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... 


Kristin Reidy
January 22, 2024
The HIGHLIGHT of our trip to Barcelona!! Esther took us to all of the best places and explained each item so well. It was a true taste of authentic Catalan food and drink! I highly recommend this to anyone traveling to Barcelona!!
Simmy Abraham
January 22, 2024
An excellent food tour through the Gothic Quarter The restaurants we visited were perfect choices and if I had longer in Barcelona I would certainly revisit each one of them. Esther was a perfect guide, sharing not only her local knowledge of food and wine but also places of interest along the way. A great intro to Barcelona food scene.
Larry Thursby
January 21, 2024
The food was amazing!!! I was nervous about joining a food tour traveling solo, but our host Lorea was an expert at keeping conversations flowing amongst the group. She shared history of the neighborhood we were in as well as the restaurants we visited. And, of course, the food was amazing!!!
hpccus
January 17, 2024
Tapas, tips, and so much more! My wife and I had a wonderful private Tapas tour with Esther - she is an incredible guide, educator, and story teller! In between discovering the great food and drinks of Barcelona's El Born neighborhood, we learned so much about Catalonian history and Spanish culture. We highly recommend Esther and The Barcelona Taste tours!!
L8986KSkerryh
January 10, 2024
Tapas Tour - Great Experience We went to spots in downtown area, progressively getting better tapas as we migrated. Also, \*must do\* because I had the best paella of my life - hard to find that on Google maps or Yelp searches!
Jessie D
January 1, 2024
Excellent company and lovely food!! We really enjoyed our tour of tapas in the Gothic Quarter! Maria was brilliant company and the food and drink was fantastic! We would definitely recommend and will be booking another of these tours next time we visit! Ideally I'd book this tour at the start of a trip as you get lots of other recommendations that you can use for the rest of your visit.
Jessie D
January 1, 2024
Excellent company and lovely food!! We really enjoyed our tour of tapas in the Gothic Quarter! Maria was brilliant company and the food and drink was fantastic! We would definitely recommend and will be booking another of these tours next time we visit! Ideally I'd book this tour at the start of a trip as you get lots of other recommendations that you can use for the rest of your visit.
Jessie D
January 1, 2024
Excellent company and lovely food!! We really enjoyed our tour of tapas in the Gothic Quarter! Maria was brilliant company and the food and drink was fantastic! We would definitely recommend and will be booking another of these tours next time we visit! Ideally I'd book this tour at the start of a trip as you get lots of other recommendations that you can use for the rest of your visit.
Jessie D
January 1, 2024
Excellent company and lovely food!! We really enjoyed our tour of tapas in the Gothic Quarter! Maria was brilliant company and the food and drink was fantastic! We would definitely recommend and will be booking another of these tours next time we visit! Ideally I'd book this tour at the start of a trip as you get lots of other recommendations that you can use for the rest of your visit.
Paul W
November 28, 2023
Great food, very informative and lots of fun! We really enjoyed our tour through Poble-sec! Our charming guide Lorea did a fantastic job of describing the Barcelona and Spanish way of life, introduced us to a lovely selection of tapas bars and took time to explain the various dishes we were eating. We thoroughly recommend doing the tour!

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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