Gothic Quarter Specialty
5 Carrer de la Ciutat, Gothic Quarter
Technically they serve food here-and don't misunderstand, it's great: Pulled pork that's been smoked for 14 hours and chicken curry sandwiches as well as healthy options, like sweet mango salad and homemade gazpacho. But that's not really why you come. You come for the coffee-cold brew, nitro cold brew, aeropress, and a whole bunch of other coffee options that are fantastic, if somewhat intimidating. Fair warning: eat something, too. A place that takes its coffee this seriously means your caffeine intake will make you think you can leap tall buildings in a single bound. (You can't.)
Satan’s Coffee Corner
11 Carrer de l'Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, Gothic Quarter
Besides the rad name, Satan's is known for its coffee aficionado-worthy blends, thanks to the genius of master barista, Marcos Bartolomé, who comes from a line of coffee makers. Satan's has a standalone café in the Gothic Quarter and another location at the Casa Bonay hotel.
11 Carrer de Petritxol, Gothic Quarter
La Pallaresa is a great place to go for breakfast or an afternoon snack, or churros with “suizo” (melted chocolate with whipped cream) on a quiet weekend morning. It’s in the old Gothic Quarter around the corner from Plaça del Pi, a very cute square where you can sit down and read the newspaper. There are painters showing their work on Sundays, similar to Paris’ Place du Tertre in Montmartre. Photo: Chris Oakley