Tapas Bar Barcelona

Ciudad Comtal (Rambla de Catalunya, 18, 08007, Barcelona)

Located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, this popular tapas bar is always

crowded with locals but also caters to tourists, with menus in various languages.

The seating area spills out on to Rambla de Catalunya, a long tree-lined

boulevard - the perfect spot for a couple of tapas.

 

Palosanto (Rambla del Raval, 26, 08001, Barcelona)

This charming bar serves up top quality, traditional tapas as well as some more

elaborate dishes. The Andalusian-style squid and the artichokes are delicious,

and there are plenty of exquisite wines to try too. The bar has a sunny terrace and is ideally located in the centre of town.

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Cera 23 (Carrer de la Cera, 23, 08001, Barcelona)

This in an excellent spot to taste Mediterranean cuisine, both in tapas form and

larger dishes. Situated in the rather inauspicious area of El Raval, this bar

surprises with its charm and tasteful, vintage décor. The food is excellent and

original. The chef’s specialty is monkfish with a pistachio crust – well worth

trying.

 

Cervecería Catalana (Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008, Barcelona)

Known by locals and tourists alike, this staple tapas joint serves up classic

Spanish dishes at cheap prices. All the tapas are laid out underneath the bar, so

you can see exactly what you’re getting. If your Spanish is limited, you need only

point to what you fancy! The spacious room and outdoor patio make it a great

place to come with a group. The bar is always filled with chatter, as large groups

of friends squeeze in around the long tables.

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Tapas 24 (Carrer de la Diputació, 269, 08007, Barcelona)

This half-basement tapas bar is run by the brilliant Carles Abellan, a former chef

at the 3 Michelin-star El Bulli. The menu is based on traditional recipes, but

many of the dishes have an interesting modern twist. Try the Bikini Comerç 24, a

warm sandwich of Iberian ham, buffalo mozzarella and black truffle.

 

Mirilla (Carrer del Regomir, 16, 08002, Barcelona)

Hidden in the winding streets of the Gothic area, you could easily miss this small

tapas bar. Mirilla’s menu is based on delicious, seasonal products. The rustic

interior and its small size make this it feel very cozy. The highlights of the menu

include the homemade croquettes and the Galician-style octopus.

 

Quimet i Quimet (Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004, Barcelona)

This tiny spot has been around for four generations, serving up classic tapas to

its many regulars. The bar is always packed and everyone stands, as there isn’t

enough room for tables. Try some of the delicious Spanish cheeses, washed done

with one of the many bottles of wine that line the walls.

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La Cova Fumada (Carrer del Baluart, 56, 08003, Barcelona)

This small, understated tapas bar is one of Barcelona’s best places to go for fresh

fish. Located in the port area of the city, local people come here every day to

sample the fresh catches from the ocean. Opened in 1944, the tapas bar has a

traditional, family feel about it. The menu has barely changed in the last 70 years

– sardines, squid, mackerel, and octopus all cooked in olive oil, with parsley and

garlic. Also try the ‘potato balls’ (a ball of mashed potato with pork inside, rolled

in breadcrumbs and then deep fried). This dish was originally created in the

1950s by the grandmother of the current owners and has become one of Spain’s

most famous tapas.