The best places to drink Cava in Barcelona

Barcelona’s answer to Prosecco, Cava takes its origins in this very region and forms a large part of its rich gastronomy. The name itself comes from the Catalan word for the caves where the drink was first stored during the fermentation process.

Following an outbreak of phyllorexa in the mid 1800s, many wine producers turned to white grapes and instead focused their work on the way Champagne was created in France. As a result, Cava was born.

With a vast multitude of drinking spots to enjoy a truly authentic experience, we’ve listed the best places to enjoy una copa de cava in the city.

La Vinya del Senyor

This bar is located in the trendy and chic El Born area; two words that perfectly describe La Vinya del Senyor. You can find it in the square that’s home to the breath-taking Basílica Santa María del Mar, giving the bar some fantastic views of the cathedral. As well as a great location, the servers at La Vinya are friendly but knowledgeable, and will love to help you out on your journey for the perfect glass of cava…

Plaça de Santa Maria 5, 08003 Barcelona

Barcelona Cava

Xampañería Can Paxiano

La Xampañería is located close to the beach in the Barceloneta neighbourhood. As well as being family owned, this bar lets you try a variety of different cavas before ordering your favourite by the bottle. The bar is usually full to the brim, but don’t let the crowds put you off. La Xampañería is well worth the wait (just ask the many locals inside)…

Carrer de la Reina Cristina 7, 08003 Barcelona

Barcelona Cava

La Deliciosa

Like La Xampañería, La Deliciosa is also close to the beach. We recommend the Sangría de Cava or the Signat Brut (both go well with some tantilisingly tasty Mediterranean bites). What’s more, all this can be enjoyed with some incredible ocean views of the city shores.

Passeig Marítimo de Barceloneta, 08039, Barcelona

La Deliciosa Barceloneta

El Rincón Del Cava

This bar is slightly cheaper than our previous favourites, but by all means just as nice! It’s located in the heart of the Poble Sec neighbourhood and offers drinkers delicious cava and a warm friendly atmosphere. But remember to smile as you drink because the owners love to photograph their customers and add the photos to their wall!

Carrer de Blasco de Garay 53, 08004, Barcelona

Barcelona Cava

Monvínic

On the other end of the financial spectrum, Monvínic is a more expensive affair. But you certainly get what you pay for. With knowledgeable bar staff on hand to match the best cava to your tastes, this luxury establishment located in the chic Eixample district is sure to tick off all your cava-tasting needs!

Carrer de la Diputació, 249, 08007 Barcelona

Monvinic Barcelona

Sandra Roig is Marketing Director at AB Apartment Barcelona. AB Apartment Barcelona is an apartment rental agency offering over one thousand short and long term apartments across Barcelona.

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Comments (7)

  1. Jim says:

    Hey, this will be really helpful on our next trip to Barcelona, thank you! Cava is such a great alternative to Champagne (which in my opinion is overrated anyway) – much cheaper and tastes better, too!

    Checking out your website also – looks like you have some cool places to stay!

    Thanks again… Jim.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Hi Jim, thanks for your comment! We also prefer Cava to Champagne! Let us know if you book your trip to Barcelona, we’d love for you to stay in one of our apartments (and to try Cava, of course…)

  2. Lacey Jones says:

    I am currently planing a trip to Barcelona so this is really useful. I love a good glass of cava my husband and I are both oenophiles ha ha. La deliciosa sounds fantastic and I just adore the beach. I think I would definitely head to the bars closer to the sea. I love trendy bars too but coming from the sea always long for the beach.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Hi Lacey, we love that you enjoyed our post! The fact that Barcelona has a beach is one of the reasons we love the city as much as we do… it’s so lovely to be able to live in a buzzling cosmopolitan hub and at the same time have the option to escape into the mediterranean waves!

  3. Dave says:

    Some great ideas here. Maybe a “Cava Crawl” is lowering the tone a little but I like the idea of a civilised tour around Barcelona sampling and sipping some flutes of cava. What a great way to spend a long weekend.

    Barcelona is such a bubbly and fizzing city that Cava is a very appropriate tipple. With Barcelona’s heat a chilled glass is ideal. Of course a glass or two must be accompanied by some tapas too.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Hi Dave, we love the term ‘cava crawl’! We’ll definitely be using it again… And of course you’re right about the tapas! Our favourite is the Catalan spicy ‘bomba’, a delicious scotch egg type tapa made with potato and meat…

    • Walter says:

      I find that term very appropriate and not at all, as you say, “lowering the tone”, Dave. I would use that term over “Cava Hopping” anytime. I think I would be using “Something Crawl” in place of hopping. If that makes sense.

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