One of the most popular pasttimes in Spanish culture, going for tapas, is something both tourists and residents alike love to do. With no occasion necessary, these small dishes that can be shared or kept to yourself and are the perfect way to wind down after a long day at the office or a long day in the sun. Tapas are fuss-free, delicious, and healthy, with a selection highlighting the best of Mediterranean food.
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For the best croquettes you have ever tasted, head over to Bar Tossa. A local establishment that has been running for over 50 years, Bar Tossa has a selection of tapas that covers all the classics such as patatas bravas, calamari, and tortilla. However, the croquettes are a highlight. With different varieties available from meat to vegetarian dishes (also suitable for vegans), even the fussiest of eaters will be satisfied. The perfect venue for a traditional tapas lunch or dinner. Its location near the Sagrada Familia is a bonus.
Address: Carrer Nàpols, 291.
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The brainchild of the Barcelona-based publishing house with the same name, Malpaso is a restaurant with a difference, as the focus is on literature as much as it is on food – and the venue excels at both! Filled with books, this is the perfect place to come and read while feasting on tapas with a Mexican influence. Prices are mid-range, with mains costing from 12€ to 18€. There is a good amount of choice, and the special weekend brunch menu is worth a try. This is perfect if you are looking for modern cooking and a venue with a twist.
Address: Carrer Girona, 59.
El Nou de Granados
For variety, El Nou de Granados is the front runner of tapas restaurants in Eixample. A mix of Mediterranean flavours with influences from all over the world, this restaurant ticks all the boxes. The tapas selection is ample, while diners also have options to order mains such as the classic paella. This restaurant also has a good vegetarian selection, and the staff is very helpful if you require any information on allergens. Whether a work lunch, date night, or simply indulging in local cuisine, this place is worth a visit. If you want to stay at home, however, a delivery service is available!
Address: Carrer d’Enric Granados, 9.
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