Tasting Barcelona: Tapas

Dax Abrams is a student at William Paterson University and an ISA Featured Blogger. She studied abroad with ISA in Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona is definitely a great place to go if you are into trying new and exciting foods. You may have heard a lot of talk about tapas–small plates of traditional Catalonian and Castilians foods. Tapas are extremely ubiquitous around the city of Barcelona; you can’t escape them and, odds are, you won’t want to.

People can be noticed enjoying tapas on a daily basis. Some tapas are a staple to nearly every native restaurant in Barcelona. One is called Patatas Bravas. The plate consists of golden fried potatoes doused with hot sauce and mayonnaise. Most people fall for these on the first bite. It is a fantastic treat to share with great friends.

Patatas Bravas


Another tapa is called Russian Salad and has a similar taste and texture to the traditional American potato salad. It differs in that it includes peas, carrots, and beets, which makes it more diverse in flavor. Sometimes, the Russian Salad is surrounded by slices of bread to dip for a special touch.

Another delicious and easy to find tapa here in Barcelona is Calamares. It is fried squid which is particularly delicious. The Calamares are nearly heavenly when sprinkled with lemon juice.

The last tapa I wish to mention for its quality is Pan con Tomate, a simple yet tantalizing tapa consisting of bread with a tomato spread on top of it. It hits the spot after a long morning of hiking up to Park Guell or Montserrat. Now that you are familiar with some of the most prominent tapas, give them a try and they may just make your day. And don’t forget to enjoy one of the best parts about dining in Barcelona–the outdoor seating at almost every restaurant in the beautiful weather. Every meal here is an experience to remember.

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