Do you loooooove chocolate or cakes and want to add a touch of your secret passion to your sightseeing? Of maybe someone in your party does and you want to treat them?
We are passionate about chocolate and dessert, and this is why we have gathered the best private chocolate and cake experiences for you. We have some really cool ideas that will make your Barcelona tour unforgettable… and yummy!
NOTE: These activities can’t be booked separately as they are not tours by themselves, but extra activities designed to spice up your tour or extend it a bit longer (and they can also make a great morning if you combine them together)
PRIVATE CHOCOLATE TASTING
Be taken to Marta’s favorite chocolate store where you’ll learn about the chocolate process and the difference between chocolate, praliné and truffle, and be guided through a chocolate tasting where you’ll learn to appreciate the sensory characteristics of good chocolate: its snap, smell, texture and flavors.
VISIT A TOP CAKE ATELIER
Get behind the scenes of a famous local cake maker. Learn about a family of cake makers that have been in the business for three decades (soon four!), see their team working at their atelier and have private access to the offices where they plan their most extravagant creations: not just cakes, but also “cake performances”.
You’ll be taken to a modern chocolate store in the heart of the Eixample district, where they control the entire process of manufactoring of the products they sell: from the cacao harvest and roasting, to the chocolate making and the design of the final product. They love being creative and playing with unusual flavors, but also put in value the subtle differences between cocoas coming from different countries, as well as chocolates with different percentages of cocoa on them.
One of their managers will first offer an explanation of where cocoa comes from and how it’s processed, you’ll get to see cocoa beans and seeds and discover what a nib is. And after discussing the various ins and outs of the chocolate making process, you’ll seat in a table in the store cafe and be led on a chocolate tasting of a variety of their products and learning about its sensory characteristics and how to properly taste chocolate (and it’s not chewing it!). After the tour you’ll be able to easily make the difference between so-so chocolate and awesome chocolate.
A fun and delicious experience that no chocolate love should miss!
Duration of this activity: 1 to 1.5 hours.
Activity available Mon-Sat (EXCEPT AUGUST), and it must be booked at least 15 days ahead of time, in order to confirm their availability.
Visit the main headquarters where a family of cake makers started their business almost 100 years ago. Their window displays are usually quite spectacular! You’ll first have breakfast (one drink and one bakery: coffee, tea, soda or water + croissant, small cake or similar) before being met by the personal assistant of the owner, who’ll lead you through their kitchens seeing their staff at work and eventually getting a few more bites of their chocolates and cakes.
After that, you’ll be taken upstairs to their private showroom where you’ll be shown a few amazing videos on their latest creations: flying cakes, exploding cakes, giant cakes, wall cakes… even the Cake of the Future! Discussing such unbelievable creations will make you realize that a cake can be much more than just a cake: as they say, a cake must make you happy and surprise you.
The owner of the cake shop is a busy gentleman and often is away traveling, but if he’s around he’ll probably show up to say hi at some point as he’s very outgoing and loves meeting visitors.
Duration of this activity: 2 hours.
Book well in advance: We recommend to book it at least 1 month ahead of time, as they are extremely busy and it can take days before we get an answer from them confirming we can be received.
The availability of these activities is subject to the provider’s availability on your requested date/time. In general, they can’t be organized last-minute: the sooner you book them, the better.
The chocolate tasting activity works great for any chocolate lover, both kids and adults*.
The cake atelier visit works great for teens and adults*, but not always for younger kids.
Both activities are wheelchair friendly.
Both make a great addition to our chocolate tour and our sweet tour, but can be added to any other of our private city tours.
* For special diets, please see below.
DURATION: 1 to 1.5 hours
Additional to your purchased tour.
DURATION: 2 hours
Additional to your purchased tour.
OPTIONAL – Depending on itinerary
GUIDE & DRIVER:
Only for chauffeured tours
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
These activities are available:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Saturday (except August)|
|NOT AVAILABLE||Sunday, August and local holidays: The venues are closed or the managers are not available for activities on those dates.|
Recommended starting times:
|Beginning or end of your tour, depending on the venue's availability and your tour itinerary/location.|
Our family of four (with two teenagers) were on a Mediterranean cruise that stopped in Barcelona for one day. We decided to do a Walking Tour of Barcelona and for something different we also included the Chocolate Tasting Experience and a tapas lunch. The Chocolate Tasting Experience is conducted in a small chocolate shop. The manager of the store takes you through the whole chocolate making process from cocoa seed to finished product in a highly informative and engaging way. At the end of course you get to taste the chocolate! The whole thing was a fascinating experience and we would thoroughly recommend it as something a bit different from the normal tourist stuff.