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5 tapas bars in Barcelona you just can't live without

Sara Boccolini

Is Barcelona going to be your Erasmus destination? Already living there? The city of nightlife, entertainment and festivals has a lot to offer, also through its gastronomy. I believe you’ve heard of tapas, right? Tapas are tasty appetisers that are served along with a caña (beer) or a glass of wine. “Ir de tapas” in Barcelona is a must!

The menus at tapas bars offer typical dishes and recipes: meat and fish, patatas bravas, chipirones, pulpo Galician, ham croquettes and much, much more. Tapas are certainly cheap enough and are always a pleasant snack for a tasteful study break ?

Check this list and try out each and everyone of these tapas bars in Barcelona!

Cerveceria Catalana

5 Tapas bars in Barcelona: Cerveceria Catalana

by Flickr user: Adam Wyles

This place is household name in Barcelona. Say this name and everyone will point you towards the right streets to reach it. It is considered to be one of the best tapas restaurants in town, although not the cheapest. At Cerveceria Catalana you can taste all kinds of high quality tapas – it’s the ideal place to eat while sipping a craft caña.

Cerveceria Catalana, Mallorca, 236
Phone: +34932160368 Metro: L3 Passeig de Gràcia

100 Montaditos

5 Tapas bars in Barcelona: 100 Montaditos

by Flickr user: Moyan Brenn

What is a “montadito”? Part of the Spanish cuisine, this dish will allow you to taste the best ingredients … “mounted” on bread. Excellent value for money. 100 different kinds of sandwiches – you will definitely find one that suits you!

“Jamón serrano” and olive oil, or “Chistorra” and green peppers, brie cheese, arugula and olive oil, or “Lomo al ajillo” and mayonnaise? Which one do you prefer? 100 Montaditos will definitely satisfy your taste buds!

100 Montaditos, Plaza Urquinaona 1
Urquinaona metro, L4 or red line L1

Cal Pep

5 Tapas bars in Barcelona: Cal Pep

by Flickr user: Javier Lastras

Excellent quality, fresh and tasty ingredients, and many varieties of tapas. This is another place not to be missed in town! Also famous for the quality of the wine and for the courteous service: a high level tapas bar with an open kitchen and unmissable fried fish – it’s best to book a table to guarantee a seat. The prices of the tapas are fairly low (maximum €15).

Cal Pep, Pl. De les Olles, 8
Phone: +34933107961 Metro: Barceloneta (L4) Bus: 17, 36, 40, 45, 57, 59, 64, 157

El Quim

5 Tapas bars in Barcelona: El Quim

by Flickr user: Morgaine

If you are looking for something typical and familiar, you’ve come to the right place! El Quim’s prices start at €5, and offer a wide range of tapas like: boquerones (fried anchovies), chipirones (squid) and arroz negro (rice with squid ink). Located inside the Boqueria Market, El Quim displays all the products they use to prepare your dish.

El Quim, La Rambla, 91
Phone: +34 93 301 98 10 Metro: Liceu (L3) Bus 14, 38, 91, N9, N12, N15

Can Ramonet

5 Tapas bars in Barcelona: Can Ramonet

by Flickr user: Morgaine

To finish this tasty list, I couldn’t miss Can Ramonet, founded in Barcelona in 1763! A place where you can taste lots of tapas to go with a beer. Onion served with Romesco sauce (typical from Catalonia), cod, Galician octopus, rice, and paellas are just some of the great recipes that you can try at Can Ramonet!

Can Ramonet, Carrer Maquinista 17
Phone: +34 93 319 30 64 Metro: L4 Barceloneta Bus: 17, 36, 39, 45, 57, 59, 157

I bet that you’re already crazily walking around the streets of Barcelona trying to find any one of these tapas bars, right? Try all of them and your stay in the city will be even more wild.

Ir de tapas: a tradition that can not be underestimated in Barcelona!

Translated by Cristina Tomé


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