As you walk down Carrer Petritxol your nostrils fill up with the scent of melted chocolate. In winter Barcelona locals relieve the cold in the Café Bars (Granja in Catalan) enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Today we’d like to tell you all you need to know about one of the most consumed sweets in the world, in all its varieties. Today we talk about Chocolate Barcelona.
Granja Viader - Carrer Xuclà, 4-6 Granja Viader is living history of the city. The quality of the chocolate they serve and the affordable prices make this bar a paradise for cocoa lovers. Here is where the traditional combination of ladyfingers and hot chocolate became popular and it’s the birthplace of one of the favorite drinks amongst Catalan girls and boys: Cacaolat. If you want to know more about the fascinating history of the family that owns the place and Granja Viader, click here (http://granjaviader.cat.mialias.net/?page_id=5).
Granja Dulcinea – carrer de Petritxol, 2
Opened in 1941 from an old bodega, Dulcinea preserves the furniture and the atmosphere of the old times, where fashion and trends have not yet arrived. Like all the cafés along carrer Petritxol, hot chocolate is served accompanied by traditional varieties like the classic churros, pastries and ladyfingers. Expect queues in front of the door during the colder days of winter.
La Pallaresa – carrer de Petritxol, 11
Pallaresa was a dairy farm that in 1947, became a hot chocolate and churros café. Nowadays it still preserves the traditional way to whip fresh cream and serve it to their customers. It’s so tasty that many people eat it plain, only with pastries or churros. Delicious!
Caelum – carrer de la Palla, 8
This small place in the heart of the Gothic Quarter is a café which offers products made in convents and monasteries throughout Spain. A Heaven of traditional and craft products. It is divided into two levels: a street level which is a French-style tea room and a crypt kind underground level, cosy and beautiful. Do not miss their hot chocolate, because that would really be a sin!
Fargas – carrer del Pi, 16
Whoever that has tasted the chocolates from Fargas is aware of how delicious it can be. A legendary establishment founded in 1876, that unfortunately had recently abandoned its original art noveau place and move a few doorways away. Here you’ll find the best chocolates in the city. Simply exquisite.
Xocoa – carrer de Petritxol, 11-13
The Xocoa chain, original from Barcelona has 11 stores in the city and many others in Spain and Portugal. At the one of carrer Petrixol you can buy their products, such as the traditional chocolate bars but also other with surprising flavors such as chocolate beer known as Birracao.
La Nena – carrer de Ramón y Cajal, 63
Color tables, board games to share and many, many organic products such as delicious pastries, salads, sandwiches and, of course, the hot chocolate. Here you can enjoy it alone, with your family or your partner, on the traditional version with milk or with soy milk.
Señor Brown – carrer d’Enric Granados, 3
In the most beautiful street in the Eixample you can find an experimental chocolate café. Their specialty is the liquid chocolate - black, brown and white - and the cakes where cocoa takes the main role. Traditional cakes and new recipes that are constantly varying.
Museu de la Xocolata – carrer del Comerç, 36
In a chocolate loving city like Barcelona, it must be a museum dedicated to the sweetest aphrodisiac. The Chocolate Museum tells you everything you need to know about cocoa - origin, evolution, influence in popular culture, etc. - And you can also eat chocolate, including your own tickets!