Ahhh Barcelona. It seduced me at first sight and first taste. It truly is a city that never sleeps and that REALLY knows how to eat! Oh my GOSH – the food!!! It is sooooo delicious!
It isn’t easy to find bad eats in this beautiful gothic city! Here is some tapas 101 and some of my favorite spots to experience amazing Barcelona tapas!
It’s Tapas Time!
Start your evening tapas dining adventure around 8pm with the locals. Choose a spot and begin the small plate feast.
The tapas bars have long counters (many without seats) lined with see-through cases showcasing small plates of deliciousness. Point to what you want or walk around and make a plate and just go for it! Don’t stop when you’re full or you will miss something fantastic!
Save your toothpicks as this is how you are charged at the end of your dining adventure. Genius I tell yah.
I mean this isn’t the END of your dining experience. It is technicaly the beginning because you will need to visit multiple tapas bars throughout each evening. AND THEN…around midnight…it’s dinner time!
The toughest part? Leaving each spot. With food this yummy it is hard to chance it and try somewhere new. This was basically my main dilemma my entire trip to Spain. ‘How could the next meal possibly top this one?’ I thought constantly. But each place was just as good as the next.
You can wonder around Barcelona and find fabulous tapas spots basically anywhere. El Born is a triangle section of streets that specializes in Catalan, Basque & Iberian tapas and drinks if you want to wing it. If not, here are some of my favorite spots:
“The pintxos bar of IRATI Taverna Basca is in constant evolution and can be enjoyed at any time of day, serving the purpose of breakfast, appetizer, lunch or an informal dinner. With more than 80 varieties in the best Basque tradition, our pintxo offer is in constant renovation with seasonal produce and new tendencies.”
“Classical kitchen for modern rascals. Whatever the body asks for, but as hard as you try, you’ll never find a table at Suculent’s Tavern. Overall, because there are no tables.”
All fresh and local ingredients with a f$%* your diet attitude (no really they even note that on their website) make for yummy-ness galore! Described by Philippe Rego in Observation Gastronomic as, “Food for times of crisis, when people want to know what they’re eating, and take refuge in a tradition.”
Discover the culinary experiences offered by Albert and Ferran Adrià and the Iglesias brothers. They have created a handful of amazing restaurants throughout the city that has added even more creativity to Barcelona’s fabulous food scene. Bodega 1900 is fantastic and Tickets is a unique and playful eating experience. Check out their website for all locations and menus and be sure to squeeze at least one spot in to your itinerary.
Thanks so much for reading! Have you been to Spain and experienced Barcelona tapas? Any fav spots I can check out on my next visit? Please let me know in the comments section below. Adios!
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