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, provides for plenty of cool and rustic tapas locales, most within walking distance of each other, thus making it easy to create a fun night out, tapas and bar hopping. Between the Gothic Quarter, the Born and the Raval (all within close proximity to one another) there are several well known as well as off the beaten path places to spend an evening basking in authentic Catalan and Spanish food, which can be washed down by cava, sangria and vino.
Barcelona's tapas scene is a great way to experience all that the city has to offer both on a culinary as well as on a cultural level.