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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You're going to want to take advantage of the Basque options while you're in Barcelona, and Taktika Berri is a good place to do it.
Uma is a less-known tasting menu restaurant, but a more relaxed and casual option at a lower price point.
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.
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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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