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Dolceria De La Colmena

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Placa de l'Angel 12, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 15 13 56
09:00 - 21:00
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

After seeing the picture window facing the plaza full of sweet delights, I had to go inside. They have a wide variety of cookies, chocolates, merengues and other sweet eats. I bought 2 each of 4 different cookies. Everyone I (we) ate back in my hotel room left me wishing I had bought more.

Thank dsj5777
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

I love the Merengue from La Colmena. They are just great. Coffee , chocolate, lemon,... I cannot say which one is better. 😋

Thank Yuthopy22
Shizuoka, Japan
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Since the sweets was yummy last time in this shop, we went there to get some of candies. Their taste is simple and not too sweet. Can't wait to get some soon!!!

Frankfurt, Germany
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376 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

The sweets here must come directly from heaven and be it in the afternoon or any other time the day: a stop here is mandatory to grab some of the precious delicateties offered here genuinely handmade and sold with pride.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

I chose 5 kinds of Marzipans and they were very tasty, a few were very unique. The place is in the placa, but the full name is on the side, in the street around the corner.

Thank Lonplon
Rheinbach, Germany
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Whenever I come to barcelona my first visit is here to have a tasty bocadillo (French bread with cheese or ham or the typical Spanish chorizo sausage) and this heavenly ametlla sweets . One of the best pastelerias in the world and I ve seen many.

1 Thank Hubert716
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3 reviews
Reviewed 31 August 2016

I went to this place thinking it was the best bakery in town due to all the raving comments but in the reality it is a very small place, yes has good products however not as expected. In Barcelona there are far more beautiful and bigger bakeries than this one. It took us big effort to find it too.

Thank Adriana M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Go get a coffee and a pastry in this beautiful shop and stroll down past the Capella to the plaza and enjoy in the shadow in the chairs.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Walked past and we were drawn by the enticing smells and look of the pastries and sweets. Great flavoured macaroons and meringues. Would recommend

Ipswich, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Best sweets....the macaroons were wonderful, and if you love meringues!! I took one home to the hotel but wanted to have one of their yummy macaroons with a coffee....as we had had a big day on the hop on hop off bus....and the pastry shop, although selling coffee, did not have seating....the lovely lady actually suggested that we buy our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Spanish, Delicatessen
Drinks, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Placa de l'Angel 12, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Neighbourhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Phone Number: +34 933 15 13 56
La Colmena is one of the oldest cake shops in Barcelona. For more than a century it has delighted "Placa de l'Angel" square, where it is located, with it's fragrant aroma of home-made candies and cakes. The exact date it was founded is unknown, but we do know that its original name was "Ca l'Abella". In 1849 Rosendo Abella had the shop in the street "Bajada de la carcel" (the prison slope) now called "Baixada de la Llibreteria" (Bookshop slope), situated just in front of the current location. In 1872, the Costa family purchased the business, moved to the current location and changed the name to La Colmena. But maintained both names at the front of the building. Later, the shop changed owners from "Morato i Sant Pera" in 1912 to "Chocolates J. Camps" in 1921. Finally, in 1927, Josep and Francesc Roig Manubens bought the business which is now run by the grandson, Josep Maria Roig. Toni Roig, Francesc's great-grandson and Josep Maria's son, makes the candies following the same recipes and methods centuries ago, like many other traditional Catalan pastries and cakes

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighbourhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
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