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Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

1. Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

On this 3-hour activity you’ll join a professional chef on an introductory tour of the world famous Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona's oldest and best food market, dating back to the 13th century. While telling you about the foods on offer, especially the seafood, and the basics of Spanish and Catalan cuisine, the chef will buy some of the fresh ingredients needed to prepare an authentic paella de marisco, or seafood paella, Spain’s traditional rice dish. Walk with the chef through the winding streets of La Ciutat Vella, or old town, to El Born, the most fashionable district of the city. Enter you your private dining room that’s adjacent to the big open kitchen where the chef will prepare the delicious paella de marisco, as you watch the process. Take the edge off your appetite with some traditional Spanish and Catalan hot and cold tapas. The chef will introduce you to a variety of the famous appetizers such as patatas bravas, pimientos de padrón, tortilla de patatas, chorizo, and of course the famous dry-cured ham, el jamón. Learn how to make your own pan con tomate, the most typical Catalan tapa, and how to build traditional Basque pintxos or montaditos, the tapas with toothpicks. Then you can enjoy your creations accompanied by some lovely sangría. While you are eating your tapas and homemade pintxos, the chef will cook the paella de marisco. You’ll be into the adjacent open kitchen to stand around the large paellera, the traditional round, shallow pan made of polished steel that the paella de marisco will be prepared in. As the chef begins to prepare the paella you’ll hear about the history of the dish, the ingredients used, and the steps in the preparation. With the paella simmering in the kitchen you’ll be invited over to the bar where you’ll learn all there is to know about sangría, the world famous Iberian wine punch that dates back to medieval times. Try your hand at mixing your own sangría. Once the paella de marisco is finally ready to be enjoyed, you’ll head back to the tables, sit down, and enjoy the feast along with your own freshly mixed sangria.

Barcelona: Cocktail Master Class by Mixologist with Tapas

2. Barcelona: Cocktail Master Class by Mixologist with Tapas

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of cocktails and traditional Spanish tapas in Barcelona's renowned Gothic Quarter. Learn how to make four different cocktails from a mixologist and sample Padron peppers, Catalan tomato bread, and more. Kick off your experience in a bar located in the bustling city centre, then learn the tricks of the trade from a professional mixologist who will show you the secrets behind four classic cocktails. With your mixologist’s step-by-step guidance, you’ll learn the perfect method behind each of these classic drinks. As you have fun honing your bar tending skills, a private chef will serve you a variety of tasty traditional tapas to enjoy before you finally sit back and sample the fruits of your labor.

Barcelona: Paella Class with Tapas, Sangria & Market Visit

3. Barcelona: Paella Class with Tapas, Sangria & Market Visit

Experience an enjoyable and one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about and participate in some of Spain's most cherished cultural traditions while enjoying a paella cooking class with a personal chef. First, explore La Boqueria Market, the largest and oldest market in Catalonia. The chef will assist in selecting the best products. From there, head back to the kitchen and dining room. There you can kick back and relax with some traditional Spanish sangria and a selection of seasonal tapas. Then, it's time to roll up your sleeves and create your own seafood or vegetarian paella. The chef will show you all the tips, tricks, and techniques to create delicious and authentic paella. Afterward, sit down and enjoy the meal with your new friends at a large family-style table. Following the experience, receive a copy of the recipes, so that you can prepare your own paella when you return home.

Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

4. Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

Enjoy an authentic culinary experience in Barcelona, and learn how to cook a classic Spanish meal, or Catalan dishes in a “tapas” style. Available as a morning or evening option, morning tours include a visit to La Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas, one of the most thrilling markets in the city center. Join the chef on a behind-the-scenes tour to meet the vendors; some coming from generations of market traders. Learn about the locally grown produce, and select the ingredients for your cooking class. Once in the kitchen, prepare a 4 course menu of paella, soup, appetizer, and dessert. Every Wednesday morning the class is focused on Catalan flavors, with dishes prepared in "tapas" style. Get hands-on help from professionally trained bilingual Spanish chefs, and follow their tips whether you are an experienced cook or complete novice. Once your dishes are complete, sit down to savor your success, with pairings of Riojan (red) and Galician (white) wines.

Market to Fork: Market Tour and Private Cooking Class

5. Market to Fork: Market Tour and Private Cooking Class

Enjoy a unique culinary experience in Barcelona on a 4-hour market tour and personalized cooking class, and learn to cook a Catalan lunch in a chef’s private home. Meet your guide at the central La Boquería Market on Las Ramblas, where you will be taken to various sections of the historic food halls to see mounds of olives, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, and much more. Every cooking class is tailored to your group’s preferences, so your chef will pick out the best produce in season according to your menu. Then, once all the ingredients have been purchased, head to the chef’s cooking studio for a hands-on class. Prepare and cook a selection of local specialties, exploring the Catalan food traditions and origins of the recipes. At the end of the class, lunch will be served alongside a selection of local wines.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 429 reviews

We really enjoyed the experience. We didn’t realise that it wouldn’t be quite as ‘hands on’ we thought it would be someone at the end of the table making the cocktails and explaining how to do it but instead we all made them as Jack explained how to do it and this was much better than we expected and made it very enjoyable. We also really liked Jack the mixologist - he has a great personality The tapas allowed us to try things we didn’t have before and it was all really nice. It was also nice to see they catered for vegetarians. Finally, it was also nice to interact with the other people on the experience as we were all from different locations. Would highly recommend!

Tamara was a super fun host! We had a great time with her and she worked really hard to adjust the experience to our needs - she even switched up the order of the cocktails we were to learn to AND put together the ingredients for an off-menu cocktail that we specially requested on the spot! We were trashed by the end but it was a really great evening. The tapas were also quite tasty and we were surprised that there was so much food - we expected it to just be a few small tapas but it was enough to fill us up! Thanks again Tamara & crew

This was so yummy and super special because we had a tiny class. Our cook was so kind and knowledgeable. The studio where the food was made was so beautiful and relaxing. It was also so much fun to be guided to the Boqueria Market and getting time to look around/buy things. Thank you so much! I would definitely recommend this experience!

The host of the master class is excellent, supportive and skillful! This a great activity to really learn something new in a fun friendly atmosphere!

One of the highlights of our trip! Fun to go to the market together. The chef was able to shop to accommodate our dietary restrictions.