The best cafés in Barcelona to work in

Although I haven’t yet really felt the need to rent a coworking space, sometimes, when I’m working on a project, I feel an urge to get out and about. Fortunately, there’s plenty of great cafés in Barcelona to work in, where not only is there WiFi and a nice background hum, but someone will bring you cake and coffee from time to time. Here’s some of my favourite places to take the laptop for a stroll. Much more fun than an office!

You also might like to take a look at the other blog I write in, which is dedicated to cafés, restaurants and bars in Barcelona.

Cafés for working in Barcelona (all with WiFi)

Mitte (Eixample Dreta) was recently shown to me by a friend, and since then has become my top cafe in Barcelona for working in. Everything you could need is on hand in this large modern, yet somehow still cosy café – from plenty of space and little noise to a fast WiFi connection and even tables where you could have a group discussion. Exhibitions on the walls lend a creative vibe. This is clearly a hotspot for local freelancers – I’ve run into other people in my circle of professional contacts here, too. The chocolate and orange flavour tea is a good choice.

The lounge of the Hotel Pulitzer (Plaça Catalunya) is another great place for a mini-meeting, especially if you need somewhere central and with a high level of formality to bring a new international client or partner. Actually, I come here every week for a regular meetup with one of my clients, so if you see me be sure to say hi! (Although don’t be offended if I’m working and can’t answer). Of the two, the Pulitzer is slightly funky and tends to get busier, whereas the Hotel Regina nextdoor is a little quieter if it seems too full, although sometimes the WiFi can be a little slow.

TacTic (Sagrada Familia) is a café with a difference: instead of paying per coffee, drinks are unlimited and you pay for the amount of time you spend in the venue. This format naturally lends itself well to working in – you can grab your laptop and connect to the WiFi for as long as you want without getting any dirty looks from the waiters. Although I’ve had better coffee, the venue is undeniably funky and relatively little known (note, this might change as word starts to get out), making it a great place to work.

SandwiChez (Les Corts/Sarría) is a chain of four different cafés, all located in various parts of Sarría/Sant Gervasi/Les Corts in the businesslike north of Barcelona. Of these, I can really only tell you about the one close to the Maria Cristina metro stop, as I haven’t been to the others yet. If you find yourself in this part of the city, it’s a great place to bring your work. Good quality food, good coffee, peace and quiet if you need it and large tables if you’re holding a meeting or just to spread all your notes over. This is geared up towards the professional set, and you definitely won’t feel out of place with a laptop here. A little expensive, but what isn’t in this part of town?

Knella is a tiny café/bakery at the bottom of the bohemian district of Gràcia. Although they’re not the biggest or most fashionable café, loyalty compels me to give them an entry, because, when I lived just around the corner, I used to come here to work all the time. Think wooden tables, lots of light, the smell of baking bread and a cosy space which, surprisingly for this busy area, doesn’t fill up too much. And the women who work here are lovely. Home away from home.

Text and photos by Penelope

16 Replies to “The best cafés in Barcelona to work in”

      1. Someone told me they have wifi although last I checked, they didn’t seem to… but it has a good atmosphere and it’s in a nice location!

  1. Hola Penelope,

    Thanks a lot for this list. One thing I’d like to note, I wanted to try Granja Petit Bo today but they told me there is no wifi?

    I walked to the bar across the street (Marcelona) and they do have WiFi.

    Bram

    1. Thanks Bram.

      When I’ve been in the Granja Petit Bo previously they’ve always had WiFi, so I guess they were having an off day. Thanks for letting us know!

      Penelope

      1. No they really don’t.. I’m there right now and as I couldn’t enter to any Wi-Fi network, I asked at the bar and they also told me they don’t have any… :-/

  2. Thank you so much! I am holidaying in Barcelona for the first time and on my own. I’m planning to get some writing done. Thanks to you, I now have some great places to go to to write and enjoy.

  3. I am now in Granja Petitbo, where they appear not to have wifi (according to the waitress, they don’t have wifi contract anymore, so no hopes). Slow and unreliable BarcelonaWifi has some signal here. Juice menu is still excellent 🙂

  4. Hi, great website! The Wifi hotspots for working is a perfect idea for Barcelona. I’ve just visited The Granja Petit Bo and the food and natural juices are amazing, only problem is they have no WIFI 😕

  5. Hello, Nice article about work places in Barcelona, very interesting!
    There is this new place in Sant Antoni area in carrer de manso 17 – Coco Coffice which is a coworking café very cosy, relax, perfect for us digital nomads, freelancers, students, remote workers to work and study. You pay for the time spent (per hour,day or week) and a free buffet of hot drinks, cookies, snacks and fruits is included in the prices! Enjoy!

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