By KP, our resident food critic
Now we’re talking, good old authentic tapas, that Spanish speciality done in Barcelona with a particularly Catalan flair. These little bars may have seating, or you could just be standing around the bar, they might be rowdy, or quiet, but no matter what the ambience you better believe that this is where you’ll find the best tapas in Barcelona.
- Jai Cai (€€): You can find these guys tucked away down one of the backstreets of the old fisherman’s village, La Barceloneta. They are family run and have two locations (both next door to each other) so if you can’t grab a table at one, give the other a crack! Authentic (Barceloneta style) fried tapas! The chocos (fried cuttlefish) are some of the best in town along with their fried eggplant with honey! Their classic menu hasn’t had much changed on it since the 50s so be sure to pay them a visit!
- Can Paixano (€): Located in between Born and Barceloneta you’ll find this little gem tucked away like most well kept secrets. Can Paixano is a family run cava house that produces all their own sparkling wines. They have a simple but super tasty menu for you to pair with their cavas (note: you can’t drink here without ordering food) and authentic service (don’t mind the rubbish on the ground). We recommend their bite sized sandwiches and their famous rose cava. A bottle will set you back around €3, more or less (so cheap and so delicious). There are very minimal seats here and it is muy popular so again patience is required but it is an absolute must when here in Barcelona.
- Quimet & Quimet (€€€): These guys have been around since 1914 and have to be one of the most famous tapas bars in Barcelona. Anthony Bourdain himself professed that the tapas here were “the best he’s ever had”, and you can understand why from the moment you taste one of their famous montaditos (a type of tapas here in Spain which generally refers to bites of bread with toppings). There are no seats here and as mentioned, it’s fairly popular, so we recommend patience and weekday visits if you can!
- El Nou de Granados (€€€): You’ll find this fabulous spot on one of the nicest walking streets in Barcelona, Enric de Granados. Their terrace is the best spot to sit on a warm afternoon/night and they have some of the tastiest tapas menus in Barcelona (in our opinion). They have a mix of traditional and asian style plates which are all delicious and serve huge jugs of white (or red but the white is epic) sangria to wash everything down.
- La Bombeta (€€): For authentic tapas, La Bombeta is a great place to pop by if you are in Barceloneta! They don’t speak English or accept credit cards, but their food is some of the best around and the atmosphere here is unbeatable, classically Catalan. Be sure to grab one of their famous bombas (fried meat and potato balls doused in spicy mayo sauce) along with their calamari & pimientos de padrón. Thank us later.
- Llamber (€€€): This ones a bit of a splash out spot, but so totally worth it. Perfect place to bring your mum or that Tinder date you really fancy. The restaurant itself, their menu and their wine list are all pretty perfect if you ask us. Be sure to try the buñuelos de bacalao (fried cod balls) and their morcilla con chipirones (black sausage with calamari – trust us it’s way more amazing than it sounds). You’re in for a treat.
Are you full yet? Well good, because your Barcelona Boat Party is about to set sail. Enjoy!