Pinxtos in Barcelona: Carrer de Blai

My first time in Barcelona I was given some extremely valuable insider information on where locals go to eat in Barcelona. And now I’m sharing it with you. You’re welcome.

Carrer de Blai, a pedestrian-only street located in the El Poble-Sec neighborhood boasts a plethora of pintxos (pronounced pin-chos) bars offering unique bite-sized morsels for between 1-3 euros each. What are pintxos? It is a small snack typically served on top of a slice of bread that originated in the Basque country (hence the spelling of “pintxos” with an x, but “pinchos” is also accepted). Restaurants that specialize in these dishes will display all pintxos in a buffet-style setting where you simply grab what looks good. All pintxos will have different colored toothpicks in them that not only keep the food on top of the bread, but will vary in color according to price. SAVE THOSE TOOTHPICKS. When you’re finished, you’ll bring them to the cashier and pay for what you’ve eaten.

Pro-Move: If you want to go Pintxo-hopping like I did and try as many restaurants as you can, don’t eat the bread on the bottom.

Quimet i Quimet – The best of the best
Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Monday to Friday from 12-4PM and from 7-10:30PM / Saturday from 12-4PM
This tiny standing room-only pinxtos place that has some of the most unique offerings we’ve ever had. You NEED to get the salmon with yogurt and truffle honey. It sounds weird but it is absolutely outstanding and unlike anything I’ve ever eaten before. The combination of flavors and textures (the bread is perfectly crisped) will give you a solid mouth-gasm. I also recommend the cheese, mushroom and truffle olive oil one as well. Added bonus: This place doubles as a wine and spirits store. Could it get any better?

***All Pintxos bars listed below are based on location so you can “Pintxos-Hop” in order***

Taberna Berri
Carrer de Blai, 44 08004 Barcelona, Spain
This was our 2nd favorite place after Quimet i Quimet. The portions were really big and everything tasted really fresh. This is at the complete opposite end of Carrer de Blai but so worth it. I recommend starting here if you plan to “Pintxo-hop.”

Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de Blai, 39
Go here for glasses of cava for 1 euro. The pintxos were all delicious and pretty hefty portions (I mean look at that photo evidence!).

Pincho J
Website / TripAdvisor
08004, Carrer de Blai, 26, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
This place was also one of our favorites and a must-go. Again, everything was really fresh, the portions were big and the prices were low.

Taberna Blai Tonight
Carrer de Blai, 23, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
This place had decent Pinxtos but a more limited selection than other places we tried.
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La Esquinita de Blai
Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de Blai, 16, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
Maybe it was an off-night for this place but we weren’t too impressed. The pinxtos seemed like they had been sitting there all day and despite that, the place was PACKED due to a football game on TV and it was tough to find anywhere to sit and eat.IMG_4327.CR2IMG_4301 (1)

La Tasqueta de Blai
Carrer de Blai, 17, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
This place was also one of our favorites as they had very unique tapas that we didn’t see anywhere else (sweet + savory). The portions are generous and they offer everything from hamburgers to traditional Spanish pintxos.

Blai Every Day 12
Carrer De Blai 1208004 Barcelona, Spain
Almost all the pintxos here were 1 euro each. The place was decent but didn’t offer anything unique or different from other places we tried.
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Blai 9 Tapas
Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de Blai, 9, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
This small tapas & pintxos bar has a limited pintxos menu but the combinations are unique and delicious.
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Gran Bodega Saltó
Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de Blesa, 36, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
Ok, so this isn’t a Pintxos bar, but I highly recommend going in here for drinks – Specifically wine. It’s a really funky decorated bar with all sorts of random found objects and a number of tigers (paintings, stuffed animals, etc.) all over the place. They regularly have live music so it’s a great place to go check out a local Catalan band.

About Kailee Crawford

I'm an Oregon-born travel addict living in New York making the most of my vacation days. I started this travel blog to keep track of my bucket list and it's morphed into a journal of my adventures and recommendations for things to see, do, eat and drink. My hope is that I can help other travelers find their way. I want to try everything once and to live a life without regrets or missed opportunities. I call my philosophy on life the "the death bed philosophy" - I want to be laying in my death bed reflecting on all of the things I've done and seen in this world, not the things I wished I had done. It's not meant to be morbid, just a reminder to take risks, go out of your comfort zone and live life to the fullest. ♫♫♫♫♫ "You were only waiting for this moment to be free" --- "Blackbird" by The Beatles This quote is undoubtedly my favorite quote because it's a reminder of the infinite opportunities available to us. That in each moment there is an opportunity to find true happiness, and a sense of freedom when you're doing what you love. Freedom to explore, to create, to improve oneself, and to find fulfillment even during the 9 to 5 grind. ♫♫♫♫♫ I'm an incredibly pensive person with a wide variety of interests. In addition to traveling, my guilty pleasures include wine, food, music, art, languages and history. I grew up a nerd, watching The History Channel and reading The Lord of the Rings with my Dad. I'm driven by my pursuit of knowledge and growth and most passionate when I'm able to be creative. ♫♫♫♫♫
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1 Response to Pinxtos in Barcelona: Carrer de Blai

  1. Antonio says:

    Great pintxo route,
    It looks like you like Northen Spanish food, Sebastian will blow your mind and you might like my dear Galicia. Where I come from:)
    There are some “decent” Spanish food places in NY


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