I walked across Spain last year, looking for great tapas in Pamplona, Logrono, Burgos, and wherever. I found many good spots, but none exceed La Madison du Pata Negra in the Marche du Capucins in Bordeaux. I’ve been here 2 years in a row, and the quality and variety of tapas is outstanding.
Timing of your visit is important. The Marche des Capucins is open every day but Sunday, but the variety of tapas available on weekdays is fairly small by their own admission. Best option is to come on Saturday or Sunday mornings, preferably around 11:00 to noon, when most of the tapas varieties have been prepared and before the crowds get too hectic. Service stops around 13:30 to 14:00, so there’s a definite window of availability.
Watch how others do it. La Maison will give you a tray for collecting your tapas and a small glass to collect the toothpicks that signify the number and price of tapas that you’ve eaten (between €1.90 to €3.50). Wine is also available at a reasonable price.
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