Bar del Convent
Plaça de l’Acadèmia
This family-friendly cafe is located in the cloisters of the Convent de Sant Agusti which is now a civic centre. Accessible from either Calle Comerc or Plaça de l’Acadèmia (next door to the Chocolate Musuem), the cafe offers lots of space indoors and out. Relax on the sofa while the kids enjoy themselves at the drawing table or rummaging through the toy box. Along with the selection of cakes, you can also feed hungry mouths with homemade meals of pasta dishes, salads and rices. Best of all, there is outdoor seating and a huge courtyard for the kids to play in.
C/Pau Claris, 90
Tel. 93 676 1025
The homemade carrot or cheese cake could already be enough to entice you to teatime at Pudding, even though the decor in this uniquely child-friendly café is surely worth the visit. With a philosophy of Eat Play and Think, young ones are invited to explore a beautiful, story-land downstairs room equipped with giant table, blackboard, games, books and puzzles.
Pizza slices, pasta dishes, topped forcaccia, homemade cakes and pastries are all served along with a selection of teas and coffee at this small Italian-inspired chain in Barcelona. With a number of locations now around the city, which include Barceloneta, Placa Espanya, the Eixample and the Sagrada Familia, if you fancy a feed at this friendly Forcacceria you won’t have to go far to find one.
Chocalatería la Nena
Carrer Ramón y Cajal, 36-38
Tel. 932 851 476
The clue is in the name as to the house speciality of this Gràcia neighbourhood favourite. Aside from the delicious hot chocolate and whipped cream, you can enjoy homemade organic cakes and savoury dishes of quiche, sandwiches and soups. Kids will enjoy the special child-friendly play area which you can also hire out for a birthday party.
Granja M. Viader
Carrer d’en Xuclà, 6
Possibly the sweetest and most traditional treat you can try whilst in Spain are the sugary, fried Churros. And where better to try these doughnut-like pastries than at one of the oldest Churrerías in the city. Handily tucked into the Raval neighbourhood (just off the Rambla) the Granja M. Viader serves you churros with the thickest of hot chocolates and a side-helping of whipped cream. The house specialities also include horchata, flans and Crema Catalana. For the less sweet-toothed, you can also order savoury plates of sandwiches or cured meats.