10 MUST-TRY Tapas in Barcelona, Spain 

by Roger Wellington from Wet Nose Escapades: A yorkie’s guide to healthy travel on the must try tapas in Barcelona.

¡Hola, escapaders! It’s time to mark up the captivating city of Barcelona, Spain. Besides spectacular beaches, stunning architecture, rich Catalonian history, and die-hard sports fans, Barcelona is internationally known for its scrumptious (or in my terms, to-beg-for) cuisine.

Tapas bars are undoubtedly the happening places to be for two very good reasons – the scene is beyond lively and, most importantly, the food is chops-lickin’ good. Check out my must try tapas in Barcelona.Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

#1 MUST-TRY Tapa in Barcelona – Paella de Mariscos (Seafood Paella)

When you visit this global coastal city, you’ve gotta treat yourself to some seafood paella. Whether you get it as a dish or tapa, you will leave the table with your tail wagging. Typically cooked in a steel pan, the signature rice dish of Spain is one meal that you can’t help but devour over and over during your visit.

Originated in Barcelona’s coastal neighbor, Valencia, seafood paella consists of Spanish rice cooked with an array of sniff-worthy spices (specifically saffron) and FRESH seafood (usually shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari among other options).

Oh yea, don’t forget to squeeze that lemon wedge for a zesty finish. Definitely one of the best tapas in Barcelona.

Where to get it: Bosque Palermo/formerly Zuazo Gaston (08011 Carrer de Valencia, 163, 08011)Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

#2 MUST-TRY Tapa in Barcelona – Calamar a la Plancha y Espárragos (Grilled Calamari and Asparagus)

One cannot leave Barcelona without trying this dainty combination! Sure, you can order calamari by itself and it’ll be awesome. But add asparagus to the mix and it’ll be jaw-droppin’ amazing. Calamari and asparagus make one incredible team; think about it – the crunchiness of asparagus (whether green or white) complements the softness of the grilled calamari.

Together, they are full of flavor – not too heavy and not too light, but just right. It’s more than a treat, but a real delicacy to satisfy my little Yorkie tummy.

Where to get it: Bar Estudiantil (Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 592, 08007). Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

#3 MUST-TRY Tapa in Barcelona – Patatas Bravas (Spicy Potatoes)

Wooooof, es tiempo para patatas! My love for potatoes isn’t the only reason why I love this popular tapa; it’s a fun, appetizing, and filling snack that goes hand-in-hand with a refreshing cold beer or sangria.

Think home fries with a spicy Spanish flare. Served with a somewhat spicy olive oil-based aioli (or sometimes with a tomato-based sauce such as ketchup doctored-up with spices), the potatoes are lightly fried so the outside is a tad crispy while the inside is soft and melts magically in your mouth. One of the unique tapas in Barcelona. Mmmm.

Where to get it: Sensi (Ample, 26, 08002) However, to be fair, you normally can’t go wrong with this tapa anywhere.Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

#4 MUST-TRY Tapa in Barcelona – Jamon (Cured Ham)

Although I love my veggies, my ancestral instincts make me a sucker for cured meat, especially jamon. Jamon is ubiquitous in Spain with each region contributing its own version of this delicious treat (e.g. jamon iberico, jamon serrano).

Yet Barcelona is no exception. You’ll effortlessly find yourself surrounded by GIGANTIC pig legs, which are expertly preserved for future consumption, hanging from the ceiling of any cerveseria or restaurant that you enter.

Traditionally served as thin slices of cured meat, jamon are toy-sized snacks that you can enjoy anywhere: whether at a family-run spot or “gotta wear my tux”-type restaurant. It’s savory and succulent with a unique texture and smell.

Where to get it: ANYWHERE!Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

#5 MUST-TRY Tapa in Barcelona – Flautas (Petite Baguette Sandwiches)

Arrrrf, time to eat with your paws! Don’t overlook these mini baguette sandwiches in Barcelona. They may be simple, but they are a common staple among the locals. These tasty sandwiches are casually grabbed on-the-way to work or enjoyed while dining in for breakfast or lunch.

The bread is always fresh and crunchy (yet never teeth-crushing) and you can select from a variety of meats, cheeses, and veggies. YUM!

Where to get it: Cerveseria Ciutat Comtal (Rambla de Catalunya, 18, 08007) OR Cerveseria Catalana (Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008).

*These two famous sister restaurants are usually packed beyond belief so be sure to go during off hours or prepare for battle just to get a bite to eat.Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

#6 MUST-TRY Tapa in Barcelona – Montaditos (Mini Open-Faced Sandwiches)

Montaditos, montaditos, montaditos! OK – it’s not just a fun word to say, but it’s also a fun snack! The foundation of a montadito is a Yorkie-sized slice of bread. Completing the roll can be one of the countless DEEELICIOUS toppings:  shrimp, calamari, chicken, cheese, jamon, imitation crab meat, and the list BARKS on.

Most toppings are mixed with mouthwatering sauces and ingredients, thus, creating innumerable distinctive flavors.

