Today we present you the businesses with more history of the city, unique establishments that have stood the test of time and are part of the tourist appeal of our city. 211 Barcelona emblematic shops are protected by the City Council with actions focused to ensuring their survival. Today we go shopping around some of them and we want you to join us!
Can Culleretes, the oldest restaurant in Barcelona (1786)
230 years ago Manubens Agut family founded a Cremerie that sold custard, chocolate, ice cream and other sweets. Now it has become the oldest restaurant in Barcelona and, also to continue serving homemade desserts, offers a full menu of traditional Catalan food. Despite being an emblematic place where they have hosted artists, politicians and celebrities of all kinds, the dishes of Can Culleretes are available to suit all budgets.
Herbolari del Rei (1818)
If you like natural remedies can go to this herbalist who can brag about having been the official supplier of the Spanish royal house when Josep Vila, its first owner, was named herbalist Chamber of Elizabeth II in 1857. In addition, in 2006 this unique space became a Parisian perfumery for the filming of the movie «Perfume: The Story of a Murderer».
The King of Magic (1881)
In Princesa Street you’ll find this little shop dedicated to magic and illusionism where you can find wands, decks of cards and, especially, hundreds of manuals to do magic tricks. Last summer, the current owners of The King of Magic bought another of the most legendary stores of Barcelona called El Ingenio (1838) when its owner was about to close down. There you can find costumes, party and jokes items, and its key product, big heads called “capgrossos” that are used in many popular festivals of Catalonia.
Els Quatre Gats (1897)
This restaurant was the meeting point for great intellectuals of Modernist Barcelona and today it still retains much of the bohemian atmosphere which was imported from Paris in the late nineteenth century. Pablo Picasso was one of the most loyal customers of Quatre Gats and he also exhibited there his first paintings and designed the poster that still welcomes at the entrance of the premises.
Escribà Pastry (1906)
In 1906 a coal supplier called Mateu Serra opened a bakery in Barcelona. 20 years later his daughter married a young baker named Antoni Escribà, and they had 4 children who also followed the Escribà Pastry. Today Antony’s grandchildren are the ones who keep the family business which is famous for its fancy cakes and spectacular artworks in the shape of sweet. If you have a sweet tooth, come to visit them!
But not only the shops that still remain keep their plate. Those stores that couldn’t bear the rent increases, the pressure of urban planning or lack of successors, have also left their mark on nameplates that you will find in dozens of corners around the city. We challenge you to find them for yourself!