Bar Leopoldo: Superior Quality Tapas at the Port of Blanes
The short version: It is no coincidence that Bar Leopoldo has been around for over 22 years. Owner Alonso and his friendly staff serve tapas of the highest quality in this popular, family-run restaurant.
Blanes locals love Bar Leopoldo
On weekends, it’s not uncommon to see a small crowd near Bar Leopoldo waiting for a table on the outdoor patio. We ourselves have waited here (while enjoying a beer or two) for half an hour or more. The restaurant does not accept reservations. But anyone who has eaten here knows that the wait is well worth it.
Once you have tasted the tapas at Bar Leopoldo you’ll understand what we mean. Like us, you will eat here again and again.
And yes, this is one of those restaurants the locals love and recommend. Tourists are welcome, of course, but if you’re the loud and rowdy type this place is not for you.
What is on the menu at Bar Leopoldo?
We cannot count the number of times that Blanes locals have asked us, “Have you tasted the octopus at Bar Leopoldo?” In one word: the Pulpo a la Gallega — Galician style octopus — is fantastic.
So is the Calamares a la Andaluza — Andalusian style squid.
What else? We order servings of boquerones en vinagre (anchovies in vinegar) and/or boquerones fritos (fried anchovies) again and again. Especially the latter, actually.
By the way, the patates bravas are easily the best we have eaten in Blanes.
But wait. You can eat patates bravas anywhere, so why fill up on it here? Go for the salpicón de pulpo (octopus salad) instead. Trust us on this!
And listen: If they have Gambas de Blanes, get them. They aren’t always available — especially if you come later in the season (fishing quotas, and such, play a role).
There’s much more, of course:
There are also hot or cold (breakfast) sandwiches.
How to get to Bar Leopoldo
Bar Leopoldo is located at the port of Blanes, catty corner to the fish auction. The address is Carrer Esplanada del Port, 16, 17300 Blanes, Girona, Spain
It is only a 15 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya — the roundabout near Sa Palomera. OK, 20-30 minutes if you prefer a casual stroll.
You walk along the boulevard that lines the beach (Platja de Blanes). The part without trees is called Passeig Cortils i Vieta. Continue past the traffic lights. The part of the boulevard with rows of palm trees is Passeig Pau Casals.
Past the sound stage (often the scene of concerts and the iconic Sardana dances), the boulevard changes names again. You are now walking on the tree-lined Passeig Mestrança.
Turn right at the roundabout. Bar Leopoldo is in the apartment building that features blue, rounded balconies.
Opening Hours Bar Leopoldo, Blanes
Subject to change. Check Bar Leopoldo’s opening hours and reviews at Google Maps.
Monday through Friday
- 8:30 am — 4:30 pm
- 7:30 pm — 11:30 pm
- 9:00 am — 4:30 pm
- 10:00 am — 4:30 pm