Tapas and Bars
We went for 3 days and all we did was eat and drink as it was our second visit. Most of the tapas bars we have been to are in Gottic or El Born area (Old City), all walking distance from each other, we were going to more than one, (often three and four), places for each meal to try as many as possible.
We did not go to any proper sit down restaurants this time, even though there some amazing ones at there.
MUST MUST for me are Quimet y Quimet and Bar de Pla. Cal Pep is supposed to be the best but we went too late for Saturday lunch, and it was closed on Sunday.
Bar Pinotxo is in the market off La Rambla (Boqueria) and also good to nibble on the bar, extremely casual (and touristic).
For late nibbling and drinking I thought Ginger was fantastic, very 70’s with funky music and great food.
Also, most of the places are closed on Sunday (except Bar del Pla)
Quimet y Quimet: A tiny bar in a residential area, no chairs, people were standing everywhere and obviously no menu. Specialty is the mondaditos (little sandwiches) with everything you can imagine (cheese, caviar, salami, gerkins, pate…) and believe it or not, canned food (that goes up to £70). I would return just for this. Poeta Cabanyes, 25; 34-93-442-31-42
Bar del Pla: In the old center, the best tapas in the area. We had dishes like pate with mango, octopus bombs and fried eggs with chorizo. Montcada Street nº 2, 08003 Barcelona, 93 268 30 03
OPEN ON SUNDAY
Inopia: Tapas bar by the brother of Ferran Adrian (El bulli). Not in the center which made it difficult to include in our plans. Nevertheless cool décor and quite nice food, even though not in the top 3. C/ Tamarit, 104, 08015 Barcelona, Spain, 934 245 231
Bar Pinotxo in the Boqueria (market): Very traditional tapas, it was the first one we went to before Quimet y Quimet and Inopia so we tried to contain ourselves. We shared beans with squid and some pimientos. Great for people watching but quite touristic. In the Boqueria market off La Rambla (hard to miss)
El Xampanyet: I heard it was very good, but personally did not really like it. It was a bit cold, too packed and noisy and not inspiring at all. C/Montcada 22, Barcelona. Telephone: (00 34 93) 319 7003, El Born
Ginger: Great night bar with nibbles. We went at 11pm and stayed until 1am, just drinking, eating and talking…C/Palma de Sant Just,1 – C/Lledó,2 08002, 93 310 53 09, Gottic
Mudanzas: We went for drinks in early afternoon, really chilled out and cool in the very center. C/Vidrieria 15, El Born
Cool Cafes for coffee, tea and cakes
Lilipep: small café in the center of the old city. C/ Pou de la Cadena, 8, El Born
Café de Les Delicies: Small cafe, great for a quick coffee if you are in the neighborhood. Rambla del Raval 47, Raval