Forn Mistral, despite being located in a touristy area (just next to Plaça Universitat) is a centenary bakery that has existed since 1879 and has been run by 5 generations of the same family.
Forn Mistral is known among Barcelonins for their ensaimadas, a kind of spiral-shaped sweet pastry from Mallorca topped with powdered sugar. These can be plain or filled with “cabell d’àngel” (a typical kind of jam made of pumpkin), chocolate or “sobrassada”.
However, this bakery also offers other traditional Catalan pastries and different types of mother dough bread that have won many local awards.
My favourite among all pastries are the also well known super tiny chocolate croissants: crunchy and fluffy at the same time! I usually just wrap some if I pass by and eat them while walking. However, Forn Mistral has a café just a couple of minutes on foot from the bakery and there you can sit to enjoy a coffee and pastries. Don’t expect anything fancy, as the old-fashioned look and atmosphere is part of the charm of the place!