I been to Xampanyet my fair share of times, it´s always packed with a mix of national and international visitors (yes, you can probably find it in every guide book about Barcelona), but quiet a few locals can be spotted in the crowd.
Xampanyet is one of most famous tapas bars in Barcelona, located on the same street as the Picasso museum, Montcada, 22, to be more precise.
This authentic bar has been around since 1929, then under the name Ca l’Esteve, in the early 70´s the bar was renamed Xampanyet do to the drink xampanyet (light sparkling white wine).
The interior and decoration has probably not changed much since the day it opened. The walls are covered with colourful Spanish tiles.
The big marble bar displays many of the delicious tapas; anchovies, filled peppers, montaditos, cheeses, cold cuts or Iberic ham to name a few. From the small, almost non-existent kitchen patatas bravas and other warm dishes appear. To enjoy the tapas you can either sit by a small traditional marble table or if you prefer standing in the bar.
Xampanyet is not a restaurant but a bar, so it´s more to “picar algo” snack before a meal or in between meals, have a glass of their xampanyet, a light sparkling wine served well chilled in beautiful champagne saucer.
The bubbles makes this wine (too) easy to drink and the wow-factor of the glasses helps, I actually had to go and buy myself the elegant champagne saucers for my own home after seing them in various bars around Barcelona.
If your on the look out for this classy glasses, a good tip is to look in vintage stores, buy different and do a miss match, becomes a charming feather in your home.
***They don´t take reservations.
Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona
Tuesday to Saturday 12.00h – 15.30h and 19.00h – 23.00h
Sunday 12.00h –15.30h
+34 933 19 70 03