During my recent visit to Barcelona, I made it a mission to try as many tapas bars as possible. I wanted to find the best of the best…and I did! My criteria for a great dining experience is good food (of course), a lively atmosphere and a friendly/engaging waitstaff. Here are the best tapas bars in Barcelona.
Cervecería CatalanaCarrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 16 03 68 | Google+
This was my first tapas bar I visited when in Barcelona and all the rest had some serious living up to do. The food was amazing and I particularly loved the atmosphere in the lively bar. Favorite dishes were the crispy camembert and then sautéed mushrooms. Do expect to fight for a seat at the bar, but it’s worth the wait.
Ciudad CondalRambla de Catalunya, 18, 08007 Barcelona, Spain +34 933 18 19 97 | Google+
I found this place to be extremely similar to Cervecería Catalana – from the menu items to the atmosphere. The only difference is that the bar is longer, albeit more narrow. If traveling with a group of two or more, this might be a better bet for those wishing to sit at the bar because there are also tall tables available for seating in addition to at-the-bar. A staple at nearly all Spanish eateries, be sure to order the padrón peppers, they are particularly exceptional here.
MaiteaCarrer de Casanova, 157, 08036 Barcelona, Spain +34 934 39 51 07 | Website
This serve-yourself tapas bar is a cool experience with some super cute waiters behind the bar! Take what you want from the tapas on display and they count your toothpicks at the end. If you or someone else in your party is completely sick of tapas at this point, there are plenty of other menu options to choose from like salads and even steak. They also have mushroom croquettes – my favorite!
No matter what time you come here, it is bound to be packed. Without an seats, the entire restaurant is standing room only. Locals and tourists alike congregate here for lunch and dinner. Unlike other tapas bars where many of the montaditos (the little open-faced sandwich-like tapas) are pre-prepared and on display, here everything is made to order. All the fixings are in the display case, and you watch as your tapas are prepared. Wonderful little twist and well worth the trek to visit this slightly off-the-beaten path tapas bar.
Tapeo, Anem de TapesCarrer de Montcada, 29, 08003 Barcelona, Spain +34 933 101 607 | Website
Located in the uber trendy Born district, this modern tapas bar whose name means “let’s have tapas” is exceptional. They have their standard menu as well as excellent daily specials. When I was there, I had the grilled octopus. Whatever you order, you will be pleased. Reservations are possible here and I’d suggest making one, especially for dinner.