10 Best Bars and Bites in Barcelona

Taller de Tapas

There are four Taller de Tapas (or tapas workshops) in Barcelona and I've eaten in two of them. They serve tapas as well as specialties of the day and have a separate breakfast menu (I tried a fantastic sizzling pan of eggs, tomatoes and asparagus). For dinner we had lovely duck salad (a nice and a bit healthier break from fried tapas) and enjoyed a pitcher of Sangria (red wine, lemonade and fruit).

Aqua

Passeig Maritim de la Barceloneta 30, Villa Olimpica

Fine dining experience at pretty reasonable prices. This lovely restaurant on the seafront in Villa Olimpica has lovely atmosphere, a simple but trendy interior and serves great quality Mediterranean food. Seafood dishes is a must (though you can also order ham and foie gras on bread if had enough of fish). Order a glass or a bottle of Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and the sun (or moon) will start shining brighter. Book in advance if you want to sit outside on the terrace in summer.

Tapas24

Carres Diputació 269, Eixample

This new bar offers tapas with a modern twist. You can enjoy food sitting at the table or on stools at the bar (the bar option is always a lot of fun as you can watch the busy life of waiters and barmen running around and not colliding in the tiny space). Tapas24 hot ham and cheese sandwich, octopus and beef stew are very tasty as well as the classic tapas such as patatas bravas (fried potatoes) or ham croquettes. My colleague Marko recommends McFoe (a sandwich with Spanish foie gras) and Bikini24 (thin toast with black truffle, mozzarella and ham). A mind boggling mix of perfectly suited flavors and textures, he says.

Sagardi

Carrer de l'Argenteria, 62, Born

Perfect place to stop for snack after a lazy day at the beach. The Basque tapas called pintxos are served on small pieces of baguette with various toppings, such as ham, hearing, crab meat or tortilla (Spanish omelet). At Sagardi pintxos are placed at the bar with a toothpick in the middle. You can help yourself to the most appetizing and eat as many as you want, but beware that the waiter with calculate the toothpicks on your plate and bill you accordingly. And don't try cheating – one sandwich is about $2 and the toothpicks are not worth stealing.

Carpe Diem; Opium, Elephant, Mirablau and other clubs

Barcelona has lots of wonderful nightclubs, but Carpe Diem Lounge Club & Restaurant ( Passeig Maritim 32, next to Aqua restaurant and very close to the Arts hotel) is right on the beach and is one of my favorites. Its white Bedouin tents and beds allures visitors to rest comfortably or to dance to pretty cool house music. You can also eat dinner in the club earlier in the evening and chill out on the terrace overlooking the sea. The CDLC closes at 3 a.m., so head next door to the Opium club if still standing and wish to dance till dawn.

Placa Reial

This small square in Gothic area is one of the prettiest in Barcelona and is a good place to meet up with friends and escape crowds of La Rambla. You can relax just sitting around the fountain in the middle of the square and admire the lovely palm trees, street musicians or just people watch (this summer we actually saw a naked man riding a bicycle) and have a bite to eat in one of the square's restaurants (though most of them are pretty average).

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