Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Barcelona's best hot chocolate

Barcelona is the epicenter of cacao. Forget Belgium and Switzerland. Barcelona as a city puts these other coutries to shame. We drink their thick dark hot chocolate in the morning, as a mid day snack at night, accompanied by sweet bready churros. 
Of course, among the gallons consumed, some hot chocolates are better than others. 
Here is my guide to drinking this brown gold.

Granja M Viader. C/Xuclà, 4-6
The chocolate milk drink Cacaolat (a bottled sweet chocolate milk) was invented here in 1931 and is still offered. I really recommend their suisse hot chocolate with whipped cream. Amazing! (Honey and cottage cheese dish is also great)

Dulcinea. C/Petritxol, 2
Perhaps the best chocolate and melindros (a catalan soft pastry perfect for dipping in the chocolate) in the city. Established in 1930, Dulcinea gains its namesale from Don Quixote's love, but gains its reputation for their lovely thick chocolate.

Gelateria Xocolateria Santa Clara. C/Baixada de la Llibreteria, 2
Hidden in a corner of Plaça Sant Jaume, this place has great hot chocolate and homemade churros, also their ensaimada pastries are not to be missed either. Open early, it's best to come here for a chocolatey breakfast.

Fargas. C/Pi, 16
Adorned with the same rustic décor sine 1937, this old-time chocolate shop is one of the most famous in Barcelona. Their hot chocolate is a definite must on every chocolate-touring itinerary.

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