Where to buy good handmade turrón in Barcelona?
In Spain you traditionally eat turrón during the holidays. Here are some hints for buying the best handmade turrón in Barcelona!
Turrón (torró in Catalan) is a traditional sweet made of ground or whole almonds, honey, sugar and egg. It comes in a large rectangular tablet and is generally eaten all over Spain during the Christmas period.
What type of turrón to choose?
Here are a few classics:
El torró de Xixona
El torró de Xixona (turrón de Jijona in Spanish) is a soft turrón made from ground almonds. It has an amber colour and a soft crumbly texture. This turrón is high in fat content, but it is also very tasty.
El torró d’Alacant
El torró d’Alacant (turrón de Alicante in Spanish) is made from whole almonds. It looks a little like Montélimar nougat, but it is a little harder on the teeth!
These two well-known types of turrón are pretty safe. But if you want to taste some more original flavours, you can take your pick from a wide range including chocolate-almond, chocolate-hazelnut, coconut, crème brûlée and more.
Choose only handmade turrón
Turrón is very calorific but if you go for handmade turrón you can be sure of a high quality product made from meticulously chosen ingredients.
- Our advice: to be sure of getting handmade turrón, head to the stores recommended in this article. Some brands claim to be handmade or artisanal but they are nevertheless industrially produced, and should therefore be avoided!
Where to buy artisanal turrón in Barcelona?
This famous boutique is open all year round, and located on one of Barcelona’s most central shopping streets, just feet from the Plaça Catalunya. In Winter they offer a wide range of turrón and other sweets, and in Summer you can enjoy creamy ice creams, or drink horchata de chufa (a Valencian specialty).
Here, everything is well organised. The sales staff are professional and offer great advice and the store brings together a full clientele made up of loyal local people and travelers passing through.
Where? Two stores: Avinguda del Portal de l’Àngel 25 and Cucurulla 9
When? Portal de l’Àngel 25: every day from 9:30am to 9pm / Cucurulla 9: every day from 9:30am to 8:30pm (closed in the end of January-beginning of February)
How much? Less than 25 euros per kilo
Why? For its central location, and its ample range of products.
- There are also two more stores that are open only in summer: they are located at Portal de l’Àngel 7 and 27.
Located in the Born district, this very old and pretty boutique is part of Barcelona’s cultural heritage, selling great ice cream and delicious handmade turrón since 1890.
Smaller but prettier than Planelles Donat, it also offers a great selection of sweets. You can buy packets of turrón in every size, which is helpful if you want to try lots of different flavours, and you can also buy prettily wrapped gifts. It is our favourite place to buy turrón in Barcelona.
Where? Carrer Princesa, 36 (Born district)
When? Every day 10am to 9pm, closed in February.
How much? Less than 25 euros per kilo
Why? For its charm, and the pretty presentation of its products.
- There is also a second store at carrer Flassaders nº 15 (in the Born) open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 11pm.
During the Christmas period this store often has a little stand in the Illa shopping centre on the Diagonal avenue, 557. You can find the same products there as in the store, which is very useful, although of course it does not have the same charm.
Check out our article on horchatas, as the stores that make this artisanal drink also sell delicious turrón in Winter, namely Sirvent, Tio Che and Verdú.
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Valérie, the creator of Barcelona Top Travel Tips, loves discovering new places, finding the words to describe them, and coming up with little illustrations for the website. Her favourite thing in Barcelona is the unusual, curvy architectural features of some of the city’s buildings. Some say she’s a dreamer… in any case, a city full of works by Gaudí is a great place for her!