This blog post was originally posted on November 13, 2014, and was updated on January 22, 2018.
What makes a better gift than exquisite bombons, top-notch extra virgin olive oil, or an impressive Spanish red wine? Pick up some of these delicious edible souvenirs from Barcelona.
When we saw our sister company’s blog post about edible souvenirs in Madrid, we couldn’t help but do one for Barcelona. Furthermore, as previously stated, gourmet doesn’t have to mean stuffy. In fact, we like to think of it as just having a really good taste! Check out some of the best edible souvenirs in Barcelona.
1. Oli Sal
For: Spanish extra virgin olive oil
Why? Do you know which country produces the most olive oil in the world? When you visit Oli Sal, the only extra virgin olive oil specialty shop in the Village of Gracia, you won’t be surprised to find out it’s Spain. The beautiful olive-green-toned shop is elegantly decorated with their very own products: rows and rows of liquid gold as they call it, and something for every taste and budget.
Address: Travessera de Gracia, 170
2. Bodega Maestrazgo
For: Spanish and Catalan wines
Why? Founded in 1952 this wonderful treasure trove of one of the largest wine selections in all of Barcelona. Obviously, they are absolute experts in anything from rioja to priorat, and of course the delicious cava. If you like what you see, grab a chair in their cozy little wine bar at the back of the shop and enjoy! Choose from a huge selection of delicious wines by the glass and get some delicious gourmet goodies to pair with it! The perfect evening after picking up some of the tastiest edible souvenirs in Barcelona.
Address: Sant Pere Mes Baix, 90
3. Pastisseria Ideal
For: Traditional turrón
Why? One of the things we love the most about classic Spanish bakeries and pastry shops is the fact that they work on a seasonal basis. During different parts of the year, their specialties change, usually following the Catholic calendar. At Christmas time, they stock their glass displays with turrón, a delicious nougat bar or cake with almonds or other nuts. This is undoubtedly the go-to sweet of Christmas time here, and you can bet Pastisseria Ideal, a pastry shop run by the same family since 1919, knows what’s good in traditional Spanish turrón.
Address: Gran de Gràcia, 207
4. Cacao Sampaka
Why? Between the dedication to authentic chocolate making sans preservatives, the beautiful design of the shop and the vast selection of everything from unique truffles to sinful chocolate cakes, Cacao Sampaka is well-known among locals as experts in what they do. Chocolates are some of the perfect edible souvenirs in Barcelona!
Address: Carrer del Consell de Cent, 292
5. La Trobada del Gourmet
For: Cheese and cured meats
Why? At first glance, la Trobada del Gourmet may seem nothing more than your regular cheese and meat stall. However, the ladies who run the show at this corner booth in the Mercat de l’Abaceria Central have some of the widest selections of Catalan, Spanish and European cheeses, as well as every type of Spanish cured meat you could imagine, from fuet to jamón iberico.
Address: Travesera de Gràcia, 186
Spanish jamón ibérico is unlike any other ham you’ll ever try. Learn why—and how to buy the best of the best—in the video below!
6. Colmado Quilez
For: All things gourmet and foodie
Why? Open since 1908, Colmado Quilez is an absolute must for any gourmet foodie type. It is by far the most famous colmado, or traditional grocer, in Barcelona, and not for any silly reason. The impressive variety of this shop combined with the quality of its products has landed it a well-deserved reputation. Over 300 different beers, 200 Spanish and Catalan DOs, foie gras, caviar, anchovies. Expect to find any gourmet product you could possibly be looking for at Colmado Quilez.
Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 63
What’s your favorite gourmet shop in Barcelona? Let us know what you think in the comments and we will include your suggestions next time!
Need some more ideas? A Devour Tours gift certificate is perfect for the Spain-loving foodie in your life. Okay, so the gift certificate itself isn’t edible—but the authentic bites they’ll try on their experience sure are. Share the love and give them an experience they’ll never forget.