Barcelona's Best Tapas Joints for Small Portions Bursting with Taste

Sam Mednick

By , Local Expert, Barcelona
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Barcelona's reputation for tapas precedes it and with good reason. It's a city full of delicious, innovative and mouth watering dishes, all of which can usually be served in the form of tapas (small plates of food) and shared amongst a group of friends or eaten solo. From cured hams, Manchego cheeses, spicy mushrooms, fresh salads, ‘pan con tomate’ (bread with tomato) and croquetes, whether you’re looking for upscale and trendy or the tapas equivalent to ‘greasy spoon’, Barcelona’s tapas restaurants are diverse and plentiful; you’ll l never be left wanting or without options.

The Old City (Ciutat Vella), in particular,...  Read more »

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    Elsa Y Fred

    Elsa y Fred is a new Gastro Tapas bar in the Old City with an intimate flare and great food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to reserve in advance on Tuesdays and on the weekends"

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    You can't get more genuinely local than Jai Cai. Rustic, delicious and authentic Barcelona tapas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try their fried calamari and be sure to get there early if you want a table for lunch (before 1:30pm)."

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    Paco Meralgo

    Paco Meralgo is Barcelona's kick start to gastro-tapas as it has extremely high quality food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out their takeaway paella option on Saturday & Sundays."

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    Tapas 24

    Tapas 24, is an offshoot of Michelin Star restaurant, Comerc 24; best patatas bravas in the city

    Local Expert Tip: "If you want a seat, especially on the weekends go EARLY! (before 9pm)."

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    Ginger Bar

    Ginger is the best combination of cocktails and trendy tapas in the Old City.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try their tuna tartar and duck tapas dishes as well as the Gordito wine."

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    Bar Mut

    Bar Mut is one of the city's classiest bars, with exceptional gastro tapas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reserve well in advance"

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    Sol De Nit

    • Neighborhood: GrÀcia

    Sol De Nit is a genuine Barcelona tapas/teraza experience in a less touristy neighborhood

    Local Expert Tip: "Try their goat's cheese salad and their egg and asparagus dish."

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    Cerveceria Catalana

    Cerverceria Catalana serves old School tapas and a Barcelona must. Perfect for large groups who don't want to feel like tourists.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try to get a seat on their terrace, it's great for people watching and they only have a few tables outside"

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    La Pepita

    La Pepita is an off the beaten path, gastro tapas restaurant with a mix of home cooking.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reserve in advance, as they fill up very quickly"

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    El Xampanyet

    El Xampanyet, is Catalonia at its purest. It's what Barcelona used to be in the greasy tapas era

    Local Expert Tip: "Try their anchovies, olives and mushroom dishes"



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