In Barcelona, as in much of Europe, Sunday is a day of rest, A day to spend with family and friends, and most certainly it's a day to EAT! Theres one neighborhood in particular that is famed to be truly "Catalan," and "familiar" and it is here, within the charming and shop-lined streets of Gracia, that we have chosen to reveal the best spots to indulge in homemade food with the whole family.
1. Cafè Camèlia. This cozy café in one of Barcelonas most family-friendly zones has fresh, vegetarian food and homemade desserts. Theres a children's corner for the little ones who will feel right at home amongst the other families enjoying a weekend brunch together. If you want a table, it's best to come before the lunch rush (2pm-4pm). The carrot cake is particularly yummy! Find Cafè Camèlia and whatt nearby in our Travel Guide.
2. Chocolatería La Nena is an extremely lively little spot with a friendly atmosphere and homemade desserts. The smell of chocolate greets you as you enter and you're sure to see steamy cups of their famous chocolat con churros being enjoyed by the other guests. The menu has something for everyone: fresh juices, unique salades and sandwiches, homemade cakes, and they compliment your order with a little cookie treat or salty peanuts to snack on while you wait for your food. Plus, there's a room in the back where you can find board games for the little kids. This place is always crowded, so the best idea is to go before you get hungry and borrow a book from their bookshelves while you wait. Take a peek at our guide to see more family-friendly spots.
3. Macchina Pasta Bar. Located on one of the most charming streets of Barcelona that's perfect for window-shopping, this restaurant is fairly new, but has grown in popularity remarkably fast. An order-and-pay before you sit down-styled restaurant, the system works seamlessly. The menu cards are designed to show you all your possible options: pasta, sauce, toppings, drinks and desserts. You and the kids can pick what you want and then grab your table, the staff will make sure your plate gets to you steaming hot and delicious. Dinner time is often crazy, so we recommend a lunchtime meal after a bit of shopping on Asturias. Check out nearby places on the map.
4. Gelateria Italiana. This little ice cream parlor in Plaça Revolució de Setembre 1868 is often said to have the best Gelato in the city! Cups or cone options are decently priced compared to other ice cream shops in the neighborhood, and the service is always extra friendly. Let the kids pick their favorite flavors, combining one, two or three scoops in their recipient of choice. Our personal favorite: a scoop of mint chocolate chip with dark chocolate in a big waffle cone. Plus, the square where it's located has a nice little playground for the smaller children and lots of benches and trees to shade you as enjoy your ice cream on a hot Barcelona day.
These family-friendly spots to eat like a local are just a few we thought deserved extra special attention. To find more, take a look at Knok's Barcelona travel map for families and make your next Sunday together in Barcelona unforgettable.