The BEST Tapas Tour In Barcelona: Eat With The Locals!
One of my favourite things about travelling to Spain is the food. With its variety of strong flavours and interesting dishes Spain always makes me go back.
Despite my love for paella, tapas will always be my favourite Spanish dish, and what better way to learn about a city through its food?
Last time I visited Barcelona I went on a tapas tour.
We stopped at three different local tapas restaurants, far from the busy tourist spotlights of Barcelona, and tasted all the best tapas Barcelona has to offer.
Read on if you want to find out more about our Barcelona tapas tour!
Outside the Sagrada Familia, one of the most iconic spots in Barcelona
What are “tapas”?
Tapas are a typical Spanish dish, characterised by the fact it is actually composed by multiple small dishes and snacks. Originally born as small snacks, they have now evolved into a sophisticated cuisine.
A tapas meal will usually consist of 2-3 dishes per person, so that you can taste a number of different flavours.
I personally love eating tapas over a conventional main meal, because when you’re at a restaurant where everything on the menu seems good, you’re not forced to decide on just one dish!
You can have as many as you want since they’re all tiny plates anyway (within reason obviously).
If you take away only one Barcelona travel tip from this article, then it should be that having a tapas feast is a must on any Spain bucket list.
A selection of tapas
Our Barcelona tapas tour
We started our tour in Barceloneta and visited three different tapas bars. I did the tour with Gids In Barcelona, a Dutch tour company whose owner has lived in Barcelona for many years, basically a local!
The tour is normally composed of five restaurants, however since we were visiting on a Sunday, a number of these were closed.
There are lots of incredible places to eat in Barcelona though so this wasn’t an issue, he just adjusted our tapas tour route accordingly.
Odd closing times are how you know you’re going to a genuine Spanish place. Similarly to Italy, Spanish people don’t care about tourists, and will arrange their opening times around their convenience!
Don’t let that deter you. If you only have a weekend in Barcelona you’ll still be able to do an awesome tapas tour, just maybe with different restaurants than the usual.
A pinchos bar we visited on our Barcelona tapas tour
The first stop we did was at a quaint tapas bar, with an open plan kitchen so that you can see the chefs preparing the food and a wooden bar. Here we had the typical Spanish Pimientos and Patatas Bravas.
These however had a twist on the classic recipe as the sauce wasn’t made of the standard garlic mayo or spicy tomato, but of a secret recipe the owners don’t share with anyone.
They made for the perfect starter for the evening, to get us in the mood for Spanish flavours without being too filling.
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The first tapas bar we visited on our Barcelona tapas tour
Patatas Bravas with their secret recipe sauce
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Pimientos at the first stop of our Barcelona tapas tour
Patatas Bravas & Pimentos, at the first stop of our Barcelona Tapas Tour
Since the usual tapas bar of the tour was closed we were taken to a pinchos bar instead. Pinchos are small snacks typically served at bars that you would have while hanging out with friends or relatives.
They are different from tapas since they are usually served on bread and skewered with a toothpick.
Bars will usually have a counter with a buffet display of pinchos, and at the end of the night you pay based on how many toothpicks you have at your table.
Some places will have different coloured toothpicks for different prices. I love pinchos as there is always a wide variety of different snacks, usually including pinchos with cheese, meat, fish and vegetables.
It’s the perfect place to go if you want to eat some nibbles with friends without waiting for waiters to serve you and if you don’t want to eat too much (alternatively if you want to eat a lot, feel free to get as many pinchos from the buffet as you want)!
The pinchos bar we went to on the second stop of our Barcelona tapas tour
A selection of pinchos at the buffet
Our pinchos selection on the second stop of our tapas tour
From left to right; A cheese and jam pincho, a chicken nugget pincho, and a smoked salmon and cheese pincho
The third tapas bar we visited was in my mind what I imagine as the quintessential Spanish tapas bar. With its high tables and stools, tap beer counter and wooden décor, it met all the tapas bar stereotypes.
A strong indicator for me of whether a place is good is the presence of locals eating there versus just tourists; considering we were the only English speakers I could hear I was pretty confident in the authenticity of this tapas bar.
We had three different dishes; Fried calamari with aioli, Fried courgettes served with a honey sauce and Spanish sausage served in a spicy sauce.
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The third tapas bar we visited on our Barcelona tapas tour
Our tapas selection at the third stop of our tapas tour
Final thoughts on doing a tapas tour in Barcelona
Have you been to a tapas tour before? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below!
