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In a city as famous for its food culture as Barcelona it’s no surprise that the food tour business has really taken off. Offering guests the chance to eat like locals and to discover the traditional cuisine of Catalonia, food tours are a great way to get to know the city. Whether you want a classic tapas tour or something a little more original, here are the best food tours to take in Barcelona.
This four-hour tour offers a memorable crash-course introduction to Spanish cuisine, looking at how the country’s history and culture have influenced its food scene. If some food tours can be a little light on the food pickings this is certainly not the case with Wanderbeak, as you’ll be eating your way from lunch to dinner with plenty of sweet and savoury dishes along the way, as well as local beers and wines. A full-on food experience, this is a great way to get to know the local eating culture and discover the city through its best tapas bars and restaurants.
Barcelona is famous for its fabulous fresh-food markets and this tour by Foodlover Tour shows you just how to experience the market like a local – eating and drinking along the way! Best of all, the tour stays shy of Barcelona’s most famous market, La Boqueria, and takes you to a less crowded (and less touristy) market in Eixample. You’ll sample 12 or more different sharing dishes along the way and even finish off with dessert in a local bakery.
The Barceloneta is the city’s historic fishing quarter and a neighbourhood with a strong sense of community and local identity. Today the old and the new stand side by side in this lively neighbourhood and the Barceloneta Beer & Tapas Tour introduces guests to a more recent development: the emergence of the local craft beer scene. Try traditional tapas in old eateries which seem unchanged since the 1950s, as well as Barcelona-brewed beers in trendy brew-pubs.
If you’re interested in discovering Spain’s rich wine culture then this tour by Devour Barcelona will enable you to do just that. Over the course of the tour you’ll sample ten different Spanish wines – red, white, sparkling and even fortified – with information about the different methods of production and wine-drinking culture. Of course, there’s also the chance to sample classic local tapas so you won’t go hungry.
Behind this play on words is food enthusiast and travel writer Sam Zucker who offers tailor-made food tours going to some of his favourite places in the city. A restaurant critic for one of the local English-language magazines, Sam knows his way around Barcelona and has a wealth of information to share about local traditions, history and culture. As a professionally trained chef and wine connoisseur, he can also talk you through some of the tricks of Spanish cuisine and offer recommendations on local wines.
Once a working class residential area on the edges of the city, in recent years Poble-Sec has attracted a number of aspiring young chefs. Home to the popular Carrer Blai and notorious for its pintxos bars – like tapas on a stick – it also harbours gourmet restaurants offering contemporary Catalan cuisine. The tour run by The Barcelona Taste takes you off the beaten track to explore one of the city’s most up and coming neighbourhoods.
More of a daytime person than an evening person? No problem. The Gotico Brunch Tour starts at 11am and takes you for a selection of sweet and savoury dishes including local meats and cheeses, fresh cakes and pastries, and of course some Spanish wines. The tour favors restaurants which support the Slow Food movement (working with local and seasonal ingredients) and family-run businesses despite being in one of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods.