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