This blog post was originally published on October 22, 2015, and was updated on September 20, 2017.
Looking for stellar tapas in Barcelona? We are constantly on the lookout for new and old hidden gems! Here are a few of our favorite tapas bars in the Barcelona for you to enjoy.
Sure, tapas were not a traditional Catalan way of dining in the past, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t become a staple of Barcelona’s cosmopolitan restaurant scene. The city is teeming with fantastic tapas bars, and it’s our job to help you find them!
1. Bar Bodega Quimet
Let’s start things off right by saying a true Barcelona-style tapas bar would be one of the many bodegas around town. In the city, bodegas are places to drink wine, buy wine or both. Barrel-lined walls, homemade vermouth and sometimes, just sometimes, tapas! Tapas that go beyond the cheese, olives, and charcuterie. That’s what we love about Bar Bodega Quimet—it has it all! Rustic interior, vermut casero and surprisingly elaborate tapas. This little gem of Gracia is one of our favorite bodegas and tapas bars in Barcelona.
Address: Carrer del Vic, 23
2. Bar Tomás
Sarrià is a neighborhood way off the beaten path, and you know what that means! Good, authentic food waiting to be enjoyed! This gorgeous, former village is filled to the brim with great bars, restaurants, and cafes. Bar Tomás is famous for their patatas bravas, or spicy fried potatoes, which people line up down the street to try.
Address: Carrer Major de Sarrià, 49
Suculent, one of the best modern tapas bars in Barcelona, is the place to go if you’re an adventurous foodie! You’ll be spoiled for choice with their incredible mix of beautiful tapas. Each of them a little bit different than what you might expect from a normal tapas bar! Yet, all of them equally delicious. Try their star-dish, the steak tartare over grilled bone marrow. You won’t regret it!
Address: Rambla de Raval, 43
4. El Rincón del Cava
Cava, the beloved sparkling wine of Catalonia, is wonderful for so many reasons. One of our favorite places to enjoy it at its best is of course, in El Rincón del Cava. This hole in the wall cava bar lies in the heart of the unassuming Poble Sec district, and is a favorite for cheap tapas and even cheaper cava (95 cents a glass!). Even better is that they allow media-raciones, or half-sized tapas, in the case that you want to try them all!
Address: Carrer de Blasco de Garay, 53
5. Bar La Plata
They say there aren’t many authentic tapas bars in the Gothic Quarter, and it’s probably true. Bar La Plata claims to be the last standing one, and when you go there, you will see why. It is said that it is one of the most emblematic tapas bars in Barcelona! It’s also very possible that this corner bar, which serves a total of five tapas, has not changed one bit in the last 50 years. The bar gets slammed on weekend nights, but at places like this one, it’s always the more the merrier.
We love La Plata so much that it’s a stop on our Tapas, Taverns & History of Barcelona Tour! Why don’t you join us?
Address: Carrer del Mercé, 28
Bormuth joined the ranks of La Ribera’s restaurant scene a few years ago, and we couldn’t be more thankful. The neighborhood was in need of an ultra-casual tapas bar like this one. We love their nod at Madrileño tradition, something you don’t always find in these parts. Find every traditional tapa ever invented on their menu—we love the albondigas, or meatballs, and the fried eggplant and goat’s cheese is also incredible. Get there early to secure a spot.
Address: Plaça Comercial, 1
Jai-Ca is a tapas bar in the old fisherman’s neighborhood of Barceloneta. It is just the tip of the iceberg as far as authentic tapas restaurants in Barcelona go. A long list of tempting tapas include things like fried cuttlefish, Galician-style octopus, razor clams and also much more to choose from. This is definitely one of our favorite tapas bars in Barcelona!
Address: Carrer de Ginebra, 13
8. Can Boneta
A tiny gem of a place tucked away in the tidy grid of streets that makes up Eixample, Can Boneta is homestyle Catalan fare at its finest. You can’t go wrong with nearly anything you order here, but if we had to pick just one dish, it would be the bikini con trufa (which, despite the name, has nothing to do with swimwear—instead, it’s a gourmet take on the humble breakfast staple known locally as a bikini sandwich). If you want to feel like a true local with every bite, go for their iconic signature dessert, which is another reinvention of a Catalan classic: Ol, Sal y Chocolate.
Address: Carrer de Balmes, 139
9. Rosal 34
How about some Basque-style tapas? Barcelona is full of pintxo bars, a typical Basque tapas bar where you serve yourself from the plentiful amount of pintxos sitting right below your nose. Full of tasty treats to choose from—go there hungry!
Address: Carrer de Roser, 34
9. Bar Del Pla
Hidden in a small square in the heart of El Born lies this gem of a restaurant! We love their delicious selection of mouthwatering dishes. The secreto ibérico is our favorite dish! Not to mention, their famous bravas, which are also said to be some of the best in Barcelona. However, you’ll just have to take a visit to this local hotspot to decide for yourself! Have a look at the video below to get a sneek preview of what you will get to enjoy at this local hot-spot!
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 2
What better way to have tapas than with the locals? Join us on our Tapas, Taverns & History of Barcelona Tour for an after-dark exploration of some of Barcelona’s most historic neighborhoods. During your tour, we will fill you in on all things tasty and of course, many more of the best tapas bars in Barcelona!