La Plata

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? La Plata’s menu offers a choice of only four tapas: fried butifarra sausage, anchovies, tomato salad, and the star of the show, pescaditos—small fish, such as whitebait, breaded and fried.

Their predictable, tried-and-tested approach keeps this tiny bar perennially packed from morning ’til night, and locals continue to flock to La Plata despite its location on one of the most tourist-trodden alleyways in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. It’s one of few places in the Old Town that still reminds them of how things used to be—and what they used to cost (a beer is just €2.50, and the pescaditos are a steal at €3).

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