I just had to post a close-up of that chocolate mousse cake. Please don’t lick your screen.
That bad boy is from Pastelería Don Manuel. Located within a block of the Azkuna Zentroa, so you get yourself a good workout and then put all those calories right back in your system. You got decadent cakes, cookies, pastries, torts, bars and bombas. All are beautifully displayed like pieces of art and all cannot be eaten over your stay in Bilbao.
On my checklist of places to eat are the classic ice cream joints in town — the ones that say “Establish 1911” or something. The data points to Heladeria Nossi-be, established in 1911. It’s located right at the north end of the Arenal Bridge so you can’t miss it. You can even make a quick detour from jamon hunting in Casco Viejo to get some chocolate and vanilla scoops.
La Queseria is a food store that was designed for me. They sell cheese, chocolates and beer. The store was featured in the NY Times 36 Hours video, so I was just expecting to pick up cheese. Nope, I saw the craft beer and chocolate displays and a little tear rolled down my face. It’s … it’s … beautiful. The woman in the video was the one who helped me pick out my cheese. It became my traveling cheese on my way to San Sebastian.