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.
What to Expect
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, aceitunas, queso manchego, 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 start preparing the ingredients and the kitchen to 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.
- La Boqueria introduction tour
- Walk through the old town of Barcelona
- Hot and cold Spanish and Catalan tapas
- Pintxos making class
- Paella cooking display and instruction
- Sangría mixing class
- Authentic homemade paella de marisco
- All original recipes emailed to you
- Local taxes and fees
- All food and drink
What's Not Included
- Cooking your own paella (the professional chef does all the cooking for you)
- Tips (optional)
Travel Bar, Carrer de la Boqueria 27, Barri Gòtic, 08002, Barcelona, Spain
The meeting point is inside Travel Bar, just off Las Ramblas on the street leading away from the Miró mosaic and the Chinese dragon.
What to Remember
Please note that you will not be cooking your own paella, as the trained professional chef does all the cooking. You can make your own pintxos and mix your own sangría, if you like.
A vegetarian option for people who do not eat seafood is available on request only. This will not be a paella but something else that the chef will prepare for you on site, such as a Spanish tortilla, a salad, or perhaps a Spanish version of a burger. Please note the special request in your booking, or else the chef will not be able to prepare this option for you.