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Best Tapas in Barcelona

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Ciudad Condal

When in Barcelona, tapas is a must-do on itineraries. Located in Eixample, Ciudad Condal is a popular choice among locals and patrons for its tapas variety and laid-back vibe. Share a small plate of grilled prawns, fried squid rings or patatas bravas. Their Montaditos, Spanish toasted bread with toppings, deserves a special mention. The outdoor patio at this tapas bar is a great dining spot during summer.

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Pinotxo Bar

This unique spot has been open for more than 50 years and acts as a magnet for all sorts of locals: shop assistants, pedestrians on the Ramblas, business executives, civil servants and politicians all wait patiently for their turn at the bar. There is no menu and the owners, Juanito and his family, simply announce what is on offer and take an order. These are just a few of the specials you might get to try, Artichoke Omelette, Stew, Grilled Norway Lobsters, Lentils, a wide array of rice dishes and clams à la Marinera. The restaurant even has its own cava (Spanish sparkling wine), called "Pinotxo."

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El Quim de la Boqueria

Smack bang in the middle of the bustling Boqueria market lies this small tapas bar. A favorite among the locals, El Quim de la Boqueria is known for its fabulous Catalonian breakfast offerings. Mouth-watering fare like Tortillas, Sautéed Squid (with garlic, olive oil and eggs), Lamb Strips (in dark beer) and lots more are available at reasonable prices. So grab one of the available seats and enjoy your drink with Chef Joaquin Márquez Durán's delicious offerings.

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Cervecería Catalana

This trendy restaurant, close to La Rambla de Catalunya and decorated in dark shades and varnished wood, is noteworthy for its Montaditos (small pieces of bread with tapas on top), and their Ensaladilla (like potato salad but better), which decorate the bar behind the glass. Their assorted menu of beers - domestic and imported - is also worth a mention. The service is excellent, and the staff, cordial and efficient. They also have a terrace you can enjoy all year round.

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Bar Cañete

Bar Cañete offers delicious and elegant tapas, some of the very best in Barcelona. The scallops served with Iberian ham and tenderloin and their steak tartar are absolute must-tries. Have your pick from a selection of fine wines to accompany your meal - including, but not limited to red and sparkling wines directly from Spain - and immerse yourself in the sophisticated setting.

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El Xampanyet

El Xampanyet is one of the city's liveliest tapas bars, and it has been serving some fabulous cavas, fresh cider, anchovies and tapas since the 1930s. Located close to the world-famous Picasso Museum, this place draws a huge number of tourists, who simply adore the lovely atmosphere, the colorful decor and the friendly staff.

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Sensi

Comprising of a tapas bar and a casual bistro, Sensi offers a truly Spanish dining experience. The dim lights, trendy decor and upbeat music welcomes diners to the venue and creates an intimate ambience. The walls are made of stone, reminiscent of the bygone era. Guests are delighted with the food, especially the Carrot Cream and Oxtail Stew tapas. A befitting list of Spanish wines accompanies the menu adding to the feel.

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Cal Pep

Pep Manubens, the owner, greets customers from behind the bar where he delights them with amazing fish and seafood dishes that are practically famous in Barcelona. Simple yet hearty dishes are cooked right there in front of patrons, with a flair for showmanship. When ordering a drink ask for Pep's recommendation, his recommendations are always spot on. The wine list is vast, and the choice's go from famous labels to original vintage wines. There are not many tables in this cozy place, but the real pleasure is trying the food at the bar. A well-managed restaurant with friendly service and impeccable food make this eatery a must try.

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Bar Mut

Bar Mut is a deluxe bar in L'Eixample that attracts affluent patrons for enjoying premium wines, cocktails and liquors, paired with gourmet tapas platters. It is mostly visited by locals rather than tourists and has a friendly, yet sophisticated, vibe. While the prices are on the higher side, good drinks and conversations abound at this place and more than make up for the rates. The interiors are classy and have numerous vintage elements, creating a nostalgic feel. On weekends, guests can attend live music events featuring melodies that appeal to the upper classes.

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Bar Ramon

Bar Ramon is one of the best places to enjoy quintessential tapas while soaking in good rock music. A lively spot explored by locals and tourists alike, this tapas restaurant is a perfect representation of the city's culture. Bustling with energy till late in the night, the dining room is filled with tempting aromas of dishes like the garlic-flavored prawns, foie gras-infused steak, meat balls, rabbit ribs, plates of Jamón ibérico, cheeses and more. Complete with a glass or two of their popular wine, this tapas paradise gives you a slice out of every local's life. This one place that should feature on every gourmand's itinerary while touring Barcelona.

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Paco Meralgo

Paraco Meralgo is a play on words in Spanish, which roughly translates into, to eat something , and that is exactly what you can do at this modern restaurant. Paco Meralgo has a nice selection of Spanish wines to compliment your meal. This restaurant is a great place for an informal lunch, or a glass of wine along with some delicious tapas. Make sure you try the montaditos while you're here, which are small snacks on a slice of bread typical in Basque country. The grilled prawns from Girona and the codfish esqueixada are local favorites.

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Quimet & Quimet

Built in the early 1900s, Quimet & Quimet is still the star of the Poble Sec district. This restaurant has preserved its traditional and welcoming atmosphere. They serve delicious freshly made tapas, like razor clams, prawn with caviar and foie gras on crackers. Grab a spot at one of the tall tables and order a taste of everything, including the wine. There's a fantastic wine cellar with both international and local vintages.

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