BEST BARCELONA GOURMET WALKING TOUR

Are you into food? Do you love visiting food markets when you travel? And trying local foods? Is finding unique food products one of your favorite things to do?

If you are a serious foodie like me, I always try to add foodie stops to my trips: markets, stores, cafés, eateries… But doing all this research involves a lot of time and planning, and it doesn’t always work out well as one thing is what the blogs and reviews say and the other is reality. Visiting those places with a local that knows her way around is always more fun (and efficient!) than going on your own.

But I’ve been to those food tours where your guide picks the treats and tastings and you never get to choose. Sometimes you don’t like their choices, and often you aren’t able to try that other item you were so curious about. How disappointing!

That’s why our tours are different – we want to be the best food tours in Barcelona. We’ll take you to our favorite stalls in the Boqueria market, but also be happy to detour from our plan to show you something else you spotted on the way. We’ll listen to your preferences and pick what top gourmet stores in the Old Town you’ll enjoy the most visiting, and we’ll take you eating tapas and recommend what to order depending on your taste and interests. A custom food tour just for you!

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THIS PRIVATE FOOD TOUR TAKES YOU TO:

BOQUERIA MARKET
(stroll)

GOURMET STORES
(several stops)

TAPAS LUNCH
(eat in)

  • Stay away from the tourist traps.
  • Find the authentic stalls of La Boqueria market that only locals know about.
  • Visit a some quirky food stores over 100 years old.
  • Visit an award-winning gelato and cake stores.
  • Learn how to order tapas the right way, and eat at a local favorite.
  • Leave with a custom list of recommendations for other shops and restaurants to visit during your stay.
  • And much more, in a private tour just for you and your party!

ADAPT YOUR TOUR TO YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS

This tour is designed for adults interested in local food and, able to walk about 3 miles (5km), divided in several stops with 2 to 10 minutes walk between each other, and not always an opportunity to seat until lunch.

HINT: Add one or two extra hours for more food stops or some sightseeing.

If you have walking issues, we recommend to add a driver (the itinerary will have to be customized in order to make sense).

If you are on a wheelchair, most stores and bars are accessible but some other might have one or two steps at the entrance or not have an adapted toilet. No driver will be needed.

If you are traveling with kids, this tour is child-friendly specially if you plan to treat the kids at some point (there’ll be cake, chocolate and gelato opportunities). There are also tapas that even picky eaters will love.

If you are on a cruise, are a foodie, and you have already been to Barcelona before, this tour is a great way to see the city from a yummy point of view. Just note that pier pick-up and drop-off is not available for walking tours (and it’d be a waste to book a driver just for two rides): we’ll ask you to take a taxi from the pier to meet your tour guide in front of the market.

If you are staying more than one day in town, consider taking a day trip to the wine country.

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SPECIAL DIETS

  • Vegetarian (ovo-lacto) are welcome. It’s not difficult to improvise some veggie tapas in Barcelona, but it’s best you let us know in advance.
  • Vegan are harder to cater. We definitely need to know in advance to plan accordingly.
  • Gluten-free can be accommodated if you can handle crossed-contamination and traces.
  • Celiac is VERY hard to accommodate as in most restaurants they aren’t trained to keep your food safe. We might have to limit the tapas stops to one single bar in the area we know to be safe.
  • Kosher food is hard to find in Barcelona: I’m afraid we can’t provide a tapas tour that thoroughly respects kosher rules. We can, though, organize a no-pork no-seafood tapas tour if that’s OK with you.
  • Halal food is easier to find, but unfortunately it’s mostly Middle-Eastern cuisine. I’m afraid we can’t provide either a strictly halal tapas tour. We can, though, organize a no-pork no-seafood tapas tour if that’s OK with you.
  • Other food allergies and diets, please check with us before booking so we can assess your options and risks.

TOUR SCHEDULE

TOUR LENGHT

4 hours

RECOMMENDED STARTING TIME

MORNING TOURS: Anytime between 9.30 to 11AM
AFTERNOON TOURS: Not available

CALENDAR

AVAILABLE: Monday through Saturday.
WEAKEST DAYS:
Monday: some tapas bars are closed.
August: many bars and shops are closed for holidays. The tour can still be run, but the food options won’t be as exciting…
NOT AVAILABLE: Sunday and local bank holidays

TOUR AND BOOKING INFORMATION

  • FOOD FACTS

    Tapas & tastings are not included.
    TAPAS PART: Expect to pay as little as a couple of euros for a “pintxo” to €15 for a platter or the best Spanish ham. You’ll have control on how much you want to order.

    TASTINGS PART: No tastings are compulsory at the shops where this tour stops. You choose where you want to spend your money. Tastings can go from just a couple of euro for some nuts to €4 -5 for hot chocolate and churros.

