• Currency
  • Language
14 Aug 2019 | Estimated reading time: 5 minutes |
Tapas in Barcelona

TOP 35 Tapas in Barcelona

TOP 35 Tapas in Barcelona

What are the different types of tapas you can find in Barcelona? Where to eat them?

Tapas are a famous and essential part of Spanish culinary culture, and of course, Barcelona is no exception. There are all kinds, meat or fish, hot or cold ... The only common peculiarity is their size, they are usually small rations that can be enjoyed during the aperitif before the main meal, accompanied by a glass of wine or beer.

However, it is becoming increasingly common to turn tapas into a complete meal by ordering a number of different dishes.

In this article you will find a top of the different types of tapas existing in Barcelona, good addresses of restaurants and tapas bars where to find them, as well as guided tours.

If you want to stay in Barcelona and are still looking for accommodation, check out our offers for long term rental in Barcelona.

What does the word "TAPAS" mean?

Defining exactly what a "tapa" always causes a great debate in Spain. This meal can take different forms depending on the region where you are. In general, you can consider them as small portions or appetizers.

In the north of Spain, especially in the Basque Country, tapas are called "pintxos" and are often served on tiny slices of bread. In Andalucia, tapas can also be served in larger portions called "raciones".

Despite the fact that Barcelona is not particularly known for its tapas culture, you can still find a wide range of tapas. Due to its geographical position on the Mediterranean, you will find a variety of tapas with seafood. You can also find tapas from all parts of the country. You will be able to explore all the possible combinations and unimaginable that can be found in terms of tapas.

Without further ado I will reveal the list of typical tapas you can enjoy in Barcelona!

TOP 35 Tapas in Barcelona

The essentials (according to us)

  • Pa amb tomàquet: The most typical tapa of Catalonia! Slices of bread rubbed with tomatoes and garlic, as well as some olive oil and salt.
  • Patatas Bravas: One of the most famous tapas in Spain. Potatoes cut into cubes and fries, served with a spicy tomato sauce and aioli.
  • Tortilla de patatas: Very popular dish in Spain! A thick omelette topped with potatoes and sometimes onion.
  • Croquetas: Preparation from a kind of bechamel and garnish (usually ham, fish or spinach) which is breaded and fried.
  • Pimientos de padrón: Perfect for a drink! A variety of green peppers fried in olive oil with salt.
  • Salmorejo: Thick cold soup made of bread crumbs, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt and tomato.
  • Chipirones: Small calamari found mainly in the Basque Country and Spain. They can be served fried or fresh with parsley.
  • Chorizo:This famous Iberian sausage is made with pork and paprika, giving it a tangy taste.

The classics

  • Aceitunas: Olives, sometimes stuffed.
  • Pimientos rellenos: Peppers stuffed with fish, usually tuna or cod.
  • Queso manchego: Spanish cheese with sheep's milk.
  • Ensaladilla rusa: Salad made with potatoes, peas, tuna, boiled eggs and possibly other vegetables, all served with mayonnaise.
  • Pintxo: Slice of bread to garnish.
  • Gazpacho: Soup of raw vegetables, mainly tomato, served cold.

The most sophisticated

  • Berenjenas con miel: Eggplant rings fried with honey.
  • Croquetas de queso: Croquette with cheese.
  • Espinacas con garbanzos: Spinach and chickpeas.
  • Espinacas con queso : Spinach and processed cheese.
  • Queso de cabra frito : Fried goat cheese.


  • Chicharrón: Diced pork rind, sometimes served hot
  • Jamón iberico: Famous Spanish ham also known as pata negra.
  • Albondigas: Meatballs.
  • Chorizo a la sidra: Chorizo ​​with cider.
  • Morcilla: Kind of black pudding.

The maritime

  • Boquerones en vinagre: Anchovies in vinegar.
  • Pulpo a la gallega: Galician marinated octopus.
  • Bacalao: Cod, often served fried.
  • Boquerones fritos: Fried anchovies.
  • Pescaíto frito: Small fried fish.
  • Chocos: Cuttlefish.
  • Calamares: Calamari.
  • Sardinas: Sardines.
  • Gambas al ajillo: Shrimps with garlic.
  • Anchoas: Anchovies served with vinegar, garlic and parsley.
Différentes sortes de tapas

Tapas Restaurants in Barcelona

Now that you've got a glimpse of all that's waiting for you, you just have to find the perfect place to eat these succulent tapas! I leave you to read our article about the best tapas restaurants in Barcelona to find a place that you like.

If you come to visit the capital of Catalonia, ​​we will help you to find the best vacation rentals in barcelona. We offer apartments of different types, renovated and well furnished in all areas of Barcelona!

Tapas Bars in Barcelona

We have also listed the different types of tapas bars that you can find in Barcelona. So you can choose more easily which bar best suits your desires, tapas at will, cheap, Basque, vegetarian ... Make yourself happy!

Guided Tours of Tapas Bars in Barcelona

Another way to discover the world of tapas is to take part in a guided tour. Your guide will be an expert of the city and will lead you to the most typical places so that you have a glimpse of the most authentic Catalan cuisine. This will allow you to enjoy traditional tapas restaurants in optimal conditions. You just have to let yourself be guided!

Here are some organizations offering guided tours allowing you to taste tapas all along your route:

  • Catalan food and culture are on the agenda of this early evening guided tour, which will introduce you to Barcelona's famous tapas bars. A good way to start your visit: not only do you discover this fascinating city, but you also learn to order your tapas in the best bars and cafes. And what's more, you can ask your guide for suggestions that will make you enjoy your stay in Barcelona even more.
  • With Locals: Barcelona Tapas Walking Tour

    Enjoy delicious tapas in famous places in Barcelona during a walking tour of the city center. Stroll through the historic streets with a gourmet guide, taste the Spanish wines and discover culinary pearls.
  • Get Your Guide: Tapas and Wine Tour

    Try a tapa (pintxos), a local snack consisting of a piece of bread and delicious extra layers held together by a toothpick. Each tapas stop is accompanied by a glass of local wine for a private pre-dinner experience that you will remember!

Excursions in Barcelona

To make the most of Barcelona and fill your trip with unforgettable experiences and emotions, we offer you the excursions through the Catalan capital organized by our friends - the GetYourGuide team. Choose your excursion and fall in love with Barcelona:

Do you like this post?

Click here!

2.5/5 - 4 votes

Related articles

Share your thoughts

Tired of reading about Barcelona? Find an apartment and stay there!


Your current credit is €10

The travel credit is applied to the prices automatically when you log into your account.

Ooops. One error ocurred!

Connect with Facebook
Log in with Google
Forgot your password?
Enter your email below and we will send you a password reset link.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 18:00.

We speak English, Spanish, German, Russian, French, Dutch and Italian.

+34 678625980
+33 184883620
+1 6465689734
+34 902052856
+46 844680527
+44 2036950691
+31 208083149
+39 0694804041
+49 3030808496
+45 89884196
International number: +34 933255027
Collect entries and win great prizes!

Everyone can collect entries for the prize draw of our contests by participating in our guide & community. Below you see how you can collect entries.

There is no limit to the number of entries you may collect. The more you collect, the bigger the chance to win!

To make it fair for everyone we reset the number of entries back to zero after every draw.

What can you win?
Win a weekend for 2 in Barcelona

Win a weekend in Barcelona

Need help?

WhatsApp Chat

We use cookies to provide you with a better web experience. By browsing our site you accept the use of these cookies. Read more here. OK