There is this little place in the Gothic quarter in Barcelona that is quite unique. And I think it’s more of a secret than the obvious tourist attraction. I like to call it a treasure, because it really is special.
I heard about it from a friend, who used to go there with her Catalan boyfriend for dessert after a typical Spanish lunch. (What I am trying to say is that she heard it from a local, I don’t think this is the
typical place a tourist finds!?)
From the outside it looks like any bakery set in beautiful premises, located on a corner where one narrow street split into two new narrow streets.
But it’s not like any bakery. First of all, the baked goods for sale are made by monks and nuns from different monasteries around Spain. That already makes it special, doesn’t it?
But there’s more. The lower floor of the café, were medieval Jewish baths in Barcelona. Brick walls, high ceilings, dimly lit by candles, people respecting the atmosphere by talking in a lower voice, rather than the normal ’competition of talking the loudest’! The atmosphere is so calm and it really is a sanctuary, a nice place to unwind from the busy city.
There is also a little sale for you to be able to take the cakes and sweets home.
Caelum can be found at Carrer de la Palla 8