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...

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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... 


Sara Patrick
May 11, 2024
Absolutely worth the money We did the Poble-Sec tapas & had an amazing experience. The small group setting is perfect & we all immediately became friends. There was a ton of food & it was absolutely worth the money. Overall an absolute recommend & I would definitely do one of their tours again if I'm back in BCN!
Noel Burt
May 9, 2024
Highly Recommend Excellent tour, lots of good food and background on Spanish cuisine, we would highly recommend this experience.
theresabeyer73
May 8, 2024
Great food and more Not only did we have great food, but lots of small details on the buildings in the Gothic area and some history of Barcelona along the way. The group was a great size - we could all squeeze around a table together making it a friendly experience. Do this early in your stay and you will know what to order!
Mary B
May 5, 2024
Barcelona at its best! Booking a tour with Taste of Barcelona was one of the best travel decisions we’ve made. Tito’s genuine interest in showcasing the city and culture through its food and wine resulted in an evening that was both educational and festive. It was like dining with a knowledgeable friend. We would happily take this tour on repeat!
tmstulg
May 5, 2024
The highlight of my trip! I highly recommend this food tour. Allison was an outstanding guide. She provided us with an excellent understanding of the restaurants we visited and food and wine we enjoyed. It was the highlight of my trip!
Dwight Matthews
May 3, 2024
An excellent experience We were very glad to have booked the Barcelona Taste on the first full day of our one week stay in Barcelona. The small group was perfect. Thanks so much for introducing us to the local vermut; we had one nearly every day of our visit to Barcelona. I would highly recommend the Barcelona Taste especially for first time visitors to Barcelona.
Sully2015
May 2, 2024
Great food, drinks and Info! Esther gave us a wonderful tapas tour and took us to places that we would never have found on our own. One had a 30 person line in front and they took us right in. Interesting drinks, food and history, she made it come alive!! Be sure and come hungry and thirsty!
Bob T
May 1, 2024
Awesome, fun and tasty experience - very high end! This was a top notch tour! We easily found Esther at the bakery, our starting point, just at the top of the Metro entrance (hint: easy to get to!). We visited 3 tapas restaurants, each of which was superb. All the foods and wine were top quality. This is a don't miss tour!
8137Pidgeon
April 30, 2024
Take this mouth watering tour! Our guide, Esther tailored our tour perfectly! We enjoyed tasting the Catalan foods very much while visiting several small, delicious & friendly restaurants & specialty food purveyors. Esther, Thank you for your kindnesses & great tour. We appreciated your insights...Your follow up email with further suggestions was the icing on the cake. Gracias!
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 ❤️

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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