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Where to find the best tortilla de patatas

Written by Christine

They say good things come in simple packages and nothing could be truer when it comes to Spanish cuisine. When you ask Spanish people what some of their favorite foods are, tortilla de patatas is always on the list. Spanish people know that miracles can be worked with just eggs, potatoes, olive oil and salt.  When you ask them where to get the best tortilla they will always say in their mother’s kitchen, out of loyalty.  However, the following list contains some places in which you can find the best tortillas in Barcelona, outside of mamá’s kitchen.

Flash Flash

Flash FlashThis is probably the most well-known tortilla de patatas in Barcelona in a restaurant that is unlike any other.  Flash Flash was created in the 1970s with a vision of it being a space of modernity and creativity in the Gràcia neighborhood.  The decoration is still the same now, with a black and white interior that give off an artistic yet relaxing vibe.  Flash Flash has more than 50 varieties of tortillas with a handful of options for tortilla de patatas.  You can choose from the classic, with onion, or with Spanish ham, to name a few.  Rated as the best place to get a true Spanish tortilla in Barcelona, this place is one that you must be sure not to miss.

Taktika Berri

PinchoLabeled as the most authentic Basque bar in Barcelona, Taktika Berri follows in the tradition of offering an array of pintxos to pick and choose from.  This bar in the Eixample Esquerra is always crowded, a good sign if you’re looking for a seal of approval but make sure that you get there a bit early if you want to beat the rush.  One of the most crowd-pleasing pintxos is their tortilla de patatas but everything on the menu is a good representation of traditional Basque cooking.  Taktika Berri offers authentic cuisine in an atmosphere that is both warm and friendly.

El Xampanyet

XampanyetEl Xampanyet is a traditional Catalan champagne bar, one of the handful that you can find around the city.  Located up the street from the Picasso museum this is a great place to grab a drink and a bite to eat after a day of sightseeing.  Crowded, lively, and bursting with character this bar is a place to add to your list of places to try in Barcelona.  Catalan champagne, or cava, can be bought quite cheaply by the glass, usually around 1 euro.  You can order tapas to go with your cava and the tortilla de patatas is always a fan favorite.  A truly unique Catalan experience!

La Esquinica

Tortilla sliceLocated off the beaten path near Metro stop Virrei Amat (line 5) is a little bar called La Esquinica.  You will know that you’ve found the right place when you’re walking down the street when all of a sudden you see a large throng of people at the door waiting to get in.  While it’s true that you will have to wait for a table the line always goes fast and the staff is always friendly and welcoming.  Another favorite for tapas, La Esquinica can be described by locals as a bar de toda la vida, meaning that it’s a place they will always return to.  While everything on the menu is phenomenal, the tortilla de patatas is a standout.  For an unforgettable tortilla and tapas experience, this place is worth the venture away from the city center.

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Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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