Can Paixano, better known as La Champaneria or La Champa among the Barcelona natives, is a bar in the Barceloneta neighborhood, an antique cueva or gastronomic cave. Here the speciality is Spanish cava, tapas and small, simple and tasty sandwiches such as cheese and chorizo. The champagne, tasty bites and excellent prices in this former fishing area of Barcelona is what keeps the crowds coming back for more. Any Spain travel experience needs to include a visit to La Champaneria.
It didn’t start off as a tourist spot but it seems that the secret has been revealed. As a Barcelona native, this has always been the spot for aperitifs or appetizers before a night out. Aperitivos are popular in Spain and part of the local culture is to enjoy aperitifs at a different place from where you will be the rest of the night. La Champaneria is now so popular, crowds swarm to get there but it doesn’t seem to stop anyone from elbowing their way in. One of the curious things about this place is that every time the bartender opens up a new bottle of cava, arms and champagne glasses reach through the crowd and towards him to have their glasses filled. Many think the drinks being poured are free but the bartender knows exactly who he is serving.
This is definitely a Barcelona hot spot that is guaranteed to create a unique travel experienceworth a visit.