Occasion: Great to bring friends when they visit the city
Phone: 932 002 872
Reservations: Not accepted, go before 11 am or after 5 pm to avoid long waits
Hours: Everyday: 9 am – 10 pm
Prices: Reasonable (around 10-15€ for brunch and a drink)
The Cup & Cake group has four stores in Barcelona: Brunch & Cake, Cup & Cake, Travel & Cake, and Pilates & Cake, most of which serve their delectable cupcakes, muffins, cakes, cookies, and sandwiches. I have only been to Brunch & Cake (their non-stop brunch restaurant) and Cup & Cake (their take-away cake, cupcake, and organic coffee shop), but I have reason to believe that the other shops share the same bright atmosphere and high quality artisan confectionery.
I heard about Brunch & Cake through friends who had previously studied abroad in Barcelona. After seeing their numerous Instagrams of the place – which is, as you can see, a photogenic restaurant to say the least – my roommates and I decided to try it ourselves. When we finally went, there was of course a swarm of other American students lined up with their iPhone cameras ready. For this reason, I do not suggest coming here for a hangover cure because you will likely have to wait for a table – rather try Milk instead if you had a rough night.
The welcoming little restaurant sits on a picturesque corner in L’Eixample. We sat at the outdoor communal table because we didn’t want to wait, but the restaurant also offers seating on comfortable couches inside and at two-person tables outside that are perfect for people watching. The extensive menu includes traditional American brunch favorites (such as their french toast and scrambled eggs), as well as more creative or recently popularized dishes (such as their turkey Eggs Benedict on a waffle and avocado toast). It was definitely not easy to decide what to order. To drink, the chai tea latte is amazing, and in terms of their sweets, you can’t go wrong with a big slice of their red velvet cake (unless you just don’t like red velvet, in which case we might not get along). I suggest the warm cinnamon porridge, which comes with the perfect accompaniments of blueberry compote, banana, and brown sugar for a main dish. Other than that, as much as I want to love the food here, I can’t say it’s the best; however, this might just because I’ve been spoiled by restaurants like Mildred’s Temple Kitchen back home in Toronto. The pancakes, for instance, were served cold and dense. I haven’t talked to the police recently but I’m fairly certain that serving un-fluffy pancakes is basically a crime these days. Nevertheless, most people who’ve been here have nothing bad to say about the food, and I’ve heard great things about Brunch & Cake’s chicken salad sandwich and all of its salads. I look forward to coming back to try these menu options soon.
The staff – though busy – are friendly and helpful, and the prices are extremely reasonable. The photo to the right shows a meal that cost under €15 per person – and a meal like this in America would cost twice the price. With its cheerful space and atmosphere, delicious cakes and drinks, large variety of dishes, long hours, and reasonable prices, Brunch & Cake is the perfect place to for a pick-me-up brunch or to bring friends visiting Barcelona.