Tapa Time In Barcelona: Where To Snack

Tapas in Barcelona - 'Pulpo'

Tapas in Barcelona - 'Pulpo'

By Regina Winkle-Bryan

The breakdown is: breakfast at 10, lunch at 2 and dinner at 10pm. With an eating schedule like this you may get hungry while wandering Spanish soil. Before you pack the trail mix in your purse, consider tapas which are cooler, less crunchy, and much more delicious.

Seafood tapas are one option...

Seafood tapas are one option...

The Scoopettes have traveled all over Spain doing ‘research’ on tapas. We have gained a few pounds and some seriously good scoop on some fabulous tapas joints in Barcelona.

1. Jai-ca (c/ Ginebra, 13 08003 Barceloneta, Barcelona)

In La Barceloneta, this place is a legend with a lot of seafood tapa options. Don’t plan on getting a seat unless you come at an off hour or were born with good luck. Stand at the bar. Try the bravas (spicy potatoes) and the tigres (it’s delicious inside a shell – not 100% sure what they are). Local, reasonable prices and darn good grub keep this place packed (though many of their tapas are of the ‘fried’ variety).

Patatas Bravas in Barcelona

Patatas Bravas in Barcelona

2. Patxoca (c/ Mercaders 28, El Born, Barcelona)

Across from the Cathedral near El Born, Patxoca is a restaurant with organic dishes. They also do some nice tapas. They are a bit pricy, but worth it. Patxoca has outdoor seating with heaters in the winter, plus a cozy, albeit small, inside dining room. We like this place, and its hidden away location in the center of the city.

Beer and tapas go well together we've found...

Beer and tapas go well together we've found...

3. Fabrica Moritz Barcelona (Ronda de Sant Antoni 39-43, Eixample, Barcelona)

Hmmm, I’m not sure what to think of this new beer bar and tapas spot on Sant Antoni. I like it. I like Moritz beer. I like what they’ve done with the old beer factory, turning it into a super hip gastro-pub. But I don’t like that they make their wait staff wear funny uniforms. Whose idea was that?! Seriously. As someone who worked in the service industry and had to wear a uniform many times, I frown upon this. Whoever is making them wear those never worked as a waiter. It’s a weird jumpsuit, and I just don’t get it. However, their tapas are tasty and creative (not your average fried croqueta here) as are the beers on tap. This is a place to have an interesting experience and sip what most consider to be the Barcelona beer.

Fabrica Moritz Barcelona

Fabrica Moritz Barcelona

4. El Celler del Nou Priorat (Vallespir 19, Sants, Barcelona)

If you’ve read my other post about this place, then you know why I dig it. Mostly though, I appreciate their wine list, which is extensive. Plus, there ain’t much shaking in the Sants barrio, so this place gets extra points for being one of the only decent bars in the ‘hood.

Exotic Eats - Tapas in Barcelona

Exotic Eats - Tapas in Barcelona

5. Cala de Vermut (Carrer de les Magdalenes, 6, Barri Gotic, Barcelona)

Have you tried vermut? It’s a herbed wine on ice served with an orange wedge and an olive. I’m an addict when it comes to the stuff. The way to drink it is with tapas before lunch or in the late afternoon. It goes well with patatas bravas (spicy potatoes), salty green olives, berberechos (cockles) and spicy peppers stuffed with goat cheese. Therefore, it goes well with everything they serve at Cala de Vermut. While I do recommend the vermut at Cala de Vermut, I don’t think their fried tapas are as good as they used to be. Stick to a drink and some white anchovies and you’ll do well.

6. El Vaso de Oro (Balboa 6, La Barceloneta, Barcelona)

Honestly, I haven’t been to El Vaso de Oro in some time because the place is so small (and long) that it’s hard to go with a group. However, this was one of the first tapa places I tried in Barcelona, quite by accident, in 2005. It was good then and continues to serve fab tapas now. They have a very ample tapa menu here, and many dishes are made to order. The food and the experience are both draws (you’ll see what I mean once you get there).

Cala de Vermut

Cala de Vermut

How many calories do you think these 'bravas' have?

How many calories do you think these 'bravas' have?

**More Scoop : A useful source for finding tapas restaurants and really, any sort of restaurant in Barcelona is Salir.com, which is in Spanish. The web lists restaurants all over Spain.

In Seville, The Scoop follows De Tapas por Sevilla on Facebook to get the latest scoop on what people in the south of Spain are munching (http://www.facebook.com/Sevilladetapas). We also like Tapas Con Arte.


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  1. alterEgo
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    In Madrid there are also really cool tapas places. For visitors of this awesome city a drop by one of this place to my mind is a must!

  2. Posted January 24, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Any of the perpendicular streets on either side of the Ramblas leads to exciting laberynths full of charming little squares with countless restaurants. Venture into Barcelona’s Old Town and discover your own special tapas delicacy.

  3. Mark
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Tigres are stuffed and baked mussels – http://spanishfood.about.com/od/seafoodtapas/r/TigresalaMari.htm

    Very nice too!

  4. admin
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Yes, they’re delicious. Sort of crunchy on the top, and the mussel is blended and creamy, not rubbery. Yum!

  5. Posted July 25, 2012 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the tips! I’ll keep this list handy for my next trip to Barcelona – which in my opinion has the best tapas in the world. Can’t wait to check these out!

    Karen McCann

  6. admin
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks Karen. Barcelona does have some yummy tapas, but personally I think the best tapas in the WORLD are in the Basque Country! I was recently in Vitoria and ate at a place that won an award for the top ‘tortilla de patata’ in the whole of Spain, which is amazing. I tried the ‘tortilla’ there, and indeed, it was delish.


  7. Posted July 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    A great site in English for tapas in Seville is:

  8. admin
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I agree Peter. Everytime I see one of her photos, I want to get on a plane to go eat in Seville!

  9. Posted August 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    What a terrible thing to have to research. ;) Thanks for some great new recommendations!

    I tried La Bombeta in Barceloneta last night, and now their delicious bombas are pretty much the only thing I want to eat for the rest of my life.

  10. admin
    Posted August 12, 2012 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    Also try La Cova Fumada in La Barceloneta for Bombas! I’m not a fan of Bombas because I don’t eat meat, but many folks come from all over to get them at La Cova.

    Are you based in Barcelona?


  11. Posted September 20, 2012 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Barcelona is a foodie’s heaven, with a taste-bud tempting range of restaurants. There’s always a new trend to try, or an upcoming chef making waves.

    Teller de Tapas is one tapas joint you really must try! I highly recommend it. They’ve got 5 locations across Barcelona – my favourite is on Rambla Catalunya; if the weather’s good then go for a table outside as it’s perfect for people watching.

  12. admin
    Posted September 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Glad you have had good experiences with them! You have to watch your bill. I have had them make mistakes.

  13. Posted November 13, 2013 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    The original Moritz factory was on Calle Sant Pau, not on Sant Antoni. The third generation of the family bought up the two shop fronts which encompass the new factory.

  14. Posted November 13, 2013 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    vermut is vermouth

  15. admin
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Donna. Vermouth is listed and spelled as vermut in Barcelona. Luckily, the spelling is very similar. You can see more on vermut here: http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermut

    We adore a good vermut/vermouth/vermú at Bar Electricitat in La Barceloneta. Cheers!

  16. admin
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Have you been there Doina? It’s quite a place.

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