Gracia Neighborhood Food & Market Tour

Try essential Catalan dishes in a traditional neighborhood that's stayed true to its roots.

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Includes: 10 delicious tastes at 8 neighborhood establishments in Barcelona's most off-the-beaten-path neighborhood. Enough for lunch.
Tour Size: Small Group
Times: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am
Duration: 3.5 Hours

What's Included

  • 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.

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Dietary restrictions

This tour is adaptable for...
  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • Gluten free (not celiacs)
  • Dairy free
  • 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. Due to the risk of gluten cross-contamination, this tour is not adaptable for those with celiac disease.

    What to Expect on Your Tour

    TOUR SNAPSHOT

    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.

    STOP-BY-STOP

    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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    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!

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    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
    Places we'll visit Gracia

    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!

    Ending point Plaça de Trilla
    The tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 3 kilometers (2 miles) and there is seating at 3 of the 7 stops.
    Don’t worry, you won’t be part of a massive crowd following a guide with a flag! 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 10 people, and all of our tours are guaranteed to operate, even with just one person.
    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 our Gracia Neighborhood Food & Market Tour. The tastes are suited to kids and teens.
    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% to 15%.
    Most importantly, your appetite! Keep in mind 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 kilometers. Finally, while we do serve water on the tour at some stops, we recommend you bring a bottle of water.
    Our tours are available as private experiences for groups of 6 guests or more. We also offer customized private experiences for groups of 11 or more. 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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