Coffee and lunch stops just off the Rambla

The first time I visited Barcelona I remember wandering up and down the Rambla trying to find a nice place to have lunch & a coffee that wasn´t going to rip me off. Now I´ve got an idea of some great places here´s a list of my favourite spots right in the centre that are well-priced and delicious...

Half way down the Rambla on Carrer Ferran, you can find the Schilling Café. With it´s cool, brasserie style design and food ranging from tapas to cakes to cocktails, it pretty much hits the spot for whatever you feel like.
Address: Carrer Ferran, 23
Nearest tube: Liceu
Schilling - A stylish stop

Central Café is right at the top of the Rambla along a street called Pelayo / Pelai. It´s probably a more typical British lunch stop as it does tasty salads, houmus with pita, & salmon tartare if you´re feeling healthy, or delicious melted cheese mexican wraps and cheesecake if you need normal food!! The coffees are great and you can also take-away. Unfortunately it has no outdoor terrace but it´s super clean, friendly and well-priced.

Address: Carrer de Pelai, 39
Nearest tube: Plaza Catalunya
The team at Central Café
As it´s still hot here in Barcelona, you may want to sit on a sunny terrace to enjoy your lunch, so I totally recommend this little café off the Rambla, called Kasparo. Located in a pretty square and off the beaten track, you can sit and people watch or if you have kids, let them play in the park, while you choose from a selection of tapas, bocadillos (baguette sandwiches) and cakes. It´s an oasis of calm away from the buzz of the Rambla with it´s dappled sunlight and pretty arches.

Address: Plaça Vicenç Martorell, 4 (Off Carrer Bonsuccés, 3 roads down from Pl. Catalunya on the right)
Nearest tube: Plaza Catalunya
Sunny Terrace at Bar Kasparo
If you´re not sure what you fancy for lunch then head to Woki Organic Market which is a 3 minute walk from the top of the Ramblas. Here you can decide between fresh pasta, soups, salads, burgers, stir-fry dishes, tapas or healthy vegetarian dishes (and all organic). The place is great inside and you can sit and watch while the chefs prepare your food. 

Nearest tube: Plaza Catalunya

Woki Organic Market
If you just have to have tapas, then try the recently opened Adagio Tapas, on Carrer Ferran. Jordi Herrera, who already has a 1 michelin star restaurant in Barcelona has opened a more accessable, humble tapas restaurant with seriously gastronomical tapas dishes at about 10-12 euros each. If you want to taste "real tapas" then this is a good place to start. It´s not as pretty or cool a setting as for example, Mercat del Princesa in the Born area, but the food is great.

Address: Carrer Ferran, 21
Nearest tube: Liceu
The newly-opened Adagio Tapas


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