Plaça del Rei
In our opinion, this one of the most beautiful squares in the city. Just a 5-minute walk from Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, this attractive square contains four significant buildings: Palacio Real Mayor (Saló del Tinell), the palatine Chapel of Saint Agata, the Archives of the Crown of Aragon and the Casa Padellás. Casa Padellás is the newest of them all, dismantled and rebuilt in its present location during the process of demoliton preceeding the creation of Via Laietana. It has been the location of the city’s History Museum since 1943, which is the site of various Roman remains.
Near Plaça del Rei is Carrer dels Llibreters i Baixada dels Llibreters, a sugar lover’s heaven offering a selection of fine patisseries and bakeries such as Pastisseria Santa Clara. There is also an interesting and age-old candle shop, La Cereria, worth a visit.