Café Granja Viader is one of the oldest coffee places in Barcelona that opened back in 1870. It seems as if time has stood still for more than a century. The place has preserved the charming decoration of past times. Hidden just off the Ramblas, in the lively quarter of Raval, locals come to enjoy delicious hot chocolate and pastries. The place tends to be always full. It doesn’t matter if it winter or summer. The atmosphere and service is nice. When it comes to its chocolate: irresistible! Don’t miss it!

Try their xocolata amb melindros (thick hot dark chocolate with soft sweet Catalan pastry) or their suís (thick hot dark chocolate with cream on the top).

My favourite pastry is ensaïmada (spiral-shaped sweet pastry from Majorca) and not melindros. Go for their hot chocolate with ensaïmada. They don’t make their own pastries. Pastries come from La Mistral, a well-known baker’s in the quarter where locals go.
Not only is the café known for its hot chocolate and pastries but for inventing Cacaolat in 1931, the most famous chocolate milkshake brand in Spain. Look around and you will see on the walls the whole history of this old café and family.

By the way, if you don’t fancy anything sweet, have a look at the large selection of cold meat they have at the entrance.

Hello, there! I’m Eva. I’m 33 years old and happy to live in Barcelona, where I was born. Enthusiastic, dynamic, open-minded, friendly and patient. I have always had itchy feet and enjoyed travelling and exploring new places. Eager to learn more and more every day and embark on new adventures for treasure hunts. A Barcelona lover who becomes homesick when is far from her charming city for a long period of time. I like mingling with the melting pot, getting lost in the narrowest medieval streets of the Gothic quarter and smelling the aroma of countless enticing cafés. An excellent hostess and tour guide.