The amazing Museu de la Xocolata offers a journey through the history of chocolate from its origins in South America through its sensational arrival in Europe right up to its present day use in confectionery.
It is a private museum runs by the Gremi Provincial de Pastisseria de Barcelona or Barcelona Provincial Confectioners' Guild and is conveniently located in the old Convent de Sant Agustí on Carrer de Comerç in El Born close to Parc de la Ciutadela and Arc de Triomf.
A visit to El Museu de la Xocolata begins with how cocoa was discovered and brought to Europe by the Spanish conquistadors in South America, where it had both medicinal and spiritual uses.
However, it wasn't until sugar or honey were added to the drink that it became a sensation in 16th century Spain, where, particularly in Barcelona, it became fashionable to take it as a nourishing energy drink and chocolate shops were the cafés of the day.
A century later, chocolate was also popular in solid tablet form and was even distributed as a standard ration to the Spanish army.
From then on, chocolate began to have an influence on art and culture throughout Europe and, as well as audiovisuals on chocolate manufacturing and distribution, one of the central features of the Museu de la Xocolata is a number of works of art made from chocolate along with chocolate miniatures of Barcelona buildings amongst other things.
Your mouth is sure to be watering by the time you get through the hour-long tour so I recommend you stop off at the museums café to taste some special treats and visit the shop to buy a special chocolate souvenir.
El Museu de la Xocolata
Carrer del Comerç, 36
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