La Botifarreria de Santa Maria | Photo: Tom Walton
Right outside the lovely church of Santa María del Mar, there's one of our favourite butcher's shops, La Botifarreria de Santa Maria (Santa Maria 4).
Butifarra (or botifarra in Catalan) is the typical Catalan pork sausage, only here they come in all flavours — like chocolate, just for example! "Butifarra with imagination," their visiting card proudly proclaims.
Butifarra — especially delicious when cooked with wild mushrooms!
Músicos, Xocoa shop window | Photo: Tom Walton
Xocoa is one of my favourite Barcelona shops — well, one of my favourite Barcelona shop windows, anyway, as it's rather expensive. There are 8 or 9 Xocoa branches in the city, one down the Calle Petritxol, one of my favourite Barcelona streets, right in the heart of the city.
The "músicos", illustrated above are divine, the "toothbreakers" my kids' favourites…
A músico is also a typical desert in many restaurants — dried fruits with a sweet Moscatel wine.
>> Xocoa website
If you are a chocolate-lover, don't miss this Thursday's trip to the Chocolate Museum, by the way.
Farmer's cheese stall, Plaça del Pí | Photo: Tom Walton
On the first and third weekend (including Fridays) of every month, this weekend and then on August 3-5, etc, there's a "farmers market" in one of the most attractive squares in Barcelona's Old Quarter, the Plaça del Pí — cheeses, honeys, jams, that sort of thing.