5 coffee bars baristas love in Barcelona
1) Cafés El Magnífico
Freshly ground beans, straightforward advice and (if you can’t wait until you get home) a coffee to go, made by a fine barista: El Magnifico is the real deal in coffee expertise. Prefer tea? They sell that too. The large cookies they keep enticingly close to the counter are a must.
2) Satan's Coffee Corner
The espresso machine here has had the plastic case removed, so you can see its insides. It’s a wink at the customers: Satan’s Coffee Corner is about the content, not about the bow people can put around things. Lunch and breakfast suggestions are carefully rhymed with coffee types. Also sells an interesting collection of magazines.
Caelum Bakery sells pastries and cookies made by monks and nuns in Catalonian monasteries, and the adjoining coffee shop adds caffeine to that (already very convincing) offer. If you haven’t reached heaven (caelum) by then, you can choose one of various liqueurs. Pick up a jar of artisan jam on the way out.
4) Mesón del Café 1909
Whereas most coffee bars strive to be as cool and intense as possible, Mesón del Café goes for yesterday’s laid-back approach. The interior basically hasn’t been touched since 1909 and the coffee machine is supposed to be the oldest in town. It looks surprisingly like a German beer bar, but if you can get over the culture shock, you’ll notice they do make a wicked cup of coffee.
5) Syra Coffee
If you’re visiting Gràcia, under no circumstance miss the opportunity to boost your caffeine intake at Syra Coffee. Excellent coffee, in traditional formats – no Starbucks eccentricities here. Have a dulce de leche cookie to go with your coffee and pick up a copy of Syrazine, Syra Coffee’s bi-monthly fanzine with coffee facts and illustrations by local artists.
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