If you have a sweet tooth for sweets, Barcelona is a veritable delight that will reward your addiction to all things sugary with a billion and one options. Spanish and Catalans like things super-sweet, chocolate is a national sport, and Barcelona has the best of the best.
Spain was originally responsible for bringing chocolate (xocolat in Catalan) from the New World to Europe. Since then the brown stuff has evolved into the sweet delicious treat so many of us enjoy.
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Best places to shop
As I’m a a congenital chocolate addict, I felt it was my duty upon my arrival in Barcelona to check out the best places to pick up some brown gold.
Chocolate heaven number 1 is Escriba (Las Ramblas 83) where you can drink heavenly hot chocolate with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper, served with fresh cream. You can also pounce upon some powdery croissants and a variety of artistic cakes – all served in one of the most aesthetically pleasing shops I’ve ever seen.
Petritxol on Carrer Petritxol is another fantastic shop-come-café, where you can drink divine hot chocolates capped with fresh cream. Indulge in the guilty pleasure of buying all kinds of chocolatey treasure from bars of chocolate to chocolate croissants and giant chocolate buttons.
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And finally, if you really take your chocolate as seriously as I do, then don’t miss a visit to the chocolate(Museo de la Xocolata), where you can spend hours in the company of chocolate, see how it is made, learn about the history of chocolate and, most importantly, sample it!
The Chocolate Museum is open all week – tt costs just five euros to get in and you can purchase a range of chocolate related gifts and packs to take away with you.