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|2-7 people||Gràcia||~5.5 hours||9am, 9:30am|
|Mon – Sat|
Quick bite: In this full-day exploration of the proudly Catalan district of Gràcia, we’ll visit markets, an old school bodega, cozy traditional haunts, and creative contemporary restaurants in search of the neighborhood’s soul.
At first glance, the Gràcia district of Barcelona appears to be the gatekeeper of the resurgent Catalan identity: “Free Catalonia!” graffiti scrawled in the backstreets, Catalan flags flying from so many balconies, the distinct sound of the Catalan language heard in cafés and eateries.
But as one explores the covered markets, bakeries and small bodegas of this colorful, lesser-explored area, the politics du jour recede and the deep culinary roots of this unique culture come into view.
Proud, friendly and always laid-back, the vibe in Gràcia is infectious – and best sampled through the neighborhood’s food.
It’s no wonder that most of the restaurants in this area cater to a local clientele that’s multigenerational. We’ll start with coffee and traditional cakes in a century-old sweets shop and eat our way through two of Barcelona’s most celebrated markets. We’ll sample local cheeses and the finest Iberian ham. Per local custom, we’ll duck into a timeworn bar – a neighborhood institution – to have a sip of artisanal vermouth before lunch.
But Gràcia is not just home to atmospheric old corner bars and church squares. Here we find creative chefs giving a contemporary spin on traditional Catalan dishes and smartly designed shops. In each of the dozen places we visit, from the rustic to the refined, we’ll learn more about the Catalan kitchen and day-to-day Catalan life in its stronghold, Gràcia.
Fee includes everything consumed on the walk. Some special features:
|Terrain fairly flat/ Stroller – friendly||Children welcome|
|Residential neighborhood, modernist building||Includes market visits|
|Many, but not all, stops can be altered for vegetarians||Pork and alcohol served, but can be substituted|
Route maps are for planning purposes only. A detailed confirmation email will be sent upon booking with actual meeting point of your walk.
What is included in the fee?
In addition to your Culinary Backstreets guide, all food consumed on the walk- almost a dozen different edible specialties- are included in the price. A limited selection of alcohol is served on the walks and is included in the price.
Why is the Culinary Backstreets tour more expensive than some other walking tours?
Our approach is different than most tour companies. Each of our culinary walks is the outcome of considerable research. We work with academics in the field and our own team of experienced professionals – both guides and local journalists. Our ongoing publishing of articles, from restaurant reviews to features about the intersection of food and culture, constantly feeds new material into the culinary walks, so they evolve and constantly improve. Though costly, we believe that this is how to create the quality experiences we strive for.
We practice honest tourism and would never accept a free lunch or any sort of commission. On the contrary, we are proud to know that the money spent during the culinary walk goes to support businesses that we believe in, helping to preserve the social and cultural fabric of the cities we love so dearly.
How does the payment process work?
Once you have made a reservation, we require the full $135 fee to be paid in order to complete the online booking. Our online booking system uses Stripe to process secure payments.
What is your cancellation policy?
100% will be refunded if given 1 week notice prior to walk and 50% will be refunded if given 72 hours notice or more.
Are your walks public or private? How many people are on them?
Our walks are 2-7 people and are open to the public. If you would like to do a private walk, we may be able to arrange one for an additional fee. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.
Can I get a discount if I join more than one walk?
Yes, we offer a 10% discount to those who join more than one walk. Please email us at [email protected] if you’d like to join multiple walks.
Are your walks suitable for people with food allergies?
This can vary based on a number of factors, including the food item in question. Please email us at [email protected] to discuss your situation before booking.
Are your walks suitable for vegetarians, pescetarians, and vegans?
We do not recommend this activity for vegetarians and vegans but pescetarians will only have to pass on a few offerings.
Are your walks suitable for a gluten-free diet?
We can modify this walk for gluten-free diets, please note it in your reservation.
How physically demanding are the walks?
The walk is about 2KM (1.25 miles) of fairly flat terrain, broken up into almost a dozen stops. The streets and sidewalks of Barcelona are quite well kept but we do recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes.
Can children join the walks?
Of course! We offer a 50% discount to children ages 12 and under, and we do not charge for children under the ages 6 and under.
Can you pick me up from my hotel? How will I return, once the tour is over?
Our tour prices don’t include transportation. If you book a tour, you’re responsible for arriving to the pre-arranged meeting spot on your own.
Once the tour is over, we will help you get an authorized, safe taxi to your hotel, or provide directions on public transportation, if you’re interested in that.
How much food will I get to try?
This is really up to you. We generally make between 9 and 12 eating stops on our walk and try to include some breaks from eating along the way. The price includes as much food as you’re open to trying. We offer a suggested portion size at each stop and you can take our recommendation if you’d like. Our walks often involve street food and sharing food.
We have a traditional Catalan breakfast of an over-easy egg atop beans and sausage. It’s hearty and delightful. Our tour includes a stop at a ham shop for Iberico and Serrano hams, a lunch of cod and wine drunk from a traditional porron wine pitcher, a vermoutherie to enjoy an afternoon aperitif and some olives and anchovies, and a bodega with kegs of wine. In one afternoon, I get a sense of old and new Barcelona. Read more
If you want to know where to eat slightly off the beaten tracks or are interested in going for a food walk in asmall group, you must check out Culinary Backstreets. They are the ideal choice if you want to unearth more underground places and experience eating among locals, and tucking into dishes prepared by some of the best cooks. With gastronomy being at the forefront of many a conversations in Barcelona, we met with Paula to find out her favorite places and things to do and see in the city. Read more
A company called Culinary Backstreets that “can help you find…an array of ‘ mom-and-pop shops that really matter to the neighborhood’ but don’ t tend to be part of the cruise-ship circuit,” it caught my eye. Read more
Make sure to bring an appetite for this tour which will see you chowing down on churros, cake and some of the more traditional local breakfast dishes, exploring the flavours of Iberian ham, baked goods, cheeses, local lunch treats and sampling the vermouth culture. And, like any great food tour, there are one or two surprises. Read more
We started with the best churros Ive ever had, then moved onto a gypsy arm, a traditional Catalonian breakfast, catànies, a visit to a local mercat (market), herbed snails and so much more!! Everything was so fantastic, I cant even decide which one was my favourite. At least this time we didnt make the mistake of eating breakfast before the tour, we werent so smart in Istanbul and could barely move by the time we got to the end of our tour!! Read more
What a great tour it was. All the stuff that city dwelling Catalans love to do. The nuts, the hams, the vermouth bar, and one of the trickiest ways of drinking wine ever! It was just an absolute joy from start to finish. Read more