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La Merienda: The art of afternoon tea in Barcelona

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As our working days get longer and harder, take the opportunity for a little afternoon snack to keep your focus. In Barcelona the locals have adopted the previously British-only trend of tea and cake, opening little bars dedicated to performane. Here are our picks of the best Merienda in Barcelona

Bar Majestic

Majestic-Champagne-Fashion-TeaMajestic Champagne Fashion Tea

Relax from your shopping frenzy at the luxurious Majestic hotel. Every day from 4 to 7pm, fashion meets Michelin stars to offer an exquisite afternoon tea. Some of the best brands on Passeig de Gràcia have designed five delicious fashion éclairs, in collaboration with famous Catalan chef Nandu Jubany. With a hot beverage or champagne, enjoy Fiamma by Salvatore Ferragamo, Pasion Romana by Bulgari, Perugia by Brunello Cucinelli, Sweetie by Jimmy Choo and 2015 by Spanish brand Rosa Clará. www.hotelmajestic.es

La Chocolateria

La-Xocolateria-by-Oriol-BalaguerLa Chocolateria by Oriol Balaguer

La Chocolatería by Oriol Balaguer takes you back in time and reminds you of your sweetest childhood memories. La Chocolatería invites you to enter a chocolate universe created by the master patissier and where the only limit is your imagination. You can create your own chocolate bar, enjoy a personalised ice cream with a variety of toppings, or choose from waffles, crepes, stuffed croissants,pastres,chocolates, lollipops or a cup of dark, white or milk hot chocolate. www.chocolateriasvalor.es

Champagne Bar Santa Eulalia

Champagne-Bar-Santa-Eulalia Louis-Roederer-2Champagne Bar

One of the latest openings is Santa Eulalia luxury store’s own Champagne Bar. Surrounded by high-end brands offering a great selection of clothes and accessories, you will find a beautiful salon with an elegant terrace. The perfect setting to enjoy a merienda with a glass of Louis Roederer champagne or a cup of tea with sweet delicacies, such as the famous Enric Rosich macarons or Pancracio chocolates. This place is the cherry on the cake to a shopping day. www.santaeulalia.com

Turron

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Turrón, or nougat, like many other Spanish foods, has Moorish origins. This honey and almond confectionery, which used to be enjoyed only during Christmas, can now be found in stores throughout the year. Turrón’s artisanal factor makes it a special sweet, and there are two traditional versions, jijona (also called ‘blando’ for its softness, with a smooth, delicious peanut butter-like sweetness) and duro (hard) from Alicante, with more almonds. Each piece is hand-made, and every turrón is unique. www.vicens.com

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1 Torrons Vicens
2 Torrons la Campana
3 La Chocolateria
4 Champagne Bar Santa Eulalia
5 Bar Majestic