Where to get it: Cerveseria Ciutat Comtal (Rambla de Catalunya, 18, 08007) OR Cerveseria Catalana (Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008).Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

#7 MUST-TRY Tapa in Barcelona – Brocheta de Camarones y Setas (Shrimp and Mushroom Skewer)

I lick my plate clean whenever I have the brocheta de camarones y setas here. Always marvelously seasoned and grilled so perfectly that you can’t just eat one skewer.

Oh, so juicy, aromatic, delectable, and downright dreamy with every single bite. Seriously, order two and you’ll thank me later. You’ll have to try it to believe it.

Where to get it: Cerveseria Ciutat Comtal (Rambla de Catalunya, 18, 08007) OR Cerveseria Catalana (Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008).Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

#8 MUST-TRY Tapa in Barcelona – Ensalada de Camarones (Shrimp Salad)

Wooofhooo, I love the ensalada de camarones! As a coastal city, Barcelona has an abundant supply of high-quality seafood, especially shrimp. Ensalada de camarones is my favorite salad in Barcelona because it’s super refreshing taste sets off nostalgia – it takes me back to my lovely puppy picnics many dog years ago.

Quality shrimp, chunky imitation crab meat, cherry tomatoes, and lemon juice are meshed miraculously with spices to make this one exquisite appetizer.

Where to get it: Cerveseria Ciutat Comtal (Rambla de Catalunya, 18, 08007) OR Cerveseria Catalana (Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008).Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

#9 MUST-TRY Tapa in Barcelona – Tortilla Española (Spanish Omelette)

Craving for something filling, yet tasty for breakfast in Barcelona? Opt for the Spanish staple, tortilla española. I could scarf one down right now. What’s so special about this omelet? Once again, it’s patatas!

The eggs bind the potatoes together to give this dish some real shape, making it look more like a breakfast pie than an omelet. The potatoes and eggs are lightly seasoned, then baked together for a light, yet surprisingly savory flavor.

CAUTION: Very filling!

Where to get it: Braseria El Xuleto (Carrer de Sicília, 263, 08025)  Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

#10 MUST-TRY Tapa in Barcelona – Queso Manchego y Pan con Tomate (Manchego Cheese and Tomato Bread)

Amazing when enjoyed together, the popular tapas of queso manchego and pan con tomate are the epitome of Spanish tastiness in simplicity. It’s easy to understand why this city has a love affair with manchego cheese; its sharp nutty flavor has me licking my chops right upon first sight.

And, pan con tomate is its fabulous sidekick: toasted bread rubbed with fresh garlic and topped with fresh tomato spread make this one light, refreshing treat.

Where to get it: La Bombeta (Calle de la Maquinista, 3, 08003)Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

A Few Bonus Items for your Tapas in Barcelona!

BONUS #1: Morcilla (Blood Sausage)

OKAY, morcilla is not exactly my first pick for food in Barcelona, but I have to say that it’s still a “MUST-TRY.” Although they can easily be used as a prop in the game show Fear Factor, these dark, uninviting, and thick sausages are an authentic Spanish delicacy; however, that doesn’t mean that we should pass up an opportunity to try one for ourselves.

It’s no false advertisement because these sausages are surely made out of “blood” (i.e. dried up pork blood and fat). The flavor is strong and unique. The texture is similar to a moist chocolate cake…?

Wait, that can’t be right, can it? Haha, there is only one way to find out! Gaining experience should always be an objective when traveling so you might as well check off this mystery from your list while in Barcelona.

Where to get it: El Vaso de Oro (Carrer de Balboa, 6, 08003)  Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

BONUS #2: Sangria

Don’t forget to complement your tapas with a glass (or perhaps a pitcher if you’re sharing) of cold sangría! Generally made with delicious red wine, orange juice or brandy, and a variety of fresh chopped fruit (apples, oranges, and lemon/lime slices), sangria is another MUST-TRY in the city.

With its dulcet flavor, remember to not consume too much before or during your meal – otherwise, the sweetness will surely kill your appetite. I love scarfing down the chopped apples and oranges for dessert!

Where to get it: ANYWHERE! Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

That’s it, escapaders! Hope you enjoy all my picks for tapas in the sensational city of Barcelona. Feel free to share your favorites by leaving me a comment below.

¡Adiós!

Markin’ it up,

Roger Wellington a.k.a. The Doob

Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

About the Author

Roger Wellington is a Yorkshire terrier from California. He is a beef jerky & veggie lover, 7 lb. athlete, and world escapader. He writes about balancing health and travel on his blog Wet Nose Escapades: A Yorkie’s guide to healthy travel. Everything you need to know when ordering tapas in Barcelona. All the must eat items you have to try on your next trip to Spain.

About Angie & Roger

Roger Wellington is a Yorkshire terrier from California. He is a beef jerky & veggie lover, 7 lb. athlete, and world escapader. He writes about balancing health and travel on his blog Wet Nose Escapades: A Yorkie’s guide to healthy travel.