Modernist elegance at Café del Centre, Barcelona

What’s the deal?

One of the few remaining Modernista cafés in Barcelona, Café del Centre had changed little since it opened in 1873. Marble tables, a beautiful old wooden bar and a healthy mixture of business people, young locals and the occasional elderly padel player drinking chocolate milk make the place feel a thousand miles from the trendy, tourist-dominated city centre. One of our favourite places to linger over a café con leche with a good book (and maybe a tapa or two).

Cafe del Centre, Barcelona
Cafe del Centre, Barcelona

The food

Menú del día at €10.75 plus a decent selection of quick tapas including patatas bravas, cheeses, butifarrones and montaditos (little sandwiches). Also on the menu are a good number of Spanish and foreign ales (€2-€4.50), cocktails (around €6) and specialist teas as well as the classic summer drink, horchata (tiger nut milk).

The bar at Cafe del Centre, Barcelona
The bar at Cafe del Centre, Barcelona

 What we ate

1 glass Rioja: €2.20

1 glass Riviera del Duero: €2.80

1 tapa tacos de queso: €3.60

1 tapa butifarrones de morcilla (blood sausage): €3.60

Total: €12.20

The staff

The same family that opened the bar almost 150 years back, and who keep their mum handy to rustle up the various culinary delights offered. Smart move, Café del Centre. Very smart move.

Jamon at Cafe del Centre
Jamon at Cafe del Centre

More information

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 0800 to 2300h; Saturday 1200 to 2300h


Calle Girona 69


Telephone: (0034) 934881101

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