In today’s constantly connected digital age, the nature of work is changing. The days of 9-5 office work are long behind us, and increasingly modern professionals choose to work from wherever they want, whenever they want. This allows them to achieve a healthier work-life balance, and has been proven to improve productivity rates and company loyalty. The downside, in particular if you’ve arrived in a new city or adopt a digital nomad lifestyle, is this can often result in an endless hunt for a work-friendly cafe or workspace where you can set up with your laptop for a few hours. You’ll need high-speed free wifi, plug points, great coffee and a work-conducive atmosphere – which can be tricky to locate at times.
In recent years, as the startup ecosystem in Barcelona has gathered momentum, we’ve seen more and more resources for modern professionals pop up: from coworking spaces, to work-friendly cafes and restaurants. Combine this with an already healthy and thriving cafe culture, and this means our city is full of interesting, creative and inspiring spaces that are perfect for getting stuck into a productive day’s work. So you can say goodbye to wandering around, laptop-in-bag, looking for your day’s workspace: here’s our ultimate list of the best cafes and work spots across Barcelona.
10 Best Cafes and Work Spots in Barcelona:
Designed for those that want more than a cafe to work in, but aren’t ready to commit to a coworking space either – put coffee and an office together and you get a ‘coffice’. The idea is: you arrive and give your name, and then when you leave you simply pay for the number of hours you worked, starting from €4 for your first. Think of it like a no-strings-attached coworking space that means you can commit to any length of time from an hour to a month. Within that time, coffee, tea and snacks are all free, and it’s light and airy spaces are the perfect place to get inspired and get work done!
- Location: Carrer de Manso, 17, 08015. Metro Poble Sec (L3)
Situated in a central location walking distance from Passeig de Gracia and Urquinaona metro stations, Laie is an oasis of calm in the centre of our bustling city. A bookshop-meets-cafe with a charming terrace, it’s a great choice for setting up with your laptop for a productive day’s work. It’s bookshop has an extensive collection of books in Castellano, Catalan, English and more, and it’s cozy cafe offers affordable snacks and great coffee.
- Location: Carrer de Pau Claris, 85, 08010 Barcelona. Metro Passeig de Gracia (L2, L3, L4)
Right in the heart of the hip and happening Raval neighbourhood, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània of Barcelona is a creative space, museum, exhibition centre, cultural hub and events venue located in a 19th century former Almshouse. It’s archive is a beautifully designed little workspace with a variety of work setups available, that also gives visitors access to over 10,000 multimedia references. With free entry, free wifi, comfy chairs and easy access to the CCCB’s cafe and restaurant, it’s a perfect spot for getting that all important piece of work done.
- Location: Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona. Metro Universitat (L1, L2)
A London/New York-style cafe with a warehouse aesthetic, this new coffee shop in the heart of the Gothic Quarter is ideal for setting up with your laptop for an afternoon in a modern and inspiring setting. The Black Remedy Coffe Shop is a coffee-lover’s dream, offering rare options like aeropress and nitro, and their brunch menu comes highly recommended too. With speedy WiFi and great seating spots, this cafe is a great choice when looking for a cool and calm place to get some work done.
- Location: Carrer de la Ciutat, 5, 08002 Barcelona. Metro Jaume I (L4)
Just round the corner from the Picasso Museum sits the Fundacio Gaspar, a gallery and cafe tucked away in a beautiful old 15th century courtyard in the Born neighbourhood. The coffee shop downstairs offers plenty of cozy and arty spaces for your day’s remote work. With a selection of sandwiches, pastries and hot drinks too, it’s a relaxing work environment which leaves you feeling like you’ve come into contact with Barcelona’s history too.
- Location: Carrer de Montcada, 25, 08003 Barcelona. Metro Jaume I (L4)
A small and tranquil cafe-meets-bookshop in Sant Antoni, where you can buy books in a variety of languages, Babelia is perfectly set up for studying or working with a laptop. It’s terrace is ideal for work breaks and it’s carrot cakes are famous. A library-type quiet atmosphere with exposed brick walls and heaps of character, this is a hidden Barcelona gem that’s a great location for you and your laptop if you’re working remotely or looking for a change of scene.
- Location: Carrer de Villarroel, 27, 08011 Barcelona. Metro Sant Antoni (L2)
With panoramic windows and tonnes of natural light, Sopa is a great choice for a remote work day if you’re in the Poblenou area. The large space has plenty of different areas to sit and work, each with a designated plug point, which can often be a challenge when working remotely from cafes or restaurant spaces. They serve fresh vegetarian and vegan cuisine, and their healthy set lunch menu will set you up nicely for an afternoon’s work in this sunny space.
- Location: Carrer de Roc Boronat, 114, 08018 Barcelona. Metro Llacuna (L4)
One of the original brunch spots in Barcelona, Federal has a dedicated table and cosy ‘cabana’ for those wanting to get stuck in to a day’s work over a flat white or a nutritious breakfast with high speed free wifi, a number of plug points and a bright, airy ambience to match. Located just off Las Ramblas in the Gotico, Federal’s super central location and welcoming attitude to laptop workers make it an essential remote work spot in our city.
- Location: Passatge de la Pau, 11, 08002 Barcelona. Metro Drassanes (L3)
The restaurant-bar of the Filmoteca de Catalunya in Raval’s Plaça de Salvador is bustling with life in the evenings, but during the day its long tables and open plan cafe space make for a lovely work setup for those looking for an office for the day in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella. What’s more, their great value lunchtime menu is ideal for a nutritious snack or sharing plate to get you through the day. Once your work is done, kick back and relax with a beer as La Monroe transforms into a vibrant night spot too.
- Location: Plaça de Salvador Seguí, 1-9, 08001 Barcelona. Metro Liceu (L3)
Alsur cafes are an institution in Barcelona. However, the new Cafe and Backdoor Bar in the Born offers even more opportunities for setting up in a corner with your laptop and coffee and smashing some work. Open from 10am till 1am, whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you’ll be able to find a work spot here.
- Location: 18, Carrer de la Ribera, 08003 Barcelona. Metro Barceloneta (L4)
So there you have it! Our selection of Barcelona’s brightest and best cafes and work spaces that provide the perfect backdrop for a productive day’s work in our beautiful city. All day, every day office work is a thing of the past: these alternative spaces will help inspire you whilst also providing a new way of experiencing Barcelona’s culture too. Happy working!