Brrrrrr. It’s finally feeling like winter in Barcelona. No, there’s no snow, but it’s cold enough to warrant mittens and a fluffy scarf most days now. I guess we’re lucky, considering the northern Europeans have been bundled up in scarves and layers of long underwear for months.
No matter where you are, it’s pure heaven to have a hot drink on a chilly day. Whether it’s the classic cafe con leche, a Swiss hot chocolate, or steamy cup of tea you’re after, there’s a cozy Barcelona bar to fit your craving.
For hot chocolate try the calorie-rich ‘xocolata suïssa’ at any Buenas Migas cafe. This is thick, decadent chocolate topped with whip cream and then more chocolate! They also do an even richer cup which is much the same but topped with cookie crumbs instead of more chocolate syrup.http://www.buenasmigas.com/
For a cup of coffee, try one of my favorite cafes, Santa Marta, on the beach. Their sunny outdoor terrace is open even though beach season is official over. Doesn’t matter, it’s still lovely to sit and look at the waves while folks walk their dogs and joggers puff on by. Santa Marta is a little bit spendy, and I think they add on an extra euro to the coffee price for the view offered. However, their coffee is awesome and Italian, so I think it’s worth it. More info here.
Tea for two? Despite tea not being a typical beverage choice in Spain, there are quite a few nice tea salons to sip your English Breakfast or Earl Grey at. I like Tart & Quiche in the Eixample for a good cup of tea and one of their fabulous baked goodies. It’s run by two talented Frenchmen. http://www.tartequiche.com/
Post and photo by Regina Winkle-Bryan. See more of her tips on eating out in Barcelona at The Spain Scoop.