We really hopped on the brunch train in Barcelona and loved every minute of it. Late morning meals to fuel our long days of walking (or beach sitting) were a great start to our day. We also had a few good dinners out and tasty treats to appease our (mostly my) sweet tooth. Here are some of the places and things that we ate!
We went to Federal Cafe on our first morning in Barcelona after Josiah did some extensive brunch research. The place was super cute (I wish I had more pictures of it!) with big windows, lots of light, and a cozy modern vibe. We sat at the community table and ordered cappuccinos to start. I made the better decision between the two of us because I ordered the bacon breakfast burger (egg, bacon, caramelized onions, and tomato jam… woot!) and Josiah ordered avocado toast with a poached egg on top. The toast was okay – hey you can’t go wrong with fat and carbs, right? – but my sandwich clearly superior and one of the better breakfast sandwiches I’ve partaken in over my 28 years of life.
Creamy egg yolk, meaty savory flavors from the bacon, sweetness from the caramelized onion, and a touch of tartness from the tomato jam all brought together by a soft easy-to-bite-through bun — perfection.
Brunch and Cake
The wait outside of Brunch and Cake was reminiscent of our Portland brunch experiences so we hunkered down and expected to be staring longingly at other peoples food for an hour or so before we got our names called. Thankfully the wait time was pretty short and we were seated at another community table within 20 minutes. We sat with a younger couple from the east coast and a trio from Canada. All of the plates were beautifully laid out, portion sizes were huge, and most options were relatively healthy.
We had cappuccinos to start again as well as a fruit/veggie smoothie.
Josiah’s pick was scrambled eggs with mushrooms and a bagel with spinach and cream cheese.
Mine was a sweet/savory combo – Salad with poached eggs, avocado, and strawberries plus a bagel with house-made hazelnut butter, mango and maple syrup.
Our favorite brunch spot in Barcelona was OMA Bistro. We went back a second time (and got the same thing) because we enjoyed it so much. It was all simple but really delicious, and having straightforward fried eggs and bacon was just what we wanted. The big windows let in so much beautiful sunshine and I could’ve sat there for hours drinking espresso and watching Barcelona go by.
Taranna Bar and Cafe
We went to Taranna for dinner one night and shared a few plates. Most notably was the burrata with arugula, tomato, and pine nuts. After our burrata experience in London we were kind of on a burrata kick so we were so happy to see it as a special on their menu that night.
I wish I had better photos from Tropico, but the table we were sitting at didn’t have the best lighting and most of my photos turned out worse than the arepas you’ll see down below. As with the other places we went, the decor and ambiance was great — tropical (duh), lots of deep green colors, and a huge world map mural in the back section. We ordered hummus with pita and veggies, an acai bowl, and arepas stuffed with scrambled eggs. The arepas came with avocado and grilled plantains, which ended up being our favorite part of the meal. The plantains were kind of caramelized with a nice crunch on the outside and topped with a bit salt – so delicious!
I can’t walk by a window filled with beautifully enticing chocolates and decorated doughnuts without taking notice and making a mental note to come back. Which is exactly what I did the first time we passed by Chok. At Chok, they love chocolate (who doesn’t?) and their two locations are filled with their unique creations. Their signature dessert, the chok, is a lighter doughnut glazed and topped with various flavors. It was hard to pick but when the woman helping me said gianduja (chocolate hazelnut) I knew I’d met my match.
Churreria San Roman
Now, I went to Disneyland quite often as a kid so I’ve had my fair share of Churros, but Disneyland ain’t got nothing on these (surprise, surprise right?) We walked by this place several time without giving it much thought, but on our last night in Barcelona there was a line out the door so we stopped. I peeked in the window at all the filled churros, deliberated for .02 seconds and got in line. The guy that owns the shop was super friendly and joking around with Josiah. After a few mandatory photos we each took one and had our first bite. A few chuckles and a lot of “omg these are so good,” occurred as we passed bites back and forth. Chocolate was the uncontested winner (duh).
Once we get back to Portland I’ll be hitting up 180 Xurros to get my fried dough fix.