Obrador comes from the latin work “operātor, -ōris”, which would mean “Place where you work”.
The first Obradors
During the Middle Ages “obradors” were very common since the businesses were all artisanal trades that one would learn through apprenticeships next to the master.
In Spain, the word obrador is still used, but nowadays it is used to reference specific types of jobs. It basically refers to artisanal workspaces and art studios, and it is specifically used for bakeries and pastry shops.
Bakery businesses still remain very “manual” in their processes. The majority of local bakeries produce in small scale and don’t use a lot of machinery. All the techniques and know-how are owned by the skilled “Maestro obrador” (Obrador’s masters) who is the head-baker.
Did you know...?
A friend from Mexico explained to me that nowadays “obrador” doesn’t have the same meaning over there. For him, an “obrador” is a butcher shop specialized basically in pork.
Now I am thinking that probably many people from Mexico that found this bakery were completely confused with the name!
Do you know if in any other country they use the word “obrador” for other jobs?
The Obrador - Spanish Bakery
Here, at The Obrador, we bake everything from scratch on a daily basis. We are inspired by traditional Spanish recipes and we are really proud of our artisanal and handmade processes.
We bake small batches, and our products might not have an even and identical shape, but we truly bake them with love.
We bake to share a piece of our Spanish culture and to share a lot of happiness!