In winning the award for Best Butter Croissant in Spain in 2018, Albert Roca also became the first pastry chef to hold the title twice, having first won in 2009. All the recognition is well-deserved: his butter croissant is a wonder of airy nooks and crannies and the perfect balance between sweet and salty, and his chocolate croissant, made with strong dark chocolate and just as airy and flaky as the butter, is perhaps the best you'll ever taste. San Croi is a fantastic signature pastry shop, where Roca focuses on innovation with one foot in tradition. In his case, innovation takes shape in solid recipes, and is applied as much to his cakes, where fact and fantasy become blurred, as to his everyday pastries.
Sinking your teeth into a good croissant is like taking a step into paradise with each light, crunchy, flaky bite. Every bread and cake shop in Barcelona sells them, but not all croissants are created equal. Here are some of our favourites.