I really enjoyed doing this tapas tour with Gids In Barcelona since he took us to a number of local tapas bars away from the tourist crowds, to experience and taste real Spanish tapas.
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Private Tapas Tour of Barcelona
Eat like a local – no cookie cutter stops!
Are you a serious foodie? Is food one of your top interests when traveling? Does eating for 4 hours sound like an incredible plan to you? [ NEW! Now shorter options available! ] Would you like to discover the Spanish and Catalan food culture through its tapas and wine, but don’t want to be taken to cheese places were you are forced to eat what the guide has ordered beforehand?
If you are like me, food is one of my priorities when traveling. I do my research to learn what are the traditional dishes I must try and where to find them. But all this research takes lots of time and effort. And what about feeling lost reading the restaurant menus and not knowing what to order? (or not understanding it at all if it’s only available in the local lingo).
Tapas started as a bite to go with your wine, but they have evolved into a whole way of eating, a culture of food in itself. More than a type of food in special, it’s about finger food or small portions to share with your friends and family. And since a variety of tapas is ordered at each stop, it’s the perfect way to taste many different specialties and enjoy the wealth of the local cooking.
A tapas and wine tour is a great way to get in touch with the local foods, but most tours in Barcelona aren’t private: you are put together with other people and have to adapt to whatever the group (or the guide) decides to order, and that might match your preferences… or not. That totally limits the fun!
Our Barcelona wine and tapas tours are different: We love food, and we know the top tapas bars in Barcelona – and that’s where we want to take you. We know what’s best at each place, what you absolutely need to taste, and what to order depending on your taste. Our guide makes suggestions but only orders what you say you want to try: a completely custom tour (most other tapas tours in Barcelona pre-order a set of dishes, the same every time – that’s not our way of doing things). Come with us on this lunchtime or evening tapas tour, for the best local food experience.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TAPAS EVENING WALKING TOUR OF BARCELONA:
4 TO 6 BARS (Every time a different choice) | GREAT FOOD (Selected from your favorites)
ADVENTUROUS (Or as safe as you need it to be) | LOVE DESSERT? (Optional way to end)
WHY THIS IS THE BEST BARCELONA TAPAS TOUR
✓ Unlike most companies in Barcelona, each of our tours is different. We DO NOT pre-set orders for you, so you can be free to order exactly what you feel like tasting.
✓ Our guides are both foodies and licensed tour guides. They know how to provide exciting conversation about whatever you want to talk about, be it food or history, politics or local life.
✓ Discover the authentic bars where Barcelona locals go, and stay away from the tourist traps.
✓ Learn how to order tapas the right way, like a local from Spain.
✓ Expand your knowledge about Spanish wine and other local drinks.
✓ Leave with a custom list of recommendations for other shops and best Barcelona restaurants to visit during your stay.
✓ And much more, in a private food tour just for you and your party!
- THIS PRIVATE TAPAS AND WINE TOUR RUNS: Monday through Saturday.
– Monday: some tapas bars are closed.
– August: many bars are closed for holidays. The tour can still be run, but the food options won’t be as exciting…
NOT AVAILABLE: Sunday and local bank holidays.
- TOUR LENGHT: 4 hours.
- RECOMMENDED STARTING TIME:
– LUNCHTIME TOURS: Noon.
– EVENING TOURS: 7PM (earlier most bars are still closed)
- WHERE DO WE MEET? Your accommodation in Barcelona, or in the Gothic Quarter.
- WHERE DO WE END? In the Born district near the Picasso Museum.
- HOW DO WE MOVE AROUND? This tour is a 100% walking tour.
- ARE ANY TASTINGS INCLUDED? No: This is not a cookie cutter tour. We want to provide the most unique tour for you – not a template that anyone can copy. Some people are adventurous eaters, while some other would rather stay in their safe comfort area; some love expensive wines, while other prefer beer. This tour should be a treat for you, so it doesn’t make sense that we make you eat a set tapas menu for a certain amount per person. It’s way more fun if you can chose every time what you want to eat and drink.
- SHOULD I SKIP OTHER MEALS THAT DAY? If you are having a lunch-time tour, get a light breakfast (or skip it if you are used to skipping breakfast) and don’t plan a big dinner for the evening. If you are having a dinner-time tour, have a light lunch (no need to skip it) and don’t eat anything else until the tour starts. You won’t need dinner reservations that night
- WHAT AREA OF BARCELONA WE’LL BE SEEING? This tapas walking tour takes places mostly in the Born District, and occasionally in the Gothic Quarter or La Mercè quarter. Lunchtime tours can include the fabulous tapas bars of the Boqueria Market (except Sunday and August). If you’d rather visit a different area, let us know. We might be able to customize a new itinerary for you!
