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Pasteleria La Colmena

#147 of 6,658 Restaurants in Barcelona
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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Bakery, Coffee Shop
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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
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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  • 22
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  • 4
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  • 0
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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
Most recent review
Home made cake heaven

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
Steve K
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Nashville, Tennessee
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231 restaurant reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
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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Barcelona, Spain
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

After dozens of visits here...I keep going back and will never stop. One of the cities original bake shops and in the Gothic quarter just outside of the St. Jaume metro stop. The desserts are divine; their cookies, flawlessly done; and the chocolate crackers are a must; try the dark chocolate with (marcona) almonds. Or the plain one. Or the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Traditional patisserie - bought cakes for birthdays and special occasions and beautiful art nouveau decorative tins of boiled sweets made on the premises.

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Catering to locals and tourists alike, this historic bakery displays its wares in tantalizing window displays as well as inside. Expect a queue - it's worth the wait. A great place to buy dessert for the host, or gifts to bring home (i.e., chocolates in souvenir tins). The employees are helpful and patient.

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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: Bakery, Coffee Shop

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?