During the 19th century, it was common to find artists and intellectuals sitting at the various cafes and bars eating tapas in Barcelona, discussing their greatest passions and wonderful ideas. Even now, this bohemian atmosphere remains in the city. You can visit many cafes and bars which retain that old hippy, arty spirit from the past. Often you will see people sitting in cafes, reading books, having a chat with their friends, or simply enjoying a coffee in the midst of this city that is rife in culture, art and history.
There are many cafes in the centre of Barcelona, some more touristy than others; and also in the streets of Barrio Gótico, El Raval and El Born. When the weather is good, you will find that the open-air terraces are full of people, so it may be difficult to find a table! Especially during peak summer season. If you are near Plaza Catalunya or Plaza Universitat, make sure you pay a visit to Plaza Vincenc Martorell. This is a small square full of beautiful trees, green areas, and when the weather is right, gets plenty of sunshine.
When wandering through Barrio Gótico, you can visit the Museo Frederic Mares in Plaza de Sant Lu. You will find the entrance near the cathedral, next to the cafes. These surrounding streets are full of orange trees and musicians, creating a truly romantic atmosphere. On the other hand, if you find yourself in El Born neighborhood, you will see more restaurants, cafes and bars than you could imagine! Cross the small street which leads to the Picasso Museum and in the entrance you will see a small patio with a cafe and 5 or 6 tables, which is the perfect spot to escape the tourists of Barcelona and enjoy a good, budget-friendly coffee.
Now here we bring you some of the best tapas in Barcelona for you to discover:
# Ciutat Comtal
A bar for classic catalan tapas in Barcelona. This place gets busy, which is a sign that it is doing something right! Once seated, the service is very prompt and efficient. The waiters are warm and friendly, willing to help you choose your dishes and recommend the best things to eat. The food is fresh and delicious. The prices are reasonable considering that it is located so centrally in Rambla Catalunya and that the quality is great. The bar offers indoor and outdoor terrace seating.Address: Rambla Catalunya, 18, 08007 Barcelona Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 19:00 to 01:30; Weekends from 21:00 to 01:30
# Cervecería Catalana
This is the sister branch of Ciutat Comtal, and similarly has a great reputation for fantastic tapas. It is an authentic tavern offering a large ion of beers as well as delicious Mediterranean tapas. Despite not being the cheapest place to eat, it remains a popular place which is proof of the fine quality of food served here. During prime time lunch and dinner hours, expect to wait to be seated. The outdoor terrace is open all year round for those who like to dine al fresco. This is our favorite place to enjoy the real tapas in Barcelona!Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008 Barcelona Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 20:00 to 01:30; Weekends from 21:00 to 01:30
# Tapas Sagardi
Enjoy some traditional Basque Country tapas situated in the heart of the Barri Gotic! Stand at the busy counter where you are handed an empty plate. Fill your plate with all the tapas that you would like. The tapas are served with toothpicks through them. Moreover, the pricing system is quick and hassle-free: the bill is calculated by the number of toothpicks left on your plate at the end of your meal! Additionally, there is a restaurant area in the rear, and you can enjoy the outdoor tables in the square. Oh, and they serve great cider too!Address: Argenteria 62, 08003 Barcelona Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 to 00:30