Tastes & Traditions of Barcelona Food Tour
Taste the foods that define Barcelona today and learn why they're must-haves.
- Take an insider tour of a market that's always packed with locals (unlike the Boqueria!)
- Learn—by tasting!—how Barcelona's current traditional dishes came to be.
- See the local side of two essential Barcelona neighborhoods: el Born and Barceloneta.
- Try paella in one of Barcelona's most iconic spots, and learn to spot an authentic paella!
- Explore the bakeries, bodegas and food shops that are the heart of central Barcelona.
I have done many food tours in different countries and this by far was the best one I've ever done! Our tour guide, Paulina, was amazing and shared so much information and knowledge with us along the tour. The food spots were true gems that we would have never found on our own and the food was amazing! You won't regret taking this tour! Thanks again Paulina!
Fantastic tour. Our tour guide, Jaume, was brilliant—fun, friendly and knowledgeable. The tour is conducted at the perfect pace with plenty of stops. It may seem expensive but it really is well worth it, you get plenty of food and drink and you get taken to places you would never know about. Would highly recommend this tour.
My wife and I had a lovely time! We booked a tour in November during low season and were expecting to join a larger group of tourists. It turned out we were the only people to book the tour that day so we had a private tour with our wonderful guide, Valentina! She was a knowledgeable, thoughtful, and enthusiastic guide who took us to various historical and tasty places around Barcelona. I highly recommend Valentina and this tour to anyone!
What to Expect
Please note that this description is an example and stops or tastes may vary depending on the season, day of the week, and group size. Regardless of where your tour goes, you always have a delicious experience.
More than many cities in Spain, Barcelona is a melting pot. Influenced over the years by cultures from within Spain and beyond, the dishes that we consider traditional today weren't always part of Barcelona's story. But without them the city wouldn't be the same. On this tour, we'll explore a mix of traditional businesses and the ones that are writing that story today, while we discover the real Barcelona through its food.
Start your morning at the Santa Caterina Market, a local favorite where the stalls have been family-run institutions for decades! 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 several Spanish cheeses, followed by cured meats—including jamón ibérico!
Next we'll head to one of the market's most-loved bars. Open since the 1980s, this is where locals stop for breakfast and lunch while shopping—and that's exactly what we're here to do! You'll enjoy a glass of sparkling cava (the true Catalan way to start the day!) paired with next-level sandwiches featuring treats such as spinach tortilla and spicy Mallorcan sausage.
When we leave the market, we'll start exploring the Born neighborhood. One of Barcelona's most iconic, we know it's on your list to visit anyway—best to do it with an expert. Your guide will share our favorite neighborhood haunts and stories with you, including the famous Santa Maria del Mar church, which is the best example of Catalan Gothic architecture in the city.
Our next food stop is one of Barcelona’s oldest specialty shops—one of the last of its kind, in fact! Here you’ll taste three of the shop’s star products.
After a morning of exploring (and tasting your way through!) the Born neighborhood, it’s time to head towards the fishermen’s district of Barceloneta! Along the way, your guide will highlight some of the neighborhood's most interesting corners.
At our first Barceloneta stop, it’s time to practice the art of the Spanish aperitif! We'll visit a local bodega for a glass of vermouth and Barcelona's favorite tapa: the bomba. Considered by locals to be the only tapa ever invented in Barcelona, we'll share its colorful story with you.
At our last stop, we'll finish strong with a traditional Spanish lunch! You’ll visit a tucked-away restaurant in the fishermen’s district that's been open since the 1950s. Here we'll enjoy some of the best homemade seafood paella in town, paired with fantastic local wine!
You'll leave with an understanding of Barcelona's dynamic food scene, having tasted the dishes that form part of the city's story today.
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!
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!
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Discover the ins and outs of two neighborhoods that are on your list already, and get more out of them than you would on your own.