- HOW MUCH WALKING IS INVOLVED? This varies depending on the bars your guide selects for you. In general, not much. The distance between bars is short: one or two blocks. The longest walk between too bars could be around 600m (around 2000ft) – but that’s be only once in the entire tour.
- IS THERE A SIZE LIMIT FOR MY GROUP? This is a 100% private tour, meaning you won’t be added to a group of strangers. This said, if your party is 6 or more it’d be difficult to find enough room at the bars for all of you at the same time. This is why we advise to book 2 guides (or as many as it is necessary depending on the size of your group). In such cases you might not be visiting the same bars at the same time (or not visit the same bars at all).
CAN THIS TAPAS TOUR CATER 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 tolerate 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 & wine tour that thoroughly respects kosher rules. We can, though, organize a no-pork no-seafood tapas tour if that’s OK with you. And we know a place were we can get Kosher wine from Spain, too.
- 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.
REVIEWS FROM TRAVELERS LIKE YOU:
“What a wonderful evening! This is our third trip to Barcelona and our only regret is that we didn’t do this tour on our first trip.”
GinnyB685 (Calgary, Canada)
“Tapas Tour Terrific!!!!!
Marta and her tapas tour is absolute perfection!! She customizes the tour to your gastronomical likes and dislikes!! She takes you to local spots and the food and atmosphere are tops in Barcelona !!”
TAILOR THIS BARCELONA TAPAS AND WINE TOUR TO YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS
This tour is designed for adults interested in local food and, able to walk about 2 miles (3km), divided in 4 to 6 stops.
Be prepared to finish the tour late at night: starting earlier isn’t a good option as most tapas bars aren’t open yet and your options wouldn’t be as exciting.
If a late night tour isn’t an option for you, consider a lunchtime tour from noon to 4PM, or our Sagrada Familia & Tapas tour, that finishes earlier.
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 bars in Barcelona 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 in Barcelona more than one day, you might want to consider a day trip to the wine country.
This is a 100% private wine and tapas tour, exclusive for you and your party. There is a base rate total per tour (no matter how many people you are). Drinks, wine and tapas are not included.
BASE RATE (paid once per tour):
2 to 3 stops
Licensed Tour Guide
Tastings not included
3 to 4 stops
Licensed Tour Guide
Tastings not included
THIS TOUR IS
4 to 6 stops
Licensed Tour Guide
Tastings not included
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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.
* Food costs are given as an orientation only.
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Tapas tour of the Old Town on bikes! 🧭 tour price €79, reviews, schedule of excursions in Barcelona
Tapas tour of the Old Town on bicycles! 🧭 tour price €79, reviews, schedule of excursions in Barcelona
Drive through the 4 oldest districts of Barcelona and taste traditional Spanish snacks
Tripster Tour in Barcelona
Tapas are not only traditional Spanish snacks, but also a whole layer of Barcelona gastro-culture. On a bike ride, we’ll bypass the tourist-crowded tapas bars – instead, you’ll cycle through the four districts of the Old Town, stopping at local bars where only locals frequent and tasting the Catalans’ favorite tapas. And in between delicious snacks, you will hear the stories and legends that keep the streets of Barceloneta, Raval, El Born and the Gothic Quarter.
What awaits you
The color of the 4 districts of the Old Town
We will start our acquaintance with Catalan tapas in one of the bars in Barceloneta , the former fishing district of the historical part of Barcelona. Then, on electric bikes, we will go to the old El Born , which the locals call the “father” of Barceloneta: here you will not only eat, but also hear vivid stories from the life of the Catalan capital. Then we will ride to the legendary Gothic Quarter , on the streets of which the most beautiful buildings and mysterious legends of the Old Town are concentrated: you will discover the secrets of the Cathedral and George Orwell Square, drive along Felipe Neri Square, see the famous churches of Santa Maria del Pi and La Merce. And the bike ride will end on the streets of the Raval district, which used to be a home for drug dealers, and now has turned into a creative and bohemian center of Barcelona.
Explore Barcelona’s best tapas bars
In each of the four districts, you’ll discover authentic tapas bars rarely visited by tourists but frequented by native Catalans. We will talk about the culture of tapas, where the word came from and what it really means. We will recommend traditional types of small Spanish appetizers and tell you what kind of tapas the Spaniards themselves prefer. And of course, we will give you the appearances and passwords of the best tapas bars in the Old Town, many of which will be included in our bike route.
