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. As well as WiFi and a nice background hum, someone will bring you cake and coffee. Who could ask for more? 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)
Espai Capra (Poble Sec)
Espai Capra is something between a bookshop and a café/restaurant. Their peaceful back room is full of bookshelves and wooden tables – the perfect place for coffee and a thoughtful meeting. WiFi never an issue here. If you come in the evenings, the bookshop occasionally has events like book signings too.
Hotel Pulitzer (Plaça Catalunya)
The lounge of the Hotel Pulitzer 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. I used to come here every week for a regular meetup with one of my clients. Of the two, the Pulitzer is slightly funky and tends to get busier. The Hotel Regina next door is a little quieter if it seems too full. Sometimes the WiFi can be a little slow, however.
TacTic (Sagrada Familia)
TacTic 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 connect your laptop to the WiFi for as long as you want – no dirty looks from waiters. Although I’ve had better coffee, the venue is funky and relatively little known (note, this might change in the future).
is a local café chain, located in Les Corts, Sarria, Universitat, Sagrada Familia, Plaça Espanya and the Pg de Sant Joan. Watch for more cafes to open soon! Good quality food, good coffee, peace and quiet if you need and large tables to spread 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. 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. Surprisingly for this busy area, the cafe doesn’t fill up too much. And the women who work here are lovely. Home away from home.
Coco Coffice (Poble Sec)
Coco Coffice, which I’ve written about elsewhere, is a novel concept that is somewhere between a café and a coworking space. Like TacTic, they charge by hours rather than consumption, so you can enjoy lots of coffee and cake. Coco Coffice has a specially available meeting room, meaning as well as making use of the space to do some work this is also a great place to bring clients.