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Dolceria De La Colmena

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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: Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Try the xuxo de crema!

Right next to Jaume I metro, La Colmena is very accessible. There are so many pastries, but they're known for the xuxos de crema, which I got on my visit. For €2 each, they're a bit pricey (well, Barcelona might just be expensive), but they're quite tasty. The pastry has cream inside and there's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Andrea W
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right next to Jaume I metro, La Colmena is very accessible. There are so many pastries, but they're known for the xuxos de crema, which I got on my visit. For €2 each, they're a bit pricey (well, Barcelona might just be expensive), but they're quite tasty. The pastry has cream inside and there's sugar coating the outside, and the... More 

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Thank Andrea W
Zurich, Switzerland
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110 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the Dolceria de la Colmena to buy chocolate. The milk chocolate with almonds from their own brand is absolutely faboulos. The chocolate is very tasty and the almonds go very vell with it. We will come back to buy some and highly recommend! The shop is still like ti use to be for ages- a nice place... More 

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Thank brucewife
new york city
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best sweets in Barcelona. The pastries, the sandwiches, the candy - everything was absolutely delicious! Very traditional decor which made it even better. Must stop by.

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Thank breit5
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We were in Barcelona in October and made a point of finding this shop. I was aware of it from reading other reviews on trip advisor and I wasn't disappointed. The window displays the fabulous pastries, breads and cakes and once you see the variety of sweet treats you just have to go in. There was such an amount to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Never mind the fact that the location makes this an obvious tourist go-to, locales love this elegant pastisseria too!

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Thank Haaland
Jyvaskyla, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

When Jimmy has his stomach full he always needs more. This place has a great selection of cholocolates, cookies, cakes and things that make your eyeballs melt when you go in. Then you get a bag full of them and have the time of your life. Very good and easy on the ol' wallet. Yummy.

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Thank Jimmy R
Philippines
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60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The place was across the street from the hotel and walked by their display window, just about, every day. Walking in, the sweet smells overtake the environment, it's another world in there. Picked up a selection of pastries. Tasty treats.

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Thank RUTGERSpaul
Reston, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

I am writing this many months after I was in that cage so I can't remember what I ate. But I remember it was mad-delicious. Small, with abandon seating on an adjacent plaza, very tasty sweets. Try them all if you can. If not, take some home. Loved it. If in Barcelona - will definitely eat there again.

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Thank KostyaAltman
London, United Kingdom
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270 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

After spending a week in barcelona, we wondered past this place on our last day. We were surrounded by people with catalonia flags as it is the National Day of Catalonia. It was very busy and I didn't realise you had to take a ticket to queue up & get served. We waited 5-10 minutes and still got served without... More 

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Thank Garfield_1990
Chicago, Illinois
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Wow,what yummy things this place has! Check out the meringues, really delicious. Take a number when you go in as it is very crowded. They also have delicious pastries and chocolates, loved the ones with rice krispies. Very nice service also. Near Picasso museum and gothic quarter.

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Restaurant Details

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, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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