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Cup and Cake in the heart of Eixample is the perfect place to go to for eating cake (especially cup cakes) and sharpening your hipster skills. In fact, Cup and Cake is so old school they don’t even have wi-fi. But fear not, as this is a place for serious chilling and catching up with other very fashionably clad media types who are also into very cheap coffee (€1.10 a cup!) and the yummiest cakes on the block. Impress your new squeeze by feeding him or her one of their crazy muffins. If you happen to be by yourself, do take a book and simply just chill at one of the tables and soak up the homely atmosphere. The girls behind the counter are pretty and super friendly, making you feel instantly at home. The ambient music makes it easy to get into the laid back mood whilst gossiping away to your friends about up and coming designers, art projects and latest indie bands. It’s smaller than it looks so it’s probably better to congregate in small rather than large groups. The inside is warm and cosy – a triumph for a place that is almost exclusively painted white. A few dots of colour appear in the shape of flowers and sixties toasters on the tables. The low lighting doesn’t hurt either. This is a great place for binge eating, celebrating a birthday or drowning your sorrows in mountains of cup cakes ranging from vanilla and chocolate to caramel and Oreo. Other favourites are the baked cheese cake (at €2.90 a slice) and a chocolate and cream sponge cake the size of Texas (for a measly €3.50). If your sweet tooth is worn out and you crave something of more substance they do have a limited selection of bogadillos (sandwich rolls) and other salty treats. They have a cute little bench nook right outside the main window which is great for a warm summer’s night of coffee sipping and people watching.

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[Published by PartyEarth November 2012]