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Barcelona - breakfasts??

I have a question about breakfasts in Barcelona - if I choose to not have breakfast at my hotel, are there lots of bakeries or cafes where I can get coffee and pastries early in the morning, like 7-8AM? (like in Paris)

Posted by
4535 posts

Actually yes. Barcelona has a lot of French culture that includes wonderful cafes for breakfast. And they'll probably be far superior to the hotel breakfast.

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559 posts

Thanks, Douglas! That means I'll be able to head out and look around, and then find a cafe for breakfast!

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there are a lot of cafe's around, but to me, I like a big breakfast! Staying at the Hotel Granvia was great for us because I could have eggs, carbs, fruit, and some ham if I wanted. The cost was included in the room since I booked ahead. To me, not spending time to find a cafe to eat breakfast was a plus. On the other hand, if all you are looking for is a light breakfast and some coffee, and you want to sit around, then a cafe is probably the way to go. My wife would probably be on your side!

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Hotel breakfasts in Barcelona are expensive, so if it is included in the room rate that is good. A hot breakfast with eggs, etc. is unusual. Breakfast at a bar is more like Italy (standing up and hasty) than France (leisurely sit at an outdoor table), although on occasion we did see someone read a newspaper with their coffee. Our first morning in Barcelona, after a long flight from the West Coast and staying up fairly late to adjust our internal clocks, we slept in to 11:00 am. At that time of day we were able to get a nice Tortilla Espanola (potato omelette) at one of the bars in Mercat de Boqueria. Mornings after that we just went to a bar for coffee or tea and a croissant. We discovered a Bracafe on our walk to Sagrada Familia and my husband liked their Brazilian coffee. They also serve black tea, which was sometimes hard to find in Barcelona. So this cafe (it is a chain) became our go-to place for breakfast.

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There's a Dunkin Donuts right by La Boqueria off Las Ramblas. Can't think of a better breakfast... (And yes, I've eaten donuts from there on both my trips to Barcelona. Never have lived close to a Dunkin Donuts even when I lived in the US.)

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3205 posts

That doesn't work too well for the gluten-sensive, the culturally sensitive, or those who want protein not fat for breakfast!

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989 posts

Dunkin Donuts has sandwiches and wraps with eggs, bacon, ham, cheese etc, and omelets now. They're no longer your father's DD.

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I highly suggest eating breakfasts at La Bouqueria. My husband and I enjoyed the market and ate breakfast there 3 times! Once we just grabbed fresh squeezed juice and pastry on the run and twice we ate at the Pinotxo Bar mentioned in Rick's guide. We chatted with fun people from all over the world and one morning at the server's suggestion I had beef stew and a glass of wine for breakfast. Not my usual fare but it is a special memory. We loved our 5 days in Barcelona.

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I was surprised the local McDonald's did not serve breakfast when we were in Barcelona a few years ago. Maybe they do now. But they're quick when one is on the "go."

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I've been reading the Snapsot Barcelona book and I see that La Boqueria area eateries are closed on Sundays, along with many others.....maybe Dunkin' Donuts will be my only choice on a Sunday morning?? Even the supermarkets on Las Ramblas appear to be closed on Sundays.

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There should be some places open on a Sunday morning, where is your hotel? There is a cafe at the Cathedral plaza (I think its called Cafe Victor) where we ate on a Sunday morning (they serve full breakfast or lighter fare and have a terrace). La Mie Caline is a chain with decent pastries and bocadillos (but no coffee), open on Sundays and there's one a few doors from Victor's, and elsewhere. If you want to wander over to La Ribiera to Mercat Santa Catarina there is a wonderful bakery/cafe/tapas bar called La Torna. The Mercat is closed on Sundays but the cafes have doors opening to the street side, on weekdays some open very early before the market, so if you're lucky they'll be open. Mmmm, cafe manchado and pa amb tomaquet!

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559 posts

My hotel is between the cathedral and Placa de Catalunya. Sounds like I will have numerous choices on a Sunday morning after all, including Starbucks! Victors sounds good!
Thanks all!

Posted by
805 posts

We just found a nice local bakery across the street from our hotel and ate breakfast there. Such places are everywhere.

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We Spain (and Barcelona) Lovers BEG YOU NOT to patronize the Starbucks there (OR the Dunkin' Donuts, for that matter). There are dozens upon dozens of wonderful little cafés to have breakfast. Enjoy your pastries or your toast with olive oil and tomato sauce, called "Pan Tumaca". Yummm.. Sooooo goood. You won't find THAT at Starbucks! Saludos, BarcelonaMan @ you-know-where!!

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We, too, had a bit of an issue finding something open on a Sunday morning in Barcelona, and ate at a chain called Café y Té. The chocolate croissant was outstanding, and they have various locations around the city.

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559 posts

Goodness!! I guess I'll look for something "local" that is open on a Sunday morning --