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Bar Pinotxo ~ La Boqueria’s Legendary Tapas Bar (Barcelona)

There’s no menu at this iconic market stall bar, but the dickie-bowed owner Juanito Bayen will make sure you get exactly what you need.

Juanito Bayen Owner of Pinotxo Bar in Barcelona La Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas - photo by Keith Davies
Juanito Bayen – the man, the legend. Photo by Keith Davies

Those who venture into the heart of La Boqueria market merely to snap photos and buy fruit smoothies are missing out in a big way.

As with many traditional Spanish markets, La Boqueria boasts a spectacular array of tapas bars and though offering bar-seating room only, they have rich pickings when it comes to sourcing raw materials. Pinotxo is one of the most iconic bars in the market – and, indeed, in Barcelona – and offers a seriously tempting selection of dishes that change with the seasons to capitalise on the freshest produce.

Juanito, the magnanimous host, will do everything possible to ensure your visit is a memorable one. And though there is no menu, per se, you can trust that when he asks whether you want “meat of fish?”, you will be presented with a feast to remember for a lifetime.

If you already have lunch plans you can still pop in for a cafe con leche and a croissant at breakfast time and revel in the ruckus of the market springing to life.

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Address: La Boqueria, Las Ramblas, 89
Nearest Metro: Liceu (Green Line)

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