My favorite tapas in Barcelona

Posted on 07. Nov, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Press Trips, Spain

Now that’s the kind of research I like to do. For your benefit, of course!

There are very few things in life that I enjoy more than eating. And it’s just because I’m too much of a glutton and that I always end up eating my meal before I had the chance to take a photo of it that this is not a European food travel blog. So yeah - I like eating. Consequently, one of the places most enjoyed by my tastebuds is Barcelona, the capital of tapas, finger food and overall flavor explosion.

Without further ado, I present you, ladies and gentleman, the best tapas in Barcelona.

Fried brie and mango chutney

Rita Blue (Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Agustí)

I put this one first because it was my absolute favorite one. Being an expat in France made me sort of immune to cheese dishes, especially with French cheeses, but the mango chutney piqued my interest. And I’m really glad it did, because it was delicious. The whole menu was very appealing and it took all I had to get up and pursue my tapas crawl, because I would have gladly stayed there all night.

Taller de Tapas (49-51 Rambla de Catalunya)

One of the few chains that I can actually recommend - Taller de Tapas definitely wasn’t a place I was looking forward to, but to my great surprise, left me impressed. I only ordered the patatas bravas, a local classic - which is basically chips with a tomato sauce and a garlic, creamy one. And despite the simplicity of that dish, both sauces were very tasty and left me wanting more!

Also, part of the Vicki Christina Barcelona movie was shot there - the hall is plastered with photos of Woody Allen!

Wow! Café (75 Carrer d’Enric Granados)

A relaxed, friendly and local-only type of café in the lovely Eixampla neighborhood, away from the tourist trail. They serve traditional catalan tapas, simply presented but rich in flavor. I had the cheese  nachos and it was one of the best ones I’d had in a long time. Also, since it’s such a non-touristy place, the prices are honest and relatively cheap considering the size of the tapas.

Other great tapas in Barcelona:

  • Quimet i Quimet (25 Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes)
  • El Rincón del Cava (53 Carrer de Blasco de Garay)
  • Fishop (Passeig de Gràcia 53)
  • Cervecería Catalana (236 Carrer de Mallorca)
  • El Vaso de Ora (6 Carrer Balboa)

Disclaimer: I was a guest of EasyJet Holidays on this trip. As always, all opinions are my own.

Where are your favorite tapas in Barcelona? Do you prefer fancy ones, or more the feel-good type?


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13 Responses to “My favorite tapas in Barcelona”

  1. Pascale

    07. Nov, 2012

    Thanks for these suggestions! I’ll put all of them on a map and bring it with us on our next trip! :)

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  2. PurpleTravelKate

    07. Nov, 2012

    Ohhh, i’m getting so hungry… I also remember a bar called the Black Sheep doing yummy patatas bravas (i’m not sure if it’s still in existence though!)

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  3. There should be some sort of punishment for anyone who makes me look at delicious fried brie before I’ve had breakfast in the AM. Naughty chair for you! ;-)

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  4. I LOVED Taller de Tapas! They had my favorite tapa with spinach, Iberian ham and chickpeas. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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  5. Laurence

    09. Nov, 2012

    Great tips!

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  6. The fried brie sounds amazing!

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  7. cheryl

    17. Nov, 2012

    This makes me hungry! Another good one in Barcelona is Tapas 24. :)

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  8. Abby

    21. Nov, 2012

    Nothing makes me happier than Spanish tapas!!

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  9. Jo

    18. Dec, 2012

    We went to Tantaranta tapas when we were in Barcelona in June this year - they had an amazing salty mushrooms dish served with a raw egg yolk. Sounds weird, but it’s absolutely delicious! Looking forward to trying your recommendations next time we’re in town.

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  10. Reg of The Spain Scoop

    23. May, 2013

    I’ve been here, in Barcelona, 8 years, and your first picks are not my faves - a bit touristy. However, the picks you have as extras ARE some of the best:

    Quimet i Quimet (25 Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes)
    Cervecería Catalana (236 Carrer de Mallorca)
    El Vaso de Oro (6 Carrer Balboa)

    Yes, yes and yes.

    Especially El Vas de Oro!


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