Tapas and Barcelona are synonymous. And regardless of where you end up eating, most restaurants have tapas options (even fine dining establishments). Barcelona has scores of local tapas bars, some of which are not found in the mainstream guide books; you’ll find many of them nestled amongst the winding streets of the Gotico or tucked away in the Born.
When in Barcelona looking for tapas, make sure to check out the following spots:
Ginger Bar -Although it’s best known for being a wine bar and cocktail lounge, they also have high quality, mouth watering tapas here. Try the tuna (their signature dish) and duck.
Jai Cai – With only a few tables inside and three or four outside on their small patio, this Barceloneta bar is always packed, with people frequently queueing outside waiting for tables. They don’t take reservations so it’s best to go early, especially on a weekend.
Andu – A romantic hot spot behind the Correos (post office) on Via Laietana, Andu offers large cheese and ham platters and an extensive wine list. This is a rustic Canadian-owned bar, with large wooden tables at the back and comfy sofas at the front, ideal for a date or an intimate evening out.
Set de Gotic - Part of a Barcelona restaurant chain, Set de Gotic is known for its Jamon Serrano and potent Vermouth.
Paco Meralgo – Slightly more upscale in decor than some of the Old Town tapas bars, Paco Meralgo is located in the Eixample. It features a wide variety of high-end tapas in a classy, yet unpretentious atmosphere. The restaurant is spacious and airy with large windows and a minimalist decor.