Barcelona is noted for chocolate, the 1992 Summer Olympics (and for wanting to be a contender for the Winter Olympics a few years hence; it is building an indoor ski resort, harvesting the cold from the transport of liquified natural gas to make the snow), and Gaudi’s buildings variously described as hallucinogenic, bizarre, and world treasures. It also has one of the world’s great street markets all along Las Ramblas, and bakeries everywhere. Our November 2011 two weeks there had more than its fair share of rain, but plenty of chances to sample breads and pastries that could hold their own compared to any place in Europe.
Here are photos:
Barcelona bakery, with a variety of naturally yeasted breads.
Presentation is all: a carrot cake; brownies, up by the peppers and potatoes on the top shelf, croissants at the lower left in a flower pot. Pastry shop in L’Eixample.
Escriba pastries — plain croissants, filled croissants, something like palmiers.
The pastry shop in the St. Josep Market off Las Ramblas, that is home to the whole wheat croissants.
The Art Noveau (Modernisme) Wheat Goddess outside Escriba.
Re-published from http://wheatwanderings.blogspot.com/2012/02/barcelona-bakeries.html