Barcelona is the perfect choice for a relaxing city break. Aside from being located next to stunning sandy beaches, it is also home to a host of excellent restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the finest food and drink in tranquil surroundings.
We’re going to take a look at a few of the best places to stop for a coffee, lunch or a cocktail during your holiday if you’re keen to make the most of that chilled out Spanish atmosphere for which Barcelona is so famous.
Where: Francesc Tarrega 22, Sant Andreu
Torre Rosa is regularly described in guidebooks as having one of the best outdoor terraces in the entire city and, when you combine that with its extensive rum menu, there is definitely more than one reason to pay it a visit.
The terrace is the real jewel in this bar’s crown, though, with the outdoor space dotted with trees and boasting spectacular views of the night sky. The laidback atmosphere, soft lighting and excellent drinks make this the ideal spot to meet up with friends.
Where: Grau i Torras 59, Barceloneta
Santa Marta is one of the many bars that sits along the edge of Barceloneta Beach and it manages to stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons – it’s reasonably priced, not pretentious and has an excellent drinks menu. Of course, its outdoor terrace right next to the sand is another great incentive to come here for a drink at pretty much any time of day.
It’s also a good spot to visit if you’re looking for a tasty lunch, with its menu featuring interesting daily specials alongside its standard options.
Where: Placa de Sant Just 4, Gotic
If you’re keen to spend a bit of time in Barcelona sightseeing, make Bliss one of the places you stop off for a break. Situated in the heart of the Gothic district, this charming cafe-cum-bar is the perfect spot for a drink and some food. Its terrace is located on the beautiful square just around the corner from the cafe itself, where you can delight in the old architecture and the warming sunshine while you sip on a cup of tea, taste one of the tempting cakes or sip a refreshing beer.
Where: Asturies 36-38
Olokuti is a real gem in the Gracias district of Barcelona and although you might just think it’s a store at first glance, if you head inside you’ll discover it also serves up coffee, tea and juice in its wonderful hidden garden.
The shop specialises in eco-friendly products and has an eclectic mix of stock, so it’s worth having a browse anyway – although do leave time to enjoy its lovely green garden that’s an oasis in the midst of the bustling city.
Cafe del Sol
Where: Placa del Sol 16, Gracia
Cafe del Sol is a quintessential Barcelona bar, with its wonderful outdoor seating area on one of the city’s prettiest squares. Whether you come here in the morning for a coffee or at dusk for a beer, you won’t be disappointed by what you’re served or the atmosphere. This is the ideal place for people-watching, with locals and tourists alike mingling on Gracia’s charming streets.
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