A characterful and historic structure located in the Poble Sec neighborhood of Barcelona. Its architectural features suggest a blend of practical industrial design with elements of the Catalan Modernisme style

Poble-Sec

Go off the beaten path for an authentic immersion in extraordinary tapas

Poble-Sec (Catalan for 'Dry village') is Barcelona’s old but vibrant performing arts district, a centrally located neighbourhood boasting elegant 19th-century architecture and the best hidden gem restaurants in town.

The neighbourhood has a rich history, having once been outside of the city’s walls and inhabited mainly by residents that couldn’t afford the higher prices for accommodation inside the walls. Nowadays it is known more for its ample offering of theatres and nightclubs, making it Barcelona’s top entertainment district.

Despite being so close to key landmarks of Barcelona, it doesn’t tend to be nearly as crowded or full of tourists as some other neighbourhoods. Plaça Espanya borders it to the west, the Ramblas or Boquería to the north and the port, museums and World Trade Center to the east. But here one can enjoy an evening here and see a “real” part of the city – an area much less inundated by tourists.

We fell in love with Poble Sec because of the incredible culinary offering it has had for the past few decades. The neighbourhood is a hotbed of young chefs running some of the most exciting restaurants in the city. This makes it the perfect setting for a tapas tour – the food is exceptional, with key traditional dishes offered with a little contemporary twist that go beyond the obvious, standard tapas.

Want to eat where the locals eat? See the real Barcelona and enjoy a more adventurous tapas offering? This is the tapas tour 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 Poble-Sec

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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... 


Ramona P
March 3, 2024
Beyond our expectations The tapas tour was the perfect way to start our vacation in Barcelona. Maria's knowledge of the history and culture added to the experience and the food was the best we’d had so far in our two weeks of traveling Spain. We sampled every kind of dish as well as 3 different desserts and were stuffed at the end! We highly recommend this tour.
Alicia Brattin
February 26, 2024
Well done to this fantastic team! We took three Barcelona Taste food tours in a span of a week, all were excellent with great guides! The Gothic Quarter, Lunch Time Tapas and Poble Sec. All were different, amazing food and wine, guides were fun, well organized and provided great tips and insights for our visit. Highly recommend any and all of these tours!
Dan Flavin
February 23, 2024
Top quality It's been a few weeks since we left Barcelona and we started reflecting on what we loved most about the trip. The Barcelona Taste food tour is right on top, and we'll do it again when we go back to Barcelona. Restaurant and food choices were varied and all top quality. Our host was gracious as you would expect. But better than that, he was himself and a great dinner companion.
Jodi N
February 20, 2024
Great Food Tour! This food tour was the highlight of our visit to Barcelona. Lorea was a wonderful host, taking us to restaurants we would not have found on our own. We would very highly recommend this to truly experience authentic Barcelona tapas! Thank you Lorea for a great evening.
Katie_C
February 19, 2024
Great food and fun guide Ester was an amazing guide! The tour was a great combination of local history of the barrios and delicious food and drinks! We did this the first night we were in Barcelona and it was great to get oriented with the neighborhood and add other recommendations from Ester onto our list of restaurants to try while in town.
Rav
February 12, 2024
Highly recommended :) This was a fantastic food & drink tour. My wife and I enjoyed everything we had, but it was really our guide Tito who brought it all to life!
FarAway64626785114
February 11, 2024
Perfect Afternoon Activity! Our guide Esther was great, very informative and personable. It was stress-free having her order for my wife and I at the places we went around to, trying things we otherwise would not have. It was a great afternoon experience and cannot recommend it more highly!
J Avila
January 26, 2024
I foresee another tour with them in the future! This is our 3rd time doing the Barcelona Taste food tour and it has not disappointed yet! Anna gave some a personal informative tour not only of the food, but of the neighborhood as well. We didn't feel rushed or pushed to hurry off to another restaurant, she allowed us to enjoy what we tasted and then move on. I highly recommend Barcelona Taste.
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.
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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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