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!
Final itinerary and timings will vary due to many factors (your location and pace, your favorite food…)
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
DURATION: 4 hours
Taxi rides, if any, not included.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Recommended starting times:
|Morning Tours:||9.30 to 11AM|
|Afternoon Tours:||Not available|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I'm a huge foodie and was very happy with the selections she made for dining/sampling treats.