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The BT was founded to introduce curious locals and adventurous tourists alike to the culinary treats nestled within the labyrinth that is Barcelona. After years of exploring, sampling, and delighting in the local secrets, we decided we were ready to share our discoveries with other discerning palates wanting to experience a more authentic Barcelona.

Barcelona is, obviously, a major tourist destination and the number of tours, guidebooks, and websites devoted to the city’s visitors can be overwhelming. This is another reason we decided to start The Barcelona Taste: a culinary tour that lets you experience all the great food while side-stepping the crowds.

The BT, Barcelona’s first complete gastronomical tour built around the idea that there is no reason to just walk and talk about food when it’s possible to walk, talk, and eat it!

So, welcome! We look forward to tapas tasting our way around Barcelona with you.

Bon Profit!


How does it work? Well, our guide walks you through a Barcelona neighborhood like Barceloneta, the Gothic Quarter (el Gótico), Poble Sec or El Born, taking you to 3-4 different small family-owned shops and restaurants. In the course of the 2-3 hour tour, you consume a variety of Barcelona’s delicacies, and are introduced to some of the food practices of the area. At the end of the tour, your guide gives you a map of all the locations visited, so you can feel comfortable navigating your own way through Barcelona’s culinary delights.

What makes The Barcelona Taste different from other walking food tours?

The BT focuses on the full food affair. Instead of taking you to the Boqueria, the Ramblas, and well-known restaurants, we take you right into the heart of Barcelona’s neighborhoods where locals shop and eat. Our focus is on providing you with the tastes and smells, the textures and sounds of Barcelona cuisine.

For more information on specific tours, please go to our Tours section.


The BT is Joe Littenberg and Jo Marvel.

Joe Littenberg has worked in restaurants and kitchens in Sun Valley, Idaho and on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition to The Barcelona Taste, Joe is one of the editors of Barcelona’s cultural newspaper and one of the organizers of Eat Street Barcelona, an international street food festival. Joe has two goldfish.

Jo Marvel studied patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu London and is a triple threat: a professional actor, writer and baker. In addition to The Barcelona Taste, Jo directs, acts, and teaches theatre around the city while simultaneously finishing her first novel. Jo has one dog.

The Jo(e)s are also joined by their wondrous friends and guides: Catherine, Anna, Tito, Jon, Lorea, and Ramiro. None of them have pets. Yet.

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