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.
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
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.
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.
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.