Sants, a former industrial town bordering Barcelona known as Santa Maria de Sants, is a lively neighbourhood with a local feel to it in the southern part of the city. The district hosts a multitude of excellent traditional and modern eateries, bars and cafés. Here’s our pick of the top 10 worthy tapas bars to visit when in Sants.
Considered to be one of the hidden gems of Sants, this restaurant boasts a fusion of Basque and Catalan food cultures, seasonal fresh produce and an extensive bar of hot and cold pintxos and crafted desserts. Named after the town of the Basque country, Zarautz may look like a typical Basque tavern but their love of food and wine culture is unmistakable. Locals love the quality fresh produce along with the carefully planned menu and well-paired wine suggestions, which have given it the reputation it has today.
Away from the tourist end of Plaça Espanya, Homo Sibaris is another great local choice. Plaça d’Osca has all the charm of Gràcia with a very local crowd. The environment on the terrace is perfect if you are lucky enough to get a table on the weekends or evenings. Homo Sibaris is really known for its craft beer culture, but expect a great wine selection and excellent tapas too.
A local favorite of Sants in Plaça d’Osca is La Mestressa. Here you’ll find great value for money tapas dishes and word has it that they do a decent vegan burger. People really do come here for the combination of food, value for money and atmosphere. It’s a firm favorite for tapas and burgers amongst a young, hip crowd and has a genuinely local vibe. Service can be a little slow at peak times, so plan to arrive before 10pm to make sure of getting a table or you’ll have to wait.
A recent addition to the Sants neighbourhood, this cozy tapas bar is run by three friends who share a passion for food cooked and warm, friendly service. Located just beside the Sants market, it’s no surprise that the menu at Lute changes regularly depending on what the chef has found across the road. New as it may be, the locals have already made it a regular stop-off point for their weekend tapeo.
Old meets new in this cheerful neighborhood haunt. First opened in 1965, Bodega Montferry was run by the same couple until 2013 when three young locals decided to take it on. Luckily they managed to preserve the building’s soul and inject it with the slight touch of the modernity it needed. Expect artisan beers alongside traditional Catalan dishes such as cap i pota (a typical offal stew). This place is living proof that things built in the old days were made to last.
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