Starbucks in Barcelona

Comtal 32, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: 1/1/2009, PHOTO: 8/6/2009

Concell de Cent, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/9/2009

The first store in Barcelona!

Diagonal 593 Hilton, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/9/2009

Not actually in the Hilton.

Diagonal 635, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: 9/1/2008, PHOTO: 8/6/2009

Diagonal 640, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/9/2009

Wish I could have given you a good shot of the cool glass building that houses this Starbucks, but my camera was on the fritz.

Diagonal Mar, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/9/2009

Ferran, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/5/2009

Though small, this store, one of the oldest in the city and near the Gothic Quarter, is worth visiting just to see its wonderfully ornate ceiling. Pay attention, because just below the ceiling on the wall is about a foot of trim that appears to be a repeating pattern but actually deviates in one area with an interesting image.

Francesc Macia, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: 1/1/2005, PHOTO: 8/7/2009

This store, built inside an old bank, has truly unique feature. The left-hand wall, as you walk in, displays a large stone sculpture by a well-known local artist, Subirachs. Also, the thick metal front doors are perhaps the most unusual I have seen at any Starbucks. From the outside, the doors look even more interesting. If I were juvenile, I would make a certain joke, but I would never be so juvenile, would I?

Glories, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/7/2009

This shopping center store is fairly ordinary, but it does have one unusual, and perhaps unique feature. It has two stories, and doors to the shopping center on both of those levels.

La Maquinista, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 4/1/2012

This store, the only one to open in Barcelona between my 2009 and 2012 visits, is smaller than one might think, from the facade, but does sport the newer design style. Well, mostly--you can still find the old-style tables and chairs.

La Roca Village, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: 3/1/2008, PHOTO: 8/8/2009

Laietana 32, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 4/1/2012, ORIGINAL VISIT: 8/6/2009

Maremagnum, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/8/2009

Though I freely admit I have no love for Starbucks inside shopping centers, I must confess that this one, with its outdoor balcony view of the ocean (channel?, port?) is definitely a nice place to sit. It's too bad, then, that an errant barista had to turn this into a Store of Shame.

Muntaner, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/7/2009

I'm going to guess this has happened at other locations around the world, but this is the first store I've encountered that was reduced in size.

Paseo de Gracia 97, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: 1/1/2003, PHOTO: 8/7/2009

The second store in Barcelona, unfortunately blighted by construction. WHY??? WHY MUST MAN CONTINUE TO BUILD??? Why can't we just let nature take its course. I'm sure that, given enough time, nature would grow into the form of Starbucks.

Pelai, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/5/2009

Placa Universitat, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: 1/1/2002, PHOTO: 8/5/2009

Rambla 109 (Canaletes), Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/6/2009

Located right on Barcelona's main tourist drag, this store, the busiest in Barcelona, is large, but perhaps not large enough if the crowd I saw when I visit are a typical indication of volume. In 2012 this store was remodeled and looks spectacular!!!

Rambla Cataluna, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/6/2009

This store has a really interesting design. Upon seeing the facade, I expected an older look, and I was right. A stone floor leads down past the counters, under an arched ceiling, to a stone staircase that leads to another seating level. At the end of that floor, where the conference tables are, is another stone staircase that leads down to a basement and yet more seating. Actual visit August 5.

Ronda Sant Pere, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 8/6/2009

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
OPENED: 1/1/2005, PHOTO: 8/8/2009