Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Barcelona Food Tour

Explore two of Barcelona's most emblematic neighborhoods, and taste some of the best food this city has to offer!

Breakfast + Lunch
Daytime
3.5 Hours
9+ Food Stops
Start time: 10:00am. Check calendar for available times.

Highlights

  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Barcelona's famous Santa Caterina market
  • Discover the secrets behind Barcelona's misunderstood (and incredibly popular) sparkling wine, cava
  • Bite into the city's top-rated (and totally sinful!) croissant
  • Discover the hidden secrets tucked away in the medieval Born's narrow, winding streets
  • Take part in the traditional aperitif hour in a beloved wine shop and bar
  • Experience a hearty, homemade Spanish lunch cooked by Mama Carmen!

You'll Eat

  • Two types of Spanish ham, including the famous acorn-fed Iberian variety
  • Traditional cured sausages of Catalonia
  • Award-winning manchego cheese
  • Artisan Catalan goat cheese
  • Famous Medtierranean mahon cheese
  • Award-winning mascarpone-stuffed croissant
  • Gourmet chocolate-covered nuts
  • Marcona almonds, roasted in house
  • Homemade olive skewer with Mediterranean anchovies
  • Freshly-fried salt cod fritters
  • Homemade seafood fideua (the local paella!)

You'll Drink

  • Cava, the sparkling wine of Spain
  • Spanish vermouth aperitif
  • Wine from the porrón (a fun, traditional drinking vessel)
  • Wine or beer with lunch
  • Coffee
  • Coffee
* Actual tastes may change depending on season or availability.
This tour is adaptable for...
  • Pescatarians
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • We love providing delicious options for those with dietary needs. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking. We do not recommend this tour for vegetarians, vegans, or those who avoid gluten. Also, because this tour visits the fishermen's district of Barcelona, we do not recommend this tour for those who do not eat fish or seafood.

    Cultural Highlights

  • Eat an authentic fideua (paella's cousin!) made by the best local chef.
  • Discover centuries-old secret foodie shops in the beautiful medieval Born neighborhood.
  • Taste hand cut Spanish ham at the colorful Santa Caterina Market.
  • What to Expect on Your Tour

    Winding medieval lanes, gorgeous architecture and amazing food – Barcelona is a spellbinding place to visit. But what’s even better than visiting Barcelona? It’s feeling – and eating – like a local. Because once you understand how the people of Barcelona eat, drink and celebrate, you’re in for a truly special stay! So get off the tourist track and join us on this unforgettable 3.5 hour food journey through two of historic Barcelona’s most famous and charming neighbourhoods – the medieval Born and the fishermen’s quarter of Barceloneta. A local market, a hidden deli, the city’s most sinful pastry and true mother’s home cooking – on this tour you’ll discover tucked-aways gems and tastes that only the city’s residents know, and that are the true flavor of this fabulous city. Your morning begins with local cava sparkling wine and a classic Barcelona sandwich in a wonderful deli run by two brothers, before heading to the iconic Santa Caterina Market (think of it as the Boqueria, but for locals) for delicious cheeses and cured meats from long-time vendors. You’ll then wind through the twisting lanes of the 13th-century Born neighbourhood, nipping into hidden gems (including a 150-year-old gourmet shop with a special secret) before heading to the timeless seaside fisherman’s quarter where the proud residents honor longstanding traditions…. including taking time for a proper Catalan lunch! You’ll sip your pre-lunch vermouth in a neighbourhood bodega (hint: it’s the city’s original style tapas bar) before sitting down for the grand finale – a lovingly prepared home-cooked lunch by icon Mama Carmen. Since 9:30 that morning Carmen has been cooking her famous fideuá just for us. What’s fidueá? Think paella’s lesser-known and equally-delicious cousin! Come with us to see for yourself! And it’s not just about the food. Your expert English-speaking guide will tell you all about the history and traditions of these two gorgeous neighbourhoods – from teaching you to drink wine like a local from a unique vessel (it takes practice!) to hearing about the infamous Barcelona fire parades. By the end, you’ll not only have a full belly, but a rich understanding of what it means to belong to this city and of how you can continue to explore it more deeply. As with all Devour Barcelona food tours, you’ll be led by one of our small team of expert, passionate English-speaking guides. And you’ll get a copy of our Devouring Barcelona mini-guide, which is packed with all our favourite places to eat and drink in the city, so you’ll be eating well for the rest of your stay! So put down your tourist books and let us lead you through the authetnic Barcelona!
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    About Our Expert Guides

    Your tour will be lead by one of our expert, English-speaking guides. They’re all gifted storytellers who are smart, passionate and talented and whose excitement for this country is contagious!.

    Meet them here!

    Map your tour

    Meeting point Mercat de Santa Caterina
    Neighborhoods Born and Barceloneta

    Explore two of the city's most historic and emblematic neighborhoods, the medieval Born and the fishermen's district of Barceloneta

    Ending point Barceloneta

    Featured Review

    Alberta606 Dec 2016

    This was our first food tour ever... We debated on the $100 Canadian price tag, but in the end we would do it again in a heartbeat as the information you get and the food you taste is worth every penny

    Great question! A Devour Barcelona food tour is a fun, fascinating and (most importantly!) delicious introduction to the incredible city of Barcelona. Our food tours visit some of the city’s best traditional eateries, including tapas bars, local markets, taverns and shops, and hidden gems that few even know exist! You’ll taste some of Barcelona's best local food, and gain fascinating insight into its age-old traditions. We keep our groups small and every tour is led by an English-speaking guide who knows Bracelona like the back of their hand, and loves it to bits.
    The tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 1.8kms/1.1miles
    Don’t worry, you won’t be part of a massive hoard following a guide with a flag or a flamenco fan! We keep our groups small and intimate, so the tour can squeeze into small, hidden places and you get personal time with your guide. The maximum number of guests on this tour is usually 12 people and we only require two guests to operate a tour.
    We want as many people to be able to enjoy our tours as possible. Scroll up the page a little to see what dietary restrictions this tour is adaptable for.
    Families love getting a true taste of Barcelona together on this tour. The tastes are suited to kids and teens, and your guide will bring a fun worksheet full of games and puzzles for younger kids to complete during the tour. We also offer child and teen pricing. We look forward to having your family along!
    The tour does not include transport to the meeting place, or from the ending point (ask your guide for guidance at the end of the tour if you’re not sure where you are).Also, please feel free to tip your guide if you think they did a great job! The standard gratuity in the tour industry is 10-15%.
    Most importantly, your appetite!Also, keep in mind that tours take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain. Also, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking a few kilometres. Finally, while we do serve water on the tour at some stops, we recommend you bring a bottle of water.
    Of course! We regularly offer private tours to families, groups of friends and corporate groups. Email us your group size, the date you'd like the tour and anything else you'd like us to keep in mind, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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