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Discover and Explore Series: Vol.1 Barcelona - Pan Con Tomate

Discover and Explore Barcelona: Authentic Pan Con Tomate Recipe


Welcome to the “Discover and Explore” series by Wanderlust Tapestry! Our journey begins in the heart of Catalonia with a simple yet iconic dish: Pan Con Tomate. This beloved Spanish tapa, also known as "pa amb tomàquet" in Catalan, is a staple in every Barcelona home and tapas bar. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or as a tasty appetizer, Pan Con Tomate is a must-try for anyone visiting this vibrant city.

Origins and Cultural Significance

Pan Con Tomate originated in the rural countryside of Catalonia as a clever way to use up stale bread. Today, it is enjoyed at any time of day, reflecting the region’s love for fresh, high-quality ingredients. The dish’s simplicity is its charm, making it a beloved classic in Catalan cuisine.

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"Pan Con Tomate: A simple yet flavorful Spanish tapa made with toasted rustic bread, fresh grated tomatoes, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil."



To experience the authentic taste of Pan Con Tomate, try making it yourself:


  • 4 slices of rustic bread

  • 2 large ripe tomatoes

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Sea salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper (optional)


  1. Toast slices of rustic bread until golden and crisp.

  2. Halve the tomatoes and grate them into a bowl, discarding the skins.

  3. Rub the warm bread with a peeled garlic clove.

  4. Spoon tomato pulp onto the bread, drizzle with olive oil, and season with sea salt and pepper.


Where to Experience Pan Con Tomate in Barcelona

  • This bustling market is a must-visit for food lovers. Enjoy fresh Pan Con Tomate at one of the many food stalls.

  • A popular spot for tapas, where you can enjoy this traditional dish alongside a variety of other Spanish delights.

Cooking Classes while visiting Spain

  • Offers a hands-on experience where you can learn to make Pan Con Tomate and other Catalan dishes. Follow them on Instagram at @barcelona_cooking.


Pan Con Tomate is more than just a snack—it’s a celebration of Catalan tradition and flavors. Whether you’re dining at a local tapas bar, shopping in a vibrant market, or taking a cooking class, this dish is a delicious way to immerse yourself in the culture of Barcelona. Happy travels and buen provecho!

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