Making your way to Barcelona? Then it goes without saying that you must try some traditional Spanish tapas.
Tapas have a longstanding history within the Spanish culture and over time have transformed into one of the most delectable of traditional cuisines to be found in the Iberian Peninsula, medical including in Barcelona.
These small, drugs snack-like treats originated in the south of Spain and were originally served free with beers, wines and Sherries, a custom which you can still find in various parts of the country today.
Nowadays, there are endless variations of tapas, ranging from hot to cold, big to small, and everything in-between, meaning there is a tapa for every type of taste bud.
To make sure you don’t miss out on some of the most delicious delicacies to be found in the Catalan capital, take a look at this guide to the top 5 tapas bars in Barcelona courtesy of Apartment Barcelona.
For those in search of a quaint, classic atmosphere paired with the best Cava in town, look no further than El Xampanyet. This traditional tapas bar in the Born area of Barcelona is massively popular with residents and visitors alike and their selection of canned seafood and anchovies is a huge hit, so be sure to give these tapas a whirl.
- How to get there: C/ Montcada 22, near Metro line L4 – Jaume I station.
Quimet i Quimet
With a plethora of various types of meats, fish and cheeses coated in sweet sauces with fruits, nuts and more, Quimet i Quimet offers patrons a taste sensation. The walls of this small joint are lined with bottles of wine and spirits from around the world, and paired with top tapas, especially their ‘montaditos’ (tapas on bread), palatial pleasure definitely awaits you here!
- How to get there: C/ Poeta Cabanyes 25, near the Metro line L3 – Paral-lel station.
Seeking a Basque twist to your tapas? Sagardi not only offers gastronomic delights but also has plenty of smooth drinks to wash them down, including ‘txacoli’, a very dry white wine. Also on offer are tapas known as ‘pintxos’: a snack pinned to a piece of bread with a toothpick. With more than 80 varieties of tapas to pair with the drink of your choice, Sagardi is one of the best choices for Basque tapas in Barcelona.
- How to get there: C/ Avenida Diagonal 3, near the Metro line L4 – El Maresme|Forum station.
A former winery, La Bodegueta boasts some of the best ‘vinos’ to be found in Barcelona. Enjoy nibbling on some of their traditional tapas such as anchovies, tortilla de patatas, olives, sausages and cheeses, all washed down with wine straight from the barrel. Don’t miss your chance to experience a traditional Spanish tapas meal first-hand!
- How to get there: Rambla de Catalunya 100, near the Metro lines L3 and L5 at the Diagonal station.
Bar Tómas de Sarrià
For the very best patatas bravas in Barcelona (really, they’ve won an award!), there is only one place worth checking out: Bar Tómas de Sarrià. Located in the Sarrià district, this little tapas bar is known for its outrageously amazing fried potatoes served with a secret house sauce.
- How to get there: C/ Major de Sarrià 49, near the FGC line at the Sarrià station.
So, whether you are heading to Barcelona for just a few nights or making a temporary move to the Catalan capital, make sure you check out a few of our favorite tapas bars in Barcelona – you won’t be disappointed. ¡Buen provecho!