Tapas bars are the essence of Barcelona, with over 9,000 choices, picking the right place to sample the region’s famous tapas dishes can be an overwhelming task. Don’t fret, however, because we’ve got you covered. From long-established local favorites to the newest tapas bars on the scene, these places are far from being tourist traps. Cultivated from expert local guides, here are our picks for the best tapas bars in Barcelona.
Located in Barcelona’s city center, Vinitus is a bright and spacious tapas restaurant that boasts a lively atmosphere. Sit at the bar and watch the chefs cooking away delicious tapas dishes. Order an array of fresh seafood like baby calamari, clams and prawns. Try also their beef tenderloin topped with foie gras and patatas bravas. Pair your meal as well with a nice Catalan wine from their curated list for an evening of pure foodie bliss.
One of the most popular tapas bars in Barcelona, Quimet & Quimet is a charming standing-room-only tapas bar that has been operating for more than a 100 years. Head to Poble Sec and mingle alongside locals while you nibble on some of the tastiest seafood tapas in town. Dig into Chipirones, which is stuffed baby squid, then pair it with house red wine and montaditos with fresh ingredients like tuna belly and soft orange sea urchin.
La Pepita is as charming as its name, where you’ll find classic tapas being served throughout the day. Indulge in “golden pepitas”, which is their signature sandwich that comes with potatoes, egg and foie gras, then pair your meal with a gin and tonic (or two). Also you can’t go wrong with Catalan tomato bread, Iberian croquettes, calamari and Argentine skewers.
Tapeo recently opened a new location in the Gracia neighborhood and we couldn’t be more excited. Known for its combination of tradition and creativity in its renowned tapas, step inside this tapas bar to discover a lively ambiance, modern decor and plenty of tapas to choose from. Go for the cod fritters, pit trotters, glazed cheeks or Iberian pork ribs, then try the meatballs with cuttlefish and leek confit.
Known for its use of seasonal produce, Teòric Taverna Gastronòmica is a solid choice for your Barcelona tapas bar experience. Rated as one of the best restaurants in Eixample, an impressive stat, considering there are more than 900 restaurants in this district alone. Here, you can satisfy your taste buds with sea and mountain croquettes, deer filet, lamb with carrot, yoghurt and cilantro and rabbit with horn of plenty.
Tucked away in El Born, Bodega la Puntual shares ownership with Xampanyet, an iconic bar next door that dates back to the 1920s. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by upturned wine barrel tables and a cosy ambiance perfecting for hanging out. Kick back and order patatas bravas, grilled octopus and truffled mortadella with breadsticks and you won’t regret it.
Part tapas bar, part restaurant, Bar Cañete features a long, narrow dining room with rich mahogany details. Sit at the wooden bar and have a gluttonous feast of oysters, razor clams, tuna tartare, burrata with tomatoes and pesto. Try as well the baby scallops and grilled Iberian pork loin which are to die for. The wine list is huge and varied, but choose a glass from the nearby regions of Montsant or Priorat.
Lata-Berna is located in Gracia’s neighborhood, they have been serving creative tapas to locals since 2012. Enjoy its relaxed atmosphere as you dine on spicy steak tartare, scallops ceviche and mini beef burgers with grilled foie and quail egg. Also make sure to sample the burrata with rosemary smoke and tomato compote with muesli!