Looking for the best tapas Barcelona has to offer? You’ve come to the right place!
Barcelona is one of the best cities for tapas in all of Spain, simply because of the sheer variety you can find there. Knowing where to start can be overwhelming, as many places offer cheap, touristic versions that you’ll want to avoid.
To bring you this list of the best tapas in Barcelona I’ve teamed up with some fellow foodie traveler friends to share our favorites with you! Our list includes tapas of all varieties – from traditional to fusion and from budget to gourmet tapas at a Michelin star restaurant! There’s something for every tapas hungry visitor!
Carrer de la Princesa, 50 // +34 933 15 15 10
Recommended by: Claire of Tales of a Backpacker
My favorite seafood tapas place in Barcelona has to be Bar Celta Pulperia.
Hidden in the back streets of the Gothic Quarter, you would be forgiven for thinking this was some sort of dive bar. But the delicious smells wafting out the door tell a different story. Grab a table (you may have to share, there are no frills here) and a waiter will swiftly ask for your order. The only menu here is printed on the wall by the entrance. The best way to decide what to order is to check out the bar, where rows of dishes are ready to tempt you.
The Galician octopus (pulpo gallego) is a specialty here, and it’s not to be missed – the tender, meaty octopus is served sliced with a generous sprinkling of sea salt and paprika.
The razor clams, cod fritters and calamari are all divine, and don’t forget bread with tomato, a Catalan staple, to soak up any tapas juices. If you’re not keen on seafood, then their Spanish omelette, padron peppers and garlic mushrooms are equally good. Was them all down with copious amounts of beer or wine. Delicious!!
Carrer dels Ases 16 // +34 932 68 17 74
As much as I enjoy the traditional tapas found throughout Spain, when I’m in Barcelona, I love visiting Ziryab for their Mediterranean fusion tapas.
The cozy restaurant is located down a winding alleyway near the Picasso Museum in Barcelona’s Old Medieval Town. Ziryab creates versions of traditional tapas with Mediterranean flavors. The end result is lighter, healthier versions of some of your favorite tapas.
I prefer the puff pastry filled with winter chestnuts, rosemary, and blue cheese
or the pan tomaquet with cured Bellota ham, a twist on the classic Catalan pan con tomaté.
Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7 // +34 933 10 08 39
Recommended by: Jonathan of Everybody Hates a Tourist
Many tapas bars in Barcelona are known first for their tapas, and second for their drinks. But Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria) flips the script.
The bar is most famous for their cheap selection of great cava. However, visitors to this small bar in Barceloneta, just across from the Gothic Quarter, can rest assured their cava will pair well with a quality selection of simple tapas.
The menu at Can Paixano is not large, and you won’t find any fancy gastronomic innovations here. What you will find are hearty snacks that go great with all the cava.
Recommended tapas include the freshly grilled sausages and the small sandwiches.
Can Paixano is small and often crowded with both tourists and locals alike. Pack yourself in, buy a glass (or bottle!) of cava and some grilled meat, let go of any desire for personal space, and make new friends. It’s a quintessential Barcelona experience.
Carrer de Villarroel, 163 // +34 933 48 68 96
Recommended by: Mar of Once in a Lifetime Journey
Disfrutar is one of the more unusual tapas places in Barcelona. Instead of the typical casual eatery one expects when the word tapas comes to mind, Disfrutar is a twice Michelin awarded restaurant opened by three former head chefs of elBulli, the world’s best restaurant for many years running.
The menu is made of several dishes served tapas style, small individual portions usually in shared plates. What is unique about them is that the chefs brought with them the molecular cuisine that elBulli originated and made it more accessible yet equally fascinating.
Expect spheres, foams, gimmicks and incredible flavors that often render the foods of a Catalan childhood or revive elBulli’s famous recipes — like the spherical olives that are crafted in a molecular kitchen but look exactly like the real thing.
This place is a must visit when in Barcelona. They even have menus starting at less than 100 euro – a great value for a 2 Michelin starred restaurant with one of the most acclaimed kitchen teams in the world.
Rambla de Catalunya, 18 // +34 933 18 19 97
Recommended by: Nicole of Wandering With a Dromomaniac
Cuidad Condol bustles all night, even at midnight. Wait times are typically 1 or 2 hours, unless you want to stand behind the folks eating at the bar and wait for them to leave.
