With phenomenal architecture, glorious coastlines, and a pulsating nightlife, Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Another facet of this intriguing city is its unique, delicious cuisine. Mixing the best of Catalan and Spanish food, the eating scene in Barcelona keeps foodies of all ilk begging for more. What better way to enjoy this vibrant city’s culinary culture than with a few plates of delicious tapas, here are some of the very best in town.
A local institution and a favourite with businessmen, intellectuals and tourists alike, Quimet I Quimet have been serving up delicious tapas for generations. Located in the Poble Sec area of Barcelona, they specialise in no nonsense, local food of exceptional quality. With a thoroughly local ambience and a great wine list, it’s a popular spot and with good reason, too. Some of the specialities here include fried squid, charred padron pepper, and, of course, jamón. Without a doubt one of Barcelona’s most respected dining institutions, visitors here will leave having enjoyed a true taste of the Catalan capital.
In the hip quarter of Sant Antoni amid the innumerable whisky bars and thrift shops lies one of Barcelona’s very best tapas bars. Not that you would know it from outside, the decor at Casa Jacinta is nothing special whatsoever. Once you take a seat on the outdoor terrace and order a bite to eat, things begin to get very interesting indeed. Not only is the wine list of extraordinary quality and variety, but the food is exceptional. With a moderate yet respectable twist on the classics, favourites here include venison paté and smooth as silk mashed potatoes with coriander. Regardless of what you order, a trip to Casa Jacinta is bound to be a culinary experience that lives long in the memory.
Perhaps Barcelona’s most exclusive tapas bar, Tickets is the brainchild of the Adria brothers, former owners of the legendary el Bulli restaurant. Everything about Tickets is pure theatre, reflecting the brothers’ core idea that dining out should be an immersive sensory experience. There’s a circus theme that reduces respectable adults into wide-eyed children, whilst the food is just as playful too. Gastronomic riffs on tapas bar classics such as meatballs, fried potatoes, and squid make Tickets the coolest, most modern spot in town. Make sure to call ahead for a table, as things can get very crowded at this world-renowned locale just off the city’s Avinguda Parallel.