There are so many restaurants and bars in Barcelona exclusively dedicated to tapas that it can be hard to believe that there are actually some places that serve tapas for free. You will still have to consume something, like a beer or a glass of wine, for example, but these places offer you something to munch on while having your drink of choice.
There is an excellent maps feature called Plataforma Pro Tapa Gratuita en Barcelona which allows you to discover a huge number of places that serves this free treat, but in this article, ShBarcelona will tell you a little bit about some of the most popular places to go.
Gata Mala is a tiny little bar in the district of Gràcia which is famous for their mind-blowing beer. Each beer comes with a free tapa, which attracts a lot of people to the place. It doesn’t hurt that their tapas are really creative and well-fashioned either!
Location: Carrer de Rabassa, 37
Café de los Angelitos is a cocktail bar which offers an enormous variety of alcoholic beverages to choose from. Located in the Barceloneta neighborhood, this place attracts the crowds due to their great selection rum, whisky and gin, and their spirited bartenders. Café de los Angelitos serves free tapas with each drink that is ordered.
Location: Carrer de l’Almiral Cervera, 26
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Another venue located in Barceloneta, Cal Chusco is known not only for their delicious home-cooked meals, but also for the fact that they offer you one free tapa every time you order a drink. They are also an affordable solution for those who want to find a good and tasty menu for lunch. Be sure to try their patatas bravas, one of the house’s specialties.
Location: Carrer d’Almiral Aixada, 5
Atrapatapa is a restaurant which serves traditional Catalan and Spanish dishes such as paella. With every drink you have, you can choose one of the several tapas on display. Here you will find the famous bombas, and a varity of other tapas made with shrimp, sausage, quail eggs, pork, cheese, onions and more.
Location: Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, 77
You’ve had Spanish tapas, so why not try Italian ones? Pappa e Citti serves delicious Italian cuisine, with tapas so delicious they will leave you begging for more! Located in the district of Gràcia, close to the Joanic metro station, this restaurant is definitely a place you will want to return to.
Location: Carrer de l’Encarnació, 38
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Going on a tapas tour of Barcelona
The tapas culture in Barcelona is so deeply rooted, that are a number of local companies that offer tapas tours of the city. If you think that this may interest you, then a good place to start is by contacting one the following companies.
Created by Nuria and Margherita, two women who are passionate by the world of food, Food Lovers Company offers gastronomic tours in the district of Ciutat Vella. Their tours are not exclusively dedicated to tapas, as they take visitors to a number of places to taste different Catalan dishes. Each tour lasts about four hours and stops by four different venues. The tours cost 125€ per person, which includes all the food and drinks that will be consumed along the way. If you want to have an experience more dedicated to tapas, you can ask for a personalized tour that will be tailor-made for you.
Barcelona Eat Local Food Tours was created by Marina and Andre, two expats who share a deep enthusiasm and knowledge of food. On their tours, they take visitors to some of the best food venues of the neighborhoods of Sant Antoni and Poble Sec, where a variety of tapas and drinks are served. Valuing the quality of the food and tradition, they chose to only add family-owned restaurants to their routes, which serve tapas prepared only with the freshest local ingredients. The tour lasts about three hours, stopping by five different venues. The price of the tour is of 70€ per person for adults, 50€ for teenagers between 13 and 16 years old, and 30€ for children from 5 to 12 years old.
In business for over a decade, Food Wine Tours offers a number of different tours that take place in the city and the surrounding areas. Each tour is guided by a local, who will not only take visitors to try excellent food and wine but will also share historical facts about the areas that are visited. They have a very wide selection of tours to choose from, but the ones dedicated to tapas are the Barcelona Tapas Walking tour, which takes half a day, the Barcelona Tapas Walking tour with Flamenco show, which is similar to the previous one but ends with an exciting musical event, the Private Barcelona Tapas Walking Tour, in which visitors will not only taste great Catalan food but will also learn about the culture, the Wine, Cava and Tapas tour from Barcelona, which takes visitors to two traditional family-run wineries, the Barcelona Wine Tour Montserrat, Tapas and Wine, which takes visitors to the beautiful Montserrat mountain and also on a visit to a winery, and even a Spanish Tapas Cooking Class, which includes a tour of the local market.
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