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

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.

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

La Pepita

A family owned and run, quaint tapas restaurant in the Eixample neighborhood, La Pepita has made quite a name for itself with its high quality food and understated, yet classy ambiance. The restaurant is tiny with a room at the back, which can...  Read More

A Barcelona staple this tapas joint is well known to locals, expats, tourists and all those looking to experience a genuine Barcelona tapas meal. Situated in the Eixample neighborhood, Cerveceria Catalana offers high quality food at very...  Read More


It's hard to get more Catalan than Sol De Nit, located in Plaza Del Sol. This tiny restaurant has one of the best terraces, ideal for gawking at hippie Catalans, buskers, performers, runaway dogs and for sun tanning, especially during the...  Read More

Bar Mut

A trendy, upscale bar in the heart of the Exiample neighborhood. Bar Mut specializes in fresh, mouth watering seafood which it serves in an authentic setting atop barrels, which act as tables. They also have a variety of other delicious dishes...  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

Tapas 24

One of the most well known Tapas joints in the city, Tapas 24 features high quality food with a greasy flare. Their menu is diverse with a variety of Spanish, Catalan and Mediterranean options. The restaurant itself is tiny with a few outdoor...  Read More

Paco Meralgo

Innovative tapas in the heart of the Eixample, Paco Meralgo's minimalist decor doesn't take away from its warm atmosphere and absolutely delicious food. It's fair to say that this restaurant has some of the most unique tapas in the city,...  Read More


Greasy, delicious tapas in Barcelona's old Fisherman village. Jai-Cai is a Barcelona staple attracting locals and tourists to its rustic, small and very unpretentious locale at the edge of the Bareloneta neighborhood. They have a few outdoor...  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


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