One of the major draw-cards of Spain is, undeniably, its cuisine. Food really does form the backbone that is Spanish culture and you really would be doing yourself a huge disservice if you don’t give this aspect the highest priority!

I don’t know about you, but whenever I visit a new city, I just can’t go without having thoroughly researched all the spots where I can find the best food. The tapas at these four little bars is truly divine–visit these places the next time you’re in Barcelona and you won’t be disappointed! You will find all of these in the hip El Born neighbourhood, which is also where you should base yourself during your stay.

El Xampanyet

I stumbled upon this chaotic little place after a morning down the laneway at the Picasso Museum. It first opened its doors in 1929 and looks and feels the same as it did 85 years ago. Even more impressive is the fact that it is still run by the same family. The energy in this little bar is extraordinary and the frenetic pace of the wait staff is something that is quite entertaining! Don’t miss the spanish tortilla, the fresh tomatoes or the house cava (local sparkling wine)–only 3 Euros a bottle!

El Xampanyet, Barcelona

El Xampanyet, Barcelona

El Xampanyet, Barcelona

Bar Brutal

Missing this great little wine bar when in Barcelona would be a crime! Stocking 300 different varieties of wine, all organic, and serving high quality tapas made with the freshest of ingredients, it is a lovely way to spend an evening. Ensure that you make a reservation one or two days in advance as this place is always packed. Don’t miss one of their many seafood specials, such as the seared tuna. It’s just too good.

Bar Brutal, Barcelona

Bar Brutal, Barcelona

Bar Brutal, Barcelona

Bormuth

I adore everything about Bormuth and make sure I visit multiple times during my visits to Barcelona. I love sitting by the open windows, sipping on a glass of red wine and enjoying some delicious bites. Do not leave here without trying the jamon and manchego cheese plate, the iberico croquettes and the small breaded calamari. A single visit to Bormuth during your Barcelona stay will not be enough, I guarantee!

Bormuth, Barcelona

Bormuth, Barcelona

Bormuth, Barcelona

El Born Bar

I stumbled upon this tiny bar that specialises in empanadas whilst wandering around my favourite Barcelona neighbourhood, El Born. It’s a lovely little spot to grab a cold Estrella and rest those weary feet. Don’t miss the beef empanadas (obviously)!

El Born Bar, Barcelona

El Born Bar, Barcelona

Even though these little bars have won their place in my ‘favourites’ list, I’d love to hear your recommendations for other spots for great tapas around the city. I’m sure I’ll be heading back there soon enough!