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Dolceria De La Colmena

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Spanish, Delicatessen, Coffee Shop, Bakeries
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Placa de l'Angel 12, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
933151356
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dessert, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: La Colmena is one of the oldest cake shops in Barcelona. For more than a...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful building, beautiful cakes, sweets and chocolates

We were walking along this street and were entranced by the window display so of course had to go inside and buy. My friend had the most enormous meringue I've ever seen which she said was delicious. I chose my classic favourite combination of chocolate and orange, this time in a muffin. Each... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Broadbeach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We were walking along this street and were entranced by the window display so of course had to go inside and buy. My friend had the most enormous meringue I've ever seen which she said was delicious. I chose my classic favourite combination of chocolate and orange, this time in a muffin. Each bite became more delicious. Sat in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Stopped in here to get a few pastries/sweets for the next morning's coffee. Had a wonderful muffin and some delicious breads, as well as a fabulous meringue for dessert as we strolled back to our hotel. It was the biggest I've ever seen. Friendly staff. Good prices. Unassuming neighborhood bakery and sweets shop. Heaven!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Old school and fabulous, located on Plaça de l'Àngel. The staff was so kind and helpful, and the pastries delight the eye! Unfortunately, we had to choose. So we had meringue, among the best ever, and enjoyed several of their chocolates and sweet fruit jellies, so flavorful it was like eating fruit only better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We stumbled having already eaten coffee and cake that day. So we returned the following day and weren't disappointed! The meringue was soft with a delicious soft centre. The pastries were yummy. Well worth a visit.

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great sweets for breakfast or to eat in Barrio Gotico. Very recommended also chocolates. Prices are not bad.

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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Lovely bakery, you have to try the sausage in croissant which are tasty. I am just sorry I didn't go back for there truffles.

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Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Helpful staff, delicious chocolates and pastries. The candy made fun gifts for friends. It's close to the Cathedral and to the Barcelona museum, so great to pop into before or after.

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Jablunkov, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

You must try it , then you will understand :) little old sweet place with many pastries too choose from. Recommended by locals ! 👍

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We had one of each of the macarons (6 in total) and one of each of what looked like small candy cupcakes (3 in total) and one large ball of truffel chocolate for just 12,50 euro. All of it was absolutely delicious! Moreover, the truffel chocolate ball was evidently handmade because the thickness of the chocolate shell was very uneven.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Walked by this bakery (facing the cathedral it is to the left a block) and saw the most beautiful meringues so had to pop in and purchase one. So very happy that I did!! I tried the hazelnut one. It was perfect!! Full of hazelnuts, light and fluffy! The cost was 2.20 Euro. Excellent customer service.

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Additional Information about Dolceria De La Colmena

Address: Placa de l'Angel 12, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Phone Number: 933151356
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Spanish, Delicatessen, Coffee Shop, Bakeries

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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)
  • Neighborhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Phone Number: 933151356

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish, Delicatessen, Coffee Shop, Bakeries

Description

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
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Neighborhood Profile
Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood 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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