Plaça Reial, in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona - host to our tapas tour

The Gothic Quarter

The finest food in beautiful historic surroundings

Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter is, rightly, one of the highlights of any trip to Barcelona. Walking through the ancient roads of the Ciutat Vella (old city) takes you past Roman walls, alongside cathedrals, through precious plazas – you can feel the history oozing from every brick.

However, "the Gótico" can be a bit of a tourist trap – particularly when it comes to food. But it doesn't have to be that way. In amongst (sadly) many tourist traps there are some truly divine family-run restaurants that preserve the best of Spanish and Catalan cuisine. You just have to know how to find them - and that is where we can help.

Our tapas tour of the Gothic Quarter will take you to a number of small top quality restaurants, leaving you sated, jolly, and with a better understanding o where to go and what to order to make the most of your stay. The Barcelona Taste launched in 2009 with food tours of the Barri Gotic and these tours are therefore our first love. They are a wonderful traditional option in Barcelona’s most popular historic setting.

First time in Barcelona?  Looking for a premium, classic food tour? These are the tapas tours for you!

What could you be eating on your Barcelona tapas tour?

The great thing about tapas is that there's always something for everyone. Whether you love meat, fish, vegetables – or all of the above – there's sure to be a delicious dish to devour. Here's some samples to whet your appetite...

Find your delicious tour of The Gothic Quarter

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Many beautiful people have joined us on our food tours – and here are some of the lovely things they've said about the time they spent with us... 


jackiej44
June 18, 2024
Family food tour in Gothic Quarter We had fun exploring the Gothic Quarter and the restaurants were outstanding. The food selections were amazing and Allison went out of her way to ensure everyone in our group was accommodated. Allison provided many tips for our trip as well. Loved the humor! And thanks for the great pictures too! Everyone in our group raves about the experience.
Bruce Johnson
June 18, 2024
A wonderful experience! This Barcelona Taste Tour was fantastic! Anna was so great and knowledgeable !! Plenty of food so do not eat prior! Drinks were plentiful and overall a wonderful experience! Highly recommend!!
William J B
June 17, 2024
The most fun we had in Barcelona Not only was the tour and food great it was a lot of fun and we learned so much. The small group was very intimate and easy to talk and learn. The food was really tasty and plenty was had as was the wine and Cava. Allison was such a good guide and educated us about the Tapas and wine and was so fun.
richard r
June 16, 2024
A delicious, all-in-one Tour! A great tour that covered everything. At the carefully selected restaurants, Esther explained not only the food & drink, but also their significance. I almost forgot to tell you everything was delicious and ample. A can't miss tour. An added bonus - she sent us an email with her Barcelona recommendations - worth the price of another tour.
Toicha Vincent
June 16, 2024
Fantastic! I would 1000xs recommend! The food and wine were both plentiful and delicious! My food preferences were even accommodated so able to enjoy with husband who eats everything. Our guide was personable/friendly and a wealth of knowledge, we enjoyed her company..as if hanging out with new friend! Let me add...you're in a smaller group so experience is definitely more intimate.
R Schlichting
June 11, 2024
We highly recommend this tour The experience our group had was one of the highlights of our trip. We had a wonderful dining experience at 3 exceptional restaurants, and Allison was as delightful, charming & informative as she could be. She was extremely personable & blended the perfect mix of history, knowledge of the cuisine and area we visited, with great humor & friendliness.
Sherpa31187851938
June 10, 2024
The best food...such a fun way to experience Barcelona This was so much fun! The three places that our guide took us to had absolutely fabulous food. In fact, I went back the next night to the restaurant where we had dessert because I wanted to try their main menu foods. Our guide really knew both the history of the area we walked through AND all about the food options.
Kevin Morris
June 9, 2024
An amazing experience Esther provided us an amazing experience taking us to places we would have never found on our own. The food was incredible as was her company. Highly recommend taking her tour to anyone wanting to find high quality local food and learning a little history of Barcelona.
Stephen Peterson
June 1, 2024
Highly recommend Loved our Barcelona Taste Food Tour with Anna. She was super knowledgeable about the food, vermouth (!) and culture of the city. She ordered delicious tapas for our group at three different restaurants in the Poble Sec neighborhood. After our tour and during the rest of our stay we felt confident about what to order! Highly recommend.
crash831
May 31, 2024
I’d highly recommend this tour Took this food tour on our first night in Barcelona. There were 6 in our group, all for the first time in Spain. We made 3 stops and were able to taste all the things that I’d read about - including vermouth, patatas bravas, tortilla espanola, croquetas & more. The food was excellent & we had a great ongoing conversation with Allison, our guide.
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The Barcelona Taste: because it's delicious

Barcelona is a major tourist destination – the number of guidebooks and websites devoted to the city is overwhelming! Which is why we started The Barcelona Taste ... to save you time so you can experience the best food Barcelona has to offer while side-stepping the crowds. 

We take you to small, local businesses offering delicious, top quality food restaurants on our scrumptious tours – because they’re great. We visit, we taste and then we visit again and taste again. Ad infinitum! That’s our research.

We don’t take a “pile ‘em high” approach with our guests. Our focus is on providing the best possible quality in everything we do. This includes limiting our tours to very small numbers, to give personal attention and feed everyone well.

Want to know more? Find out about The Barcelona Taste.

Lorea, the co-owner of The Barcelona Taste, eats some tasty tapas dishes on a Barcelona food tour
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