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Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

Activity provider: Travel Bound

Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

Activity provider: Travel Bound
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Learn how to cook a traditional Spanish seafood paella. Visit La Boqueria with the chef to buy ingredients, and take a walk through the old town. Sample some tasty tapas, make sangria, and watch as the chef prepares a paella de marisco for you to enjoy.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Walk with a trained chef on an introductory tour of the world famous Mercat de la Boqueria
  • Savor some of the most traditional Spanish and Catalan hot and cold Tapas
  • Learn how to build traditional Basque Pintxos or Montaditos – the “tapas with toothpicks”
  • Get all the original recipes
  • Discover how to create an enormous Seafood Paella through an interactive cooking workshop with your group
Full description

On this 3-hour activity you’ll join a professional chef on an introductory tour of the world famous Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona's oldest and best food market, dating back to the 13th century. While telling you about the foods on offer, especially the seafood, and the basics of Spanish and Catalan cuisine, the chef will buy some of the fresh ingredients needed to prepare an authentic paella de marisco, or seafood paella, Spain’s traditional rice dish. Walk with the chef through the winding streets of La Ciutat Vella, or old town, to El Born, the most fashionable district of the city. Enter you your private dining room that’s adjacent to the big open kitchen where the chef will prepare the delicious paella de marisco, as you watch the process. Take the edge off your appetite with some traditional Spanish and Catalan hot and cold tapas. The chef will introduce you to a variety of the famous appetizers such as patatas bravas, pimientos de padrón, tortilla de patatas, chorizo, and of course the famous dry-cured ham, el jamón. Learn how to make your own pan con tomate, the most typical Catalan tapa, and how to build traditional Basque pintxos or montaditos, the tapas with toothpicks. Then you can enjoy your creations accompanied by some lovely sangría. While you are eating your tapas and homemade pintxos, the chef will cook the paella de marisco. You’ll be into the adjacent open kitchen to stand around the large paellera, the traditional round, shallow pan made of polished steel that the paella de marisco will be prepared in. As the chef begins to prepare the paella you’ll hear about the history of the dish, the ingredients used, and the steps in the preparation. With the paella simmering in the kitchen you’ll be invited over to the bar where you’ll learn all there is to know about sangría, the world famous Iberian wine punch that dates back to medieval times. Try your hand at mixing your own sangría. Once the paella de marisco is finally ready to be enjoyed, you’ll head back to the tables, sit down, and enjoy the feast along with your own freshly mixed sangria.

Includes
  • La Boqueria introduction tour (subject to La Boqueria market opening hours)
  • Walk through the old town of Barcelona
  • Hot and cold Spanish and Catalan tapas
  • Pintxos making class
  • Paella cooking display and interactive instruction
  • Sangría mixing class
  • Authentic homemade paella de marisco
  • All original recipes emailed to you
  • Local taxes and fees
  • All food and drink
  • Transportation
  • Tips (optional)
  • Sunday market tours (market is closed on Sunday)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet your guide inside the Travel Bar near Las Ramblas on the street leading away from the Miró mosaic and the Chinese dragon.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This activity is an interactive paella making class, where people are given different jobs throughout the experience.
  • A vegetarian option is available, please advise if you require a vegetarian meal upon booking.
  • The market tour is not included on Sundays as the market is closed.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 705 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5

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My family had the pleasure to participate in this class! It completely exceeded our expectations. The guide was very knowledgeable and personable, and he made this class so much fun for my husband and I and our 3 children. The market experience and the paella are one of our most memorable experiences on the trip. The place where we did the cooking was also very beautiful. Highly recommend!

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July 23, 2022

The Paella cooking class was fun, informative & delicious. Our group was instructed by Francesco. He is a professional chef who has worked in restaurants. Be prepared for a walk to the market where he will select the ingredients before going to the professional kitchen where you will be chopping & preparing the ingredients before you begin to cook. Francesco got everyone involved & explained every step along the way. Even the most experienced home cooks will learn something new from this class in addition to enjoying a great meal. During the final stage of cooking the paella when no chopping or stirring is required, our class learned how to make sangria. I also met some fun & very nice people in this class.

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July 22, 2022

Absolutely wonderful experience. The market visit, the sangria and of course the paella were all fantastic. Kako was an incredible chef and guide and truly made this a fabulous experience. I’m not even a seafood person and I loved it all. I’ve been in Europe for almost 2 weeks now and this was hands down one of my favorite experiences.

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July 21, 2022

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