If you have been googling on what to eat in Barcelona, chances are you’ve probably seen the word tapas pop up every single time. We’re guessing that you already have a good inkling of what tapas is but do you know where exactly to find the best tapas bars in Barcelona? Be it standing bars, market bars or where to get free tapas– we’ve got you covered.
Here is our guide on where to get the best tapas when in Barcelona:
If you are looking for a quick bite before dinner, head over to Quimet i Quimet
Quimet i Quimet is a bustling little tapas bar has only two small tables and no seats. Lined from floor to ceiling with an impressive array of wines and spirits, you’ll be considered lucky if you snag a spot at this highly popular standing-only bar.
What to Eat: Choose from an exciting array of Montaditos (tapas on a slice of bread) served with delectable combinations such as salmon with truffled honey and tuna belly with creamy sea urchin.
What to Drink: Don’t leave without trying the iconic Quimet i Quimet Belgian beer that has been brewed to perfection.
Budget: Tapas €3-10
Address: Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes 25
Opening Hours: Noon to 4pm and 7pm to 10.30pm during the weekdays and only from noon to 4pm on Saturdays. Closed in August.
If you’re looking to hang out with locals, head over to La Cova Fumada
Termed as Barcelona’s beloved gastronomic icon, La Cova Fumada has been around since 1944 serving up classic Catalan favourites.
What to Eat: The legendary bombas (pork-filled, crumbed mashed potato balls that are deep fried) served with either mild garlic mayonnaise or a spicier cayenne pepper sauce. Don’t forget to check out the blackboard menu that offers fresh grilled seafood as well.
What to Drink: Enjoy a lovely glass of Cava de sangria while munching on these Catalan classics.
Address: Carrer del Baluard 56
Opening Hours: 9am-3.20pm on Mondays to Wednesdays, 9am-3.20pm and 6-8.15pm on Thursdays and Friday, 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are looking for a cozy lunch spot, head over to Morryssom
One of the best picks for tapas in the city, Morryssom is a popular lunch spot amongst the locals with pavement tables to allow you to bask under the Mediterranean Sun while sharing tales of your travel escapades.
What to Eat: They serve a reliably good range of tapas like gambas rebozadas (lightly-battered prawns) but you have to try their richly seasoned paella with butifarra (spiced Catalan sausage) or goat-cheese vegetarian paella.
What to Drink: Keep cool this summer with a refreshing glass of Sangria.
Budget: Tapas €2-12
Address: Carrer de Girona 162
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 1am from Mondays to Saturdays
If you are craving supper, head over to Elisabets
Elisabets is a quaint restaurant that is popular for its authentic and generous servings of homemade tapas and sandwiches. Step into this lively and rambunctious place and find yourself lost in conversation with local students about everything under the sun at any time of the day.
What to Eat: Try the morcilla amb confitada de cebollas (blood sausage with braised onions), it’s sweeter than it sounds!
What to Drink: Without a doubt, a jug of beer!
Budget: tapas €1.20- 10
Address: Carrer d’Elisabets 2-4
Opening Hours: 8am to 11.30pm from Mondays to Saturdays, with the exception of Fridays (8am to 1.30am)
If you are on a budget, head over to Gata Mala
Gata Mala is one of the very few tapas bar in Barcelona that remains true to tradition by serving free tapas with every drink. Packed with locals, this no-frills bar is a great place to have a drink and chill with your travelling buddies.
What to Eat: For every two beers you order, you’ll be served a generous portion of ensaladilla rusa (mayonnaise potato salad with chicken, eggs and tuna).
What to Drink: Feeling adventurous? Try the gin and tonics made with cucumbers and peppers- it’s sure to give you a ‘buzz’.
Budget: Drinks under €10
Address: Carrer de Rabassa 37
Opening Hours: 6.30pm to 1.30am from Tuesdays to Saturdays
If you are visiting La Boqueria, head over to Bar Pinoxto
Sworn by tourists and even some locals as the best Tapas bar in all of Barcelona, Bar Pinotxo is a 14-seater bar in the famous La Boqueria. With the ever-so-charming Juanito Bayen, owner and face the bar, serving you up classic tapas dishes, you will surely be in for a treat at this coveted bar.
What to Eat: From their classic chickpeas and pine nuts to their famous xuxos, Bar Pinotxo will surely have something you’ll love, both sweet and savoury.
What to Drink: Settle down at this well-loved tapas bar with a glass of sangria or cava, if not both.
Budget: tapas and mains €8-17
Address: Mercat de la Boqueria
Opening Hours: 6am to 4pm from Mondays to Saturdays
If you are a seafood connoisseur, head over to Cal Pep
There’s no way you can get into the legendary seafood restaurant without queuing- be prepared to queue for more than 30 minutes. What’s there not to love when there is fresh seafood and friendly service available at Cal Pep?
What to Eat: The pièce de résistance of this popular seafood tapas is none other than the stellar Seafood Platter that includes the much raved about deep-fried Calamari.
What to Drink: White wine
Budget: tapas €5-15
Address: Plaça de les Olles 8
Opening Hours: 7.30pm to 11.30pm on Mondays, 1-3.45pm & 7.30-11.30pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Closed on the last 3 weeks of August.
Can't get enough of tapas? Join our lovely BonAppetour hosts like Nani for a tapas making class!