Here in Barcelona, we’re experts when it comes to tapas. These five locations live up to our high expectations and are an easy walk, bike ride, or train ride from the hotel.
Rambla Poblenou, 58
Want a bang for your buck? El 58 dishes out quality ingredients at an unbeatable price. In addition to traditional plates, they also mix things up with contemporary and unexpected ingredients such as langoustine and sweet chili brochette. The atmosphere is also quite charming, with a quaint back patio for cozy conversation.
C/del Rec, 79
Jordi Cruz, founder of the award-winning restaurant Abac, serves up tapas in classic Barcelona fashion at Ten’s. Indulge in squid with citronella aïoli, Yakysova with prawns, coconut, spicy bee, and octopus. Some items from Abac are also up for grabs if you’re feeling adventurous. And contrary to its traditional offerings, the decor is delightfully modern. The counter space and side chairs gleam in glossy white, standing in bold contrast against black placemats and chalkboard wallpaper.
Pl. de la Barceloneta, 1 Ciutat Vella
Inspired by his mother’s cooking, ex-financier Jaume Muedra opened up comfort-food tapas bar L’Òstia in 1924 using quality, time-honored ingredients such as calamares, Russian salad, oxtail, and fried fish. Its decor boasts nautical seaside flair for a welcoming environment that’s also full of friendly locals and excellent customer service. Take a peek before visiting with a high-tech virtual tour.
Plaça de les Olles, 8
Cal Pep is often referred to as the best tapas in all of Barcelona. Pep’s most-famous dishes include cloïsses amb pernil (clams and ham) and trifàsic (a combination of calamares, whitebait, and prawns). Upon entering the restaurant, guests are welcomed in classic Catalan style with stone-stacked walls, fresh white tablecloths, and vines sprawling from ceiling to floor. Pro tip: If you’re visiting on the weekend, be sure to show up early as sometimes the line snakes out and around the street.
Rambla de Catalunya, 18
Complement your tapas with imported beer at Ciutat Comtal. Famous tapas include brocheta d’escamarlans, montaditos, and fresh fish, all of which pair well with the bar’s curated beverages. And what’s more, this establishment has history to back its mouth-watering dishes; upon its opening in the early 1900s it’s rumored to have served the Count of Barcelona. Ciutat Comtal is conveniently located in the heart of the city in Plaça de Catalunya, so it’s the perfect place to drop by after shopping and sightseeing.