Gracia Neighborhood Food & Market Tour
Try essential Catalan dishes in a traditional neighborhood that's stayed true to its roots.
- Get away from the crowds and see what daily life is like in a historic neighborhood.
- Experience old school Catalan culture at places where nothing has changed since the 1940s.
- Join the locals for a traditional mid-morning snack of regional sausage and sparkling cava.
- Visit a neighborhood just outside the center with the charm of a village!
- End at a bakery open since 1919 with a sweet treat you'll only find in Catalonia.
We had a wonderful time with Veronica exploring the Gracia neighborhood and sampling many tasty tapas. This was a great way to learn about this traditional Catalan neighborhood and its culture and food. Through this tour, we visited many local establishments we otherwise would have never visited. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and eat!
Lior was a wonderful host to the 10 of us. We stopped at 8 different family run businesses where we learned about Catalan traditions around food and community. The vendors were prepared and ready to serve us as soon as we arrived at each establishment. Such a great way to get a "feel" for Barcelona and Gracia. I would recommend doing this tour early in your visit. Thanks, Lior!
Paulina was warm, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable as a tour guide. She knew the Gracia neighborhood well and was graciously received in all of the hidden gem establishments we visited. I was thoroughly impressed by her knowledge of local gastronomy and wine, which greatly enhanced my overall experience. I would highly recommend Paulina as a guide and I will definitely book future tours with Devour.
What to Expect on Your Tour
Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Spain—but places like Gracia still exist. This neighborhood, just a stone's throw from the bustling center, feels a world away. That's because it used to be its own village, and has held onto those roots. For the true Catalan experience of mom’s cooking holes-in-the-wall and regulars-only bodegas, you can't do any better than Gracia.
Just north of Eixample, a charming Catalan neighborhood is hiding in plain sight. A straight shot on the metro's line 3 will you get there from the heart of the center before you know it, but you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. After meeting your guide, you'll embark on a morning of discovering true Catalan culture the best way possible: through its food!
Our first stop is the neighborhood’s favorite hot chocolate, Catalan-style, and a homemade pastry that's perfect for dipping. It's all served in a local institution that's a kind of business unique to Barcelona.
Now it's time to embrace the Catalan tradition of second breakfast. On the menu? A bubbly glass of cava and a regional sandwich at a Gracia bar that embodies the tight-knight family feel of the neighborhood.
Next you'll visit a deli that specializes in Spain’s greatest delicacy: jamón! Watch as it's sliced right before your eyes by a master carver and then enjoy melt-in-your-mouth Iberian ham.
From here, we'll forget about the Boqueria and instead go to a true Catalan market. Neither overrun by tourists nor full of gourmet restaurants, this is where locals still go to shop. While learning about Barcelona's traditional market culture, we'll visit two market stalls to sample cheeses and olives.
Up next is a visit to one of Barcelona's few remaining family-run pastry shops—open since 1919!—where you’ll enjoy a warm drink and a Catalan pastry created almost a century ago.
Now it’s time to visit a traditional shop specializing in home-cooked Catalan food! Imagine if your grandma offered prepared meals for the whole neighborhood, and you'll get the idea. Here you’ll taste a couple of Catalan essentials: a roasted vegetable salad called escalivada and a hearty meatball and chickpea stew.
Finally, we'll practice the art of the aperitif with a glass of vermouth at a bodega. When you walk through the doors, you'll be transported to the Barcelona of last century—this bodega opened in 1939, and little has changed since then. The stop wouldn’t be complete without a few favorite bar snacks, so you’ll also taste locally-cured sausage and homemade chips.
By the end of the morning, you will have gone back to Barcelona's roots and experienced the city's most traditional food in a truly local way.
And as with all Devour Barcelona tours, you'll receive our Devouring Barcelona guide. Packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city, put down your guidebook and get ready to experience Barcelona like a local!
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Gracia is a neighborhood with a village feel and a strong Catalan identity, located just north of the center—though it seems a world away!