Baluard Bakery in Barceloneta – Barcelona’s Artisanal Arcadia

Indulge in organic heaven at this artisanal bakery in Barcelona’s old fisherman’s quarter.

Baluard Bakery in Barceloneta - Barcelona's Artisanal ArcadiaI was lucky enough to live in Barceloneta for three glorious months, in an old fisherman’s flat on Carrer de Sal. I’d start my days as the locals did, with a breakfast of botifarra sandwiches and brandy-laced coffee at one of the local bars.

Then I’d amble over to Baluard and pick up a warm baguette to take home for my second breakfast – the norm in Spain – and lunch. The bakers here are masters of their trade and each time you cut off a slice, something magical happens. If you fancy trying your hand at a local dish, simply rub a clove of garlic and half a tomato over some bread until the juice soaks into it. Season with olive oil and a pinch of salt and there you have it, pa amb tomàquet, an essential Catalan treat.

Led by Anna Bellsolà, a fourth generation baker, the team of flour-dusted artisans here use organic, whole-wheat and stone-milled flour to perfect some 40 different types of bread, from classic baguettes and hefty rye buns to extravagant loaves with olives, nuts, herbs and dried fruits. Its all baked in giant firewood-fuelled stone ovens, the smells of which are every bit as heavenly as you might imagine.

Hands down, this is definitely one of Barcelona’s best bakeries.

Make it Happen

Grab something delicious and stroll over to the beach for breakfast as the sun rises over the Mediterranean.

Address: Carrer del Baluard, 38-40
Nearest Metro: Barceloneta (Yellow line)

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