An essential component of most Catalans’ diet, bread is a matter taken seriously in Barcelona and in recent years there has been a growing trend for a return to more traditional methods of production, including the use of wood-fired ovens and sourdough breads. Here’s our guide to some of the best bakeries in Barcelona
that any self-respecting bread-lover will want to try.
This Barcelona baking institution is proudly 100% organic, meaning that only certified organic ingredients pass its doors. The flour, butter, eggs and every fruit and vegetable used in its sweet or savory treats are all topnotch. In addition, they use a biodynamic sourdough which means that the naturally occurring yeasts present in the biodynamic flours are left to ferment the dough, which is what causes the dough to rise. The longer fermentation and use of special organic flours mean that these breads are much easier for the body to digest and assimilate, and make for an altogether much more nutritious (and delicious!) experience.
Barcelonareykjavik, Calle Doctor Dou 12, Barcelona, Spain +34 933 02 09 21
Whole wheat loaves | Courtesy of Barcelonareykjavik
Organic flour, sourdough method, a minimum of 18 hours fermentation…there are many reasons why bread-lovers will fall head over heels with La Fabrique. Located in the back streets of Poble Sec, this neighborhood gem is worth a visit not just for the great quality of its breads but also for its offer of Spanish pastries and French viennoiseries. Buttery croissants are the main feature here – pain au chocolat, and even pain au chocolat aux amandes, a frangipane-filled pain au chocolat and the French equivalent to death by delicious. They also offer a variety of different speciality breads using rye, spelt and Khorasan wheat flours, available on rotation throughout the week.
La Fabrique, Carrer de Radas 35, Barcelona, Spain +34 934 43 10 23
Preparing baguettes | Courtesy of La Fabrique
This unassuming bakery located in the area of Hospital Clínic in Eixample is rumoured to have one of the oldest wood-fired baker’s ovens in Barcelona, dating back to 1932. This fiery cavern is fed with wood logs and lit in the very early hours of the morning to ensure that the embers are glowing in time for the first loaves to be ready for breakfast. Every bun, bread and biscuit on offer at Cloudstreet has a distinctively hand-made feel to it and a subtle smokey aroma. A true labor of love, head baker Tonatiuh came to Barcelona to study Medieval music before deciding to turn his hand to another passion of his – baking.
Cloudstreet Bakery, Carrer del Rosselló 112, Barcelona, Spain +34 932 50 58 28
A fresh loaf straight from the Cloudstreet oven | Courtesy of Cloudstreet bakery
Bakery, Pastry Shop, Pastries, Dessert, $$$
One of the most established and well-known bakeries in Barcelona, don’t be surprised if you find this bakery’s bread, and name, on the menus of some of the best restaurants in town. Renowned for its use of organic flour and wide selection of breads, Baluard‘s is located in the heart of the Barceloneta neighborhood on the main square across from the market. They also serve freshly-made sandwiches and savory treats ideal for a light lunch or quick snack before the beach. A true Barcelona institution, you can now find their baked goods on sale at their Eixample establishment too.
Forn Baluard, Carrer del Baluart 38, Barcelona, Spain +34 932 21 12 08
Carquinyolis | Courtesy of Barcelonareykjavik
Those who speak Catalan will know that Cruixent‘s name means ‘crunchy’, and alludes to the texture of the freshly baked loaves that this Poblenou bakery crafts daily. Head baker Josep worked for local French bakeries before taking the knowledge he’d acquired to set up his own bakery and craft bread using a combination of the traditional sourdough method and modern equipment.
Cruixent, Carrer de Pujades 173, Barcelona, Spain +34 931 05 60 47
A fresh batch | Courtesy of Cloudstreet Bakery