So, for starters, what is a tapa? Tapas are small, bite-sized foods, usually served on bread, that can be eaten as a snack or as a whole meal. Spaniards tend to eat lighter dinners than lunches, so if during your visit to Barcelona, you move from tapa bar to tapa bar, trying each one’s specialty alongside una caña (a small beer) or Catalonia-grown cava (sparkling wine), you’ll find plenty of locals doing the same thing.
There are a variety of tapas bars in Barcelona, from those that are upscale, to those that focus on pintxos (a Basque version of the tapa), and even those that make their own champagne. How can you choose which ones to visit? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of my favorites for every occasion.
For those days when tipping back a cold one sounds great.
For when you want quality Catalonian food after your day meandering around La Rambla. Visit.
For when your thirst for sangria leads you to a modern take on tapas. Visit.
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For when something a little on the Italian side sounds good. Visit.
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