August 2nd, 2016
One of the most emblematic and historic Patisseries in Madrid is located on Fernando VI street. La Duquesita, was originally opened on 1914 and closed briefly on 2015 to be reopened by Master Catalan Patissier Oriol Balaguer, this centenary establishment became famous for its careful preparation and exquisite pastries and chocolates. La Duquesita nowadays has been protected from the aesthetic and architectural perspective. The entrance, the windows, the door handle , mirrors, counters and cabinets, all has been kept intact . And of course the alabaster image of La Duquesita, the crown duchess statue and emblem of the place.
When it comes to the offer of the patisserie, Balaguer has gradually introduced new bets on The Duquesita , but always has maintained that traditional feel of the place . There you will find chocolates, sweets and desserts with the stamp of this genius master. My personal advice, try the “croissants”, they were awarded in 2014 as the best in Spain, and trust me, once you try one with a coffee you will keep ordering more.
In case you don’t know who is Oriol Balaguer (almost impossible to do is you are a chocolate lover as I do), let me give you a briefing of this Barcelona born true gastronomic revolutionary…After attending the School of the Barcelona Pastry Making Guild and working in some of the best patisseries in Spain and Belgium, he worked for seven years in Ferran Adrià’s team at El Bulli. Being just 21 years old he obtained the Award for the Best Pastry chef in Spain and that was just the start of a series of culinary successes. In 2001 he won he the award for the World’s Best Dessert with his creation 8 textures of chocolate (sponge, caramel, mousse, sorbet, brittle, cream, sauce and a thin chocolate wafer..he is a truly chocolate addict). Nowadays, he runs patisseries in Barcelona and Madrid as well as a Pastry school and customised catering services. If you have the chance of visiting La Duquesita in Madrid I will secure you a magical experience because you will have the chance to taste the traditional pastries of the old passtiserie plus some new pleasures.
I really enjoyed doing this pictures and hope you like them as much as I do.
Have a great week 🙂
Dress: Dolce & Gabbana
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Photos by Dondyk & Riga @dondykyga
Make up by Paola Darnelly @paola_darnelly_makeup
La Duquesita is located on Calle Fernando VI, 2 Madrid 28004