brunch scene. Their focus is on serving fresh, whole foods and healthy ingredients. Favourites include their traditional fry-up with bacon, beans, mushroom and eggs, chorizo hash with manchego cheese and turkish eggs ‘Cilbir’, whilst you could get adventurous and order the devilled crab. Vegan options include sourdough bruschettas and Asian-style avocado salads.
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Federal was one of the first cafés to hit it big on the Barcelona scene, and it’s since opened a second location in the Catalan capital, as well as ones in Madrid and Valencia. Their food continues to stand out, particularly the avocado toast, breakfast burgers and egg dishes. Order one of their creamy flat white coffees and a slice of cake to finish off your extended breakfast.
Popular with hip young travellers (many of whom are staying at the St. Christopher’s Inn hostel upstairs!), this spacious international bar keeps on serving up its recovery breakfast until 2pm. On the menu you’ll find several turbo-charged options, none more powerful than “The Resurrection” which features bacon, eggs, sausage, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and crispy hash browns. The Karma Kick (spinach, tomato, cheese on a grilled hash brown) is a great vegetarian alternative.
Housed in a massive – and very cool – wood-panelled space in the heart of the Raval district inspired by the 1950s, Marmalade serves brunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4:30pm You can choose from an extensive selection of smoothies, sweet dishes (like American-style pancakes) and savoury ones like scrambled eggs with black sausage and gruyere cheese on delicious sourdough bread, as well as salads, bruschettas and burgers. Plus there are several options and variants for vegans and vegetarians. The brunch is even nicer when enjoyed outside on their street terrace. Marmalade’s large size means it’s one of the few venues on this list that accepts group bookings (or indeed any type of reservation!).
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Brunch & Cake
One of five locations in the same family, this chain of restaurants is one of the most popular places in the city to fuel up for the day with brunch served around the clock. It doesn’t matter which location you go to, almost all of them will be packed throughout the day. The menus are updated frequently, but expect a twist on your favourite foods, such as eggs benedict served atop a waffle or sandwiches with brie, strawberries and caramelised onions.
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Flax & Kale
A mostly vegetarian restaurant, Flax & Kale serves brunch on weekends and holidays from 10am to 5pm. If you’re into eating clean, go here to order things like vegan pear-chocolate muffins, coconut chia pudding and healthy fruit and yoghurt bowls. They also serve heartier main courses like pastas and salads.
Petit Pot Bistro
This café and bistro has a rustic, old-world feel with its wooden decor and stylish vintage furniture. They serve brunch from 10am to 4:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and have things like eggs benedict, pulled pork sandwiches, pancakes and French toast and burratina cheese. They’re a hit amongst the digital nomad crowd, as they have wifi and free charging stations for your devices.
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Just steps away from the Parc de la Ciudatella, Picnic’s location makes it ideal for a lazy start to the day followed by a spot of sunbathing in the park. You can get a range of brunch items served tapas style, including sandwiches, salads, toast and egg dishes. They also have seasonal bellinis created out of whatever fruit happens to be in season at the time.