Federal Cafe is a new lunch spot – restaurant – bar which has just opened this week and is located on Calle Parlament 39, xaflán with Comte Borrell, very close to the old Sant Antoni market building. Named after a small town in Australia, the two Australians that run this new place should seem familiar, being part and parcel of Papabubble. Three floors of absolute heaven and culinary bliss. The windows are completely open, so one can sit and comfortably watch the street. The structure has been organized so that cross currents of breeze sweep through each floor, allowing for a very agreeable temperature, even in the heat. Every detail has tender, loving care, from the bouquets of raspberries boughs placed in jugs to the open-plan coffee area to the recycled napkins. There are several newspapers and magazines available, even the New Yorker!
Federal Cafe opens up like a storybook or a layer cake, each level holding new visual impact and quiet corners. The second floor is more calm, away from the bustle of the main activity. The colour palette is easy on the eye, with slashes of red to add a dash of excitement. This is the perfect place to have a morning read over coffee and the lovely “breakfast” menu. I ordered fruit toast with ricotta and truffle honey. The pieces of dried fruit in the bread were enormous, the ricotta was a perfect state of fluffy creaminess and the truffle honey added just the right dose of smoky, woody sweetness. Yes, there are cupcakes, (complete disaster to have cupcakes available right beside home), but I decided to try something else for a change.
Federal Cafe’s secret lies right at the top, where a rooftop terrace awaits to be filled with fun and laughter. A tiny oasis right in the middle of the city. A careful selection of plants and small trees share the space with several tables. Speakers add musical ambiance and the light is perfect. This is the perfect space for brunch in Barcelona.
How soon is too soon to go back? There is only one problem… Federal Cafe lies directly between my house and the gym, which I can already foresee will be a problem!
Monday to Thurs – 08:00 to 23:00
Friday – 08:00 to 01:00
Saturday – 09:00 to 01:00
Sunday – 9:00 to 17:30
Since Tommy and Crick sold Federal Cafe, things just haven’t been the same. I went back twice and the service was sloppy and the food wasn’t as good as before. You can skip this and try other options. It’s always full of obnoxious people, the essence of Federal is now gone.