For quite some time, brunch has been a very popular meal. An abbreviation for breakfast and lunch, brunch is a meal that is traditionally served between 10 am and 4 pm, although in Spain it is most common to have it around 11 am or 12 pm.
Another characteristic of brunch is the type of food served: among its most typical foods we find toast, bagels, or pancakes; ham and sausages; fruits and vegetables; and, above all, eggs, the real star of brunch.
Exploring Brunch in the Sant Antoni neighborhood, from Federal Café to La Desayunería
On Parlament Street in the Sant Antoni neighborhood, we find a must among the best brunch spots in the city. It is the Federal Cafe, named after a village in northern New South Wales, Australia. Opened in 2011, this three-story venue has helped to turn the Sant Antoni area into one of the hippest areas in the city. Before anyone else was doing it, they made mid-morning meals trendy at large tables to share.
Classic brunch plates include avocado, salmon or spinach toast, benedict or florentine eggs, healthy sandwiches, burgers, salads, yogurts, classic cakes, and cold pressed juices, which rejuvenates the body and mind.
Another good brunch option in Sant Antoni is La Desayunería, a spot that opened in 2015 following Paula and Laura’s trip through the United States, from where they imported a splendid breakfast menu that is served uninterrupted from 8 am to 8 pm. Thus, one can enjoy toast, omelettes, pancakes and salads on a large and cozy terrace in front of the Sant Antoni market.
Other classic Brunch spots in Barcelona
An article about brunch in Barcelona could not miss those offered by Caravelle, Picnic or Granja Petitbo.
Caravelle, along with Federal Café, was one of the first places to serve brunch in the city. Located in the Raval, it is open Thursday through Sunday for brunch and Friday and Saturday evenings for hamburgers and one of their latest attractions, the Caravelle Brewery’s craft beers. Whatever you ask for will be delicious, although their most acclaimed dishes are the different recipes of Bennies (a nickname for eggs benedict) or Turkish eggs.
The Picnic, located on Comerç Street in the Born district, is another one of Barcelona’s traditional brunch spots. Always using carefully selected seasonal products, it has fused international and traditional cuisine since 2011.
An example of this is its brunch menu, which includes pancakes, toast, different types of eggs benedict, salad bowls, burritos and more. The Picnic also highlights its selection of homemade lemonade recipes, all made with a personal touch.
Finally, the Granja Petitbo is another spot to include in the list of best brunch spots in the city. Located at the Passeig de Sant Joan, right at the junction with Aragon Street, this pleasant and warm place has a terrace where you can enjoy their classic brunch options every day of the week. Toast, pancakes, eggs benedict or rancheros, and homemade cakes go hand in hand with an extensive menu of juices and natural smoothies that will delight any food lover.
In a dynamic and cosmopolitan city like Barcelona, the list of the best brunch options can be extensive and overwhelming. For this reason, we do not want to exclude other places also famous for their brunch, such as Trópico in the Raval, Little Fern Café in Poblenou, Ugot Bruncherie in the Eixample Esquerre or Sabio Infante in the Gracia district.
Now, go try them all!