Found in rankings, recommended by bloggers and freelancers from Barcelona and personally tested by me.
Here are cafés where you can happily sit down with your computer and do a bit of work with a cup of coffee, surrounded by others also bent over laptops and notebooks. Two of the cafés ended up on this list by a happy accident. Hmm. Although not completely.
- Location: Carrer Carders, 17
- Opening: 11:00 – 0:00
- Website: alsurdeli.com
- Facebook page: fb.com/AlsurDeli
This is a very interesting case. I did not find this place in any of articles about cafés in Barcelona, it wasn’t known to the bloggers, and yet this place is a perfect example of a café suitable for work.
I came across it by accident while walking. My legs were getting really tired and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to stop at the first one I see.’ And there it was, and called to me.
There are several rooms, including one specifically dedicated to work, as evidenced by a sign with a computer drawn on it. Nice. You can sit there all day and no-one looks askance. Loads of people with laptops inside. You will not get bored as there is a variety of seating available.
- Location: Bailen 86
- Opening: 10:00-22:00
- Website: mitte-barcelona.com
- Facebook page: fb.com/mittebarcelona
Café-cum-gallery. Peace, quiet and the chance to do some work surrounded by people from the artistic milieu. Pleasant spaces, efficient Wi-Fi and an atmosphere conducive to concentration. I remember that it was there that I wrote the note about Madrid Food Tour.
- Location: Pau Claris 90
- Opening: 9:00-22:00
- Website: puddingbarcelona.com
- Facebook page: fb.com/puddingfamily
French vibes in Spain. Part café, part a meeting place for leisure animators. A two-level space with a separate charming little white room, where I worked in the company of other laptop users.
At the ground level, a slightly trippy, psychodelic-fairytale space with huge toadstools, where you can also safély sit with your laptop. The staff don’t exactly excel in English, but you’ll get along fine in mime-and-smile language.
Good vibes, efficient Wi-Fi, close to the University, so a lot of students pop in to study with a cup of coffee.
- Location: Passeig Sant Joan 82
- Opening: 8:30-22:30
- Website: granjapetibo.com
- Facebook page: fb.com/gpetibo
Here we have a bit of a controversy. This café was recommended by a few bloggers, and several Barcelona websites, so I had to check out this wonderful place.
The first time I went there on a Sunday. I was greeted by a gentleman with a notepad. The café was full, and there was a waiting list for tables. I had a good look around the place, and didn’t notice a single laptop. ‘Doesn’t look like much of a workplace, but OK, it’s a Sunday … a day of rest,’ I thought. ‘I’ll be back during the week.”
But the second visit also disappointed me. Yes, there were people with their laptops, but all the tables were occupied. By then I decided that I would not put Granja Petibo in my list of recommended work-suitable cafés, and that I’d not come back here, but I was still somewhat puzzled with its apparent popularity.
But, as they say, third time lucky. ‘Meet me in Granja Petibo, it’s a great place,’ suggested Mireia from My Food Hunter blog, and I just smiled to myself. Well, let’s try.
And surprise! Almost empty, silence, pleasant atmosphere. Wow. We recorded an interview, had a good chat in a calm atmosphere, drank delicious cocktails, and after the meeting I stayed on to do a little work. I sat down at a large wooden table, and a moment later I was joined by other guests with laptops. And then I decided to include this café on the list after all, simply because people do actually come here to work.
I can not guarantee that there will be space, and I can’t guarantee peace. You’d be better to go there to catch up with friends, and not to work on your laptop. And try their quinoa salad!
- Location: Enric Gradanos 3
- Opening: 10:00-22:00
- Website: galeriacosmo.com
- Facebook page: fb.com/cosmo
I wondered if I should include this café on my list. I went there for a meeting with Monica from zBarcelony.pl blog, and it was highly recommended by Laura from Airbnb, at whose place I was staying. Space conducive to work, a positive atmosphere, good coffee, friendly service, but … no Wi-Fi Unfortunately.
So if any of you want to do some work in a café and have a rest from Facebook and email, pop into Cosmo.
And here are: Cafés to work in Madrid.
Do you know another good cafés to work in Barcelona? Let me know!