The next time you find yourself in Barcelona, be sure to keep this guide handy. We’ve got eight tried-and-tested tapas bars that you need to check out the next time you’re in town. From natural wine bars to main street glamour, and even a couple of underground haunts — here’s how to best eat your way around the city!
It’s hard not to fall in love with Barcelona. Everyone’s gorgeous, the architecture’s stunning, and the food is divine. Unfortunately, most times, when we visit a new city, we’re on a time crunch. So, to help you out, we’ve done the legwork and asked some trusted local sources for their favourite Barcelona tapas places to ensure your next trip to Spain is a belly happy one.
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🇪🇸 Best Barcelona Tapas Places To Check Out
1. Ciudad Comptal
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If you’re not opposed to waiting in line for hours for a good meal, then Ciudad Comtal is for you. Settled in the heart of the city, this Barcelona tapas restaurant is far from understated with its glitzy interior and incredibly fast-paced service. When you’re here, be sure to try both kinds of Sangria (I adored their cava), the Spanish omelette, huevos estrellados (eggs and ham on fries), grilled octopus, codfish, and churros!
Opening Hours: Daily, 9 am to 1 am
Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 18, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Find out more about Ciudad Comtal here.
2. Tapas 24
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Love cosy bustling Barcelona tapas bars? Then book early to get a slot at this one! When dining in at Tapas 24, be sure to order their chicken and ham croquettes, patatas bravas, mussels, grilled cheese sandwiches, cod fritters with honey and any of their scrambled egg dishes. Wash it all down with a pint of local draft beer, or a red from their wine list, and you’re good to go.
Psst! If you can’t quite get away from work just yet, come on down to Robertson Quay where Tapas 24 have opened their very first Asian outpost.
Opening Hours: Daily, 12 nn to 12 am.
Address: Carrer de la Diputacio, 269 Esquina Paseo de Gracia, 08007 Barcelona Spain
Reserve your spot at Tapas 24 here.
3. Bar del Pla
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Hidden in the Gothic Quarter alleys, it’s hard not to feel instantly at home at Bar del Pla. Think friendly service, a quiet relaxed atmosphere, and a good selection of food and drink. Order their crispy oxtail, fish and duck croquette, paella, and beef tartare, but be sure to leave some room for their desserts. You can’t go wrong with both the crema catalaña and milfulles de crema — best paired with a glass of wine.
Opening Hours: Daily, 12 nn to 11 pm
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 2, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Reserve your spot at Bar del Pla here.
4. Bar Brutal + Can Cisa
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Perfect for a pit stop after visiting Musee Picasso is this lively establishment serving up amazing Barcelona tapas — just a stone’s throw away. Enter through Bar Brutal and choose to stay for a glass of natural wine, or head on over to the back for a meal at Can Cisa. Food-wise, order their jamon (or better yet, treat yourself to one of their meat platters), pork sandwiches, and hay smoked oysters.
Opening Hours: Monday and Thursday, 7 pm to 12 am. Friday to Sunday 1 pm to 12 am. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Address: Carrer de la Princesa, 14, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Reserve your spot at Bar Brutal here.
5. Bar Cañete
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Mark this one down for a full-on culinary experience just off La Ramblas. For front-row seats to their omakase-styled open kitchen setting, we recommend getting a place at the counter. While the wines are a little on the pricier side here, their wide selection of high-quality dishes more than makes up for it. Must-orders include the tripe, pig jowls, lobster croquette, calamari sandwich, and sirloin beef.
Opening Hours: Daily, 1 pm to 12 am
Address: Carrer de la Unió, 17, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Reserve your spot at Bar Cañete here.
6. El Xampanyet
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If authenticity’s your game, then El Campanyet is the name you should keep an eye out for. Reminiscent of San Sebastian, the tiny restaurant overcompensates for its size with its lively infectious atmosphere. Pair your cava or coffee with pan con tomate, iberico secreto, padron peppers, calamari, chorizo tortilla, and the iconic Catalan pasta. End it off on a sweet note with a plate of chocolate truffles with salt.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 nn to 11 pm (closed from 3.30 pm to 7pm). Sundays from 12 nn to 3.30 pm.
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Reserve your spot at El Xampanyet here.
7. Contracorrent Bar
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Take note of this charming Mediterranean spot the next time you drop by the Exiample neighbourhood. Unlike its plain jane exterior, the restaurant’s beauty is apparent through its lovely interior and warm service. You can’t go wrong with their selection of tapas, but the star of the show is definitely their stellar rendition of prawn risotto. Pair all that with a bottle or two of natural wine and you’re all set!
Opening Hours: Friday to Sunday, 1 pm to 11 pm (closed from 4.30 pm to 7 pm). Monday and Thursday, 7 pm to 11 pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Address: Carre de Ribes, 35, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
Reserve your spot at Contracorrent Bar here.
8. Pepa Pla (Pepe Bar a Vins)
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For modern Catalan tapas and natural wines, look no further than Pepa Bar a Vins. Converted from an old bookstore into a hole-in-the-wall wine bar, the Barcelona tapas restaurant is known for its unusual food combinations and excelling pairings. The limited menu changes regularly — so come with high expectations, an empty belly, and an open mind.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 1 pm to 11 pm (closed from 3.30 pm to 8 pm). Closed on Sundays.
Address: Carrer d’Aribau, 41, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
Reserve your spot at Pepe Bar a Vins here.
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