Have you ever eaten tapas? Do you know what a tapa is? For those ones who haven’t tried it yet, tapas are just small portions of typical Spanish dishes. One tapa might not feel your stomach, but it becomes a much better experience when you share dozens of them with a group of friends, at the terrace of a bar in Barcelona.
There many uncountable tapas dishes: prawns, mussels, fried or grilled squid, sardines, small sardines, octopus, grilled razor fish, cuttlefish, sepia drawing, tuna, cod, cod croquettes, anchovies, chips, spicy sauce chips, chicken croquettes, made salad, sausage, ham, olives, bread with olive oil, and so on… Every bar makes their customized “tapa del chef”, and there are contests, routes, prizes and tournaments every year.
There is also a kind of tapa. tipical from the bask country, called “montadito”, or “pintxo“. It refers to bite-size tapas mountes on a pice of bread. In Spain, “Vamos de tapas” or “Vamos de pintxos” are synonims, almost every tapas bar serves both.
Tapas and montaditos are a very good option when you are a group of people and so you can try several dishes and not get full quickly. In Barcelona and in general throughout Spain, we use to take tapas and montaditos at dinner time but they could also be good as a starter in lunch time or as an aperitif. We use to take them with a beer or a glass of wine, coke or water could also be an option.
Most of bars have some tapas and montaditos in the bar and also most of the restaurants have their tapas section in their menu so don’t worry you will find them easily.
But, being from Barcelona, we would like to recommend you our preferred restaurants of tapas & montaditos. Surely we have missed some remarkable places but this is the risk of any list :)
LA FLAUTA (€-€€) Carrer d’Aribau 23 (Eixample). +34 933237038
CERVERIA CATALANA (€-€€) C/ Mallorca, 236 (Eixample). +34 932160368.
CIUDAD CONDAL (€-€€) Rambla de Catalunya, 18 (Eixample – Plaza Catalunya). +34 933181997.
SANTA CATARINA MARKET (€-€€). Francesc Cambó, 16 (Born-Gotic)
BAR PINOTXO (BOQUERIA MARKET) (€-€€). Las Ramblas, 91 (Gotic) +34 933171731
EL XAMPANYET (€-€€) Carrer de Montcada, 22 (Gotic). +34 933197003
QUIMET & QUIMET (€-€€) carrer Poeta Cabanyes, 25 (Poble Sec). +34 934423142
BILBAO (€€) carrer Perill, 33 (Gracia). +34 934589624