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... 


Khairul Mohamed-Noor
April 29, 2024
Totally recommended ❤️ Wonderful Tapas tour with Allison our guide. We had amazing dishes and some local knowledge of the city. Totally recommended ❤️
David B
April 27, 2024
Great authentic tapas tour. Love the guide. Such a delightful tour of multiple small restaurants with Spanish tapas including traditional Catalan dishes. Our guide, Lorea, designed a very efficient tour at places we would not have found without her. Well worth it…
Happiness68628414316
April 27, 2024
Great fun, great meeting people and great food. Food was great, Allison, our hostess was not only gorgeous but informative about Barcelona history and the foods we were served.
michael g
April 25, 2024
Wonderful evening Maribel was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable about Barcelona and provided a lot of history in addition to the wonderful tapas. Highly recommend!
Priyanka A
April 24, 2024
Best tapas tour Noah was an amazing guide. Took is to 3 amazing stops and ordered a plethora of food and drinks. Took in everyone’s dietary considerations as well. Highly recommend!
Sande K
April 20, 2024
We loved our Tapas Tour! We loved our Tapas tour with Allison! She was very knowledgeable and informative about the food and Barcelona. There was a wide variety of foods - veggies, seafood, meats and desserts. All were wonderful. We had a very fun group and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Highly recommend!
Tamara G
April 18, 2024
Favorite evening out! We dined at 3 different restaurants, each were specializing in certain flavors and parts of Spain. The couple we shared the evening with were wonderful too. The neighborhood we walked thru was lovely - so happy to see parts of Barcelona that weren't touristy. It will be a favorite memory for years to come.
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.

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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