A scent is worth more than a thousand words. Stand in front of the window of the Pastisseria Brunells, and your sense of smell will be on full alert. If this city had an official ‘Smell Tour’, this cake and sweet shop on C/Princesa would be an obligatory stop. It’s ideal for reconnecting the senses and discovering local favourites such as Montserrat ‘rocks’, savoury 'coca' cake and delicate biscuits. As Manuel Diaz, grandson of the founder Miquel Brunells, says, ‘Our speciality is quality.’ His 48 years in charge of the business (which is now owned by a company) haven’t changed the ideology of Diaz. It was in 1917 that his grandfather created his eponymous establishment, on premises that had housed a bakery since 1853 – indeed, Miquel Brunells decided to keep its huge wood-burning oven for his new business. One of the busiest times for the store is the Christmas season, when their bars of nougat-like 'torrons' are snapped up by discerning clients. This is a traditional shop – with a dedicated area for trying the wares – which has long been a neighbourhood classic.
|Venue name:||Pastisseria Brunells|
|Opening hours:||Mon closed; Tue-Sat 8.30am-8pm; Sun 8.30am-3pm|
|Transport:||Jaume I (M: L4)|