While not the first beverage that comes to mind when you think of this beachside city, tea rooms in Barcelona are more popular than ever.
Furthermore, with blocks and boulevards lined with thousands of restaurants and bars, it can be a daunting task to choose! Take our advice and check out some of these can’t-miss spots for a relaxing afternoon tea in Barcelona!
Tucked away in a hidden corner of the Gothic Quarter is where you’ll find Caelum, one of the oldests spots for afternoon tea in Barcelona. In fact, it stands on the onetime site of ancient Roman baths, which you can still see remains of in the basement. It is both a tea room and an artisanal pastry shop, and offers sweets, jams and candies made by monks and nuns in monasteries and convents throughout Catalonia.
Insider’s tip: While all their pastries are absolutely delicious, their cheesecake is the true star.
This cozy and intimate team room is located on the main street of the old Jewish quarter. Salterio brings together the ambiance of a North African coffee house with medieval decor. With a wide selection of teas, infusions and vegetarian dishes that fuse diverse cultures such as Moroccan, Japanese and Spanish, there is something here for everyone.
Insider’s tip: They sometimes organize live music events, so check their website for more info.
3. El Mag
El Mag is mostly known for being the ideal place to try Magnifico coffee, the oldest coffee roasters in Barcelona. However, we’re here to tell you that it’s also where you can find some of the best teas in Barcelona. Here you will find a selection of more than 300 teas and infusions made by Sans & Sans, including some of their own unique blends. A Barcelona-based company, this is a name any local tea lover will know. They also offer mouthwatering homemade pastries, including our favorite: perfectly baked cinnamon buns.
4. Čaj Chai
Probably the most famous tea house in Barcelona, Čaj Chai (pronounced Chai Chai) has well earned its reputation for serving some of the freshest and finest teas in the city. The name is a clue to the inspiration of the decor and feel of the place—the artsy tea rooms of Prague—which are known as “čajovny,” or “čaj” for short. If you find a new favorite you can purchase the loose tea leaves to take home.
Located in the heart of the Eixample neighborhood, Artte is a modern and elegant space where exhibitions and events take place throughout the year. But they also elevate tea to an art form. They offer an extensive range of teas from all over Asia and throughout Africa. And if you want to take your tea game to the next level, they also offer workshops for tea amateurs and connoisseurs alike.
6. Miss Perkins
If you’re craving some classic English tea, this is the place for you. Located in the off-the-beaten-path neighborhood of Sants, Miss Perkins is where you will find English classics like scones and crumpets as well as humorously named savory dishes like the “Bee’s Knees” salad. With its quaint and cozy atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon tea outside the city center.
Insider’s tip: Miss Perkins is located close to Barcelona’s main train station, so it’s the perfect place for a quick drink and bite before continuing to your next destination.
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A passionate food and wine lover, Lior is a trained chef who studied culinary arts at Barcelona’s prestigious Hofmann School of Hospitality.