Granja Viader: Chocolate for breakfast in Barcelona

Granja Viader, hidden on a sidestreet off Las Ramblas

Churros.  If you haven’t heard of them, consider this a warning.  Don’t try them.  We repeat, do not even think about taking a bite out of one of these delicious hot doughnutty breakfast things.  And don’t even dream about dunking one into a cup of goopy Spanish-style chocolate.  If you do, there will be no turning back.

Luckily for our readers, we have already tasted the chocolatey abyss and can tell our fellow addicts that Granja Viader is THE place to sample the goods.

Granja Viader has been run by the same family for four generations, and has seen a real boom in business (including the founding of Letona dairies) since 1870 when it all started.  The cafe’s own website tells the story in detail as well as spilling the beans on famous former habitués including Pablo Picasso and the poet Jacinto Verdaguer.

Inside Granja Viader
Inside Granja Viader
Decorative detail, Granja Viader
Decorative detail, Granja Viader
Beautiful period décor, Granja Viader
Beautiful period décor, Granja Viader

The food

Excellent home-made dairy products abound at Granja Viader, but breakfast is the real star of the show.  Try churros with hot chocolate (they’ll even put whipped cream on top if you ask nicely).  Alternatively, try ordering a plate of melindros (ladyfingers) to dunk into the sweet stuff.  There is also a deli counter for you to take some goodies home with you (if you haven’t finished the lot on the way back to your hotel).

Our bill

Churros con chocolate for two = €5.20 (yes, really)

Deliciosos churros con chocolate
Deliciosos churros con chocolate

Best bits

Great, well-priced churros with a nice deli for stocking up on cheeses, cold meats, croquetas, and other dairy bits and bobs.

Not so sure

Can be very full of kids running around with faces full of chocolate. Don’t wear your white jeans is all we’re saying.

Also can be very difficult to find – have a good look at the map before you set off.

More information

Granja Viader

  • C/ Xucla 4 – 6, Barcelona, Nearest Metro: Catalunya/Liceu (L3)
  • Telephone: (0034) 933 18 34 86, Email:
  • Website:

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 1.15pm and 5pm to 9.15pm

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