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Federal Café. Photo: LuciaCarretero.com/

Federal Café. Photo: LuciaCarretero.com

Federal Café. Photo: LuciaCarretero.com/

Federal Café. Photo: LuciaCarretero.com/

Federal Café. Photo: LuciaCarretero.com/

Address Parlament 39; 08015 Barcelona
by Compte Borrell
Neighbourhood Sant Antoni | See on map
Metro Poble Sec [L3], Sant Antoni [L2]
Telephone +34 93 187 3607
Website http://www.federalcafe.es/
Cost Brunch EUR 10-20. Lunch/dinner EUR 20-30
Hours Mon-Thu 08-23. Fri 08-01. Sat 09-01. Sun 09-17:30

This laid back corner spot was started by the Aussie duo behind Papabubble and with the same degree of love and attention to detail that made their sugary empire such a success. Tommy and Christopher have since moved on to better things but, even without the artisan caramels, Federal Café is still plenty sweet.

It’s a terrifically designed place – just how great is the window sill seating for people watching? – with lots of attention paid to detail across two airy floors and a leafy garden terrace that’s simply perfect for a sunny day. The kitchen serves up a light menu of eco friendly bistro-style dishes from largely locally sourced ingredients.

Excellent for breakfast or Sunday brunch, it’s no less pleasant for lunch, a light dinner (kitchen closes relatively early on school nights, though), or just as a place to hang out, suck in a smoothie and linger over the magazines laid out for your perusal.