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Barca’s Delicious Backstages: Food Hopping and Walking Tour in Barcelona + Visits to Oldest Closed Market and a World Heritage Site

  • When does it run?

    Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

  • Start time

    11am

  • Duration

    4 hours

Inclusions
  • 10+ delicious tastings at 10 different locations (Ten steps to transcendence!)

  • A menu of warm and cold local street food specialties (Some fire and ice for the soul!)

  • Local wine and typical drinks (Spanish sensations, anyone?)

  • 4-hour walking food discovery tour (A delicious journey!)

  • Small group - max 12 guests (An intimate affair!)

  • Dedicated local Food Hopping guide (The insider’s insight to all things good!)

  • Exclusive glimpse into a hidden gem (A treasured surprise!)

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Key Highlights

  • Embark on a tour of Catalan
  • Trail little streets off the Ramblas to historic culinary temples of bohemian cuisine
  • Relish a glass of sparkling Cava with the traditional delicacy, “pa amb tomaquet”
  • Head to Marc’s professional roasting shop and witness him at work
  • Visit Barcelona’s oldest closed market hall
  • Challenge yourself to drink wine from a “Porrón” like a true local without spilling a drop
  • Taste local cold cuts and cheeses as well as Patatas Bravas and Sangria with a modern twist
  • Munch on freshly baked goods from the city’s oldest pastry shop
  • Discover a hidden yet gorgeous art nouveau World Heritage Site

Overview


The City of Gaudi not just about Messi, football and historic architecture. Local cuisine is an essential part of Catalan culture and this Food Tour will regale you with a trail that follows little streets off the Ramblas to historic culinary temples of bohemian cuisine, popular modern bars and long-established family-run shops - enjoying select Barcelonian favourites accompanied by amusing anecdotes from the heart of Catalunya!

The first ever cookbook in a Romantic language was published in "Catalán" in the 14th century, so you can imagine how integral food is to the Spanish lifestyle. What’s so unique about Barcelona’s incredible fare is the combination of ingredients from the sea and the mountains - the so-called "mar i muntanya" cuisine. Typical specialities such as the salami-like fuet or botifarra sausage are often combined with vegetables or pulses in Catalonian dishes while desserts are usually made with local nuts, sweet cream, or melt-in-the-mouth chocolate.

One of our stops for the day include a delightful family-run establishment at a hip and trendy quarter of the city which used to be a colony of fishermen and workers. Here you will be presented with brothers Albert and Xavi’s line of cava, charcuterie, and high-quality fish preserves are presented for sale in a relaxed atmosphere as you watch locals chat and enjoy their food at the counter. Sparkling cava is the drink of choice albeit your class here so we’ll make sure you enjoy a glass of this delicious bubbly wine accompanied by the original Catalonian dish “pa amb tomaquet” to get in the mood for a great day of gastronomy ahead. Another ancient joint (it’s 160 years old!) we will visit is one run by an expert called Marc who studied science before finding his true destiny and passion: as a roasting master in this historic treasure chest. You can witness him checking the quality of the freshly roasted hazelnuts, whose fragrance wafts enticingly through the shop, like a true professional, and sink into a spellbinding ambiance where spices are weighed and dried fruits mixed while nibbling on a crunchy taster.

Our food hopping journey also takes you to Barcelona’s oldest closed market hall, with its bold roof constructed in over 60 shades of ceramic tiles depicting the foods sold here and making for a great architectural discovery. We will head to Antonio’s market stall where he serves delicious Iberian ham together with wine from the "Porrón" and get ready to challenge ourselves to drink like true-blue Spanish locals without spilling a single drop. Post this fun activity, we will explore a spectacular art nouveau world heritage site, marvelling at the floral decorated columns of this hidden gem from the outside. The food tour also offers a myriad of other experiences such as tasting local cold cuts and cheese in a former tannery warehouse where Rolling Stones legend Ron Wood used to stop for a bite, unearthing traditional Patatas Bravas and Sangria with a modern twist, munching on freshly baked goods from the city’s oldest pastry shop, delving deep into Barcelona’s "backstage" with a special glimpse behind the scenes of a baroque palace, learning about Picasso’s favourite spot, and much, much more - an exhaustive sojourn through the heart of Spanish sensations!

About the Supplier: Food is one of the biggest contributors to travel experiences. We are all foodies by nature and Food Hopping Europe understands that, leading to culinary experiences that touches upon all the nitty gritties and legacy of a destination’s cuisine. Making it an unforgettable affair are their food tours that almost resemble a multi-course menu of iconic dishes, quintessential flavours and a city’s best-kept secrets. With Food Hopping Europe, you will literally explore a new location through a carnival of flavours and a celebration of its cuisine!

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Start time

    11am

  • Meeting Point

    Please make your way to the Metro Station near Barceloneta area.

    We’ll share the exact meeting point along with your booking voucher.

  • Ending Point

    Same as the starting point.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • 10+ delicious tastings at 10 different locations (Ten steps to transcendence!)

  • A menu of warm and cold local street food specialties (Some fire and ice for the soul!)

  • Local wine and typical drinks (Spanish sensations, anyone?)

  • 4-hour walking food discovery tour (A delicious journey!)

  • Small group - max 12 guests (An intimate affair!)

  • Dedicated local Food Hopping guide (The insider’s insight to all things good!)

  • Exclusive glimpse into a hidden gem (A treasured surprise!)

  • Hotel Pickup & Drop Off (We bet you’ll be out and about!)

Please note

Voucher Information: Sorry, but you will need to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we promise we are working on changing this). Unfortunately, at this time, we will not be able to give anyone a refund without a printed copy of his/her voucher.

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised  activity to reconfirm.

We need a minimum of 2 people to run the tour, so each booking needs to be for at least 2 people.

If there are any dietary restrictions or food allergies you are concerned about, you can let us know in the Special Requests section while booking the tour.

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