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Carrer Blai: The Tapas Street of Barcelona

Written by Mario

Some tourists don’t know this, but tapas are originally from Andalusia and pintxos are from the Basque Country.

With the influx of tourists, these dishes have become increasingly popular even in Barcelona. In most of the touristic districts, each tapa or pintxos can cost 2€ or more. But there is a street where you can indulge in all your tapa/pintxo desires, paying only 1€ for each, and that street is Blai. Some of these restaurants are rather small, it may be wise to go earlier so you can find a place to sit!

The best way to get here is metro stop Paral·lel, which can be reached by line 2 (purple) or line 3 (green).

Blai 9

Blai9Here you’ll find pintxos that look like works of art! The cost per pintxos is 1€ for the white dishes or 1.5€ for the black dishes. Arrive early to find a place, especially during the summer months. Blai 9 is open Monday to Sunday from 12pm to 12am. You’ll find them at the intersection of . For more info check out their website.

La Tasqueta de Blai

The typical tapas and pintxos are often a mix of vegetables and seafood. If you would prefer to have something with meat, this is the place to go! You’ll find sausages, mini hamburgers, and more. Here you’ll have the Andalusian deal and get a Tapa with your Caña for just 2€. This place is slightly bigger, fitting around 25-30 people. They are open from 12:30 till 2am. You’ll find them between  and

Pincho J

PinchoJThis is place is fairly popular with the locals. The variety is rather diverse from croquettes, seafood, meat, tortillas, and more. This is a medium sized restaurant, so you should easily find a place to sit. Pincho J is open from 12pm to 12am. You’ll find them at the intersection of .

Along Carrer Blai there are plenty of other tapa and pintxo restaurants! You can just hop from one place to the next and find the one that suits your appetite!

Carrer Blai: The Tapas Street of Barcelona
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Mario is a multi-talented Swiss raised in NY, currently living in Barcelona. He is pursuing a career as a maker and tech educator, which merges his love of technology and education.


  • Hi Mario I am enjoying your site. I am from NYC but have a house in SW France. I have been to Barcelona a few times and it is always fun. Looking forward to moving back to France soon w ny GF. Nice to meet you Mario. Regards, Rosanne

  • Mario…. I’m afraid you’re misinformed…. tapas and pintxos -which traditionally we here in Catalonia have always called “platets”- have been pretty much embedded into the fabric of this city for centuries.

    Maybe the name “tapas” has indeed more recently been generalised, but the tradition of “going out for entertainment and eating small portions of food while having a drink standing in a bar”, call them platets, tapas or pintxos, has little to do with “the influx of tourists”, Barcelona has had plenty for the past two centuries.

    No offense, just putting the record straight so unsuspected visitors don’t mistake this for a theme-park :))

  • soz mate tapas is actually from valencia, stop trying to claim everything for your own #vivaespaña

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