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Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

Activity provider: Travel Bound

Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

Activity provider: Travel Bound
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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.

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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
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, 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.

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

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Meeting point

Meet your guide inside the Travel Bar near 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 872 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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We walked to the market to buy the fresh fish we would be using in the dish. We were even able to have a few minutes to wander on our own to look around. We then headed to the chefs beautiful kitchen where he made us delicious sangria. He then made the entire paella explaining and demonstrating each step. We even got to taste test along the way! What it was complete we were able to sit down with new friends and enjoy the delicious meal!

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November 8, 2022

It was great going to the market where the chef actually gets the chef. And I liked how he explained the ingredients used. Being able to cook in the kitchen was an awesome hands-on experience. Meeting other people in the group was nice. The sangria also made the experience very good.

November 8, 2022

I had an absolute blast in the cooking class with the chef. The market and the paella was so amazing! It was very easy to find the meeting point. Everyone In the group was so much fun and it was all a true highlight of my time in Barcelona. This a definite must try experience. You won’t regret it!

November 6, 2022

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