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Eggs Benedict at La Esquina.
Eggs Benedict at La Esquina.

Barcelona’s best brunches

Move over Berlin, back down London, Europe has a new brunch hotspot – and it may not be one you’d expect. Far from the greasy tapas bars of old, a wealth of trendy eateries are taking over Barcelona, turning the Catalan capital into a new favorite among brunch enthusiasts.

Tropico.

Trópico

Barcelona’s most instagrammable brunch combines the flavors of the tropics (South America, Africa and Asia) to create a delightfully colorful, delicious selection of dishes. Don’t miss the Venezuelan arepas, the North African crêpes or the healthy super berry Amazon açaí bowl. Wash it down with a cardamom mango lassi or the house favorite Pure Trópico smoothie made of papaya, pineapple and passion fruit.

Carrer del Marquès de Barberà, 24
tropicobcn.com

Brunch & Cake

With two locations in the city, Brunch & Cake is one of few places that serves brunch all week long. In addition to the famous cupcakes, you’ll also find a wide range of homemade bread, croissants, pastries and cakes on offer. And although the name says cake, we particularly love all the great healthy options, including fresh juices, smoothies and dishes like the organic açaí smoothie bowl and protein salad bowl.

Carrer d’Enric Granados, 19, and Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 5
cupcakesbarcelona.com

Picnic

This brunch classic on the outskirts of El Born remains as popular as ever with locals and visitors alike. Owned by an American-Chilean couple, Picnic has taken all the staples of the the traditional American brunch and added a Latin twist to them, creating bestsellers such as the signature fried green tomatoes with corn salsa, chipotle and horseradish Bloody Marys and quinoa hash brown croquetas. Be prepared to queue at weekends!

Carrer del Comerç, 1
picnic-restaurant.com

Cecconi’s

There are brunch buffets and then there’s the Cecconi’s brunch buffet. Situated on the ground floor of Soho House – the renowned private member’s club from London that recently opened its doors in Barcelona – Cecconi’s is the only part of the building that is open to the public, offering mere mortals a glimpse into the exclusive world upstairs. The highlight of the week is Sunday brunch, when Cecconi’s serves up a luscious buffet of Italian delicacies stretching as far as the eye can see.

Soho House, Passeig de Colom, 20
cecconisbarcelona.com

El Restaurante del Majestic

Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy a meal at one of Barcelona’s most prestigious five-star hotels. The Majestic’s spectacular brunch buffet, by executive chef David Romero, features fresh seafood, show cooking and a variety of sweet temptations and homemade pastries. And while there may be plenty of places to order Eggs Benedict in Barcelona, we’re fairly certain the Majestic Hotel is the only one that offers all-you-can-eat oysters and sushi served with free-flow Moët & Chandon.

Majestic Hotel & Spa, Passeig de Gràcia, 68
hotelmajestic.es

Retox @ W Barcelona

The W Hotel stands tall at the entrance to the Port of Barcelona; an iconic feature of the Barcelona skyline. Meanwhile, its Sunday RETOX (#thisisnotasundaybrunch) has become a don’t-miss event for those who like to stay out all weekend long. With cocktails, DJs and more than its fair share of beautiful people, this is not somewhere to nurse a hangover but rather the place to go to get the party started all over again.

W Barcelona, Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1
w-barcelona.com

La Esquina

Since it opened in 2015, La Esquina has established itself as a firm favorite among the foodies of Barcelona. The brunch menu mixes established favorites like Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royale with healthy options such as the must-order smoked salmon with pickles and homemade butter and the quinoa salad bowl. A top spot for great quality, seasonal produce, excellent service and the best avocado toast in town.

Carrer de Bergara, 2
laesquinabarcelona.com

La Pubilla

Long before anyone in Barcelona had ever heard of brunch, the Catalans were busy tucking into their esmorzars de forquilla, which translates as “breakfasts eaten with a fork and knife” and refers to a traditional type of working man’s cooked breakfast. Typical “forquilla” dishes feature eggs, bacon, sausages and potato, as well as heavier options such as cap i pota (a traditional stew made of tripe). La Pubilla is the best spot in Barcelona to enjoy an authentic esmorzar de forquilla but beware: it doesn’t typically cater for tourists, so be ready to practice your Spanish or Catalan!

Plaça de la Llibertat, 23
restaurantelapubilla.com

Text: Isabelle Kliger