What is that thing everyone keeps talking about what to eat in Barcelona? Oh yes – tapas. We saved you from trouble and looked for the best places for tapas in Barcelona. Tapas are more than a snack , it is highly misunderstood by society. It’s a part of culture, Spanish manners, getting connected and enjoying the moment. So if you want the experience the best, here is our list for 8 best tapas bars in Barcelona. Dig in!
Tapa means cover or lid in English. It is presumably coming from a simple slice of bread which was covered with a glass lid to keep the flies away back in the past. In old times tapas were pretty simple and made to accompany the drink people have at the bar. By time, it became a tradition and every region developed their own style of tapas.
These little bites are the result of a long processed culture of eating and drinking in Spain. Within each bite, you might wonder who was behind this small yet still inexplicably delicious thing? Well – that’s unknown for now. What you can do is to go out there and have a feast in best tapas bars in Barcelona.
1. BLAI 9
Blai 9 is a local hang-out tapas bar a bit off-track from the touristic path. So if you come down here it’s sure to eat like a real local. It’s the perfect place for some affordable tapas! The price range is between 1,2-1,8€ – which is great. Tapas here are mostly served cold – the options are both sweet and savory. It will be really hard to make a choice here as everything looks super tasty! Grab a Cava Sangria here along with your tapas – it’s yum!
Address: Carrer de Blai ,9
2. TALLER DE TAPAS
Taller de Tapas is actually a chain of taperia –tapas bar. Their tapas are cooked to order so here you have fresh, simple yet traditional Spanish experience in the right way. If you are having a hard time with selecting each tapa – order a menu de tapas here. A big plate of chosen delicacies such as croquetas, montaditos, patatas bravas and pimestos de padron. For a company order a pitcher of sangria here.
Address: St.Josep Oriol, 9
Phone: +34 93 301 80 20
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3. PACO MERALGO
Paco Meralgo is a tapas bar opened in 2002. It has a minimalist design with its high bar stools and you can sense relaxing ambiance inside. Rather than giving away big portions of tapas, they aim for smaller versions with high quality ingredients. They have a very chic menu which includes tapas to share, couple dishes for meat lovers, montaditos – on bread and also their signatures. Signatures include Andalusian gazpacho – amazingly deep tomato flavor , local mushrooms such as chanterelles and Padron peppers. A truly a unique experience is waiting for you here.
Address: Calle Muntaner 171
Phone +34 934 30 90 27
4. SENSI TAPAS
Sensi Tapas offers a different experience in Barcelona for tapas lovers. Here you will find a much more complicated menu than regular tapas bar. They offer a range of classical Spanish tapas with their own touch but also serve oriental tapas such as Iberian pork loin tataki or Asian style tuna tartare. There is also a list of suggested items by the chef which includes ox cheek mini burger or Normandy style casserole. You are like – what? It’s hard to describe the feeling you get here. Come and enjoy!
Address: Career Ample 26
Phone: +34 932 95 65 88
5. EL XAMPANYET
El Xampanyet is a super traditional and authentic tapas bar located near Picasso Museum. It is a very popular place among locals – it has been there since 1929. Here you have more homey atmosphere. You get to pick what you want from a big display. No fancy service or pretentious things here. The walls are covered in wine and beer bottles. You can see jamons hanged behind the counter. If possible –taste everything here because they are all heavenly!
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 22
Phone: +34 933 19 70 03
6. BODEGA BIARRITZ 1881
Let’s talk about the long open buffets and how beautiful they are. Bodega offers you a big selection of pinchos and tapas and you get to choose what you want. If you don’t want to wait in the line for that as well, they also offer two surprise menus: One with 8 chosen tapas from the buffet and other is based on Jamon Iberico. The place is moderately priced, has an awesome staff and cozy feeling -and above all exquisite food.
Address: Calle Vidre, 8
Phone: +34 618 67 79 27
7. QUIMET E QUIMET
Another gem for tapas is here. It’s rather hard to notice from outside. You will recognize Quimet e Quimet from the big ruby colored wooden door. Inside there is a small room with a high ceiling stacked with many kinds of alcohol and conserved fish tins. A small glass display is right at the entrance. Here you have a super long menu for tapas, montaditos especially with fish and seafood. Come early otherwise it gets super crowded!
Address: Poeta Cabanyes 25
Phone: +34 934 42 31 42
8. TAPAS 24
Unlike other tapas bars, Tapas 24 doesn’t come with a big menu – it’s smartly organized. The menu items are chosen carefully, you can easily see that. The aim here is not losing yourself with overeating but rather appreciating the food, service and the culture. The plates look super vibrant, fresh and appetizing. If you sit down by the counter, you can also see the kitchen team working on the plates. Portions are smaller here as well, so make sure to order couple tapas for your tasting. Also a plus, Tapas 24 is a recommended Michelin spot.
Address: Carrer de la Diputacio, 269
Phone: +34 934 88 09 77