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... 


Francisca Virtue
April 18, 2024
An excellent food tour through the Gothic Quarter The restaurants we visited were perfect choices. Tito was an excellent guide! We brought our 15 and 18 year old sons on the tour and Tito did an amazing job of making sure they were included in the conversation. It was the highlight of our trip!
Gracie G
April 17, 2024
10/10 recommend! We had the best time on our tour with Maribel. All the places she took us to were fabulous! One of the best things we did on our trip!
Ruth Ward
April 13, 2024
A very personal tour with fabulous food and wine. It felt like we were visiting an old friend! Maria was extremely knowledgeable. Glad we did this tour early in our trip as it helped us understand what was on the menu and how much to order. She gave us many tips on other places to try all over Barcelona for the rest of the trip. Absolutely the best thing we did all week!!! Highly recommend.
Gary Keimach
April 4, 2024
Expertly kick started our immersion into customary Spanish cuisine & drink We were on a food tour with Lorea! We shared several delicious tapas entrees preceded by glasses of vermouth. We kept rolling from there! Lorea is also a tremendous resource in terms of her knowledge of the total BCN food scene. Perfect way to start our first (and definitely not last) trip to Spain!
Jody Woodland
April 2, 2024
Fantastic! A fantastic food and drink experience in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. Lorea is a wonderful and fun host.
RebeccaRobGal
March 19, 2024
Great food tour - would highly recommend to others visiting Barcelona Our tour had just two couples and the guide which was a perfect way of sliding into some great spots and feeling like we fit in, not like we were a giant distraction. Our guide was lovely and knowledgeable. She gave us good information about the history and culture of the area and even some home cooking tips!
Rebecca Roberts Galloway
March 19, 2024
Friendly & knowledgeable We toured with another couple to 3 great spots with Esther. She was very friendly and knowledgeable, sharing details about Barcelona food, culture, history and even shared some home cooking tips.
Anna12242015
March 14, 2024
Great tapas tour in Barcelona Lorea and Noah hosted us to a wonderful tapas tasting with lots of delicious food and wine and conversation about Barcelona culture and history. They were very knowledgeable and friendly. We highly recommend this experience!
GEM
March 12, 2024
Amazing tour Barcelona - with tapas! We landed in Barcelona and went on a tapas tour with Anna. It was excellent (more food than we could handle!). It was a great way to kick off the trip. Have someone order for us so we tried and tasted many great tapas. Our boys (14 and 12) loved it! I highly recommend booking a food tour with them - but make sure you are SUPER hungry!
Caitlyn Miller
March 7, 2024
Such a lovely experience We learned a lot about the culture and history of the area while tasting delicious local food and sipping on great drinks. I would recommend this to couples, groups of friends, or even solo travelers who want to learn more about the Spanish culture. The recommendations we received after the tour was also a great help for the rest of our trip.
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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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