Barcelona's Tastiest and Trendiest Tapas in the Heart of the Downtown Core

Although Barcelona has a wide range of tapas bars and restaurants throughout the city, the downtown area is home to some of the most renowned 'small plate' establishments. Due to the eclectic vibe of 'Ciutat Vella' (Old City), most tapas bars are informal, small and always bustling. Whether you're looking for greasy or gastro tapas, there are some truly excellent places to check out.

Barcelona's downtown core is fairly spread out amongst the various neighborhoods. Between the Raval, Gothic Quarter, Born and Barceloneta, you'll never run out of options. If you're a foodie and want to sample Ferran Adria style cuisine (on a much different scale), then try gastro tapas at some of the restaurants where they serve typical Spanish and Catalan dishes with an elegant, Mediterranean twist. Some new Gastro tapas places include Elsa y Fred and the Restaurant Ohla (in the hotel).

If you'd rather experience 'under the counter' tapas - meaning greasy and often scary looking, but absolutely delicious -then El Xampanyeria is one of the best places. It's not only for the free tapas (if you buy a drink), but this place embodies the genuine Barcelona tapas experience and is the perfect way to get a feel for the REAL local tapas scene in the city. 

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El Salón


The antique decor that adorns El Sal�n is simply charming, and the menu is equally impressive. It is based on a Catalan traditional menu, but it is colored with French influence. Dishes you should try include the seared tuna, lamb and...  Read More



Wine and tapas bar in the center of the Gothic Quarter, Jet Lag is a welcome new addition to Barcelona's bar scene. Nestled behind Plaza Sant Jus, just up from Jaume Metro station, Jet Lag serves a range of amazing, international wines including...  Read More

Comerc 24


This Michelin star restaurant boasts the best of both worlds; an eclectic tapas bar with the service of an elegant restaurant. Avant-Garde with a modern decor, Comerc 24 has been hailed as a Barcelona 'must-try' from foodies worldwide. Renowned...  Read More

Ginger Bar


With its hanging disco ball, plush leather seats and wooden tables, many Ginger fans have coined this trendy wine and cocktail bar as an 'airport lounge'. It is however, rather known for it's innovative cocktails, wide selection of amazing wine...  Read More



Bright, airy and absolutely delicious, this is a Barcelona gem. Tucked away in Barceloneta, only a three-minute walk from the water, Segons Mercat prides itself on serving high quality tapas, especially when it comes to their fish and seafood....  Read More

Set Del Born


Set Del Born is a small off the beaten path tapas joint in the Old City that serves authentic Catalan dishes. This is a cozy locale great for long lunches or a fun tapas night out with a group of friends, right off Passeig Del Born. Their plates...  Read More



Excellent for tapas, wine or a cup of coffee, Re-Pla may be the more economical version of its well known sister restaurant, Pla, but it's tapas are just as delicious and the portions fairly large (for Spanish standards). This is a lively, hip...  Read More

El Xampanyet


A Barcelona Classic, El Xampanyet is a must try, at least for a few minutes as it's often hard to stand the crowds; which are plenty and always. This small, Barcelona tapas joint serves renowned champagne, mixed drinks and fresh and eclectic...  Read More



An excellent gastro tapas bar in the Old City right near Arc De Triomf at the edge of the Born neighborhood. Elsa y Fred sports an early 1920's decor and provides an elegant understated vibe. It's a great place for a morning coffee and paper,...  Read More



If you're looking for tasty seafood, exceptional paella and a host of options including vegan dishes, Barraca is the optimal choice. Overlooking the beach, floor to ceiling windows line the upper floor of this restaurant, providing for gorgeous...  Read More


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