The first and last word in Japanese patisseries in Barcelona, Ochiai has been in business since 1983, when the entire family, including a visiting cousin from Japan, came together to launch the now-famous pastissería. Specialising both in traditional Japanese delicacies and European fare, Ochiai has won prizes such as Spain's best croissant and Best Master Pastrymaker. Don’t miss the mochi pastries, made of rice flour and stuffed with green tea mousse, chocolate with cinnamon, vanilla or strawberry filling.
LUXOS Recommends: The mocha pastries.
On a grey or windy winter’s day, there is nowhere more cosy than Usagui, a Japanese tea shop tucked partly-underground in Barcelona’s exclusive Sant Gervasi neighbourhood. Featuring a menu of select teas, sake and home-made sweets that include the traditional – mochis again – and the crossover – think green tea cupcakes, Usagui also soothes the spirit with its vaulted brick interior. It’s the perfect quiet corner to while away an afternoon.
LUXOS Recommends: Green tea cupcakes.
For those who want to go a step further, Teterería, located near Gaudí’s Park Güell and Plaça Lesseps, offers traditional tea ceremonies. Inspired by Chinese tea shops of the 1930s, the establishment directly imports a fine selection of teas from both China and Japan. There are personalised tea ceremonies for businesses or small groups; or classes and workshops apt for those who are truly dedicated to tea as an art form.