Bite into Catalonia: Most Popular Tapas in Barcelona

This blog post was originally posted on February 1, 2017, and was updated on September 21, 2017.

Barcelona is tapas paradise, but what exactly is worth trying? Check out the most popular tapas in Barcelona, and if they’re worth all the hype!

Find the best tapas in Barcelona with our guide to the most popular!

Patatas bravas

Patatas bravas, or fried potatoes topped with a spicy bravas sauce and sometimes all i oli, a garlic mayonnaise, too, are probably the one tapa you will find on every single menu in the city of Barcelona. Therefore, you will obviously have to try them—but make sure to keep an eye out for places that use frozen potatoes, store-bought sauce and the like. It’s not uncommon for this staple of Barcelona tapas restaurants to be butchered. But when they do it right? Heaven. Definitely one of our favorites on our list of the most popular tapas in Barcelona!

Best tapas in Barcelona? You be the judge! Let us know if you think they're worth the hype!
The incredible patatas bravas at Bar del Pla, a frequent stop on our Tapas, Taverns & History tour!

Jamón ibérico

When it comes to Spanish ham, remember one thing. Not all jamón is created equal! So, if you really want to try the good stuff, then you cannot miss out on jamón ibérico de bellota, or acorn-fed Iberian ham. The ruby red, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness is absolutely not to be missed.

Local’s Tip: Join us on a morning food tour to learn all about what makes this ham special, and try other types as well!

Looking for the best tapas in Barcelona? Here's the low-down!
Glorious, glorious acorn-fed Iberian ham!

Pan con tomate

Pan con tomate, or bread with tomato, is undoubtedly the most simple and staple item of Catalan cuisine, and an absolute must-try tapa in Barcelona. As far as the most popular tapas in Barcelona go—these are are definitely high on the list! But don’t expect to see it only in tapa form! This tomato and olive oil-rubbed bread is a breakfast staple as well, and also always present on sandwiches.

One of the best tapas in Barcelona is pan con tomate, or bread with tomato.
Simple, classic, and super tasty…pan con tomate is definitely worth the hype!

La Bomba

One of Barcelona’s most popular tapas, the bomba is a fried potato croquette, stuffed with ground beef and topped with the two classic sauces of patatas bravasall i oli and also bravas sauce. Worth the hype? We think so! What we love most about this delicious Catalan tapa is that it was created right here in Barceloneta, the old fishermen’s neighborhood of the city.

Taste and enjoy incredible, authentic Catalan food and some of the best tapas in Barcelona on your next visit.
We love these taste explosions here in Catalonia! Photo Credit: Misty Barker


Anchoas, or anchovies, make for a popular tapa in Barcelona among locals. Anchovies in Spain traditionally come from the northern Cantabrian coast, or from the Mediterranean coast north of Barcelona. However, if you are an anchovy-hater, consider this your time to reform. Try this incredible tapa with a bit of pan con tomate and you might just change your mind!

Find the best tapas in Barcelona (and whether or not they're worth the hype) on our blog!
Don’t be frightened! These anchovies are delicious! Photo credit: Jun Seita.


Pintxos, or Basque-style tapas, are very popular in Barcelona, with dozens of pintxo bars around different neighborhoods. The word pintxo refers to the skewer that holds the tapa together. There are many different types of pintxos, but most come atop a small slice of bread. Though they are not necessarily as gourmet as ones you’ll find in the Basque Country, pintxo bars are a fun way of enjoying tapas in Barcelona.

Local’s Tip: Check out Blai street in the Poble Sec neighborhood for great pintxo bar-hopping!

Ale&Hop is one of the best places to drink craft beer in Barcelona. Their inexpensive yet delicious pintxos are the icing on the cake and serve some of our favorite and most popular tapas in Barcelona!
Make sure to visit Ale&Hop in the Born for some craft beer to enjoy with your pintxos!

Buñuelos de bacalao

Salt cod is a common denominator for many different Mediterranean dishes, and without a doubt, buñuelos de bacalao, or salt-cod fritters, are one of the best and most popular tapas in Barcelona. Although there are different ways to prepare them, you can always expect that perfectly salted flavor!

Incredible cod fritters, one of Barcelona's best tapas!
Delicious salt-cod fritters!

Do you want to see inside one of our favorite tapas bars? Watch our lovely co-founder James Blick explain some more of our top tapas choices in this great video. If you enjoy it, why not also check out our YouTube channel for more food and drink inspired videos from around Spain!

Love great food and want to explore the best authentic and most popular tapas in Barcelona? Then there’s no better way to do that then join us on our evening Tapas, Taverns & History of Barcelona Tour. Dive into the old historical center and explore the city through your senses!

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