Bar seating is first come first serve, and people often get drinks and hover behind those seated at the bar, willing them to leave. While there are many seating options, bar seating is by far the best.
It’s a little crazier than out on the floor, but at the bar, you can watch as waiters scoop up foods displayed in the bar’s glass case and hand them through a tiny window to the chefs beyond ton their way to various customers. The waiters are also constantly bringing out huge cast iron skillets full of seafood paella that they scoop out for various patrons.
Their tapas selection is among the best in Barcelona, with favorites like grilled cuttlefish, fried tiny fish, grilled artichoke, and of course the paella.
Passeig de Fabra i Puig, 296 // +34 933 58 25 19
Recommended by: Gábor of Surfing the Planet
You can have fantastic gastronomic experiences at the center of Barcelona, but the most authentic tapas places are found in neighborhoods somewhat distant from touristic central area.
La Esquinica, one of the classic and most popular tapas places among the locals, is found in the Horta district.
La Esquinica started as a small family restaurant on one of the hidden streets of the neighborhood, but as it became more popular, the restaurant moved to a more spacious location on the more frequented Fabra i Puig Street.
In this bar, run by people from the Aragon Region, you can find good quality food in a local atmosphere. Their patatas bravas and fried seafood are especially great. If you arrive at Spanish dinner-time, you can expect queues of local people even on weekdays.
In spite of their success, prices have remained low, since this place serves locals and does not want to become a tourist trap.
Carrer de Blai, 17 // +34 931 73 05 61
Whilevisiting Barcelona on a girls’ weekend, we asked our hostel for a tapas recommendation, and they pointed us to La Tasqueta.
When we arrived, we immediately understood why – located on a pedestrianized street, La Tasqueta is exactly how you imagine a tapas place should look. It’s cozy but casual inside, with tapas lining the bar, chatter and laughter filling the air, and sangria ready to be poured.
The place seemed popular with locals and tourists alike. There was a long wait to get in, but we managed to grab a seat at the bar, right in front of the tapas.
The tapas at La Tasqueta are lined up buffet style – you simply choose the items you want, and the waiter adds up the leftover toothpicks when you’re finished to determine how much you owe.
I loved everything I ate, but would have to say the brie, prosciutto, and courgette crostini was my absolute favorite. In fact, I loved it so much I’ve started making my own at home!
Multiple Locations // +34 934 87 48 42
Recommended by: Clemens of Travellers Archive
Taller de Tapas is actually a Barcelona tapas chain, but this doesn’t detract any of its charm. My favorite store is on Rambla de Catalunya. It’s perfectly located on a tree-lined street, close to shops and bars, and the perfect spot for the final drink of the day.
Taller de Tapas offers unique tapas at a very reasonable price. The first time I came here, I was actually surprised by the prices. I still haven’t found cheaper tapas anywhere in Barcelona.
This is one of those places where you can hang out for hours and hours, ordering everything from the menu and washing the yummy food down with delicious local wine. Truly a phenomenal experience if you want to get a glimpse of what tapas are like in Barcelona.
They offer a great mix of warm and cold tapas, as well as the typical Catalonian pieces of bread with spread, cheese or whatever is on the menu that day. My favorites were dates in bacon and pimentos – mouthwatering!
Recommended by: Mike of 197 Travel Stamps
Carrer Blai is the ideal spot in Barcelona to go tapas hopping.
Here you’ll find not just one restaurant, but an entire street lined with tapas restaurants and bars. Most here serve pinchos, small tapas served on a slice of bread and held together by a skewer. Upon entering the restaurants, you’re given an empty plate and can help yourself to as many pinchos as you like. In the end, you pay based on the amount of skewers on your plate.
To fully appreciate the wide variety of tapas places, I recommend you try just one or two pinchos per restaurant.
Prices per start at €1. The most famous restaurants on Carrer Blai are Blai 9, Taberna Blai Tonight, and La Tasqueta del Blai but you can’t go wrong with any other place. My favorite pincho is a slice of baguette with sausage and a quail egg.
Barcelona locals typically enjoy a glass of vermouth with their tapas – you should give that a try too.
These are the best tapas Barcelona has to offer! Which do you most want to try? Let me know in the comments section below!
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