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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
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

We accidently found this shop & were drawn in by the beautiful & yummy looking items in the window display. We wanted to try some of the meringues, but we did not think they would make it in one piece back to our hotel after being carried around in a camera bag for 6 + hours. We opted for macaroons.... More 

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Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

We were on are way to the Cathedral,while we approached this wonderful store full of many delights!Also with three wonderful women offering great service.Scones, pastries and sweets so wonderful.A must visit while you are in the neighbour hood!They also offer take out coffee and a selection of drinks .

1 Thank Michael B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

This bakery is awesome for their service, and range of cookies, pastries, and chocolates. I am here giving it a flying colour review just for this cookie - since I only bought and tried this. I had to bring some home and got a tin box from them just so that they won't crumble while in my luggage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

a patisserie that withstands the past of time with flying colours...since 1864..... the pastries and cakes are amazing, the flavours, the smell when you get in is like ....is like dying and going to heaven. love the merengues and the xuxo de crema!!! one of my summer beach life tricks is getting one of them cheese or lomo rustic baguette... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

The beautiful (& traditional) cakes, cookies & pastries are a treat to admire & eat! Also an assortment of basic sandwiches makes it an ideal stop for a quick bite or a sweet treat (skip the coffee though). Conveniently located right outside the Jaume I metro station

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Reston, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Was there in 2010. Walked by it. Just walked in because the outside was appealing but didn't really want to eat. Seeing the variety and being enveloped in smells of heavenly sweets, I tried a piece of pastry (can't remember what it was). IT WAS DELICIOUSLY MELTING IN MY MOUTH. After that, I tried a few other pastries and they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

Right next to the metro station, difficult to miss. You get attracted to the window displays instantly -- there is EVERY sweet biscuit/chocolate/meringue imaginable! There is no seating, but you can enjoy your sweet treats on the public seating just outside the shop/metro stop. However, if you are after refined patisserie, this is not it. Still, will make anyone with... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Spanish, Delicatessen
Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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
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 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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