Spice Cafe is about the size, shape and hue of a shoe box. It’s painted beige and brown and were it not for the large girthed carrot cake squatting on the counter as I walked in, I might have mistaken the place for an old-fashioned yoga studio. Accordingly, my nostrils were already straining to catch wafts of incense and damp feet.
It was damp, not from anyone’s feet but from all the bodies cramped into the small space, with even more people shuffling outside the shop waiting. Waiting for a large slice of American style cake (€3.75) or a bagel. The only other reliable source for this kind of thing in Barcelona is the über successful Cup & Cake.
Spice cafe believe they serve Barcelona’s best carrot cake. It’s up there, moist, fluffy – successfully eschewing the common carrot cake pitfalls. My sister and I also tried a slice of the salted caramel cake which Spice Cafe were serving for the first time. We found it to be dense, not salty and really sweet – it will probably get better as they tweak it but it was definitely not there yet. I would advise you to stick to their classic best sellers.
The service is friendly and attentive. In the 5 minutes that we waited for a table to become available, two stools were brought for us. “Where do you hail from?” questions were asked and plenty of smiles were bestowed on everyone. Simple shop, friendly place, good cake. Especially the carrot cake.
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Carrer de Margarit, 13
Poble Sec, 08004