Throughout its history, Toledo has been famous for three things. Swords, damascene ware, and marzipan.
Today the marzipan in Toledo is most often purchased at traditional bakeries and pastry shops in Plaza de Zocodover and along the Calle del Comercio. But you can still buy the delicious sweets from the source-the convent itself. I did some research, and I found out where you can still purchase convent sweets in Toledo.
Where to buy convent sweets in Toledo
Convento de la Concepción Agustina. (Agustinas gaitanas)
Plaza de San Vicente, s/n
Hours: 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm
CONVENTO DE SAN CLEMENTE EL REAL
Calle de San Clemente, s/n
Monday – Friday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm // 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am to 2.00 pm // 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Sunday and festivals 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm // 4:00 pm to 6.00 pm
Closed: December 25, January 1, January 6
CONVENTO DE SANTO DOMINGO DE SILOS Ó EL ANTIGUO
Plaza de Santo Domingo de Silos, s/n
Monday to Saturday 11:00 am to 1:30 pm // 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sunday from 4:00 pm to 7 pm
CONVENTO DE SAN ANTONIO DE PADUA
Calle de Santo Tomé, 27
Monday – Saturday 11:00 am 10 1:30 pm // 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday and festivals 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm // 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sadly, many of the convents have had to close over the years due to declining interest in becoming a nun.
If a convent does not have enough nuns to remain open, it is often forced to close and the remaining nuns will have to be transferred to other convents.
At some point in the future, the traditional art of convent sweets made in Toledo risks becoming a thing of the past.
By purchasing your marzipan and sweets from a convent, you are helping to support the convent, help the nuns earn their living, as well as helping to keep this ancient way of making marzipan alive for future generations to see and taste.
The main disadvantage of buying sweets from a convent is their hours are not necessarily convenient and you might just not be able to go shopping during the hours they are open.
But don’t let that stop you, as there are many other options for you to buy marzipan or other local sweets.
Whether you choose to purchase marzipan from a convent, or a more traditional bakery, one thing is certain. They make an excellent gift to take back home if you don’t eat them all before you get there.