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Best Places to Study in Barcelona: Cafes and More

Looking for a place to study in Barcelona? We've got you covered. From cafes to Barcelona's beaches.
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Best Places to Study in Barcelona: Cafes and More
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Looking for a place to study in Barcelona? We’ve got you covered.

Study where the students are

Granja Petitbo

This eatery is located in L’Eixample, on the bustling Passeig de Sant Joan. With low hanging lights and an aged feel, to say that this cafe is popular during mealtimes is an understatement. Let’s just say that the word is out. If you’re looking for a quieter atmosphere, it’s best to come around brunch or merienda (the Spanish afternoon snack, around 5 p.m.). Too full? Try ChichaLimoná next door. For a place that specializes in breakfast and lunch, the cafe does well in staying open past 10:30 p.m. most nights, perfect for late night study sessions.


Laie Libreria Cafe

This cafe-cum-bookstore sits right in the heart of Barcelona. With a liberal amount of hiding places, this little shop is perfect for diving into that 300-page book on economics. The first floor is dedicated to the bookstore while the cafe occupies the second floor. And it’s perfectly acceptable to fraternize between the two. With a reliable Wi-Fi collection, this cafe remains a hidden gem in the busy streets of L’Eixample. To top it off, the majority of food offerings, including entrepans and hot chocolate, don’t break the 5 euro mark.


Barcelona’s Parks

Barcelona has an abundance of parks to choose from. The Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona’s most famous park is located next to the center of the city and was at one point its only green space. The park holds the Catalan parliament, the national zoo and a huge water fountain fit with a horse and chariot. It also has a lot of green space, attracting an array of people from acro yogis to slackliners. Another park, just a short walk from our EU Barcelona campus is Parc Turó, home to turtles, goldfish and even heron, that live in its oddly-shaped pond.


The more traditional study space

Biblioteca de Catalunya

If you’re looking for a more traditional space to study in Barcelona, we’ve got just the solution. The old faithful. The library. Located in the Jardins de Rubió i Lluch, the Biblioteca de Catalunya (Library of Catalunya) is a tranquil respite from La Rambla, the busiest street in Barcelona just seconds away. The big building dates back to the fourteenth century, where it was used as a hospital for hundreds of years. Now, a mix of people meets here to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The space offers both adult’s and children’s libraries, along with a mandarin tree, cafe and water fountain. Sounds relaxing, doesn’t it?  Find out more about Barcelona’s libraries and their opening hours here.


Study anywhere you want

Public hotspots

There are 590 free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Barcelona, making everywhere a great place to study in Barcelona. You can even find them on the beach! Look out for the sign, it’s a big blue W.


The tried and tested coffee shops

Along with the usual Starbucks, cheaper options are Pans & Company, Buenas Migas and Farggi, who all offer free Wi-Fi.