For fresh-baked bread
Why locals love it
When you reach the point where you cannot stand to even look at another baguette, you're probably ready for Elias. The 80-year old chain has a wide selection of, yes baguettes, but in whole-wheat flavours, as well as cakes, foccacias and boccadillos. Elias also has a selection of organic products to go with the sweets.
Why you should visit it
In a city where the bread often seems to be an after-thought, Elias bakes proper bread in the shops and has ready-made sandwiches as well. They also serve the traditional lunch-time menu; ask the staff what's on.
Check the website for more addresses; there's a total of six shops and around Barcelona.