Bar Mundial: heavenly tapas in Sant Pere, Barcelona

Entrada del Bar Mundial
Bar Mundial from Placa Sant Agusti Vell

What’s the deal?

Maybe it’s the boxing memorabilia?  Perhaps the erratic specials list, chosen according to the time-honoured tradition of ‘whatever chef fancies making today’? Or could it be the heavenly tapas?  Whatever it is that makes Bar Mundial such a hit continues pulling in the punters even after three generations in the same family.

This grande dame of tapas restaurants is pushing 90 years of age and, as is the habit of many a Spanish granny, sitting pretty just off a handsome square between Sant Pere and El Borne.  If Bar Mundial was anything like our granny, she would be shouting rude things at handsome young men.  But we digress.

Charming interior at Bar Mundial tapas bar, Barcelona
Charming interior at Bar Mundial, Barcelona

Our bill

3 beers

Pan con tomate (tomato bread)


Calamares a la romana


Boquerones fritos



Crème catalan mousse

Total: €50.50

Pan con tomate
Pan con tomate
Boquerones fritos
Boquerones fritos
Chipirones at Bar Mundial
Chipirones at Bar Mundial


Calamares tapas at Bar Mundial, Barcelona
…and a plate of calamares, just to see us home

The staff

Imbued with the superpower we would all choose if we had the choice…the ability to carry a GIANT TRAY OF FANCY DESSERTS through a crowded restaurant and, for that matter, wherever the heck we wanted to carry a giant tray of fancy desserts.

Our favourite bits

We adored the memorabilia from boxing’s golden age, and Bar Mundial’s knock-out tapas really sealed the deal for us.  It’s a little bit more expensive than our cutre usuals, but well worth the extra pennies.

Bar Mundial, Barcelona

Not so sure

We usually finish every scrap of food, but the chistorra was just a little bit too greasy for us to polish off.

More information

Bar Mundial

  • Plaza Sant Agusti Vell, 1
  • 08003 Barcelona. Tel:  0034 93 319 90 56
  • Metro: Jaume I/Arc de Triomf/Urquinaona

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