Nothing epitomises the Spanish way of life better than the delights of the “tapeo” – hopping from one tapas bar to another whilst feasting on delicious bite-sized treats. And without question, Barcelona is one of the best places on the planet to do it. But where to start? Local foodies and Barcelona apartment experts Waytostay have got nostalgic about their favourite tapeo adventures and put together their stellar list of the city’s best spots for a taste and a tipple.
Here are some of Barcelona’s most unmissable tapas bars and restaurants. Vamos!
- Quimet&Quimet: Fine Wines and Good Times
One of Barcelona’s culinary institutions, this wine shop turned tapas bar has been pleasing its locals with gourmet tapas and a vast selection of wines since 1914. With standing space only, the walls are packed to the rafters with bottles of vermouth, wine and sherry, as well as artisanal conservas, which include pickled partridge, olives, anchovies and sardines. After nibbling your way through these, be sure to taste a selection of their montaditos (little sandwiches), which include smoked salmon with Greek yoghurt and truffle-infused honey, as well as cured beef with red peppers and roasted tomatoes. Sip on vermouth to get started, before moving on to the delightful list of Spanish wines.
Address: CarrerdelPoetaCabanyes, 25, 08004 Barcelona
Metro: Paral·lel (green or purple line)
- Cal Pep: Sensational Seafood
This intimate little dining space is a lively affair where you sit elbow to elbow at the bar with friendly locals and in-the-know tourists. Chef and owner ‘Pep’ sources his fish and shellfish directly from the nearby Costa Brava coastline on a daily basis, resulting in what is arguably the freshest and most delicious seafood in Barcelona. Try the chunky calamaris drizzled in zesty lemon juice, crispy whitebait, and the house special cloïssesambpernil (clams with ham). Love wine? Be sure to ask Pep for his latest recommendations; he really is quite the connoisseur!
Address:Plaça de les Olles, 8, 08003 Barcelona
Metro:Barceloneta (yellow line)
3.CerveceríaCatalana: Elegance, Tapas and Craft Beers
Ideally situated on Calle de Majorca in the chic Eixample barrio, this larger-than-life tapas restaurant is loved for its vibrant sense of joie de vivre as much as its mouthwatering tapas and excellent beer selection. Try the solomillomontadito, foie gras sandwich and the house speciality razor clams. Sip on wines from Spain’s finest terroir or try artisanal beers from the local Espiga brewery.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008 Barcelona
Metro: Diagonal (green or blue line)
- El Xampanyet: Cava and Tapas Classics
Situated in the heart of the ancient El Born neighbourhood, just a stone’s throw from the Picasso museum, El Xampanyet has been run by the same family since 1929. The traditional décor features old wooden wine barrels, marble tables, elegant ceramic tiling and a glorious zinc bar. Sip on their famous house cava – which the bar is named after – and feast on a selection of classic tapas treats. Don’t miss the Cantabrian anchovies.
Address:Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona
Metro:Jaume I (yellow line)
- Jai-ca: Tapas Feasts in the Old Fisherman’s Quarter
Nestled away in one of the backstreets of the ever-charming Barceloneta neighbourhood (just a short stroll away from the beach) lies one of the city’s most popular tapas bars. In fact, they had to extend to a second and third premises along the same street to accommodate their ever growing following. Noisy and overflowing with local revellers, you’ll need your bravest voice when shouting your order over the bar. Try a sample of classic Spanish tapas such as croquetas, shrimps, pimientos delpadrón and don’t miss out on their four-inch-thick wedges of tortilla. Wash it down with “cañas” (glasses of ice-cold draft beer) – the perfect way to fight the heat of the midday sun.
Address:Carrer de Ginebra, 13, 08003 Barcelona
Metro:Barceloneta (yellow line)
Michael Salverda is very passionate about traveling and all that comes with it, music, good and honest food, local places, people and their culture. He started Waytostay to take care of travellers whilst offering a quality experience.