Barcelona is based in Catalonia, a region of Spain with lots of business and industry. You’ll meet other digital nomads and locals working in tech. But it’s still Spain, and the working culture is laid back. Working from Barcelona feels like a vacation compared to big US cities. You’ll stay up late, wake up late, take afternoon siestas, and get drawn in by the relaxed culture.
While there are hipster coffee shops serving oat milk flat whites, you’ll also find tiny family-owned corner shops that won’t appreciate your MacBook charger in their wall!
Beware: If you visit during the summer, be prepared for throngs of tourists. It’s a beautiful city with nice weather, so everyone wants a piece of the fun. Along with the summer tourism, there are high rates of theft and robbery (See our guide to digital nomad security just in case).
Black Remedy: This coffee shop in the Gothic Quarter serves coffee, tea, and food. There is plenty of space, so you can work for a few hours at a time without being disturbed.
Federal Café: Close to the marina, this location has plenty of seating and is friendly to workers hanging out for a few hours. There’s also another location in El Raval if you want to check out both spots.
ImaginCafe: This space is a coffee shop on the lower floor and a free co-working space upstairs. In order to get free wifi, you have to give your email to the bank that hosts the space, or you can just use your phone’s hotspot.
Casa Gracia: A hotel, restaurant, and event space. La Paisana is a good option for spending the whole afternoon. Start your day in the back with your computer, and end the day with tapas in the restaurant.
Satan´s Coffee: There are two locations for this trendy coffee shop. Satan’s coffee corner is in a small plaza in the Gothic area, and the other location is in Eixample. They don’t provide wifi, so this is better for a delicious coffee and breakfast meeting, then on to the next place.
Nomad Coffee: You’ll find this tiny coffee bar down a winding alley off the Urquinaona metro stop. Grab a creamy cappuccino and sit for a while at the bench seating. It’s small, so don’t expect to stay for long!
Caravel: Located in a trendy part of El Raval, this coffee shop and restaurant has great energy. Grab a table for breakfast or lunch, and work for a while as you people watch.
Onna Cafe: Venture out to the Gracia district for some fresh air and a local vibe. This spot has coffee, matcha drinks, and sandwiches for order. There are a few small cafe tables out front, and a big table in the back room if you want to stay for a while.
Filmoteca de Catalunya: At night this is a bustling restaurant in El Raval, but during the day it’s open as a coffee shop and work space. Come here for open space and a relaxed atmosphere.
Skye coffee: A big spaciously designed warehouse, with a little coffee truck. Located in the Poblenou district, it’s away from all the hustle and bustle of the tourist area.
Starbucks: Yes, somehow Starbucks locations always makes it on the list:)
- This Starbucks is located near the Cathedral of Barcelona - so right in the middle of everything. The second floor feels safe for working with your computer. It has cozy seating but is never too full.
- This Starbucks has a neighborhood feel, in the Gothic area. There are a couple of power outlets, comfy seating, and big windows for watching people go by.
Coco Coffice: A drop-in co-working space where you can pay by the hour. There’s also a daily rate if you end up staying for more than a few hours. You can’t take calls in the space, but it’s a beautifully designed room for focusing.
Satellites by Coco Coffice: A spin-off of Coco Coffice, this monthly or daily membership gets you access to coffee shops and restaurants around the city for co-working. Our favorite location is Margot House. You can add on breakfast at some locations for an added $10 per day.
Aticco: This co-working space requires a more long-term membership, so will only work if you’re in town for a few months. They offer single desks, rooms for teams, food, and gym.
Betahaus: Co-working for creatives and entrepreneurs, they’re set up for long-term or short-term stays. You can book desks by the week or month, and can choose full-time or flex hours.
MOB // Makers of Barcelona: This space is set up for daily or monthly memberships, and for individuals or teams. You can also book rooms for meetings if you just need a quick space for discussion.
Welance: This company is based out of Germany, but has a location in Barcelona. They are set up for more long-term stays.
Espai Born: Located in what feels like an old historic building in El Born, it has a distinctly Barcelona feel. They have plans for daily or monthly co-working.
Montoya: Made for creatives, this space requires an application before you can join. The space is big and open, away from the tourist area of the Gothic neighborhood. Fill out an application to inquire about plans.
What to do on your day off:
Ride the Gondola up to Montjuic.
Take a day trip to the beach town Sitges.
Take a day trip to Montserrat.