Brunch in Barcelona at the new Granja Petitbo. This is a lovely lofty café off Paseo Sant Joan, in central Barcelona, near the Arc de Triomf (yes, there is one in Barcelona too).
The Granja Petitbo is a refreshing contrast to a lot of old and same-y restaurants on the average ‘calle’ in Barcelona. This bakery-bistro oozes laid back, cool style and has a simple menu with a focus on healthy, homemade produce, served by super friendly staff, (in fact some of the most attentive service we have ever had in Barcelona). As much as we love the old style of Barcelona; the traditions, the quirks and the nonsensical style of service, sometimes we really want a contrast with great food, great service, in funky surroundings without having to go to one of the top gastronomic restaurants in and around the city, of which there are plenty. Granja Petitbo offers just that. This is part of a new movement of modern eats that cater to the client, rather than just to the owner.
Outside there is classic old Barcelona style signage, attracting one’s attention with large windows and street bench seating built into the façade. Leave the bustle of the street and find an artfully décor’ed venue, eclectic vintage and refurbished furniture, exposed plaster walls, all skillfully styled together. Although this is a contemporary café, we were happy to see some typical Spanish influenced snacks still on the chalk board such as; breads with oil, Bikini (toasted ham and cheese sandwich), salads and eggs.
It is clear that the owners have carefully considered the design and styling of the café, along with how the food is presented. It would be easy to lose its ethnicity but with attention to the details, including choice of tiling and crates of fresh oranges, the space manages to hold on to some of its Spanish genes, avoiding the danger of the location’s patrons observing a beautiful space that could potentially be found anywhere from Shoreditch to Berlin.
With lots of freshly made juices and a small menu focusing on seasonal produce, all dishes are guaranteed 100% homemade. The café is versatile; people can come and work during the day, grab a snack, read a paper, devour breakfast, lunch, a snack or a light dinner later on. The weekends are dedicated to brunch, homemade pancakes with chocolate and strawberries and eggs Benedict, served on a freshly baked buttery brioche…..yum!
This is Barcelona’s understated, modern day, shabby chic, café culture – at its best. We HEART Granja Petitbo.
We are glad to see the brunch culture undergoing a little bit of a shake up recently in Barcelona. We also like to brunch at other establishments, like Picnic and Federal, which give an alternative to the slightly tired but acceptable offerings of Milk or hermogenised hotel buffet breakfasts. Although, saying that about hotels, we will make an exception and recommend the Mandarin Oriental’s brunch (on Passeo de Gracia), it is pure Sunday lux! (FYI – we have experienced TERRIBLE service at La Florida, the 5 star hotel over looking the city. Until we have had a good experience, we can’t recommend this hotel or their restaurant, although the view is phenomenal).
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We had juice, coffee, eggs and a slice of cake to go for approx € 14 pp
HOURS: TUES-FRI 08.30-20.30/ SAT 10.00-21.30/ SUN 10.00 – 15.00