Beautiful and sleek, Enric Rovira is a chocolate gallery of the highest order—these aren’t your supermarket-sourced Easter eggs. Here, chocolate is literal eye-candy manifesting itself in a staggering host of forms, from confection skyscrapers and and life-size chocolate sculptures, to sugary planets, magicians, steering wheels and robot gorillas. The array of cacao-based art stretches the reaches of the imagination.
Owner Enric Rovira is one of Spain’s most celebrated chocolatiers, an art and cinema lover, as well as a patriot: With a nod to his country’s preeminent architectural great, Gaudí, he sculpts chocolate to recreate some of Barcelona’s most brilliant edifices. For instance, the hexagonal mosaic originally designed by Gaudí in 1905 for the floor of the Casa Batlló is available for sugary consumption at Enric Rovira. Outside of his work in the shop, Rovira teaches confectionary-art in France, Germany and Spain. With strong candied roots (his parents ran a pastelaría), his talent and drive is no wonder.