Discover the TOP 5 Barcelona bakeries! Mascarpone-filled croissants, vegan sandwiches, baked from scratch bread, and pastries almost too beautiful to eat, these spots are worth every calorie.
After searching for the best ice cream in Barcelona, I decided next up should be the best bakeries in Barcelona! If you can't tell, I have an undeniable sweet tooth.
Barcelona has a soft spot in my heart. So much so I've spent three birthdays here. I've had plenty of time to wander the streets and search for the highest quality Barcelona bakeries. Tough work, I know.
After countless croissants, one-of-a-kind pastries, mini cookies, and fresh-baked bread...and daily morning jogs to counteract said items...I've decided upon the TOP 5 Barcelona bakeries.
Some are old, some are new. Some focus on bread while others focus on elaborate pastries. One thing they all have in common is a passion for baked goods and outstanding quality. I find myself returning to these bakeries again and again. I'm sure you might just make a return visit to a few as well.
1. Hofmann Patisserie
One of the best Barcelona bakeries for artistic pastries and award-winning croissants
In fact, Hofmann Patisserie won the Best Croissant in Spain in 2010. They were also awarded the Best Tea Biscuit in Spain in 2016.
This is the type of place where you walk in and say “I’ll just get one croissant” and then you leave with five items because everything looked too good to pass up. It really is a tough decision.
You can’t visit Hofmann Patisserie and not try their famous mascarpone-filled croissant…seriously…it was worth the hype and had I not been doing research on finding the best bakeries in Barcelona, I would have had one every day.
You’ll then see the raspberry croissants and think “I might as well get that one too since that flavor got rave reviews”.
And then just look at those elaborate pastries. Choose from creations like La Rosa, a mix of rose tea, lychee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors topped with rose petals made of chocolate. Or go for The Pistachio, which looks like an egg-sized pistachio. The Volcanic appears to be a piece of volcanic rock when in fact it's an explosion of chocolate. See how choosing just one or two items at this Barcelona bakery might be difficult?
Go early if you want a specific croissant flavor, especially the mascarpone, as those are usually the first items to sell out. Other croissant flavors include Sacher and praline, Catalan cream, mango, white apple, cheesecake, and chocolate brioche.
Hofmann Patisserie’s location in the heart of the El Born neighborhood makes for a convenient stop while sightseeing. Grab your pastries and either walk 5 minutes to Ciutadella Park or take a seat at one of the benches at Passeig del Born, a charming little tree-lined street just across from Hoffman Patisserie.
2. Yellow Bakery
One of the best bakeries in Barcelona for sourdough bread and vegan sandwiches
While Yellow Bakery may be one of the younger Barcelona bakeries on this list, its constant stream of “regulars” would have you think it’s been there for decades. Yellow Bakery didn’t take long to gain a devoted following and earn the reputation for having the best sourdough bread in town.
Owner and head baker Paul Stoykovich bakes the most heavenly sourdough bread. Every loaf is handcrafted using the finest, organic flour. Yellow Bakery uses the natural fermentation process to raise the dough instead of the common commercial yeast used in so many bakeries today. This is what gives the bread its outstanding flavor and texture.
Not only does Yellow Bakery sell bread, but they also make outstanding sandwiches. This a great spot to stop during lunch. Try one of the vegan sandwiches piled high with veggies or go for the pork belly sandwich.
The quiche, brownies, and croissants are all delicious as well.
If you’re looking for a Barcelona bakery that has both healthy, and not so healthy, options for a picnic lunch, Yellow Bakery is the place to go.
And don’t worry, you won’t have to go out of your way to pay Yellow Bakery a visit seeing as it’s located in the tourist hotspot of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter.
3. Forn Mistral
One of the best Barcelona bakeries for Ensaimadas
The mini chocolate croissants are extremely popular and perfect for munching on as you walk to your next destination.
Be sure to try an Ensaimada, a sweet pastry originating from Mallorca, Spain. The dough is rolled into a coil shape and either topped with powdered sugar or filled with pumpkin jam, pastry cream, chocolate, or apricot.
There are two locations right next to each other in the El Raval neighborhood. The Carrer de Torres location is an actual café where you can sit and pair a coffee or hot chocolate (not American hot chocolate but true Spanish drinking chocolate) with your pastry of choice.
The Sant Antoni location is to-go only.
Stop here on your way to Plaça de Catalunya, one of Barcelona’s main squares, as it’s just 5 minutes away.
There's also a third location farther north in the Gracia neighborhood.
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4. Funky Bakers
The best Barcelona bakery for quality coffee and healthy options
If I lived in Barcelona, this would be one of my regular spots. It combines some of my favorite things all in one little bakery: coffee, avocado toast, and croissants.
Funky Bakers serves Nomad coffee, one of the best coffee shops and roasters in Barcelona. Coffee snobs looking to pair their morning pastry with quality espresso with appreciate this Barcelona bakery.
The avocado toast makes for the perfect afternoon snack and the croissants are stellar. The raspberry is my absolute favorite.
Other items to note are the pistachio croissant, rosemary scone, cardamon babka, and quiche. Funky Bakers is also known for its San Sebastian cheesecake. It’s creamy and not sweet like your average cheesecake.
Vegan sandwiches and salad bowls are perfect for a healthy picnic lunch. You really can’t go wrong with what you order as everything is high quality.
5. La Colmena
The best Barcelona bakery for xuxu pastries and mini cookies
Located in Place de L’Angel square, La Colmena is a convenient place to stop on your way to the Cathedral of Barcelona as it’s just steps away.
My favorite things to get here are the little cookies. Perfect for those that have a hard time making decisions. These mini cookies are small enough that you can buy several flavors and not feel guilty. Try the mocha and the ones dipped in chocolate with raspberry jam in the middle.
Grab one of the adorable metal boxes and fill it with cookies and chocolates to bring home as a gift…or eat on the plane ride home.
One of La Colmena’s specialties is the xuxu. A pastry filled with crema Catalana, deep-fried, and rolled in sugar. Absolutely worth every single calorie.
I hope this list of the best Barcelona bakeries steers you in the right direction of finding that perfect croissant, elaborate pastry, or veggie sandwich between the most delicious sourdough. These are the spots I find myself revisiting each time I'm in the city.