Barcelona’s best bakeries!

{Melissa} Barcelona was always special to me. It’s a destination I traveled to with a group of friends as a teenager, discovering the nightlife more than the Gaudi masterpieces, a place I called home when I studied there for a semester in uni, a town that I just love going back to for its precious charm, delicious tapas and warmth. In fact I’ve been there 3 times… just in the past year!

It’s simple, for me, Barcelona is the perfect city. A place where you can relax by the ocean in the morning, enjoy an amazing snack during la siesta, get lost in the narrow old streets in the afternoon, stop by at a market to pick up fresh produces, drink a cañas while cheering for their famous football team, but most of all, it’s a place to simply enjoy life (if you avoid Las Ramblas!).

Obviously, my love for Barca involves its mouthwatering food! Here’s my top 3 best pastry shops!

THE TRENDY

I discovered Bubó when I lived in El Born (my fav neighbourhood in Barcelona!). It’s the perfect place to come enjoy a coffee & petits fours and escape from the crowds surrounding the beautiful Santa Maria Del Mar church. My advice? Take a few pastries to go! Most of Barcelona’s restaurant do not offer amazing desserts so you’ll be trilled to indulge into one of their pastry when you get back to your place at night. Bubó also offers a nice selection of amazing chocolate bars and homemade marshmallows… perfect to bring back as a gift!

For me, it’s the best spot to find super cool, modern and so-freakin-good pastries.

Bubó []

Caputxes, 10
08003 Barcelona

*They also have a restaurant a few doors down. A good option for the area!

THE CLASSIC

Not only is this a magical place for its architecture, representative of the Art Nouveau, it’s also one of Barcelona’s top pastry shops. When you visit their Rambla shop, make sure to look at the architectural details like the mosaic work on the facade and exterior sculpture. The Escriba family have been operating pastry shops in Barcelona for more than a century… their knowledge and history make for a classic bakery with authentic flavours but don’t be fooled, they also present modern pastries with a twist!

Perfect spot for a croissant and coffee in the morning, right after you enjoyed some fresh fruit from the Boqueria market a few steps away! Their terrace offers a bit of peace in the middle of the chaotic Ramblas.

Photo credit (upper left) – Eat the Earth.

Escriba []

Rambla de les Flors, 83
08002 Barcelona

*The flagship store is located at Gran Via, 546. There you can also find their showroom and wonder around!

THE MUST

When you are in Barcelona there is 2 different desserts you must try. The fist one? Churros con chocolate! This deep friend doughy heaven is usually sprinkled with sugar and served with warm chocolate on the side for dipping! You can find churros in many different places throughout the city but on my last visit I found this super cute artisanal churreria stand in a farmer’s street market near the beach in Barceloneta. It’s a perfect afternoon treat after a day of sun!

If the market is closed, head to the Gothic quarter, more precisely to one of Calle Petrixol’s famous granjas (typical Spanish cafés) renowned for their chocolate! A good option is La Pallaresa, an old school cafe that serves one of the best churros in Barcelona!

Montse L’Artesana, Churreria

Farmer’s Market
Passeig de Joan de Borbó, Barcelona

Find them on .

Wonder what the second one is? It is the crema catalana, similar to crème brûlée but even better (in my opinion)! The best place to try it is sitting at the bar at , a restaurant institution in El Born district. After one of the best meals in the city, order this amazing dessert and you’ll be delighted, promised!

Hope you enjoyed this teaser! In the following weeks, I will also share the coolest sweet spots in Barcelona as well as the best places for frozen yumminess!

Quick style churros with mexican chocolate sauce

In honor of Cinco de Mayo we wanted to so something totally fun and easy so that we can all have a reason to celebrate our neighbours from the south. We found a fun way to make those amazing sweet treats, it’s easy and sooo yummy.

Cinco de Mayo is recognize in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy. SO let’s start the celebrations!

5 minutes churros

Before we start, we just want to say how surprise we were at the taste of these faux churros. They are not the doughy texture that you might be use to, but for a 5 minutes quick fix they are delicious and with the mexican warm chocolate sauce; it’s a perfect match made in heaven. It was a total success to the kids and adults and so happy to share it with you. Enjoy!

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  •  1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Take thawed puff pastry sheets and cut into 3/4 inch-wide strips. I twisted mine because I like the look but you can leave them as is.
  2. Place strips on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Combine sugar and cinnamon.
  4. When golden,  remove from oven,  brush with butter, then sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Let stand on a wire rack 5 minutes or until dry.

Note: If you also have a chance to put your hand on the Churros mix, it is a bit more traditional but still easier then making them from scratch. You can get it online .

Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce

  • 1 pkg of baker’s chocolate chips semi-sweet*
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  1. In a double melted, melt chocolate chips until they are smooth then add cinnamon and cayenne pepper (you can adjust spices to taste). You also make it in the microwave in 20 seconds interval and mixing it in between.
  2. Serve right away.
  3. Take the churros, dip it in the sauce, open wide and….humhummm told you!

*I tried to find Mexican chocolate for the dip but I couldn’t, if you do, then just melt your chocolate and serve (lucky ones!)

¡Buen provencho y feliz Cinco de Mayo!