The Federal Cafe was a great find in Barcelona, and my go to spot for a great coffee and breakfast. Owned by Australians, but staffed by locals, this place serves up great coffee and amazing breakfast eats bringing a foreign twist to local ingredients.
Located near the Mercat de Sant Antoni near the Poble Sec Metro stop is either a short train ride or walk away from Las Ramblas, and is a nice departure from the bustling insanity of the main tourist areas. While the crowd here is a mix of tourist and locals, the food and exceptionally designed space make up for any lack of authenticity. Besides, Barcelona is not the city to come to for a distinctly Spanish experience. This is a creative and lively city made up of people from the world, and places like Federal are part of a distinctly Barcelona experience.
Named for a small town in Northern New South Wales, Australia, Federal brings a sense of community and airy space to its three stories on the corner of a developing neighbourhood. They're open for coffee, breakfast, lunch/brunch throughout the week, and open late on Friday and Saturday night.
Chris Stenberg is a travelling filmmaker and photographer who works with some of the world's most influential brands. In his spare time he eats apples from trees, spends time with his family, and goes biking and boarding in the mountains of British Columbia.