Barcelona is home to an abundance of top restaurants serving up great tapas, little bites, many combining the very best of Catalan and Spanish cuisine.
But if your taste buds are ready to experience some of the best tapas around then take a look a this list of top tapas spots in Barcelona.
Where to eat tapas in Barcelona
Home of tapas, fine local wine and pintxos (small Basque tapas-like dishes on bread), Gasterea is a foodie’s paradise located within the Gràcia neighbourhood of Barcelona. Its bustling atmosphere, fresh food and always friendly staff is what gives this bar its hard-earned reputation. Be sure to arrive early as Gasterea is often flooded with locals and tourists alike looking to sample some of the best tapas in town.
Address: Carrer de Verdi, 39
Nearest Metro: Fontana (L3)
Tickets tapas bar, owned by world-renowned Catalan chefs the Adrià brothers, is one of the most highly-rated restaurants in Barcelona – and rightly so. Designed with a quirky Broadway theme, the tapas here certainly won’t disappoint. Tickets is always busy, which can only be a good sign, so be sure to reserve your table online at least one month before – we guarantee its worth the wait!
Address: Av. del Paraŀlel, 164
Nearest Metro: Poble Sec (L3)
Casa de Tapes Cañota
Just a few months after it opened its doors the public, Casa de Tapes Cañota gained its reputation as one of the best places in Barcelona to enjoy authentic tapas at a reasonable price. Their authentic dishes range from fried fish and seafood to Spanish tapas specialities such as patatas bravas (square potatoes and a spicy sauce) and ensaladilla rusa (Russian salad). Conveniently located near Plaça Espanya, you can even dine on their cosy terrace all year round.
Address: Carrer de Lleida, 7
Nearest Metro: Espanya (L1, & L3)
El Xampanyet is the ideal stop-off after a trip to Barcelona’s Picasso Museum in the El Born neighbourhood. This traditional bar has been around since the 1920s and has maintained its authentic-Catalan appearance ever since. There’s not much room to sit down here but El Xampanyet is the perfect place to enjoy some tasty tapas dishes, and perhaps a glass of wine, amongst friends.
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 22
Nearest Metro: Jaume I (L4)
The two owners, Trinity and Luci, are the life and soul of this tapas bar and their service very much completes the experience. When you order a drink in Gatamala you’ll receive a complimentary tapas dish, so if you’d like to tuck in to a Butifarra pintxo (a typical Catalan sausage on bread) over a beer, then this quirky tapas bar should be your first port of call.
Address: Carrer de Rabassa, 37
Nearest Metro: Joanic (L4)
This fusion tapas bar in Barcelona brings together the spicy flavours from the Arab world with the traditional tastes of Catalan cuisine, making it one-of-a-kind in the city. Shisha pipes and live acoustic music often set the mood here whilst the chefs serve-up some mouth watering dishes, including sweet potato bites sprinkled with cinnamon and Crema Catalana (a traditonal Catalan dessert) with an intriguing Arabic twist.
Address: Carrer de Grunyí, 4
Nearest Metro: Jaume I (L4)
Quimet i Quimet
Located in the quirky Poble Sec neighbourhood, an area well known for its quaint tapas and pintxo bars, Quimet i Quimet specialise in bite-sized, baguette snacks filled with local tapas specialities – such as prawns and baked red peppers. If there are simply too many tasty options to choose from on the menu, you can ask the chef to choose for you based on what drink you order.
Address: Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25
Nearest Metro: Paraŀlel (L2 & L3)