- Rental of electric bikes is included in the tour price.
- Pick up point is near Barceloneta metro station.
- One of the guides of our team will conduct the tour for you.
- Snacks and drinks are not included in the tour price.
Start of the Metro Barceloneta tour. You will know the exact meeting point immediately after booking.
Still have questions?
Ask questions to the guideYou can chat with the guide before paying for the order and get answers to all your questions
- This is a group tour in Russian. Group no more than 10 people.
- On the site you pay 23% of the cost, and the rest of the money – to the guide on the spot. You can ask the guide any questions before paying.
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11/25/18 the tour turned out to be very lively, dynamic, entertaining and delicious! There were three of us plus a guide (accompanying)! No one loaded with historical facts, the weather was good, we rode around Barcelona and enjoyed everything around!
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Visit the most interesting places in Barcelona
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Follow the path of the city and feel its pulse on a friendly tour with a breeze
€ 28 4 FAQ travelers on excursion
Where does the route start?
Metro Barceloneta. You will find out the exact meeting point after making an advance payment.
Can I ask a question before booking?
Yes, the organizer will answer your questions within 9 hours. You do not need to pay, just create an order with a question. If something is not to your liking later, you can cancel the booking · Ask a question
When can a booking be cancelled?
Only in case of unfavorable weather conditions, for example, if there is a boat trip, and according to the weather forecast, there is an abnormally strong wind. In this case, the guide will warn you about the cancellation, and we will return the prepayment to the card. In all other cases, the tour will take place.
Who else will be with me, group size?
If the tour is private, the guide will hold a meeting just for you and your company. If it is a group tour, there will be other participants on the tour, the size depends on the conditions of a particular tour.
How to pay for the tour?
Create a booking for a convenient date and time, and make an advance payment as soon as possible to prevent other travelers from taking your seat. After that, the organizer’s contacts and the exact meeting point will become available to you. Pay the rest of the cost directly to the organizer.
In rare cases, payment is made entirely on Tripster. Then you do not need to pay the organizer directly.
If I cancel the booking, will the money be returned?
If canceled 48 hours or earlier, we will refund the entire deposit. The speed of the return will depend on your bank, usually it takes no more than 72 hours. All other refund cases are described in the refund policy.
Barcelona evening gastro tour 🧭 tour price €100, 40 reviews, tour schedule in Barcelona
Cava, Tapas and Jamon: Barcelona Night Gastro Tour 🧭 tour price €100, 40 reviews, tour schedule in Barcelona
Closed until March 1, 2024 All offers in Barcelona
Visit the best bars in the city and try local delicacies
Tripster tour of Barcelona
This one night adventure will turn you into a true Catalan and teach you how to relax like the locals do! You will try Spanish drinks and traditional tapas in five unusual bars in Barcelona, travel to Andalusia and the Basque country for a couple of hours, taste jamon, learn how to pour cider and drink wine from a porron vessel. All the colors, customs and features of the evening life of the Catalan capital will form for you into an integral image that will help you see and understand the real Barcelona.
What to expect
Tapas culture and Catalan relaxation
This evening will be a complete immersion in Barcelona nightlife and Catalan customs. You will visit 4 unusual places in the city, one of which will be a historic bar with magic absinthe, and at the same time get acquainted with the gastronomic features of different regions of Spain: you will taste Andalusia, the Basque country, and, of course, Catalonia. In each of the four bars you will taste a signature drink and traditional tapas, an essential part of a Catalan holiday. And let’s not forget about the delicious pintxos, local wines, the famous jamon, Spanish vermouth and cava.
Barcelona under the sauce of stories and legends
Catalan legends and stories about life in Barcelona will become an obligatory ingredient of our bar walk. With our help, you will learn how to properly pour cider and drink wine from a porron vessel, find out where to buy delicious and high-quality local delicacies, feel the local color and understand the specifics of the Barcelona party. We will definitely answer all questions about Catalonia and show you exactly the Barcelona that travelers dream of seeing – bright, bold and free!
- Food and drinks are paid extra: on average 20-30 euros per person
- The tour will be conducted by a professional guide from our team
- We recommend choosing evening time for a walk
- We can adapt to any taste preference
Start of the tour in the Born quarter. You will know the exact meeting point immediately after booking.
