The bakery, Forn Sant Jordi, is nestled on a street in the heart of the Barri Gòtic not far from Plaça Sant Jaume. This charming panadería was established in 1789 and has been under the operation of the same family since 1941. The interior boasts some great original details and you must be sure to check out the paintings inlaid on the ceiling.
However the thing that drew me into this gem of a spot were the "Tartaletas de Coco". There they were sitting temptingly inside the front window begging me to enter. I went in and timidly asked to be served in the best Spanish I could muster. I was a little uncertain that 7 years of public school Spanish instruction by an Italian lady from New Jersey, would cut it here. I was greeted by warm service with a smile and the most delicious tart I have ever had. The sweet pastry had fulfilled my hunger but also made me feel at ease. My little trip to the bakery had just given me the confidence to start my solo adventures in Spain unafraid to speak up. I would spend the rest of my time talking and interacting with people as if I belonged there. And who doesn't belong in Barcelona? It is just that kind of place. Now whenever I visit my beloved Barça, I always stop first, at Forn Sant Jordi, for a delicious tartaleta de coco.