Top Cafés for Working and Studying in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of lively coffee shops, cafés, and bars. Although some may serve up a killer cup of coffee, not all places are ideal for working or studying. Many specialty coffee shops are takeout only, while the classic cafés and bars you’ll find on most streets are not exactly promoting a coworking atmosphere. Furthermore, the Barcelona restaurant landscape is constantly changing, with new cafés popping up and old ones closing down. (For a list of popular coffee shops that are now closed, scroll to the end of this article.)

As a part-time student, part-time freelancer, and full-time coffee enthusiast, I am constantly on the hunt for new coffee shops and cafés. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of the top cafés for working and studying in Barcelona. Some are great for long working sessions, others for a quick coffee and study. 

Top Picks

  1. Top Pick for Working – Itnig Café 
  2. Largest Space – Laie Llibreria Café 
  3. Coolest Ambiance – SAGA Coffee Stories 
  4. Best Café Chain – Sandwichez 
  5. Best for Evenings – Libertine at Casa Bonay 
  6. Best for Brunch & Work – Morning Glory

Itnig Café

Location: C. de Pujades, 100, Sant Martí, 08005 Barcelona

Itnig Coworking Cafe in Barcelona

Looking for a café that promotes coworking and studying? Itnig Café is a unique space dedicated to entrepreneurs and startups. It has paid coworking options, but the cafe area is free to work or study. I love this place because of the tall communal working tables that are great for standup working. They serve Syra Coffee (a staple in Barcelona) and offer small bites. 

Laie Llibreria Café 

Location: C/ de Pau Claris, 85, L’Eixample, 08010 Barcelona

A library and café in one, the Laie Llibreria Café is a perfect place for working, studying, or meetings. Above the bookstore you will find the café that includes a dining room, covered terrace, and outdoor sunroom. It’s one of the bigger spaces you’ll find with ample tables. The chairs aren’t the most comfortable for long-term working; however, this is a top choice for sure. 

Tos Tao Coffee & Libertine at Casa Bonay

Location: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 700, L’Eixample, 08010 Barcelona

Casa Bonay Libertine coworking cafe in Barcelona

Located on the ground floor of the Casa Bonay Hotel, there are two places open to the public that are excellent for studying or working. Tos Tao is a small coffee shop serving killer lattes and espresso. Connected to the back of the coffee shop you will find the Libertine, which is a beautiful café/cocktail lounge. The lounge includes a bar, numerous tables, sofas, and two larger communal tables. This place is great in the late afternoon and evening, where you can enjoy a beer or glass of wine while doing some work. 

SAGA Coffee Stories

Location: C/ de Casp, 70, L’Eixample, 08010 Barcelona

Saga coworking cafe in Barcelona

This coffee shop self-promotes as a “sanctuary of peace”, and rightly so. Saga Coffee Stories is truly an escape from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. There is limited seating, however, with half of the tables reserved for “non-working, non-studying guests”. This may not be the most reliable location to get some work done (because it’s so popular), but if you can snag a table for an hour or two, you will feel the VIP experience. 

Morrow Coffee

Location: Av. Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes 403 Barcelona, Spain, 08015 Barcelona

Morrow coworking cafe in Barcelona

If you’re looking for a cool vibe, then Morrow Coffee is your spot. There is something about it that makes you feel instantly cooler when you visit. The coffee is superb, and they serve some tasty bites as well. The seating area isn’t massive, but it is a great spot to work or study if you can snag a table. 

Roma & Sants

Location: Carrer de Sants, 29, Sants-Montjuïc, 08014 Barcelona

Roma Sants coworking cafe Barcelona

A fantastic option in the Sants-Montjuïc area is a specialty coffee shop called Roma & Sants. This place has a cool atmosphere, great coffee, and tasty bites (go for the acai bowl). It can get a little busy on the weekends (like most coffee/brunch spots), otherwise it is relatively quiet with a good amount of seating available. 

Morning Glory

Location: Carrer de la Riereta, 15, Ciutat Vella, 08001 Barcelona

Morning Glory coworking cafe in Barcelona

A hidden gem in the Raval district, Morning Glory is both a coffee shop and brunch spot. It has an artistic ambience full of books, poetry, paintings, and photography. When not super busy on the weekends, it is a perfect spot to get some work or studying done. Oh, and they have a killer eggs benedict. 


Location: Everywhere

Sandwichez coworking cafe in Barcelona

This popular café chain aims to be the preferred local spot or “lloc” in each neighborhood of the city. All Sandwichez locations offer free Wi-Fi with ample tables to do some work or studying. Prices are inexpensive, the food is solid, and you’ll feel right at home with other fellow workers and studiers. It’s a safe and easy bet!


Location: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 692, L’Eixample, 08010 Barcelona

Frizzant coworking cafe in Barcelona

For a unique place to work or study, you will definitely want to check out Frizzant. This “urban oasis” is not only a coffee shop, but a yoga studio! As the website reads, “The space is designed to promote the daily activities of our community: working, doing conscious movement classes (yoga, dance, etc.), socializing, having breakfast and eating in the same cozy and inspiring space.” They have several tables located on the ground floor, as well as a communal table situated on the loft above. 

Hidden Coffee Roasters

Locations: Carrer dels Canvis Vells, 10, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona; C/ Constança, Carrer de Déu i Mata, esquina, 08029 Barcelona

Hidden coworking cafe in Barcelona

Best coffee presentation goes to Hidden Coffee Roasters. The coffee is fantastic, the service is friendly, and you won’t be disappointed. They have two locations in Barcelona to choose from (Les Corts and El Born), but the Les Corts location is slightly bigger for studying/working purposes. Either one is definitely worth a stop-in.

Honorable Mentions

  1. Brew Coffee – L’Eixample 
  2. Sabio Infante – Gracia
  3. Federal Café – Sant Antoni
  4. Indigo Café & Brunch – L’Eixample 
  5. Origin – Sant Antoni
  6. Trigo Coffee – El Born 

Other Café Chains for Working or Studying

  1. Buenas Migas
  2. Juice Dudes
  3. Vivari
  4. Cappuccino

Coffee Shop No Longer – CLOSED

  1. Café Cosmo
  2. Espai Joliu
  3. Black Remedy
  4. Federal Café – Gothic 
  5. Satan’s Coffee Corner (now called Right Side Coffee)

About the Author

Chase is an adventure blogger from California, USA living in Barcelona, Spain. His blog, Up For The Chase, is about exploring outside your comfort zone, chasing adventure, taking a sabbatical leave, and, of course, Barcelona. Check out his blog and give him a shout!

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