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thousands of people every year visit barcelona and keep this bright memories for the whole life. for many of them along with the architectural masterpieces, world-known monuments and cultural amusements, goes the food tradition of catalonia.

it is impossible to avoid visiting one of the numerous croussanterias, pastelerias or churrerias while walking from one touristic site of the city to another. the smell of fresh bakery and sweets fulfills antic streets in the mornings and wakes up this amazing city.

what to start from when looking for gourmet experience?

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all over the city there are plenty of cafeterias, panaderias, creperias, croisanterias and other places worth to visit for a small brunch or a cup of tea with pastry.

but let’s look for places where you can enjoy the most delicious, exquisite and sophisticated culinary delights that deliever the best chocolate experience:

-pastelerias – pastery, confectionery  and cake shops places.

-chocolaterias – providing a revealing insight into the spanish chocolate food culture.

-cremerias/turronerias/horchata – places with more narrow specialization on famour catalan turros, horchata drink(popular spanish drink of milky nut juice -specially good in hot summer!) and ice-creams.

to make a comparison of the best traditional  “sweet” places, good step will be to visit famous and recommended ”escriba” and “baixas” pastelerias, located not far from each other.
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walking along lively rambla street you will not miss colorfully decorated entrance to “escriba”, but fisrts you will feel the delicious smell.   “escriba” attracts with the rich decoration of facade and shopfront with amazing giant cakes.

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you can enjoy best masterpieces of local sweet makers in the cozy hall of the cafe or outside at the narrow street that meets la rambla.

other famous pasteleria – “baixas” is located in the gotic quarter of raval, just few minutes from rambla.

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it is less spacious but can surprise with its unique products and atmosphere. the family business started 1958 as a simple bakery, now  with more than 50 years of experience presents quality and appetizing confectionary and catering.

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in this place you can see how fresh bakery and candies are brought to you just from the oven.

and do not forget to find time and make a walk along the carrer petritxol – best known and most historic street to drink thick and tasty “xocolata desfeta”(hot melted chocolate).

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choose especial catalan breakfast: “xocolata desfeta”(usual cup of chocolate), “suis”(chocolate with whipped cream on the top), chocolate with “churros”(fried pastries – more spanish way) and chocolate with “melindros”(another typical catalan pastries).
enjoy the broadless world of barcelona’s sweets-cafes and find your favorite ones!

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