Spain | 5 Best Brunch Places in Barcelona

In Spain, breakfast often consists of cafe con leche and pan con tomate (pa amb tomaquet in Catalan) - a simple toast with tomato, olive oil and garlic topping. And don't get me wrong, I'm all for sampling local dishes, but sometimes you just really crave a more substantial, modern brunch! As was the case when we visited the Catalan capital. During our stay in the city, we sampled some of the best breakfast and brunch places in Barcelona, and wanted to share them here with you.

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Cinnamon roll pancakes topped with cream cheese frosting and berries at Picnic, Barcelona - with bacon & egg pancakes across the table

1. The Egg Lab, Sant Antoni - This laidback café does what it says on the tin; eggs. And it does them well! The brunch menu at The Egg Lab offers all sorts of unique benedict dishes, alongside a healthy Turkish breakfast option, avocado toast and pancakes. We had the Smokey York Benedict, topped with pulled pork and bacon, and the Korean Chicken Benedict, which was piled high and packed a real flavour punch! Portions are substantial with fries served on the side. I'd suggest enjoying this as more of a late brunch/lunch rather than tucking in early morning.

Artisan coffee is brewed, from a roastery in the nearby town of Granollers, or you can sip homemade lemonades, and even cocktails if that's your thing! The vibe is very relaxed, with industrial style décor inside, and outside seating is available if you prefer to soak up the sun with your caffeine.

Open 9am-4pm Monday - Sunday.

Carrer de Sepulveda, 80, Local 2, 08015 Barcelona

Eggs benedict with crispy Korean chicken and slaw at The Egg Lab in Barcelona

2. La Malcriada, L'Eixample - This trendy brunch house and patisserie was recommended to us by a young local working at our hotel. You can choose from eggs, sandwiches, toasts or sweet treats. They had a seriously tempting cake selection on display. The lemon meringue pie looked a dream! Instead I opted for brioche French toast topped with banana, cacao and maple syrup, while Gordon tucked into thick, fluffy pancakes with bacon and eggs.

La Malcriada is a bright and airy space, with a small kerbside seating area. It was fairly busy when we visited but staff managed the wait well, allowing us to sit outside with a menu until an indoor table became available.

Open 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 9.30am-4pm Saturday.

Ronda de Sant Pere, 39, 08010 Barcelona.

Brioche french toast topped with banana and pancakes with eggs at La Malcriada in Barcelona

3. Funky Bakers Eatery, L'Eixample - Newly opened by Funky Bakery and Deli, the Funky Bakers Eatery promises to bring a unique breakfast experience, with Middle Eastern flair, to Barcelona. Turkish menemen, green frittata, black rice porridge with dragon fruit and pandan syrup, and challah French toast are just some of the standout dishes for me. Served 8am-1pm, the brunch menu even includes a glossary to help you understand some of the more unusual ingredients!

Open 8.30am - 11.00pm every day.

Carrer de Bailen, 61, 08009, Barcelona.

Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup at La Esquina, Barcelona

4. La Esquina, L'Eixample - With a suntrap terrace and friendly service, situated just a short walk from Placa de Catalunya, La Esquina became our local during our Barcelona trip. It was luckily just across the road from our hotel! (Hotel Midmost*). Breakfast options include a variety of sandwiches, avocado or eggs on toast, or yoghurt and granola. I actually opted for a simple pain au chocolat (so good I ordered another!) while Gordon tucked into classic pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. It may not be ground breaking stuff on the menu, but the cafe has a really lovely, relaxed atmosphere. You could easily sit here all day!

Open 8.30am - 5.30pm every day.

Carrer Bergara, 2, 08002, Barcelona.

"Brunch - Dinner - Cocktails" - wooden sign above the door of Picnic restaurant in Barcelona

5. Picnic, El Born - Just a stone's throw from the Arc de Triomf and Parc de la Ciutadella, Picnic is a must visit brunch spot in Barcelona. Pancakes with bacon and eggs were Gordon's theme for this trip! I couldn't resist the cinnamon roll pancakes which were topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting and fresh berries. There's a bit of a Mexican vibe on the menu with dishes including huevos rancheros and chilaquiles. The nachos with creamy chipotle cheese and béchamel sauce sounds incredible topped with pulled pork or short ribs! With a choice of outdoor seating or a bright, homely vibe inside, this spot feels like a proper local haunt.

Open 10am - 4pm every day.

Carrer del Comerc, 1, 08003, Barcelona.

Palm trees and blue skies at Placa Reial in Barcelona

With just 5 days in the city, we only scratched the surface of the restaurant scene, but I reckon we did a good job of hunting out the best places for breakfast and brunch in Barcelona! For anyone just looking for a good coffee, head to Satan's Coffee Co in the Gothic Quarter, near the cathedral. If you know of anywhere else worthy of a spot on this list, please do let us know in the comments below. 

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