Most people think of Switzerland or Belgium when they think of chocolate. But as the place where chocolate first entered European culture, Spain holds its own.
Cacao Sampaka offers so many different kinds of chocolate, in a variety of sizes. It's a great place to pick up gifts -- after you've sated your own chocolate needs of course! Try the gin & tonic bonbons.
But if you do, um, accidentally eat the gifts too, don't despair. There's a Cacao Sampaka at the airport. Just maybe stash round 2 in your checked bag.
My favorite chocolate shop in Barcelona! I've been to Barca twice now and both times, I headed straight for Cacao Sampaka. This is not your average chocolate store. They have some fun, adventurous flavors like chocolate with thyme, chocolate with parmesan cheese and so much more. This is a great place to get gifts to bring back home if you know some chocolate lovers. It's a little on the pricey side but you're on vacation, you have to splurge a little!
I brought home about 10 boxes of different kinds of chocolates last time as well as assorted bars. The sea salt chocolate bar was the most raved about among my friends & family.
On the cafe side of things, the horchata with ice cream was so good! I'm pretty sure I've had it both times I've been.
Cacao is right off of Passeig de Gràcia and it's a nice stop if you want to get away from the crowds on Passeig de Gràcia for a few minutes.
I wish this store shipped to the US!
Cacao Sampaka is a great spot to grab a nice chocolate drink, or browse some of their *excellent* chocolate collections (I'm a big fan of the fruit one). The space is well designed: high ceilings, cool, clean lines, and wifi. And though the shop/cafe isn't perfect, and the prices can be a bit steep, particularly in the cafe, it's a good afternoon stop, especially if you've got a sweet tooth and are in the mood for some quality cocoa :)
PS: The cold chocolate drinks are deeeelish!
This place is pretty cool, but the chocolate isn't that good. I mean, there is so much variation that when I was choosing what chocolates to get, I had to ask the lady for help because what their flavors were wasn't labeled. In the end, the chocolate was extremely average. Not that good. The lady wasn't too nice to me either. I'd say it's cooler aesthetically than anything else.
Dearest Cacao Sampaka,
Why are you not here in the U.S. I think it was a mistake crossing paths with you while walking down your side of the street. Why did our eyes meet? You're dangerous. Your chocolate covered sunflower seeds are dangerous. Your chocolate covered nuts are dangerous. You have given me all the power to lay down arms and give up my American way of drinking hot chocolate. In fact, you've converted me to drink my hot chocolate European style now. It's a love hate relationship and I cannot wait until I lay my eyes on you again. Like a love sick puppy, I beckon and bow to your deliciousness.
This was a good spot for getting your chocolate fix.
They have a great selection of different kinds of chocolates including, truffles, candy bars, lollipops, sauces and more. I tried a lollipop, which was very good and a chocolate-peanut butter sauce that was amazing.
There's a small café in the back of this shop, but I have to say it was pretty disappointing - the hot chocolate and churros were just okay and the brownie was not very good at all...stick with the main shop in front and you'll have great luck with chocolate.
If you are looking for a chocolate shop with a huge offering of chocolates- this place is there for you. The chocolate is even pretty reasonable is price. I got a box of 16 for 12.9 (euros). However the chocolate itself is not the best. Some lack flavor, others are strangely dry.
Read rave reviews in guide books. Stopped in this afternoon for a refreshment and some sweets for our hotel. Would never go back. Went into the cafe, greeted them in my (poor) Castellan (Spanish), receive a surly look in return and was handed a menu. Asked about Mascarpone & Fig gelato, received merely a sour "Finished." Asked about cold chocolate drink with jasmine tea. Again, "Finished." Mind you, I had tried to make my requests in Spanish. Not even a, "Sorry, it's finished" or a suggestion that I try a different flavor. The gelato we ordered (chocolate and tea) was tasty enough, but the service was enough to sour the cream in the gelato. Left without buying the sweets for the hotel, and vowing never to return.
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