40 traveler reviews
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Very easy and interesting tour! you can visit non-touristic places and try local food and drinks.
Delight! Very tasty and interesting. A must visit tour in Barcelona 🙂
A wonderful experience for a first night in Barcelona. The lovely girl Lolita easily and naturally took us to 5 completely different bars/restaurants of the old city, explained the difference between tapos and pinchos, taught us how to drink Cava, apple cider and a completely unique vermouth. Thank you very much, I recommend it to everyone.
I have already recommended the tour to all my friends who are going to Barcelona.
There was a feeling that we were just walking around the city in a friendly company. Lolita – an excellent guide and just a beauty – showed colorful local establishments, which we would hardly have entered on our own. It was tasty, easy and interesting. Thank you very much!
Ambiguous impression left from the tour. On the one hand, the tour guide Lolita: a wonderful, open, positive beauty with a good (albeit not literary) Russian, on the other hand, the understanding that gastro tours should be trusted to conduct only passionate people, with addiction to food, wine and other pleasures. )))) Well or at least professionals in cooking (cooks, technologists) or people with higher education – art historians, historians, philologists.
In general, we expected, apparently, too much, but we did not get exactly what we expected. Anyway, we had a good time.
Of all the places that were shown to us, I can only recommend one – El Chigre 1769next to Santa Maria del Mar. I really wanted to go back there for a second visit. Although I got to know the cuisine there only on our second independent arrival: during the tour we were not shown the possibilities of their excellent cuisine.
The rest of the places that we visited during the tour were quite atmospheric, but our guide could not describe and present them “deliciously”, unfortunately. But this is understandable: she is very young. And not yet a hedonist, of course. This is forgivable for her, but not forgivable for the organizers of such excursions. There, moreover, we were misled that Artem would be the guide, but he did not come. Therefore, we put the tour “troika”. Although we can’t objectively evaluate Artem: maybe he doesn’t even reach Lolita.
Hello, Gulnara! Thank you for your detailed review, we are very sorry that our tour did not meet your expectations. The description states that Artem is a representative of the agency and tours are conducted by a team of guides, which consists of young and passionate people who love their job and, of course, have higher education. The purpose of this tour is to introduce you to the cuisine and traditions of different regions of Spain. We are glad that you have a favorite among the bars, where you later returned.
Despite the fact that you did not warn in advance that there would be four of you, and not two, we were able to adjust and give a tour of the program. Unfortunately, it was difficult for the guide to convey all the information to you due to the constant comments of your companion, who seemed to understand all issues better than the guide.
Lolita is a wonderful guide! Cool excursion! We recommend to everyone!
Thank you very much Alice for a wonderful evening, we had a great time and learned a lot of interesting things. We visited 4 completely different bars, each of which is original and not like the others. And it was also very tasty!
I recommend it to everyone, a great mood is guaranteed!
Great tour! We spent a wonderful evening in the company of Lola!
We were a company, excellent format, you can hardly find such places on the go.
Guide Lolita, very pleasant, sociable, charming girl)).
We would like to thank Lolita for a wonderful tour! Rather, it was a small bachelorette party (thanks to Bella for the pleasant company!). We visited interesting bars, tasted a variety of drinks and delicious snacks. Everything went great! Highly recommend)
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Went on a wonderful tour with the absolutely beautiful Alice! Interesting content, no need. A wonderful storyteller and just a pleasant girl in all respects. It was a great idea to start exploring Barcelona in her company. We heartily recommend!
A very informative tour in a relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to the guide Alice for an interesting presentation, clarity of facts and relevance. Answers to all questions of interest were received, additional information about the location and the nature of interesting places was provided. I recommend.
My daughter and I booked this tour a month before the trip, but at the last moment we almost refused – we were already a little tired, and we ourselves took a lot of photos. It’s good that we went anyway – it’s not just an excursion or a photo session, it’s really a walk around a beautiful city with a wonderful positive person! Photographer Katya is not just a professional who knows how to shoot beautifully, she truly loves her job and this city, and Barcelona reciprocates her love – all the planned shots turned out great! On the way we went to the temple, drank coffee and even made a few purchases))) And the restaurant recommended by Katya also turned out to be beyond praise! Photos received in a couple of days, looking at them, we will remember this wonderful day with pleasure! Thank you, Katya!
I really liked the nice guide Alice. The route, the story, the emotionality of the excursion, immediate adjustment on the spot at the request of the client. Thanks a lot!
Walked with Alice. There were three of us, super format for the tour.