Now, the Spanish are famous for their love of bread, with a serving at the table before upon being seated, you may had also noticed the social spectacle of buying cakes whether it is senior citizens having a cup of tea and an ensaïmada or children propping themselves up on the counter to select a treat. The bakery is a serious part of the culture and we have a soft spot for Forn Mistral, which is based just by central Barcelona apartments on Ronda Universitat 11.
This family run bakery was founded in 1879 and is now operated by the fifth generation of the Bertran family. Here you can find delicious organic breads and tasty croissants. Forn Mistral is popular for its traditional Catalan breads including coques de pa (unleavened bread with either sweet or savory toppings) and ensaïmades (light pastries dusted with sugar – their specialty is the cabella de ángel!)
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This is one of the new wave of bakers and has one bakery in Raval and another located in the upscale area of Gracia. All ingredients used are organic and sourced locally. Products include spelt cakes, rye breads and seaweed loaf, so you can be sure that you will find a truly amazing and tasty selection of breads and cakes.
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Like Forn Mistral, Forn Fortino has a longstanding family history, with the business having been passed down through four generations. With their bread being baked throughout the night in the original wood oven, these masters of bread making produce an incredible selection of carbohydrate delights to savor your taste buds.
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What makes this bakery interesting is its location, as it s nestled in Barceloneta – unlike the others right in the center of Barcelona. Popular amongst locals, it is worth waiting in the queue as the homemade Pan Baluard bread is delicious. Baker, Anna Bellsolá is passionate about the produce they bake and wants her customers to have an insight, which is why she offers a behind-the-scenes view of the process through the large window – proof that this establishment has nothing to hide and showing true authenticity.
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Xavier Barriga, the son of a family of bakers, returned to Barcelona after completing his apprenticeship in Italy, France, Portugal and Denmark. Crisp crusts, aromatic flavors and think cuts are just some of the things you will find at this bakery, bringing back that nostalgia. Barriga explains “We try to make artisan breads demonstrating a skill, an awareness and respect for the craft of bread and baker” – here the processes behind baking are high valued, with only the top ingredients used.
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