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... 


Jasper H
June 22, 2024
Excellent and delicious wine and tapas tour We enjoyed our Poble Sec tapas and wine tour so much! All of the food and wine was really delicious and a level above anything we’ve found on our own. Even our 15 year old son said everything he ate was delicious and that is high praise! It was such a fun and friendly night out! Would love to do another tour or cooking class on our next visit!
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.

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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