C/ la Rambla, 83
Escriba is a beautiful patisserie and chocolateria on La Rambla located in one of the most amazingly fronted shops you will have ever seen – and also serves the most divine hot chocolate. What more do you want from life?!
Escriba’s hot chocolate is delicate and rich, simple and with a divine consistency and you can even have it served with cayenne pepper, violet or hazelnuts. It costs €3.80 for a biggy and I can drink two. You can taste the cocoa powder in this hot chocolate.
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They also sell croissants such as regular chocolate croissants with a unique brush mark of chocolate and gold glaze across the top or with fillings such as white chocolate and mint; banana and chocolate or vanilla and rose. Their croissants are buttery and go well with their delicious coffees.
They also have some staggering cakes in the patisserie section that include a cheesecake positively enrobed in white chocolate, a citrus tart that makes your teeth tingle just looking at it and the best-selling Angie, amongst others. Cakes from the patisserie start from around €5 to takeaway. But stop. Stay a while. Sit down. Enjoy. What’s the rush?
Outdoor dog-friendly terrace
There’s a lovely outdoor dog-friendly terrace with a few big wooden tables and giant parasols to cower from the sun, the occasional rain or the cold in winter.
A favourite pastime is to sit on the terrace in the winter, to drink a hot chocolate piquant whilst looking at the slightly crumbly facades of the looming buildings.
The staff can appear a bit petulant at times as they deal with hundreds of tourists and people who want to photograph the shop all day, every day, but I’ve seen smiles too.
The interior of Escriba is stunning. Don’t forget to check out the stained-glass peacock and the positively gorgeous ceiling. It’s even more beautiful than the cakes themselves.
Escriba was a famous pastry chef from the early last century who is known across Catalonia for his creative pastry making, and this shop is a homage to him.
Escriba is a great place to eat posh cake, drink wickedly strong coffee (or hot chocolate), sit and watch the world go by from the terrace and also sells confectionary-related gifts.