You are standing in front of one of the emblematic cafes of the gòtic, open since 1909 and managed by Antonio. It is located at the same side of the street where all the booksellers were in the past. In 1553 is when the guild that congregated booksellers was created, it was called “confraria de San Jeroni”. This institution regulated the trade (salaries, prices, opening hours, working conditions of the apprentices, etc) and watched over the traders, making sure nobody was working as a printer and bookseller at the same time without the required permissions. It was a recurrent irregularity during the following two hundred years. Even Miguel de Cervantes wrote about it in El Quijote. During the 17th century, one of the most reputed printers of the street, Antoni Lacavalleria, was reported in 1678 for that reason: “In the carrer Llibreteria (booksellers), without a bookseller, he has got some storage space that cannot be described as a private shop, but public, and he sells all sorts of books (...) for being in a public and obvious chamber, there is no other such public shop in the entire street”
El Meson del Cafe was founded in 1909, with the passage of time it became a reference point for making good coffee, which is considered by experts the best coffee in town. A meeting place for politicians, artists and bohemians of the time, who came to enjoy a coffee in their gatherings. Certainly landmark Gothic quarter, which over the years has kept the quality of their products.
Over the years this place has starred in many stories of everyday life in the neighborhood, on one wall there is a small paragraph of Don Quixote in his stint in Barcelona, referring to the street of the booksellers. The room was decorated in 1929 and has been preserved with great care by the Family hazards. They also retain one of the oldest European coffee (1929), who served in the store years ago.
The inn offers coffee coffee customers particular, for its quality, aroma and essence. It also offers a wide range of products including coffee, chocolate, and selected variety of homemade pastries and churros.
A corner in the Gothic Quarter to enjoy a good coffee and feel at home. You can taste various products but the star of the menu is the coffee.
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