El Pachuco Barcelona

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El Pachuco – Good things come in small packages

I’ve written about a couple of other Mexican places before (Rosa del Raval and Tlaxcal), but as I explore this city, I keep finding more surprises; I think I might have found the best one yet! This one’s so popular, yet so small that I don’t think I’d have found it if it weren’t for a recommendation from a friend of a friend of a friend (who is Mexican).

Many spots in El Raval are a squeeze, especially at peak times, and this one’s no exception. With only two tables, most clients here find themselves sharing tables, battling for bar/ledge space, or waiting outside for others to finish up. Even the staff seem crammed in behind the bar working frantically to get everyone fed. As you can imagine, there’s almost always a waiting list, and the wait time often gets to ridiculous lengths. 

However, good food comes to those who wait. There are tacos, quesadillas and a few other Mexican street food bits and bobs on offer, each one I’ve tried being absolutely delicious. The servings are plentiful so be careful, don’t order too much! There’s also a nice selection of interesting drinks, and because the place isn’t much of a sit-down restaurant and it’s also open until late, your night can double as a boozy bar experience if you so wish.

If you want the good stuff with less stress, go at a quieter time like lunchtime or early evening, and remember to bring cash, no cards accepted unfortunately.

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Details about this spot



Carrer de Sant Pau 110, Barcelona

Telephone number


Opening Times

13:30 - 02:30 daily


Dinner from: € 10

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)