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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.

Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

2. 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.

Barcelona: Chef-Led Paella Cooking Workshop with Lunch

3. Barcelona: Chef-Led Paella Cooking Workshop with Lunch

Fulfill the wish of knowing how to cook a proper, Paella, and impress all of your friends with your cooking abilities by taking a cooking class from a professional chef. Get all the most important tips on how to pick, prepare, and cook the ingredients. Select the proper rice and create a magical Mediterranean meal. First, make the dessert, a rich and creamy Crema Catalana (local custard dessert) and enjoy some local snacks while you prepare it. Then, you will make Sangria and authentic paella with seafood, learning all of the tricks to make it taste amazing. Enjoy cooking in a small group for a personalized experience and share amazing memories of your journey while savoring the paella you cooked.

Market to Fork: Market Tour and Private Cooking Class

4. 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.

Barcelona: Sangria and Tapas Cooking Workshop with Drinks

5. Barcelona: Sangria and Tapas Cooking Workshop with Drinks

Join a tapas cooking show and class with a local chef in the Born quarter for an evening of Spanish cuisine. Enjoy an array of dishes accompanied by regional Spanish wines as you learn how to make local foods and drinks. Have you always wished to know how to cook proper tapas and surprise your friends with your cooking abilities? This is your chance to learn how with the help of a professional chef. Learn how to choose the best fresh ingredients and the way to cook them and create a magical Mediterranean meal. First, you'll make dessert: a rich and creamy crema Catalana (local custard dessert), and enjoy some local snacks while you prepare it. Afterward, make authentic Spanish tapas with seafood, meats, and more. See all of the tricks to make your tapas taste amazing. Enjoy cooking in a small group for a personalized experience and share amazing memories of your journey with your friends and family.

Barcelona: Markets Tour & Paella Class with Tapas and Drinks

6. Barcelona: Markets Tour & Paella Class with Tapas and Drinks

Immerse your senses in local food culture and follow alongside a local chef during this cooking class and tour in Barcelona. Walk through the colorful Ninot Market and pick up traditional groceries for your cooking class. Start your day with a delightful taste of traditional gourmet bites. Then, head to one of the best markets in Barcelona, Ninot Market. Recognized for its incredible variety of products and beautiful architecture. After the market tour, your chef will lead you through a hands-on cooking workshop where you'll learn how to cook proper paella to surprise your friends with your cooking abilities when you return home. Get all the most important tips on how to choose the best fresh ingredients and the way to cook them. Learn how to select the proper rice and create an authentic Mediterranean meal.  First, you'll make dessert: a rich and creamy crema Catalana (local custard dessert). Enjoy some local snacks while you prepare it. Then, move on to sangria and authentic paella with seafood, learning all of the tricks to make it taste amazing. Later, enjoy the paella you cooked for lunch.

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4.9 / 5

based on 429 reviews

Wow - I feel like we won the lottery as we got lucky and ended up in an intimate group of 7 with Chef Kako in his test kitchen. Chef Kako was the perfect host for the event with a great sense of humor and so very personable. He gave us some wonderful cooking tips for every step of the recipe and the results were delicious! The test kitchen was a gorgeous venue with a great dining table and professional kitchen - even a little balcony overlooking the courtyard below. Def the highlight of our Barcelona trip - thank you Chef Kako!

Our tour guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and showed us some really unique items at the Bouqueria Mercado. He purchased some fresh veggies and then - off to cook some delicious paella and a few other dishes! I learned a few new cooking tricks, too. We left with a full belly, a smile on our faces and the recipes, too, so we can cook paella at home, too. This class was the highlight of our visit to Barcelona and I highly recommend!

This was a wonderful class, one of our favorite things we did on this trip. We went to the boqueria to gather the seafood for our paella, and this market was incredible. The class was very interactive and our chef was very knowledgeable. The paella and sangria were delicious. I would do this again if I come back to Barcelona!

Excellent experience. Chef Manuel was brilliant guide and chef. Cooked the best paella we have ever tasted, paella also ver good!

Great, informative and an amazing teacher! Small group, delicious wine and the food was amazing!