Experience one of Spain’s favorite activities—evening tapas at these 10 popular spots in Barcelona. Join the locals for an afternoon or early evening feast of small plates ranging from blood sausages and Spanish omelets to more inventive small plates like tuna topped with caviar and platters of garlic prawns. When it comes to local flavor, you won’t find any chain restaurants on this list but trendy, old-fashioned hideaways serving up classic Spanish dishes.
In the heart of the Poble Sec neighborhood of Barcelona, get ready to feast on pre-dinner tapas like prawns, mussels, chorizo, and all the classic dishes at El Rincon del Cava, a popular local taperia. While unknowing out of town travelers get gauged at nearby tourist traps, you can rest easy since most tapas are around 3 Euro and pints of beer only 2.50. Not bad for the budget traveler feeling peckish in between meals. You’ll find it situated on Carrer de Blasco de Garay, which lies in the middle of a cultural mecca of chic restaurants, lively bars, and historic landmarks like the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), a treasure trove of art history relics.
Along the well-grooved tapas trail of Basque-style taperias, follow the locals to Maitea and happily indulge in generous portions of cured meats, Spanish cheese, and seafood casually served with toothpicks, a hallmark of the tapas tradition. They also serve pintxo, a decadent bite-size treat made with a large date wrapped in bacon. Maitea also has a large selection of wines, plus Almogaver beer on tap and txakoli cider. Follow the signs to Carrer de Casanova and grab a seat at the bar for an early evening feast of cold montaditos, which are small sandwiches made with a variety of ingredients ranging from bacon and goat cheese to fried quail eggs and walnuts. Grab a sampling of the most enticing tapas and leave the toothpicks, which will be counted at the end of the meal, the Spanish way of paying the bill.
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