As an American, we are told breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so naturally I’m always looking for a good place to grab a healthy breakfast to start my day. However, since moving to Barcelona I’ve quickly realized they don’t do breakfast, they do brunch in Barcelona and oh do they do brunch WELL.
This summer brunch has been a real family affair, but McKenna has really been my brunch partner in crime. I’ve enjoyed our one-on-one time devouring the perfect brunch plates, and the fun we have stopping to snap pictures before we dig in. I’m going to miss our brunch dates when she heads to school next week, but that just means I’ll have to save some of the our research for the weekends.
Here are six places for the best brunch in Barcelona (so far). There are plenty more places to explore, so this will not be my only post on brunch in Barcelona, trust me.
Brunch in Barcelona
Picnic is located right near the Arc de Tromf on the very edge of El Born, which makes this a great stop if you are near the arch, Parc de la Ciutadella or are heading to the Barcelona Zoo with the kids. They have a fabulous eggs Benedict as well as these delicious pancakes that our kids begged us to go back for. It’s actually all in the peanut butter sauce that comes with the pancakes, so make sure you ask for this specifically because sometimes they just give you regular syrup. We simply asked for “mantequilla de mani” and they understood what we wanted. Yum!
Well you really cannot pass by Hammock without tilting your head to the side to say “Are those hammocks hanging in there?” Yup. This vegan juice bar caught my eye not just because of the hammocks but because it’s NOT a Panderia or bakery with carbs and sugar. I have been looking for a restaurant with an acai bowl, and well, they have one and it’s BEAUTIFUL. They also have a nice avocado on toast that McKenna inhaled before I could even snap a photo. Take the kids for smoothies and stay and swing awhile!
HELLO stylish little brunch and bistro! This lovely place is right on Passeig Sant Joan and it’s fantastic! After landing in Barcelona, I started to crave eggs and a “real breakfast.” I found Firebug and it was as if the gates of brunch heaven opened wide! Their Mediterranean Avocado Toast was devine. They have an upstairs dining room that is chic and comfortable, and plenty of room for larger parties too!
This little gem of a place might be my new favorite spot! Not only does it serve some yummy brunch treats but it has a cool area upstairs to chill and relax in. McKenna and I went all in for a strawberry brunch last week and boy were we impressed. The strawberry sauce and ice cream on the waffles was pure perfection. More of a dessert obviously, but WOW. They also have eggs and bacon so you can get some protein here too.
Not only have I been trying to find eggs for breakfast in Barcelona but some GREENS too. I not only found eggs but some beautiful asparagus at Mama’s Cafe in Grácia. The narrow streets of Grácia are filled with quaint little cafes and shops, you can easily get lost wondering around for hours. I happened upon Mama’s Cafe while just looking on my Google map, and the photos looked good so we decided to check it out. Mama’s Cafe looks like a very small restaurant from the street but has a nice garden patio in the back with more seating, so be sure to inquire if it looks packed in the front.
McKenna and I stumbled upon this little corner cafe on accident. It just magically appeared moments after I said “Let’s find a place for coffee and a little bite to eat.” This is a beautifully decorated modern cafe with large comfy blue chairs. I loved the vibe in here and what I loved even more was that they had just a little bit more than the typical croissants and usual offerings. They had the perfect sized avocado on toast and freshly squeezed orange juice for Mckenna, and a multigrain roll with ham and cheese with a decent fruit cup for us to share.
Eating all this was a lot of work, but I do it all for you! You’re welcome.
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