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Carrer Blai: The Tapas Street of Barcelona

Laura Place
Written by Laura Place

While there are various accounts of the origin of the tapa in Spain, there is a general distinguishment between tapas, believed to be originally from Andalusia, and pintxos, believed to be originally from the Basque Country. The typical tapa is a smaller plate of food while pintxos are finger food pierced through with a toothpick. These small bites are a key part of the gastronomic experience in Spain and are diverse to every region, Barcelona included.
In Barcelona, whose regionally unique tapas include pan con tomate and coca  (Catalan pizza), you will find tapas and pintxos that are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. 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

La Esquinita de Blai

This joint, located across the street from La Tasqueta de Blai, advertises itself by the phrase No Solo Pinchos. Although their array of 1€ pintxos is impressive, La Esquinita de Blai also makes a point to offer a variety of tapas and drinks, including 1.20€ cañas and speciality mojitos as well as a breakfast menu. Here you can have traditional patatas bravas, a sausage platter, prawns and other seafood, and the more inventive Esquinita Hamburger with semi-cured manchego cheese. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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 .

Blai Tonight

Also known as the Fábrica de Pinchos, this tapas bar and restaurant boasts amazing croquetas and, of course, a variety of pintxos for your taste. Ideal for families and larger groups, make sure you get there in time to get a seat, and on their terrace if you can! Located between Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes and Carrer de Tapioles, Blai Tonight is open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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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About the author

Laura Place

Laura Place

American journalist living temporarily in Spain. Her passions include news and feature writing, Spanish language and culture and the outdoors.

3 Comments

  • 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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