Most visitors to Barcelona are eager to take part in the popular tradition of going out for tapas, but might not be sure where to start.
And that’s definitely understandable. The menu is full of unfamiliar items, everything is in Spanish or Catalan, and how do you choose from among the hundreds of bars and restaurants dotted throughout the city? If you’re new to eating in Barcelona, there’s an easy solution to learning how to navigate the Catalan capital’s flourishing culinary scene. Here’s why a food tour in Sant Antoni is the best way to learn how to eat like a local in Barcelona!
The Sant Antoni Neighborhood
Though technically part of Barcelona’s larger L’Eixample district, the up-and-coming Sant Antoni neighborhood is truly making a name for itself. A modern, thriving neighborhood with a vintage, bohemian flair, Sant Antoni has just about every type of establishment you can think of. From classic neighborhood bodegas to trendy boho boutiques to hipster eateries and more, this friendly, welcoming corner of Barcelona has something for everyone.
With that being said, a food tour in Sant Antoni is one of the best ways to discover the secrets of eating like a local! This colorful, vibrant barrio is decidedly less touristy than other areas of the center. Plus, the unbeatable local hospitality at each of the stops along the way will make you feel like a lifelong regular.
Why take a food tour?
Eating in Barcelona can be easy, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be getting high quality food. Anyone can pop into one of the tourist traps along La Rambla and order a serving of mediocre paella. However, is that really the best way to experience the local culture? Get off the beaten path and step into the best hidden gems you never would have noticed otherwise. And of course, you’ll sample the star tapa at each place and learn just why locals love it!
Some people might be turned off at the idea of a group tour. You might be picturing a crowd of several dozen people following a person with a flag or umbrella. We get it—that’s why this food tour in Sant Antoni is limited to an extra-small group size. That way, you’ll be able to fit comfortably into each of the (sometimes tiny!) bars and restaurants along the way, and maybe even make friends with the other tour guests and your guide! Speaking of which, your guide will be a local expert who’s passionate about Barcelona and who knows Sant Antoni like the back of their hand.
The tour itself
Over the course of two and a half hours, you’ll stop in for tapas at four of the neighborhood’s best-loved, family run bars and restaurants. Each of these places has been hand picked especially for its local charm, authenticity and passion. You’ll meet our friends who put their heart and soul into carrying on Barcelona’s proud foodie traditions and sample their best dishes for yourself. Some of the local bites you’ll try include creamy croquettes, spicy patatas bravas, local botifarra and more!
By the end of the night, you’ll be full, happy and armed with plenty of local know-how. Suddenly the crowded tapas bars in the city center won’t seem quite as overwhelming! You’ll be able to step into any one of them and order as if you’d been coming there your whole life.
Sound good? We’d love for you to join us! Our Tapas Like a Local: Sant Antoni Neighborhood is our favorite food tour in Sant Antoni. Come see why this off-the-beaten-path neighborhood has become a thriving hub of culture and creativity in recent years. You’ll feel practically local yourself by the end of the night!
Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.