Tapas are a symbol of Spanish culinary culture and Barcelona, with its wide and varied gastronomic offer, has become one of the best cities in which to enjoy them.
They're perfect to go with a partner, with friends, with the family or even on your own, accompanied by a beer in the Mediterranean sunshine. They are also ideal for a snack before lunch, for lunch, for an afternoon snack or for dinner. In other words, it's always a good time to go out for tapas: wherever, with whomever and whenever.
Do you want to know where to go out for tapas in Barcelona? We'll tell you in detail.
The best places for tapas in Barcelona
We begin our list of places for tapas in Barcelona with a special mention to three restaurants with a proposal of great quality and that awakens the desire to repeat to everyone who goes:
- LAVICOCA: in the heart of the Hostafrancs neighbourhood, in a very quiet street, you will surprisingly come across this wine bar that is always full. And no wonder, because its careful design and the incredible tapas menu accompanied by its wine offer make it a perfect spot.
- Brugarol Barcelona: this Izakaya tapas bar, in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, gives you the opportunity to taste Asian and Catalan fusion cuisine under a creative concept where quality and proximity of the ingredients are a fundamental pillar.
- Kiosko Universal: in the famous Boqueria Market you will find this bar with bar service with an assortment of traditional tapas with the highest quality ingredients. Seafood, rice dishes, bravas, fish... you won't be short of anything.
Tapas in Eixample
The Eixample has some of the best-known streets in the city. Being the most densely populated district, it has no shortage of places where you can try some of the best tapas in the Catalan capital:
- CrosMas: on Calle Casanovas you'll find this enclave specialising in paellas, seafood, fish, meat and, above all, tapas. Its wide range of these dishes to nibble on is as extensive as it is attractive.
- Tapas 24: on Calle Diputación, chef Carles Abellán pays homage to the country's traditional tapas, praising its local products, its elaborations and its maximum identity.
- Restaurant L’Enric: we didn't want to leave out a place for tapas on the famous Calle Enric Granados, which offers the perfect atmosphere to do it as a couple or with friends. Under a simple and seasonal menu, l'Enric offers an assortment of tapas and Mediterranean dishes where their croquettes raise their hand so you won't forget to try them.
Tapas in Gracia
One of Barcelona's most lively, local, and authentic districts, where you won't be short of options for tapas:
- Bar Bodega Quimet: this old wine cellar that was first opened in 1954 wants to invite you to have a fresh beer, a glass of wine or one of its homemade vermouths to go with its assortment of preserves, its charcuterie and other dishes made in-house.
- El Villa – Vermutería del mar: in this modern place with a design that teleports you to the ocean, the fishing tradition of more than three generations is highlighted. Here you will find a selection of the best products from the Mediterranean, the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic Ocean.
- Tapazia: the omelettes at this restaurant are a lot to talk about. Potato omelette, bacon, octopus, sobrassada, bravas, Thai curry, Idiazábal cheese, courgette... They also have an exceptional assortment of croquettes and not to mention their delicious ''Bombas'' and their Patatas Bravas.
Tapas in El Born
One of the favourite areas for tourists and locals alike. Its narrow streets, old buildings, local and alternative shops, and attractive restaurants invite you to spend hours in this special place. Of course, we want your experience in El Born to be the best by inviting you to visit the following tapas bars:
- Orvay: right in front of the Basilica of Santamaría del Mar appears this warm and elegant restaurant that sustains its cuisine on tradition, creation and quality, and where in every bite you can appreciate the proximity of the food.
- El Chigre 1769: they define themselves as a ''catariana'' cider house/vermutería, where Catalan and Asturian cuisine merge to provide you with a slow food experience where the ingredients from both lands are the protagonists in a relaxed family atmosphere.
- ELDISET: just a few metres from the Picasso Museum is this Catalan wine bar that immerses you in the food and wine culture of Catalonia. And what better way to accompany these exquisite wines than with a selection of tapas with a national product.
Tapas on Rambla Cataluña
Rambla Cataluña is one of the most picturesque, popular, and busy streets in Barcelona. Among its endless gastronomic offer, we recommend three tapas restaurants that make the difference:
- Ciudad Condal: one of the most emblematic tapas bars in the city. Right in the tourist epicentre of the Catalan capital, it offers a wide variety of tapas dishes where good flavour and quality ingredients take centre stage.
- La Flauta: after the great success of La Flauta Aribau, this new establishment appears on the Rambla to continue its commitment to traditional cuisine that transpires in each of its tapas.
- Café de l’Arquitecte: a delicate and sophisticated establishment that calls for a classic culinary experience based on traditional tapas and dishes with local produce.
Don't miss this Vegan Tapas Bar in Barcelona
We also have a perfect option for those who want to enjoy a vegan gastronomic experience in the city. Our proposal is Tapas Season, a tapas bar with a wide range of vegan dishes such as its Heura with Cuban mojo, baked aubergine with maple syrup and lime, mushroom, and asparagus fideuá with vegan aioli, hummus with beetroot or vegan chilli tacos.
Located on Calle de Aribau, in the heart of the Eixample district, it offers a selection of gourmet tapas adapted to each season of the year to ensure that the quality of the ingredients and dishes is the highest.
Another essential option is Chez Kessler, located on Enric Granados and Valencia, which offers a 100% vegan menu where each dish tells a story full of flavours, aromas, and quality.
Can I order takeaway tapas in Barcelona?
Of course you can order tapas to go in Barcelona! Traditionally it's an experience that takes place at tables or bars, but ordering a takeaway tapas and tasting them with your friends or your partner is not a bad plan either, is it? These are some of the best restaurants that offer takeaway tapas:
- Els Pinxus: in the Sant Gervasi district you'll find these tapas and pinchos bar from the Basque Country capable of mixing tradition with daring in a unique way.
- Zarautz: this Basque tavern located in Sants-Montjuic is committed to Basque-Catalan culinary fusion in which there is no shortage of products from both lands. Local, seasonal and, above all, top-quality ingredients make up its range of hot and cold pinchos and tapas that will not leave you indifferent.
- Loló Més Que Vins: in the heart of Hostafrancs, this Mediterranean tapas restaurant offers options from the bar, such as its Cantabrian anchovy fillets; from the garden, such as its aubergines in tempura; from its typical tapas such as the Andalusian-style squid or the crispy ravioli of Butifarra de Perol; or its star dishes such as the Tataki of Onglet with Chimichurri or the Braised Carpaccio of Angus.
Taste delicious tapas in one of the best terraces of the city
Tasting some delicious tapas while you look out over the rooftops of Barcelona is priceless. That's why we suggest you discover the Grand Hotel Central's SkyBar, located on one of the most exclusive terraces in Barcelona with extraordinary views. Oysters, patatas bravas, tuna tartar, Iberian ham and much more under the starlight while you breathe the breeze of a city full of magic.
The terrace of Grand Hotel Central is open to the public every day from 19h to 00h. Book a table online!