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Food Lover’s Guide to Barcelona

Food Lover’s Guide to Barcelona

The Catalan capital of Barcelona, on Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coast, enjoys a food culture all its own with influences from Southern France, the tapas culture of Andalucia, and global cuisines. Eating is a huge part of the culture here, and these are the foods and activities you shouldn’t miss.

Must-Try Dishes

While most visitors associate Spain with tapas, Barcelona is actually a hub of Catalan cuisine. Many locals start their day with fresh fried churros dipped in thick hot chocolate for breakfast. Boquerones (anchovies in vinegar), olives, grilled octopus, and pan con tomate (crusty bread with tomato, garlic, and olive oil) make the perfect afternoon accompaniment to a glass of vermut (vermouth). Be sure to try fideuà, the Catalan version of paella made with buckwheat noodles, and finish off your meal with some crema Catalana, a thick Spanish custard.

Keep an eye out for bombas on the menus of Barceloneta; these fist-size potato croquettes, often stuffed with meat, come topped with garlic aioli and a spicy red sauce. If you’re in Barcelona during spring, follow the smoke to a local street barbecue where calçots, a type of green onion native to the region, are grilled and served with romesco sauce.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Sample traditional Spanish food while watching flamenco dancing at the legendary Tablao Flamenco Cordobés.
  • Enjoy a variety of the city’s best bites on a guided tapas tour through the Gothic Quarter.
  • Taste your way along the Cava Trail in the Barcelona countryside to learn more about the region’s rich wine culture.
  • Polish up your cooking skills as you learn to make paella, tapas, and sangria with the help of a local chef.
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Tapas and Wine Experience Small Group Walking Tour

Tapas and Wine Experience Small Group Walking Tour

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Tuck into tasty tapas and traditional wines on this gastronomic tour of Barcelona. Get the inside scoop on Barcelona’s renowned foodie scene from a local guide and stop along the way to dine at the city’s best tapas bars. At each restaurant, sample an array of delicious Catalan cuisine, taste local specialties like Iberian ham, ‘’ or ‘pan con tomate’ (spicy potatoes, bread, and tomato), and choose from a selection of fine regional wines. You can choose between an afternoon or evening tour and upgrade to include a flamenco show.
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  • 3 hours
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Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona

Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona

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Learn to make Spanish tapas, traditional paella, and sangria with a Barcelona chef, then share a hearty dinner of classic local cuisine that you've made yourself. All great Spanish food starts with super fresh ingredients, and you begin this cooking class with a guided trip through La Boqueria market before heading to a professional teaching kitchen. This hands-on Spanish cooking class includes snacks, drinks, and dinner, and you finish the night with recipes to take back to your home kitchen.
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  • 3 hours
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Skip the Line: Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes Ticket

Skip the Line: Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes Ticket

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Experience an exhilarating flamenco performance at Barcelona’s legendary Tablao Cordobes. Cheer on a talented troupe of flamenco dancers as a unique display of agility, passion and energy is demonstrated on stage. Take in the lively atmosphere of one of Spain’s most famous flamenco venues and opt to enjoy a traditional Spanish buffet or refreshing drink while watching the show.
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  • 1 hour
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Small-Group Food and Wine Tour in Barcelona with a Sommelier

Small-Group Food and Wine Tour in Barcelona with a Sommelier

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Barcelona is the gastronomic center of Catalonia and this food, wine, and cava tasting tour offers the perfect introduction. Explore Barcelona’s vibrant neighborhoods, merge yourself in its great Mediterranean culinary heritage by the hands of a professional sommelier who guides you among the countless flavors of wine and cava, perfectly paired with delicious tapas, regional tastings, and fusion delicacies.
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  • 3 hours
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Wine and Cava Day Trip from Barcelona

Wine and Cava Day Trip from Barcelona

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Experience a relaxing day in the countryside and plenty of wine-tasting during this day trip to some of the top wineries outside Barcelona. Head to the Penedès region, to visit some of the most famous wineries of Catalonia, stopping to taste and learn about the production of the area's many vintages and cava (Catalan sparkling wine) along the way. During your visit, enjoy the services of a guide, who escorts you between wineries and share informative and fun facts about the region during your trip. This Catalonia winery tour includes tastings at three vineyards plus cheeses and tapas.
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  • 8 hours
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Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona

Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona

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Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, history, and wine during this 10-hour, small-group excursion that includes a visit to Montserrat Monastery and a winery tasting near Barcelona. Drive by air-conditioned van to the hilltop religious site of Montserrat, where you'll enjoy spectacular views and see the Black Virgin, a 12th-century religious icon. Then head to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the nexus of Catalonia's wine industry, where you'll visit a winery for a tasting. Along the way you'll get personal attention from your knowledgeable guide.
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Wine, Tapas & Cava from Barcelona | Private Tour

Wine, Tapas & Cava from Barcelona | Private Tour

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Travel through the wine region of Penedes on this full-day vineyard tour from Barcelona. Visit boutique wineries in the picturesque area, and sample their singular cavas and wines, paired with traditional cuisine such as tapas and traditional meat cuts. You also stop at Colònia Güell home to Gaudi's crypt. Your expert guide shares local knowledge about the region’s wine and cuisine.
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Gourmet Tapas Small Group Walking Tour and Flamenco Show

Gourmet Tapas Small Group Walking Tour and Flamenco Show

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Take a bite out of Barcelona’s legendary nightlife during this 3-hour combined tapas crawl and flamenco show with a small group. Eat like a local as you walk to local tapas bars to sample tasty snacks like ‘pa amb tomàquet,’ Manchego cheese and cured 'serrano' ham. Then continue your stroll through the city’s atmospheric Gothic Quarter, passing the Barcelona Cathedral en route, to arrive at a happening flamenco bar in the Plaça Reial. Quaff some sangria and enjoy some more tapas as you savor a 45-minute flamenco show featuring some of the genre’s hottest young performers set to fiery flamenco music. This small-group trip, limited to just 20 guests, also includes a guide, tapas, drinks and show admission.
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  • 3 hours
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Traditional Food and Wine Small Group Tour from Barcelona

Traditional Food and Wine Small Group Tour from Barcelona

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Indulge your senses with the rich flavors of Catalonian cuisine on a full-day, food-and-wine tour from Barcelona. With a knowledgeable guide, travel to a medieval farmhouse cradled by the mountain of Montserrat, and sample fine wines and creamy cheese while admiring the spectacular scenery. Savor home-cured meats in a Benedictine monastery, taste a variety of premium olive oils, feast on a traditional Catalan lunch at a quaint farmhouse, and embark on a guided tour of a winery. Sample effervescent cava, and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 10 hours
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