Poble-Sec

Classic food with a contemporary twist

Poble-Sec (Catalan for 'Dry village') is Barcelona’s old but vibrant performing arts district, a centrally located neighbourhood boasting elegant 19th-century architecture. The neighbourhood is so named because it had no source of water, until a fountain was built in the late 19th century. Prior to this, the area was outside of the city’s walls and inhabited mainly by residents that couldn’t afford the higher prices for accommodation inside the walls. Once incorporated ( a small section of the original wall can still be found at the end of Paral·lel) it became a dynamic part of Barcelona, generating electricity that would power the city’s development throughout the late 19th century and well into the 20th. 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 feel like they’re seeing 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.

 

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...

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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... 

Thanks to their reviews we've been given a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!


The Barcelona Taste has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for its food tours
Emilee Bailey
January 26, 2023
All very easy & I was grateful they were so accommodating Maribel was our host and she provided great insight into their traditions and neighborhoods. None of the food and drink selections were ones I would have chosen on my own, which is what makes the food tour so special. I had a wonderful time and would go again. This process was all very easy and I was grateful they were so accommodating.
pelaminnesota
January 15, 2023
Highlight of our Barcelona visit We ate at three wonderful small restaurants and had a delicious variety of tapas. They were all unique places that we never would have found on our own. So glad we found this tour online- it was easy to book, and easy to find our guide in the Gothic quarter. So much fun- I highly recommend it!
joannegL1469SC
January 4, 2023
Best Food Tour Lorea was fantastic, professional and fun! The sites chosen were all walkable and provided a glimpse into the Gothic and Jewish quarters. More importantly, the food and wine were wonderful. We are still talking about it to our friends and neighbors. Well worth the money!!
rita52j
November 16, 2022
A must do for tapas experience My experience with Maribel was outstanding. She provided an excellent tasting at several fine local establishments giving our small group of strangers an evening with education about tapas and tasting the best, from wine to dessert. She was so inviting and personable. Walking pace was easy, food choices were delicious. Price point excellent. Highly recommend.
Kelly O
November 13, 2022
Great first night in Barcelona. I had this tour lined up to orient myself and give me an idea of tapas in Barcelona. The tour did not disappoint! I was introduced to tapas I have never tried before and enjoyed every single dish. The locations were top quality and I'll definitely return. Lorea took time to explain everything, as well as sharing her knowledge of the city.
Megan S
November 12, 2022
Ridiculous Food! We did three food tours on Portugal/Spain trip and this was the best one by far! The food was ridiculously good and appreciated the group was small. Gracia was very knowledgeable not only of Spanish food and culture, but history as well! I highly recommend booking this when you arrive to Barcelona.
John H
November 10, 2022
Amazing experience! This was the perfect tour for my wife and I on our first visit to Barcelona. Our guide (Lorea) was charming, knowledgeable and passionate about her city and Tapas. We were treated like family at every stop and the pairings and variety of wine and Tapas were fantastic! We'll be back!
Whitney Engstrom
November 4, 2022
We had a wonderful time PLENTY of wonderful cuisine...we really enjoyed our evening with our small group of 6. Highly recommend doing this at the beginning of your trip! Oh, and they accommodated a tree nut allergy without any challenges - even substituted an alternate dish for the one item that included nuts.
Regina L
October 30, 2022
Top tapas tour - honeymooners give it 5 stars! My husband and I took this tour on our honeymoon and it was amazing! It was so personalised and interesting. Our guide provided the history of the area and the food we ate, and was wonderful to converse with the entire night. The food was delicious, we loved walking around and being shown different historical monuments. We would 100% do this again!
Stacey S
October 25, 2022
Unforgettable Personalized Team Tasting of Barcelona We had an INCREDIBLE personalized food tour. We were a large group who gathered together in Barcelona for a work meeting and wanted to do a food tour as a team event. The team truly knows the city, its restaurants and vendors which led to such an unforgettable experience. This is a tour company you can trust to get an authentic Barcelona experience.

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 let you experience all the great food Barcelona has to offer while side-stepping the crowds. 

We take you to restaurants and shops 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 strike no deals and ask for no discounts or commissions. This is how it must be done, with 100% respect for small, local business and delicious, quality food.

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Lorea, the co-owner of The Barcelona Taste, presents some dishes a Barcelona food tour
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