A secret garden in Gracia - Mama's Cafe
We were walking up and down the streets of Gracia the other day, looking for a place to sit down and have a drink. My husband loves craft beer, and we passed a place with a black board listing a number of craft beer options and we thought we'd check the place out. We had found Mama's Cafe.
At the entrance Mama's Cafe reminds me a bit of Cafe Cometa, young hip staff, artwork on the walls, someone working away on the their laptop. But then you look further inside and your eyes fall on something green. What? A patio? We ask if there's a free table and we're lucky enough to get one.
Sitting on a patio, in a cafe in Barcelona, is luxury. Terraces are usually packed and I'm always scared someone will rob me of my belongings. But this patio feels so safe, it's in the back of the cafe and nobody knows it exists, unless you've been here before, obviously.
The patio is filled with greens, it has parasols covering us from the curious eyes of the neighbours, and there are open french doors where those who've chosen to sit inside on a sofa can overlook the patio views. There are kids and pets, locals and expats, all in a lovely mix.
I have a look at the menu, and it's surprisingly long. There are breakfast and brunch items, a lot of drinks, craft beers, lunch items, snacks... I find the list of cocktails. They serve French 75's! I am hooked on them since our trip to New Orleans where French 75's are a staple. I order it and I feel like I'm on a holiday far far away from home, sitting on the patio while darkness is falling. Bliss.
I decide to return the next day for brunch. An additional fantastic thing about this place is that they open at 10 AM for brunch! It's very complicated to find a place in the city that serves brunch at an actual brunch hour, many open at 13.00 and then it's really not brunch anymore, is it?
We order in lots of things: mimosas, toast with avocado and greens, egg and bacon, and fluffy pancakes with chocolate syrup and cream. It's basic stuff but it's tasty, organic (!) and the atmosphere is just so great. The staff is so friendly too. I'm in love with this place!
Carrer de Torrijos 26