Do you like to relax in the sun? Then get out your shades, we are off to find some sunny terraces in Barcelona!
With its 2513 hours of sun per year Barcelona enjoys a very mild climate, and many cafés and restaurants that offer a relaxing terrace. Let us help you discover some of them!
- 1 The most relaxed: Barceloneta terraces
- 2 The most glamorous: our favourite hotel terraces
- 3 The trendiest: Bar Lobo’s terrace
- 4 The most gourmet: Alsur Café’s terrace
- 5 The most panoramic: Mirablau terrace
- 6 The most romantic: Xalet de Montjuïc’s terrace
- 7 The best view: Catalan National Art Museum terrace
- 8 The sweetest: Campana dels Flassaders terrace
The most relaxed: Barceloneta terraces
In the Barceloneta area, the seafront is full of innumerable sunny terraces. Unfortunately some of them take advantage and inflate their prices.
To avoid being overcharged, head to Surf House Barcelona, the Beach House, Buenas Migas or the Santa Marta. They serve drinks, snacks and food all day.
Be warned that the terraces are often packed and the service is sometimes slow. You may also have to queue for a table. So there is a downside.
- Why? To breathe the sea air
- When? Every day from 9am to 3am depending on the place
- Where? Along the Barceloneta beach (metro Barceloneta, L4)
The most glamorous: our favourite hotel terraces
Glamourous, comfortable and a little more secret, hotel terraces have everything you could need. Apart perhaps from their prices, which are higher than in the street…But the decor is worth it!
To choose your terrace see our article on: Barcelona’s best hotel terraces.
The trendiest: Bar Lobo’s terrace
Bar Lobo is a refined, well-decorated and trendy venue where you can eat sweet and savoury, tapas, main courses, meat and vegetarian dishes. Fresh seasonal products are prized, which is a really big plus.
The atmosphere is calm, and it can be hard to believe that the Ramblas are barely a few metres away!
Another great plus is that there are two other terraces on the same square so you can try elsewhere if Bar Lobo’s terrace is full.
- Why? For its fresh products
- When? Every day from 9am to midnight, or until 1:30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- Where? Pintor Fortuny 3, Raval (metro Liceu, L3)
The most gourmet: Alsur Café’s terrace
At top tips we love Alsur Café. It’s not only a gourmet paradise, but the atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are very friendly. If you happen to sit on the terrace on a sunny day you might not want to leave!
- Why? For its cakes
- When? Monday to Thursday from 11:15am to 12:30am, Friday from 11:15am to 3am, Saturday 10am to 3am Sunday 10am to 12:30am.
- Where? Plaça de Sant Cugat 1, Born (metro Jaume I, L4)
The most panoramic: Mirablau terrace
Perched on the hills of Barcelona, Mirablau is a bar, restaurant and club. Its sunny terrace with view makes this place very popular with the Catalan people, and it turns into a club at night.
The only downside is that it’s not very easy to access on public transport. However there is free parking available to customers.
- Why? To see another side of Barcelona
- When? Monday to Wednesday from 11am to 3:30am. Thursdays from 11am to 4:30am. Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5am, Sundays from 10am to 2:30am.
- Where? Plaça Doctor Andreu, Sarrià
The most romantic: Xalet de Montjuïc’s terrace
El Xalet (chalet) de Montjuïc has an exceptional location on the hills of Barcelona where the restaurant’s large terrace makes it uniquely special.
Prices are quite high and the portions are not enormous but if you can afford to eat here you will have a great time.
- Why? For its view of Barcelona
- When? Every day from 1pm to 4pm and 8pm to 11pm
- Where? Avinguda de Miramar 31, Montjuïc (Montjuïc cable car from Paral·lel)
The best view: Catalan National Art Museum terrace
This terrace, located on the plaza of MNAC (Catalan National Art Museum), overlooks the Plaça Espanya and offers a superb view of the city. We talk more about it in our article on the best free views of Barcelona
The MNAC café is a good alternative to Xalet de Montjuïc if you have a smaller budget.
- Why? To feast your eyes
- When? Every day from 12am to 6pm, Sundays and holidays from 12am to 4pm. Until 11pm at the weekend and in Summer
- Where? Montjuïc (metro Espanya, L1 or L3)
The sweetest: Campana dels Flassaders terrace
We talked about La Campana, which is over 120 years old, and very well known. La Campana makes all of its products completely by hand using natural ingredients, and you can taste the difference.
But the place is quite small and only sells take away. Luckily La Campana opened some time ago a second location just a couple of feet from the first, where you can eat ice creams, turron and other sweets while lounging in the sun. Not bad!
- Why? For its handmade products
- When? Every day from 9am to 11pm. Closed in February.
- Where? Flassaders 15, Born (metro Jaume I, L4)
- Be warned that sunny terraces all day are rare! Some of the above terraces only get the sun for a few hours. But there is such a thing as too much sun!
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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?