Eating at Bar Pinoxto

by Nia Scott

Jan 4, 2019

Barcelona © Elena Solodovnikova |

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Anyone looking for a tapas bar in Barcelona should look no further than Bar Pinotxo, popular amongs tourists and locals. The bar is a 14-seat tapas bar specializing in Catalan cuisine. It is the most famous eatery in the Mercat de la Boqueria, a marketplace in Barcelona, with its main business from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. It’s best to arrive early, but the line moves along quickly throughout the day and the wait time is usually 15–30 minutes. There’s no set strategy for waiting for a turn to sit at the bar, most people just hover and wait for someone else to finish.

The food is fantastic. It’s part of the reason people made it such a popular place to eat in the city. The other side to its popularity is the amicable owner, Juanito Bayen, who comes out dressed in a pressed vest and bowtie to mingle with his customers. There’s no menu, so the owner will suggest foods for people to eat.

Unfortunately, the bar will run out of supplies from the rush of people in the morning and, by the afternoon, not everything will be available. This is a restaurant that must be experienced full,y so it’s recommended to arrive early and ready to eat. All of the dishes are divine and made to be an explosion of taste in your mouth.

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