    Should I skip breakfast? It’s up to you: some guests skip breakfast so they can eat at the market or have some chocolate and churros during the tour (make sure to let your tour guide know if that’s your choice!), while some other guests prefer to have breakfast at the hotel and not eat much until the tapas portion of the tour.

    Will I need lunch after the tour? I doubt it: most of our guests feel full enough after the tapas portion of the tour.

    What about dinner? You are likely to be hungry again, but I’d suggest not to plan a big dinner that day.

  • PRICING (2019 fees)

    €299
    TOTAL PER TOUR (not per person)

  • TRANSPORTATION

    100% Walking Tour
    Taxi rides from your hotel/apartment and back not included if needed.

  • SAFE & RELIABLE BOOKING

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  • BOOK NOW

    Our team is small and we can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out.

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AT THE SHOPS

The shop owners and assistants are usually very proud of their business and are happy to welcome people into their shops even if you aren’t going to buy anything, so don’t be shy and enjoy the experience of enjoying the best chocolate in Barcelona! (And no: we don’t get commissions for taking you there, either)
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Why are tastings and tapas not included?

We want to provide the most unique tour for you – not a template that anyone can copy: Some people are adventurous eaters, while some other would rather stay in their safe comfort area; some love expensive wines, while other prefer beer. This tour should be a treat for you, so it doesn’t make sense that we make you eat a set tapas menu for a certain amount per person. It’s way more fun if you can chose every time what you want to eat and drink.  It’s also OK to not eat anything at all and later on go back to your favorite stops to buy or eat at your own pace (or not).

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REVIEWS FROM TRAVELERS LIKE YOU

Florida Travel Dad (Florida, USA)

We ducked into the Mercado and got a sanck. She took us to a couple of Tapas places that were out of the way, not crowded with tourists, and these were the best tasting tapas we had during our whole time there! Problem was, they were so out of the way, I wasn’t sure how to get back to them! She also showed us where to buy the best bread, the best sweets, etc. and we took advantage of this as well.

Patti Boss (United States)

She was wonderful with our 7-year-old daughter, very flexible with our requests, and showed us a great “insider” view of the Barcelona food shops and tapas bars. She took us through the Boqueria Market and pointed out some of the more unique offerings, and was very creative at timing everything for when she knew shops and restaurants would be open.

LauraSingapore (Singapore)

Shopping and eating our way through their favorite shops and cafes was a great way to spend a morning!

David H

What a wonderful day! Nothing like a private personal food tour through many different neighborhoods to places I would have never seen. I enjoyed every minute.

Ishay Govender-Ypma @Foodandthefab

If Swissland Cheese in Natal develop a cheese ice cream, it’s because I told them about the amazing one we had in Barcelona with ForeverBarcelona.

JBMyers (South Haven, Michigan, USA)

She took us to great chocolate, iberia ham, and cheese shops. Her introduction of the Barcelona market showed she listened to our tastes. She took us to a very unique tapas restaurant for lunch which had many options we hadn’t seen at our tapas in the 10 days we had been in Spain already. In the afternoon she took us to the best gelato stores we’ve been to, including Italy.

NormPittsburgh (Pittsburgh, USA)

Our guide, Bego, met us at the Boqueria Market which we toured for an hour. We visited all the food vendors while Bego explained the various Catalonia vegetables and meats being offered. We bought saffron and other spices at prices cheaper than we’d found elsewhere. Then she led us thru the narrow streets of Barri Gotic stopping at various shops, such as one that fire roasted almonds and other points of interest to us. We would have never goine into the Barri as deeply without Bego. She gave us enough confidence that the next day we navigated our way back to a Japanese fabric shop that’ we’d found earlier. The tour ended with great tapas luncheon. In summary ForeverBarcelona provided us with a great tour.

Atozz1 (Osseo, Minnesota, USA)

I’m a huge foodie and was very happy with the selections she made for dining/sampling treats.

Bee Borromeo (United States)

Marta was great! She gave us a very thorough “foodie” tour and we really enjoyed our time with her. Her recommendations were excellent and we feel like we truly experienced how the locals dine!

Deb Carstoiu (Belgium)

Fantastic food – fantastic tour – fantastic food! We really enjoyed this tour with Marta and learning about the marketplace, visiting speciality shops (some of which we went back to the next day to buy some wonderful foods), and learning how to order tapas! Marta took us to lots of hidden gems that we wouldn’t have found on our own. Highly recommend!

Fvenning

Although we had booked a food tour, Miriam quickly figured out that we were also interested in history, architecture, shopping and of course food, and she incorporated all into a great 4 hours. Her recommendations were so wonderful that we tried to get back to as many of them as possible during our week.

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