This is some of the best food you can find in Barcelona, period. La Cova Fumada is in Barceloneta, situated among many other tiny, signless places. Their claim to fame is that they invented the bomba (a potato "bomb"), so get one of those, as well as the tiny tallerines, which could best be describe as “clams for ants.” They are so, so good. Note that they have wacky hours, as most tapas places do, so make sure you check first.
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Although it can be gimmicky, Cal Pep is very good. You'll probably see a lot of tourists, but you'll be distracted enough by the good tapas to care.
Enoteca Paco Pérez
If you want to go all out, Enoteca is the place for it. The space is beautiful, the wine list (mostly Catalan) is long, and the seafood is excellent
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If you want to get into Tickets, plan your reservation very far in advance. It's an excellent tapas restaurant with very fun vibes.
With several different high-quality restaurants and bars, you're bound to find something you like in El Nacional.
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