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Sitting at the foot of Montjuïc , the quiet neighbourhood streets of Poble Sec are traversed by the city's favourite ruta de tapas, Carrer de Blai.
KOSKA TAVERNA. Blai 8.
Hailing from the Basque Country and Argentina, owners Ekaitz and Eduardo opened this restaurant four years ago. The duo strive to recreate true tavern life and make Koska a meeting place for friends, where gastronomy takes centre stage and every bite has a well-selected wine pairing. There is also a terrace to relax on while savouring the tasty fare. “When we originally picked this location, Blai was much quieter,” Ekaitz explained. “But we’re happy with the way the area has been regenerated. Now locals and tourists think this is the best spot to be in the city”.
BLAI 9. Blai 9.
The owners of this innovative tapas bar believe that “tapas are an expression of freedom” and rules simply get in the way. The team of food professionals are committed to offering high-quality tapas with a twist. Blai 9 is a self-service place, so help yourself to scrumptious-looking nibbles offered up on colourful platters. A tough choice indeed.
LA TASQUETA DE BLAI. Blai 17.
With a caña and pintxo for two euros, this place champions tradition. Their pintxos are made with typical ingredients and served atop slices of floury baguette. “If you’re hopping from one pintxos bar to the next, you have to stop here,” said Rafael, from Mexico. “It’s a great place to enjoy the people and ambience of this area, plus the house wine is really good and super cheap.”
PUNJABI BAR. Blai 25-27.
“There are better places to eat on this street, but this is the best place to drink,” said Alberto, 28, from the neighbourhood. He isn’t lying. This bar has a good, affordable wine selection, and the ever popular G&T is only €4.50.
L’ATELIER DE BLAI. Blai 40.
Keeping with the theme of Carrer de Blai, L’Atelier offers a buffet of various pintxos and tells customers to keep their sticks so they can calculate the bill at the end of a delicious evening. What stands out here? The gracious owners and keen staff who do all they can to make your visit top notch.
BARRAMÓN BARCELONA. Blai 28.
Searching for a spot where bread isn’t the foundation of every bite? From risottos to seafood, Barramón has good food that will fill you up. Whether you go for the dim lighting and intimacy of the tables inside, or prefer to let the music drift out to you on the terrace, this is a lovely stop on your food tour of Carrer de Blai.