Barcelona cooking classes: learn to prepare typical Spanish dishes
The first time I attended a cooking class on a trip was when I traveled to Petra with Miriam, one of the ForeverBarcelona top tourguides and also a good friend of mine. We had so much fun learning how to cook Middle-Eastern recipes, and I always go back to my cherished notes every time I make hummus or mutabal at home. I just wish everyone could have such an experience when we visit our country, too, and that they bring back their trip memories every time they cook Spanish recipes back home.
I’ve noticed that the interest for cooking classes has also grown a lot late, with more and more of our guests asking us where they can join a cooking class in Barcelona. And I thing that’s such a great way to get in contact with the local culinary culture! Unfortunately, our resources are limited and our company can’t organize (nor book) such activities for you. However, I still want make things easy so you don’t go back home without experiencing it, and this is why today I’m offering you a list of my favorite best cooking classes in Barcelona.
These are our favorite Barcelona cooking schools:
Cook & Taste were probably the first company to organize an interactive Spanish cooking experience in Barcelona for travelers in English, and after a period up in a top floor of a building in la Rambla with no elevator they finally moved to their new convenient location, on the street level of an alley right next to Plaça Sant Jaume in the Gothic Quarter. Their cooking classes are family-friendly and can be complemented with a market tour (supplement applies). The menu they teach you varies depending on what’s in season, but it’s usually 2 tapas, a main course (paella!) and dessert. Wine, water, ham and tomato bread are also included, and you get to keep the apron!
Both cooking classes offered by this company start with a visit of the Boqueria Market to buy the products you’ll be using in the class. Then you can choose one of their two lessons: either a traditional Spanish menu (gazpacho, Spanish potato omelet with tomato bread, paella and Catalan creme brulé) or for the more adventurous, a tapas lesson were you’ll learn how to cook more ambitious dishes such as codfish fritters or surf and turf meatballs. This second activity is paired with Catalan wines, and it’s a great choice for those who have already taken a first “beginners” cooking class in Spain and want to grow their recipe book with some new exciting recipes.
A new addition to the culinary lessons in the Barcelona scene are these workshops organized by Cookiteca in Poble Español (also known as Pueblo Español or Spanish Village). This architectural ensemble was created in 1929 in the occasion of the 2 World Fair of Barcelona, with the idea of showing visitors the traditional architecture of Spain through real-size replicas or reinterpretations of regional Spanish landmarks. And while I agree that in the XXI century when traveling has become so easy, that concept might not seem too attractive, if you have another reason to visit the Poble Espanyol, the place can be fun! Combine it with a flamenco show at night, or head here if you are a crafts lover (it’s the highest concentration of artisans and craftsmen in Spain!) or… take a cooking class! Besides the usual, gazpacho, Spanish omelet, tomato bread, paella and Catalan creme brulée menu, you’ll also get to prepare a few pintxos (Basque mini-tapas on a slice of bread).
Ok, this choice isn’t for everyone, but it’s so unique I thought it was worth mentioning it even if it’ll only be useful for event organizers taking groups of 30 or more. But how cool would it be to attend a cooking class in a baroque building, and then eating on an imperial table? The price can’t be cheap, but maybe you can convince your boss to organize it for your next company team building trip to Barcelona! The menu is as usual, except that here they teach you how to make sangría instead of giving you wine and sodas. Oh yes, in their website it says “bleeding” instead of “sangría”, whoever did the English translation seems to have used Google Translator, LOL.
This is another well rated cooking school organizing cooking workshops, but this one includes the Boqueria market tour in its fee. And that’s not surprising because their kitchen is located in the office building at the end of the market! You’ll be able to take the glass elevator to the third floor from where you’ll enjoy some very unique views over the market stalls that usually only the staff of the market get to see (I’ve been once to the market offices, and it was really cool). The menu again isn’t too original (same as any other cooking school), but if you speak Spanish you might want to check their website: they also organize a variety of themed workshops (not always on Spanish food), in their other venues in the Born district.
AND BONUS! Would you rather learn how to cook at a local’s home?
She’s called Marta, but it’s not me. She’s a chef that will receive you at her place and teach you how to make paella like locals do. Marta’s private paella cooking classes take place in her own apartment, and weather permitting, you’ll be using her terrace with views over Sagrada Familia, the AGBAR tower and a green central plaza of the Eixample district. She’s a cooking teacher with over 15 years experience in San Francisco – so communication won’t be an issue. While I haven’t experienced her workshop, she must be good to be an individual top-rated on Tripadvisor against lots of professional schools with more resources than she has! Just beware it’s a PAELLA ONLY workshop, you must bring your own drinks and the space can feel a bit limited if the class fills in.
So what about you? Head to the comments below and tells us: Have you ever taken a cooking class on a trip, where was it and how did it go? Any Barcelona cooking classes you’ve tried?