One of the best things about traveling is to try the region’s local cuisine. This is also a way of discovering the destination and the way of life. In Barcelona, as well as their traditional Catalonian tapas, going out to for tapas every day is a tradition deeply rooted, something that is characteristic of Spain and that many tourists enjoy.
If you are visiting Barcelona you can (and should) stop by one of the busiest areas with tapas bars as is La Barceloneta, the Gothic Quarter and the Borne. There you can try some of the quintessential classic tapas such as “patatas bravas” or other typical tapas in the area such as the “bombas”.
But, if there is something unique and characteristic of the tapas in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, is the “pa amb tomàquet” (bread with tomato). It is one of the easiest and yet more popular amongst Catalans. It is very simple, bread with rubbed tomato with garlic, salt and olive oil. It is usually accompanied with jamon Serrano, cheese and anchovies.
Scrambled eggs with butifarra (blood sausage) is one of the most popular tapas in Barcelona where this kind of sausages are very traditional. A great place to try then is at the bar Tapas 24 that you find next to the Paseo de Gracia. At this bar they serve the classic and traditional tapas perfectly elaborated.
Another recommended bar that has to be included in a good tapas tour to Barcelona is the Bar Jai-Ca, an iconic place that already has two establishments in the same Ginebra Street. They specialize in fish tapas, like the deep fried calamari, in the same street Geneva. Here are specialists in fish tapas such as fried calamari, herring, sardines, octopus, shrimp, squid, cuttlefish… A day will not be enough.
If you are faithful to the typical “patatas bravas” and you’re in Barcelona you have to necessarily go to Bar Tomas, which is in the area of Sarria-Pedralbes. It is a little bit out of the way from the centre of Barcelona, but it does not matter because, after you taste their famous “bravas” with ali I oli, or their secret spicy sauce you will understand why we recommended the trip.
“Las Bombas”, the bombs, is one of the most popular tapas in Barcelona. It is said that they were invented in La Cova Fumada, an iconic bar located in the Barceloneta market square. They consist of a potato dumpling filled with meat, that can be accompanied with a spicy sauce or ali i oli. It is well worth visiting the place, both for its Bombas as for the place itself.
These are just some of the most popular tapas in Barcelona. The good thing about an open and innovative city like Barcelona, is that you can find both classic traditional tapas as well as tapas that are completely innovative and revolutionary. In the end, having a wide variety is the most enjoyable, and in Barcelona you find them in all sorts of colours and tastes.