Guided tour

Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour

Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour

From US$ 48.72 per person

Learn how to cook a traditional Spanish seafood paella. Visit La Boqueria with the chef to buy ingredients, and take a walk through the old town. Sample some tasty tapas, make sangria, and watch as the chef prepares a paella de marisco for you to enjoy.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Walk with a trained chef on an introductory tour of the world famous Mercat de la Boqueria
  • Savor some of the most traditional Spanish and Catalan hot and cold Tapas
  • Learn how to build traditional Basque Pintxos or Montaditos – the “tapas with toothpicks”
  • Get all the original recipes
  • Discover how to create an enormous Seafood Paella through an interactive cooking workshop with your group
  • Learn all there is to know about, and get to mix and drink your very own Sangría
Full description
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, aceitunas, queso manchego, 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 start preparing the ingredients and the kitchen to 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.
Includes
  • La Boqueria introduction tour (subject to La Boqueria market opening hours)
  • Walk through the old town of Barcelona
  • Hot and cold Spanish and Catalan tapas
  • Pintxos making class
  • Paella cooking display and interactive instruction
  • Sangría mixing class
  • Authentic homemade paella de marisco
  • All original recipes emailed to you
  • Local taxes and fees
  • All food and drink
  • Transportation
  • Tips (optional)
  • Sunday market tours (market is closed on Sunday)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Travel Bar, Carrer de la Boqueria 27, Barri Gòtic, 08002, Barcelona. The meeting point is inside Travel Bar, just off Las Ramblas on the street leading away from the Miró mosaic and the Chinese dragon.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This activity is an interactive paella making class, where people are given different jobs throughout the experience.
  • A vegetarian option is available, please advise if you require a vegetarian meal upon booking.
  • The market tour is not included on Sundays as the market is closed.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 482 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5

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Sadly I cannot remember my tour guide’s name. I believe it is Jason. Regardless, of his name, he connected very well with everyone from the group. He was extremely accommodating considering my shellfish allergy. Truthfully, this class and tour were a highlight of my trip!! And if you are considering wit, don’t just do it and thank me later :)

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September 26, 2021

My friend and I enjoyed the class so much! The chef was really detailed and really wanted to make sure everyone participated. He did mention that he would email the recipe to all of us but I still haven’t received anything. Could someone help me coordinate with the chef so that I can receive it? Thank you!

September 16, 2021

Fantastic class put on by excellent chef. We all got great cooking prep tips and each got to do a specific job to help cook the paella. The Paella tasted great and was fun to see the entire process from buying the seafood at the market to enjoying eating it!

July 20, 2021

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