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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
CAELUM : temptations from the monastery?
C/ Palla, 8
In Latin, CAELUM is translated as heaven. Indeed even before walking inside, the bijou, lacy window displays are a cacophony of heavenly treats…pillowy sponge-cakes, celestial meringues and sinful chocolate brownies, all devotedly made by naughty nuns across the length and breadth of Spain.
The ground floor is shared by the café and shop selling Temptations from the Monastery – those nuns know a thing or two about marketing ungodly calories. A wall-to-wall selection of delectable caramels, marzipan, spongy biscuits, “medicinal” (meaning highly alcoholic), traditionally packaged licquors, turrón (Spanish nougat) and chocolates, they make superb gifts – especially with such delightful names such as pets de monja, or little nuns’ farts.
The café on the ground floor is a tranquil sanctuary of calming music, wafts of fragrant tea and scented candles, a wall-to-wall selection of sugary delights, and is certainly not for those of a savoury disposition.
Downstairs, the underground café is housed in the ancient Jewish thermal baths, a vaulted cavern of ancient brick and stone and a testament to the complex history of the Gothic quarter. Although some prices are a little high, the sheer beauty and serenity of CAELUM more than compensates and comes highly recommended as a warming afternoon retreat in the heart of the Gothic quarter.