The 10 Best Spots for Tapas in Barcelona


8. Elisabets

Head to Elisabets on Carrier d’Elisabets and join the local workers and students for reasonably priced tapas at this well-loved institution. If you’re feeling adventurous, skip the classic Spanish omelets and garlic prawns and try the patatas rabiatas, a rich dish of fried potato chunks and piquet bolognse or the morcilla amb confitada de cebolla (blood sausage with braised onions). Its central location and cheap prices make it a popular spot for hungry locals looking for a pre-dinner snack before venturing out for a late night dinner, one of the interesting habits of Spaniards. The choricito and pimientos de pardon might be on the spicy side for the average palatte, but a jug of Spanish beer is the perfect antidote.

7. Los Toreros

Bullfighting might be a thing of the past in Spain, but its long tradition can be felt within the walls of Los Toreros, Barcelona’s favorite bullfighting themed tapas bar. The faded relic of the 1960s is full of bullfighting memorabilia. Now more of a museum, the décor is a nostalgic tribute to Spain’s centuries-old tradition of bull verses matador. Around the corner from the Ramblas, settle in and get into the Barcelona spirit with rabo de toro, the classic oxtail stew or lighter tapas like a platter of garlic prawns. Sombreros are optional, but a glass of their house-made sangria is highly encouraged.

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