Cafè de l'Opera

Price guide: Budget

La Rambla 74, Barcelona, 08002

Price guide: Budget

Cafè de l'Opera

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#26 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.8
3.8
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, People watching

Expert review of Cafè de l'Opera

Elegant, decades-old café opposite the Liceu opera house.

One thing Barcelona lacks is grand old cafés in the European style, but Cafè de l’Opera comes close. It’s named for the Liceu, opposite, and has traditionally been a place where the opera folk – both onstage and off it - would come to drink afterwards.

Food and drink: 

The popular choice for breakfast is hot chocolate and churros (fried batter sticks which you dip in the chocolate), but you can also get croissants, ensaimadas (spiral pastries dusted in sugar) and eggs and bacon. Otherwise basic tapas are served during the day. Of the drink selection, the Opera is known for its great range of whiskies.

Ambience: 

With its air of fading grandeur, this seems like the last remnant of the old Barcelona, before La Rambla was taken over by hawkers and living statues.

Service: 

It used to enjoy a reputation for the crankiest waiters in town, but that no longer seems to be the case.

Location: 

Halfway up La Rambla, opposite the Liceu opera house.

Price advice: 

Tapas start around 4 euros.

More information on Cafè de l'Opera:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café
Food:
Snacks, Tapas
Address:
La Rambla 74, Barcelona, 08002
Telephone:
93 317 75 85
Website:
http://www.cafeoperabcn.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thur, Sun 8am-2.30am. Fri-Sat 8am-3am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Quick bites

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Community comments (1)

Pleasant evening tapas meal for three with one dessert and a coffee came out at about 35 Euros.Quick and professional service and a nice ambiance right on the Rambla. Made it a frequent stop for better value drinks before eating elsewhere for a bit of variety.Highly reccomended!