Since 1929, it is still considered to be one of the best cava bars in the city, serving up delicious tapas in a rustic, informal room. Situated in the El Born neighbourhood, this late night joint is best enjoyed by ordering anchovies in vinegar, tortilla and a glass of house-made Xampanyet (cava). The Galician pulpo (octopus) and homemade conservas are also excellent choices.
Carrer de Montcada 22, 08003
quimet y quimet
Tucked away on a small street in the El Poble-Sec district lies one of Barcelona’s busiest bars. Famous for their montaditos - small open-faced canapes like toast with salmon, greek yoghurt and truffle honey grace the small but strong menu. A standing-room only establishment, be sure to get there early to secure a space at the bar to watch the delectable tapas being built.
Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004
A very popular and more sophisticated tapas bar, Paco Meralgo has a modern feel with high-quality sharing plates. Focused on a seasonal menu with only the freshest seafood, it’s a wonderful spot to go with a group as they have ample seating. Be sure to try the beef tartare, clams in wine, jamon iberico and steak.
C/ Muntaner, 171 08036
LA COVA FUMADA
Since the 1940’s, La Cova Fumada “the smoked cave” has been serving up fried fish and potato “bombs” (a delicious fried ball of potato with pork) in the same original location. Fresh grilled seafood and classic tapas also appear on the small menu, its a great spot for lunch when a much needed break from the sun at nearby beaches in Barcelonetta is required.
Carrer del Baluard 56, Barceloneta