There's nothing like entering a quality chocolate shop. Whoosh! Open the door and, without even having to cross the threshold, an alluring panoply of scents reaches out to envelop you. I always focus on that moment, inhaling every roasted, spicy, and sweet note I can before the sheer volume of sensation leaves me numb.
Cacao Sampaka is like that. A short walk from the Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona, Cacao Sampaka is the brainchild of Albert Adria, Ferran's brother and the pastry chef at el Bulli. Minimally decorated in shades that echo its product, Cacao Sampaka shows off its wares in display cases that call to mind a visit to Tiffany's or the Museum of Natural History rather than a chocolate shop.