In Barcelona, you will find an overwhelming amount of Tapas Bars to enjoy delicious tapas with a refreshing glass of beer in your hand. Tapas differs greatly throughout the country, but Catalonia is renowned for having some of the best! Traditionally, tapas is best known for being a small plate, or else it is not considered una tapa. These small dishes make up a large part of Spanish culture today, with its own verb tapear meaning to eat tapas for an entire meal, or ir de tapas if multiple bars are being visited.
Tapas dishes that originate from Catalonia include Pa amb tomàquet, a spin on the classic pan con tomate, which is toasted bread scraped with fresh garlic and fresh tomatoes. Arròs negre, translating to black rice, is also a staple in Catalonian cuisine, created with squid ink and served with allioli. During your time you need to try these traditional tapas in Barcelona.
So, there are tapas bars pretty much on every corner of every neighborhood in Barcelona, and most are very reasonably priced. As the extensive amount of tapas bars in Barcelona can be overwhelming, we’ve carefully selected some of the best for you to try on your next trip to Barcelona:
El Quim de la Boqueria
This is an extremely popular place and it’s no wonder why. The restaurant is located in the bustling Boqueria market. Therefore, you can see how the great fresh products around you can be put to good use! You may have to wait a while to get a stool at the bar, especially on weekends, but it is definitely worth the wait. They serve up deliciously fresh tapas with a mix of seafood and meats to tantalize your taste buds. There is nothing better than enjoying tapas whilst watching the people milling about in one of the best markets in Europe.
Address: Mercado de La Boqueria, La Rambla, 91
- Monday and Wednesday: from 12:00 to 16:00
- Tuesday and Thursday: from 8:00 to 16:00
- Friday and Saturday: from 8:00 to 17:00
- Sunday: closed
A typically traditional tapas bar, with fresh and quality products. They offer more than 50 different types of homemade tapas, of which the “patatas bravas” are the most outstanding. These potatoes are very famous and are considered one of the best in Barcelona. Founded in 1972, with more than 45 years of history, today it is still one of the most typical bars to visit in the city. Thus, one cannot leave Barcelona without having tried the tapas here.
Address: Passeig de Fabra i Puig, 296
- Monday: closed
- Tuesday to Saturday: from 8:00 to 00:00
- Sunday: from 8:00 to 16:00
Quimet y Quimet
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If you are looking for a truly authentic and local tapas bar there are none more so than Quimet y Quimet. This tiny place is located near Paral·lel on Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes. It is crammed full of wine bottles with only two tables and a bar. But don’t be fooled, this is an extremely popular place and it soon fills up. Here you can find many locals dining, a sign that you know it must be good.
Address: Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25
- Monday to Friday: from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 18:00 to 22:30
- Saturday and Sunday: closed
The tables of this tapas bar are always overflowing into the street of Pintor Fortuny, just a 3 minute walk from La Rambla this is not one to miss! With a spin on traditional tapas, including exciting additions such as tataky atún and a beautifully lit interior, this tapas bar is a great place to dine on a special occasion. If the thought of arroz negro that I mentioned earlier caught your attention, here you can try the traditional dish!
Address: Pintor Fortuny 3 08001 El Raval
Opening hours (summer):
Every day from 13.00 to 16.00/20.00 to 23.30
This modest and unassuming restaurant tucked away off of La Rambla offers great value tapas. You can easily eat for €15 each and order a huge array of tapas. Also, it has a great lunch menu and is perfect for families with a friendly and efficient service.
Address: Carrer d’en Xuclà, 3
- Monday – Friday: from 12:00 to 00:00
- Saturday: from 12:00 to 16:00
- Sunday: closed
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