One of the city’s finest bakeries, you’ll find Crusto’s lovely loaves on Muntaner Street in uptown Barcelona. I’m not usually in this area of the city, but was in the zone on business and happened upon Crusto right around the time I needed an afternoon pick-me-up.
Here’s the thing about bread in Barcelona: a lot of it is crap. This is shocking considering there is a bread shop on every corner of the city. Most bakeries do not make their own bread. They buy it frozen and then bake it on site. This means a few things: it’s cheap, it’s tasteless and it lasts one day, but definitely no more.
If you want bread that will last a couple days and tastes like bread, then you need to spend a bit more and make an effort to go to a nice bakery. Two blue-ribbon bakeries in the city are Baluard and Reykjavik, but Crusto is also a quality option. Plus, Crusto , unlike Baluard and Reykjavik, has a cafe where you can nibble your croissant and have a coffee while watching bakers at work.
The staff at Crusto is not particularly friendly, but otherwise this is a top-notch place to have breakfast, afternoon ‘tea’, or a simple lunch (they have sandwiches and cafe lunch items).
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Post by Regina Winkle-Bryan. See more of her tips on where to eat in Spain at The Spain Scoop.com!
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