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The Barcelona Food Tour

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  • Food Tours
  • Tapas Tours
  • Kid friendly
  • Lenght: Half Day
  • Shore Excursion
  • Transp: Walking Tour

Description

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 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 BARCELONA FOOD TOUR COVERS:

  • Comprehensive Barcelona market tour
  • Best gourmet stores in the Old Town
  • Tapas lunch

BARCELONA GOURMET WALKING TOUR ITINERARY

Final itinerary and timings will vary due to many factors (your location and pace, your favorite food…)

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  • Meet your guideBOQUERIA MARKET TOUR

    The Mercat de la Boqueria is said to be one of the best food markets in the whole world. The displays of the products in the stands are exceptional, and the variety of local and exotic food is unique. Fruits and veggies, meat and fish, beans and eggs, great tapas bars, proud vendors… Your Barcelona Food Tour will take you exploring its stalls to unveil for you all of its secrets!

  • Shopping aroundGOURMET STORES

    Your Barcelona gourmet walking tour continues with a stroll around the Old Town stopping in some of the best food stores: from 100yo shops that keep all the charm of the old times, to modern venues with top quality products.

  • Time to eat!TAPAS LUNCH

    At the end of the Barcelona Food Tour, you’ll be able to taste tapas in some of our favorite bars. You will try different specialties (meat & sausages, cheese & ham, fish and seafood, veggies and eggs. . . ) cooked in different ways (fried, steamed, grilled. . . ), and if you wish you can also drink local beers, wine, cider, sangria, cava (our local sparkling)… Eating in Barcelona is fun!

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  • TOUR ENDS

    Your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel… or drop you at some great desert place, if you want to continue eating!

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Approximate areas where this tour takes you:

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?

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.

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.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Tour length: 4 hours, with possibility of adding extra hours on request upon booking.
  • Tastings and tapas are not included.
  • Transportation from your hotel and back are is not included. Taxi rides range around €6 to €12.
  • The final stores, facilities and bars visited might vary depending on their opening hours and vacations, as well as your favorite products. Our guides can often improvise the itinerary depending on what they consider you’ll enjoy the most.

And in case you are wondering: NO, we don’t get commissions from the shops and bars visited in this tour. We pick them because we like them and trust their quality and authenticity.

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.

BOOKING INFORMATION

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)

WHY ARE TASTINGS AND TAPAS NOT INCLUDED?

Some people are adventurous eaters, while some other would rather stay in their safe comfort area; some love expensive stuff, while other prefer cheap and simple. This tour should be a treat for you, so it doesn’t make sense that we enforce a closed budget to include a number of set tastings that you might or might not enjoy. It’s way more fun if you can chose every time what you want to taste. You can even NOT eat anything at all and later on go back to your favorite stops to buy or eat at your own pace.

Food Tour
€295
4 hour private tour
Walking Tour

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.

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Schedule

This Barcelona gourmet walking tour is:

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

Recommended starting times:

Morning Tours: 9.30 to 11AM
Afternoon Tours: Not available

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Atozz1 (Osseo, Minnesota, USA)

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

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LauraSingapore (Singapore)

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