Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Barcelona Food Tour

Join our Barcelona food tour and taste your way through El Born and La Barceloneta, two of Barcelona's must-see neighborhoods!

RATED FIVE OUT OF FIVE:
INCLUDES: 6 Delicious Stops
SMALL GROUP: Max 12 Guests
TIMES: Start time: 10:00am, 11:00am.
DURATION: 3.5 Hours

What's Included

  • A non-touristy food lover's discovery of the secrets of the medieval Born and beachside Barceloneta neighborhoods
  • Barcelona's most delicious homemade seafood paella (Barcelona´s style) with wine at a hidden gem
  • An insider's tour of the vibrant Santa Caterina Market, a far cry from the overcrowded Boqueria
  • Barcelona's best Iberian ham and gourmet cheeses at family-run market stalls
  • Behind-the-scenes look and tastes at one of Barcelona's oldest specialty food shops, opened 1851!
  • The chance to learn about local tapas culture over wine in a beloved local Catalan bodega

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Foodie Highlights

You'll Eat

  • Two types of Spanish ham, including the famous acorn-fed Iberian variety
  • Award-winning Manchego cheese
  • Local Catalan goat cheese
  • Famous Mediterranean Mahon cheese
  • Traditional pastry filled with "crema catalana" and covered with crystallized sugar
  • Gourmet chocolate-covered nuts
  • Marcona almonds, roasted in house
  • Homemade olive skewer with Mediterranean anchovies
  • Freshly-fried salt cod fritters
  • Homemade seafood paella (the local paella!)
  • Authentic local tapas

You'll Drink

  • Coffee
  • Spanish vermouth aperitif
  • Wine from the porrón (a fun, traditional drinking vessel)
  • Cava, the sparkling wine of Spain
* Actual tastes may change depending on season or availability.
This tour is adaptable for...
  • Pescatarians
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • Dietary restrictions
    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.

    What to Expect on Your Tour

    TOUR SNAPSHOT

    Discover two of Barcelona’s most charming neighborhoods—the medieval Born district and the fishermen’s quarter Barceloneta—while popping in and out of family-run shops! Too many visitors simply skim the city’s surface, so let one of our expert guides lead you off the tourist track and right into Barcelona’s winding medieval lanes and fascinating history! Not only will you delve into the traditions of two Barcelona neighborhoods, but you’ll taste the best the city has to offer while meeting the locals behind it all!

    STOP-BY-STOP

    Start your morning off with a coffee and traditional "xuixo", a beautiful deep-fried pastry filled with crema catalana and covered in crystallized sugar.

    Next, you’ll be whisked away to the local Santa Caterina Market—a far cry from the busy Boquería! You’ll weave in and out of locals doing their shopping as you learn about their daily customs and traditions. Along the way, you’ll make two stops to try 3 types of delicious Spanish cheese, followed by cured meats, including jamón ibérico!

    Then you’re off to one of Barcelona’s oldest specialty shops—one of the last of its kind, in fact! You’ll taste three of the shop’s specialties, as well as discover a little hidden secret in the back!

    After a morning of exploring (and tasting your way through!) the Born district, it’s time to head towards the fishermen’s district of Barceloneta! Along the way, your expert guide will highlight some of Barcelona’s most interesting corners.

    After the short walk, it’s time to practice the art of the Spanish aperitif! You’ll head to a local bodega, where you’ll enjoy a glass of vermouth and a pre-lunch nibble as you learn about why places like these were the original Catalan tapas bars!

    To finish off, it’s time for a traditional Spanish lunch! You’ll visit a tucked-away restaurant in the fishermen’s district to enjoy some of the best homemade seafood paella in town, alongside fantastic local sparkling wine!

    And as with all Devour Barcelona tours, your guide will give you a copy of our Devouring Barcelona guide, which is packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city! So put down your guidebook and get ready to experience Barcelona like a local!

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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
    Places we'll visit 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
    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 Barcelona 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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