Eat The Best Tapa in Barcelona, Spain

After eating pintxos in Sitges, I swore that it was possible to survive solely on these toothpicked Spanish specialties. But, then I ventured into the other tapas world. And I learned that my love for the other type of tapas may be just as deep as the one for pintxos. Possibly deeper. What’s not to love? The smaller sharing plates of Spanish delicacies meant there could be more sampling of delectable dishes all in one sitting.

Taller de Tapas in Barcelona is a master at artfully creating traditional and unique tapas. With four locations, one will never be too far. We seemed to keep running into the one in the Born district.
Taller de Tapas front

Even though I couldn’t read a word of what was written on the Taller de Tapas mirror, the meals on the tables of the other patrons were drool worthy. If nothing else, the server could follow me around the restaurant as I ordered by pointing to the diners plates.

Luckily, the menu was written in three languages; Spanish, Catalan and English. I am fluent in one of those. Barely.
Taller de Tapas Interior
Taller de Tapas Interior

We started with the simplest of the Spanish tapas, the ones we knew would please.

  • Fried and Crispy Artichokes Shavings
  • Spanish Tomato Toast 
  • Mixed Greens, Avocado and Langoustines with a Basil Vinaigrette

And they did not disappoint.
Fried artichoke tapa at Taller de TapasSpanish Bread Tapa
Shrimp Salad at Taller de Tapas

We moved on to the Seafood Paella, even though it has already been determined that I don’t like Spanish paella. But, just look at Peter waiting at the counter for his paella. It would just be wrong to deprive him.

I am certain that this paella specimen was of the highest caliber, and it looked stunning, but still not a fan.
Bar at Taller de Tapas

Paella at Taller de TapasPaella at Taller de Tapas

And then, the clouds parted, stars aligned and birds chirped. The Sauteed Spinach with Iberian Pancetta and Chickpeas hit the table. We all are aware that everything tastes better with bacon (except chocolate chip cookies, but that’s a different story).

Peter better watch his fingers, I would have stabbed him for the last bite.
Chickpea and Spinach Tapa

I am typically not a restaurant revisitor while traveling, there are too many new options for me to try. But, there is an exception to every rule. And this was it. We returned the next night just for a sangria and this dish.

Now I am salivating.

What are your favorite tapas? Have you had tapas in Spain?


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2018-12-21T23:14:57+00:00October 19th, 2012|Categories: Europe, FOOD, Spain, TRAVEL|Tags: , |


  1. AnitaMac October 20, 2012 at 2:03 am - Reply

    You are making my mouth water with those photos!  Wow.
    Have you been to San Sebastian?  I think that this place will knock your socks off!  I am here for Restaurant week and have been blown away by the dishes and amazing food!  If you haven't been – I know you will love it here!!!  Will also be taking a pintxos cooking course later in the week – may have to move here permanently!  The food is so amazing.  (Will get some photos up later in the week – mouthwatering is all I can say!)  Time to taste some more!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey October 20, 2012 at 4:14 am - Reply

      I have not been to San Sebastian, but have heard wonderful things and you are confirming that! I took a paella cooking class in Barcelona, but pintxos sounds like a blast. I look forward to see all of your scrumptious photos 🙂

  2. EarthDrifter October 20, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Tapas allows for <i>more sampling of delectable dishes in one sitting</i> YES!  This makes eating more fun.  I think Tapas is one of the best cuisines on earth.  I'm not a fan of sardines in a thin tin can.  After getting a glass of wine in Malaga, in the southern most province of Andalucia, I was handed a small dish of grilled sardines, to my surprise they were super tasty.  Tapas bar hopping there holds one of my fondest memories ever.     

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey October 20, 2012 at 8:23 am - Reply

      Completely agree about the sardines. Tapas is amongst my favorite style of eating. I’m happy that they are starting to open some tapas restaurants near my California home.

  3. Madaboutravel October 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    That was spot on! Taller de Tapas is one of the best places in Barcelona to eat 😉 Next time you have to try a restaurant that only serves creative desserts 😉

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey October 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Ooh..desserts…great idea 🙂

  4. Just One Boomer (Suzanne) October 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Tapas is how Spaniards survive 10 pm dinners, but often they just stop with the tapas and skip the dinner part. That's how we survived. I mean "survived" in a good way.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey October 23, 2012 at 7:00 am - Reply

      We survived on tapas too while we were there. And it was deliciously great!

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    These look delicious, going to Barcelona soon for the first time and now I can't wait, my mouth is watering. Thank you for the recommendation of where to eat.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey November 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      You are going to love the food in Barcelona.

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