“Tapeo” (the art of eating tapas) is an important part of the Spanish culture and the social scene. The word “tapas” comes from the Spanish word “tapar” which means “to cover”. Normally tapas consist of a bread which is topped with a slice of meat, Spanish jamon, cheese or other small portions of dishes, in a tapas bar you might also see some dessert.
In Spain, tapas bars are always lively and full of talks and laughter as the most important thing about eating tapas is to gather a friends and to socialize when Spanish people drink beer or sangria and eat tapas.
I love tapas, it kinda reminds me of those summer nights when I lived in Southern China. We have a similar culture and we call that “Dai pai dong”, it’s like a food market street where you grab some BBQ and beer, socializing with friends late at night.
Spain is a country that enjoys perfect weather as it gets a long summer and a mild winter, which allows the Spanish sitting outside eating, drinking till late.
Barcelona city center is rather busy and touristy. If you go a bit further from the center area, some nice local street life can be spotted.
Carrer de Blai is the city’s favorite tapas street. It’s located in Barcelona’s Paral·lel area, at the foot of Montjuïc. It’s a great area, containing the city’s major party scene. Many pubs and nightclubs can be found. It was a coincidence that I happened to book an airbnb in the neighborhood, without knowing it’s so lively.
Carrer de Blai is full of different tapas bars. I just randomly walked in one at the corner. It was a wonderful treat after walking around the whole day in Barcelona. There were around 35 different types of pinchos to choose from. It was a busy place with good atmosphere.
When I decided to make a trip in Barcelona, fellow Steemian @victory622told me that I had to drink a lot of Sangria. Indeed nothing can be better than a Sangria with tasty tapas. Their fresh sangria was just perfect.
Many pinchos were with an Asian twist. My favorites were prawn, salmon & octopus. The staff were super friendly and nice. I went back for more another night!
In the end they count up the number of cocktail sticks that held together various toppings on bread. All the pinchos here cost only 1-1.5 euro each. I can get very full by paying 10 euro. Isn’t it great?
If you ever come to Barcelona and want to experience some authentic tapas experience, don’t forget to pin this street on your maps.