Tastes & Traditions of Barcelona Food Tour

Taste the foods that define Barcelona today and learn why they're must-haves.

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Includes: 13+ delicious tastes at 7 iconic establishments in Barcelona's most historic neighborhoods. Enough for breakfast & lunch. Optional add on available: The Full Drinks Experience.
Experience Size: Maximum 8 guests or upgrade to private for €99 per group
Times: 10:00am, 11:00am.
Duration: 3.5 Hours

What's Included

  • 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.

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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. This is a vegetarian friendly tour. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking. We do not recommend this tour for vegans.

    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.

    TOUR SNAPSHOT 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. STOP-BY-STOP 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!
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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!

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    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point Mercat de Santa Caterina
    Places we'll visit Born and Barceloneta

    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.

    Ending point Barceloneta
    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 2 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 we only require a minimum of two people to operate. As of June 25, 2020, we have reduced the capacity of this tour to eight guests and we expect this to remain in place into 2021. For private tours, this tour is private for you and your party
    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 Tastes & Traditions Food 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 eight guests or less for an additional cost of €99 per group. We also offer customized private experiences for larger 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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