Best Tapas in Barcelona

Our top local's recommendations for a culinary journey you can't miss

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TENGO HAMBRE! “I´m hungry” in Spanish. Maybe one of the most common phrases you´re going to hear in Spain. And it makes sense. Spain is amongst the most popular foodie destinations worldwide. With 277.539 bars and restaurants, it’s easy to find the favorite tapas bar during your stay in Spain. We’ll help you find yours in Barcelona.

We’re hopelessly in love with our city and we have tasted thousand of tapas – here´s our list of our favorite food temples to taste the best tapas in Barcelona. 

Are you more into avant-garde high end restaurants or prefer a more casual atmosphere with finger food tapas?

Continue reading to explore on your own your next foodie heaven in Barcelona. Get inspired with our in-depth private gastronomical journey on one of our Foodie and Wine Tours.



One of the favorite tapas places of the best Spanish chefs. A classic for Spanish tapas nearby La Rambla, in the former 5 th district of Barcelona, the Raval neighborhood. As its owner, states tapas is a way of living and something that should be experienced sitting on a bar. There, you will be able to try specialties from all over the country: from the typical Bocata de calamares (calamari sandwich), to the traditional callos (stewed intestines), clams, oysters or deep-fried fish. Their motto could not be clearer: F*** your diet!


An all times classic, full of tradition and character. This tiny place by the old harbor has a simple menu, just few options, Botifarra (catalan sausage), deep-fried fish, and salad, all watered with some house wines. Simple and effective. If something works, why would you change it?


Perhaps, Quimet & Quimet is one of the most famous bodegas that offers the best tapas in Barcelona. A really small place where, probably, you’ll will have to use your primary instinct and fight to make a bit of room for you or just to get to the bar. Don’t worry! It will worth the effort thanks to its owner and nice selections of cured meats tinned seafood and smoked fishes. The door to step into the bodegas’s world!


A life-vest, always opened to welcome you and stuff your belly with montaditos (or pinchos or pintxos) and classic Spanish tapas. Opened form 10AM to 12:00PM, this a place you can always count on.

If you show up by the average Spanish lunch or dinner time, you’ll probably need to wait for 20/30 minutes. They don’t make reservations.

They have a sibling few blocks far, on the way up to Diagonal Av., Cervecería Catalana.


Carles Abellán, a former chef of the first period of El Bulli, is a prestigious chef from Barcelona. While he was running his famed Comerç 24, (a Michelin star restaurant), he started Tapas 24.

That is contemporary tapas place where he serves all time classic tapas, in a laid back atmosphere. Another never disappointing choice if you are wandering by Passeig de Gràcia, nearby Casa Batlló and the Bolck of Dischord, knonw amongst many other specialities for its award winning Ensaladilla Rusa, the best in Spain!


Its name could be literally translated as “Mr. Toeat something.” This is a contemporary tavern that gathers all the best of the Spanish culinary tradition, offering specialties from all over the country like the open pranws omelette or the typical Catalan surf & turf baby squids with Santa Pau white beans.


This traditional tapas bar has been serving some of the best tapas in Barceloneta neighborhood for more than 50 years. It is also known as one of the finest places to enjoy a caña (draft beer glass) by the old harbor, or maybe in the entire city.


Named after his alter ego, Juanito is the soul of this tiny restaurant located in the world-famous Boqueria market. He is a restless 84 years-old soul, who for more than 60 years has been gifting his contagious smile to make each one of their customers feel like old friends. There you’ll enjoy snails and other specialties prepared with the super fresh daily products available in the market.

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