BARCELONA FOOD TOUR
Made in Catalonia
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|
|Can accommodate a vegetarian and pescatarian diet||Pork and alcohol served, but can be substituted|
|Cannot accommodate a vegan diet||Can accommodate a gluten free diet|
How are you dealing with COVID-19 risk on your walks?
We have reinforced our commitment to safety with new guidelines to assure maximum safety of our guests on our walks in terms of social distancing and hygiene while maintaining the quality of the experience. For more details on our precautions, read here.
Our routes have been altered during this period of time to ensure the safety of our guests, guides and community. Our cancellation policy is extremely flexible to deal with changes in travel plans.
What are the current travel restrictions or requirements in Spain?
You can read the full travel regulations by location for Spain here. Starting July 1st, 2020, there will be no quarantine requirements for guests entering Spain. Our cancellation policy is extremely flexible to deal with changes in travel plans. Please contact us for specific questions on travel restrictions.
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@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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@example.com to discuss your situation before booking. The Made in Catalonia walk can accommodate participants who do not eat fish, who do not eat seafood, or who do not consume dairy. Please always note your dietary restrictions on your booking. Participants with allergy to bell peppers can join this walk.
Are your walks suitable for vegetarians, pescatarians, and vegans? We do not recommend this activity for vegans but vegetarians and pescatarians can be accommodated.
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.
I have a ticket for La Sagrada Familia the same day. Can I still join the walk? If your ticket is at 3:30 pm or later, you can join the walk that starts at 9:30 am and still make it on time to La Sagrada Familia.
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.