Tapas in Barcelona

On my last trip to Barcelona a couple of months ago, My good friend Gabriella who is always in the mood for good food and wine, joined me for a self-guided tapas tour one warm Saturday evening. After we got sidetracked at some fun shops on the Rambla de Catalunya and the Passeig de Gracia, we stopped at Cerveceria Catalana. If you are new to the idea of tapas and don’t mind being with others who are too, this is a great place to start. Its big, there is plenty of seating (not always common in tapas places) and it has great food, menus in English, many traditional options some with a modern flair, and great service! I was skeptical as I knew this place might be touristy but I was pleasantly surprised by the food and won over by the friendly staff.

Ceveceria Catalana

anchovy tapa with peppers

Our next stop was pure fun. I had heard of Tapaç 24 as it is overseen by Chef Carles Abellan from Comerç 24 and I was looking forward to trying some of his inventive cuisine. Sitting on high stools, surrounded by colourful painted walls and fresh vegetables hanging between the bar and the glass through which we could watch the chefs at work, we were not disappointed. Practically everything on the menu is based on traditional Catalan dishes and ingredients, some with inventive twists, and everything made with the best fresh ingredients. We started with the Tapa D’Or – or Golden tapa for 2.50€ which was a plate of quality extra virgin olive oil with tomatoes served with crusty country bread. Next we ordered the restaurants version of Bombes called Bombes de La Barceloneta for 3.50€. Bombes are a type of croquette, always round. Our other tapa was the Tapas 24 version of the Catalan “Coca” which is like a pizza topped with fresh vegetable goodness with some caviar sprinkled on for fun. We of course enjoyed our tapas with some local sparkling cava and vowed to return someday soon!

La Tapa D'Or at Tapas 24

Bombes de la Barceloneta, Tapas ,24

Tapas 24

Soon we were off again. To reach our third destination we took a 10 or 15 minute stroll down to the Born area near the Picasso Museum and stopped in at a packed Basque pintxos bar called Euskal Etxea, or the Basque house. Not just a source of great pintxos the Euskal Etxea is also a sort of Basque cultural center which offers activities and basque language classes. We stood at the bar and as is the custom here, were offered a plate and allowed to take what we wanted from the heaping plates of pintxos and kept our toothpicks in good faith in order to pay at the end. A weeknight might be better to stop here as it gets pretty crowded but no one really seemed to mind, and since this is the norm here in Spain, we were quite happy to enjoy our txacoli and pintxos elbow to elbow with our fellow diners.

The details.
Cerveceria Catalana

C/ Mallorca, 236. Between Rambla de Catalunya and Balmes.

93 216 03 68


Tapaç 24

Carrer Diputacio, 269 (just east of Passeig de Gracia)

http://www.carlesabellan.com/

Euskal Etxea

C/ Montcada 1-3, Barcelona 08003 (next to the Picasso Museum)

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10 responses to “Tapas in Barcelona

  1. I totally want to visit Barcelona. I not only love the food and wine, I love the soccer team too. Someday right!

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  3. Definately delicious. On the Costa Tropical, which is the 60 km strip of coastline to the south of Granada, it is still normal when you order a beer (only about 1 euro) to serve a tapa but they are very basic, (fried squid, pork stew, jamon and bread, small fried fish etc.) nothing like in the photos but are well received by residents and visitors alike – as there is no extra charge – much to the suprise of the tourists. Unfortunately once a common practice throughout Andalucia this has died out in the more tourist areas.

  4. You paid 2.50€ for olive oil, tomatoes and bread? Really?
    For real tapas stick to the south, where they still give them to you for free with a caña, like they should. If you pay 2.50€ for olive oil, tomatoes and bread you just encourage people to keep on ripping off turists, especially in an area such as Catalunya where it’s not their own tradition to serve them: it’s something they sell with a flamenco show packaged deal type thing in order to take your money.

    • Hi,
      I am sorry that you think I encourage people to rip off tourists. I’m a bit surprised about your reaction since the post was meant to be informative about places I willingly decided to visit with my own money.
      It’s true that in Barcelona the free tapa is virtually non-existent, and yes, I think I have mentioned in other posts that the south is the place to go for free tapas. But that’s not the reason to stay away from a place in a cosmopolitan city that serves tapas, nor do I feel I must refuse to eat anything in Barcelona that is called a tapa because its not ¨authentic¨. Just because the tapas are not free is also not the reason for me to avoid writing in a tapas blog about what kind of tapas CAN be found in Barcelona, paid or free.
      I agree, maybe 2.50 Euros was pricey for that particular tapa. The whole reason I wanted to visit Tapaç 24 was because of the chef’s reputation for delicious Catalan food. It also seemed like a fun place to go at the time, and we were in need of some cava and a small bite to eat where we could sit down at the bar. Do you, out of principle, refuse to eat tapas in Barcelona because they are not free? If you do eat them there, do you have any favorite places you’d like to suggest?

  5. Rea

    Thanks! We are always looking for reccomendations of where
    to eat when we travel. I’ll be reading.
    notsospanish.wordpress.com

  6. I was in the Cerveceria Catalana in May 2010, and it’s still a great place with delicious tapas!
    Highly recommended.
    Con un abrazo muy fuerte,
    Juancho

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