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If you’re heading to Barcelona and are the kind of person who has an insatiable sweet tooth then you’re in luck – it’s not just paella and calçots which make the city’s gastronomic scene one of the finest in Europe. The Catalan capital is a great place to seek out a number of sweet treats, from traditional nougat known as turron, to fresh doughnuts topped with the wildest flavours you can think of. Here’s our guide to where to find the finest sugary delights in the city.
If the thought of fresh, fluffy doughnuts smothered with naughty icings and toppings has got you watering at the mouth then you’ll be pleased to know that La Donutería in Sant Antoni is home to just this sort of sweet treat. This independently-owned doughnut bakery produces fresh doughnuts every day that you can watch in the making from the store windows. The choice of topping changes on a regular basis and defies all expectations –matcha tea with mango, apricot and pistachio, pumpkin and pecan nut to name just a few. These bad boys are so fresh and light that they would nearly you make you forget they were naughty…
One of the most classic Spanish sweet treats of all times, churros con chocolate are a mouthful of warm chocolatey goodness – the food equivalent to a hug. While churros are available at cafés and corner stalls across the city, only a few places qualify for serving them as they should: freshly fried churros with a cup of pure melted chocolate. Churreria San Roman (a churrería being a place that makes churros) has been delighting its customers since the 1960s and has a reputation for some of the finest churros in town. You’ll also find a wide selection of other fried delights, both sweet and savoury, from cream filled doughnuts to homemade potato chips.
If you’re not familiar with turrón, you may well have heard of it under a different name, nougat. All you really need to know is that it’s a delicious mixture of honey, eggs, sugar and toasted almonds, which people love here in Spain. There are roughly two varieties: a hard, brittle turrón and a soft, chewy turrón – both of which are equally delicious and it’s merely a question of personal preference (or state of your teeth) as to which you choose. Located in Barcelona’s Old Town, Casa Colomina is an institution in the world of turrón here in Barcelona and has been manufacturing the treat since the early 1900s. They have a wide selection of both hard and soft turrón to choose from, as well as varied hampers and mixed boxes ideal for presents.