One thing you cannot avoid while travelling, besides finding a bed to sleep in, is eating out. No matter how limited or unlimited your budget is, food is an essential part of any culture, and it can be experienced from many different angles: just like visiting fancy restaurants, shopping at a local market and cooking something yourself provides a uniquely local experience. Barcelona as the city of design and fashion has its foodie priorities in order: consult a Michelin guide for proof, it will be thicker than a collection of boarding passes of an experienced traveller. By the same token, shopping at La Boqueria and bringing home various cheeses to savour on the terrace of your rental apartment makes for a great memory. Barcelona also provides ample opportunities for travellers who would like to take food appreciation to the next level, mainly with the help of foodie tours, wine tours, and cooking classes.
Barcelona serves as a convenient gateway to several wine regions of Catalonia: PenedГЁs, which produces the DO (DenominaciГі d'Origen) wines, but is especially famous for its cava (sparkling white); Priorat, Catalonia's gem for DOQ (DenominaciГі d'Origen Qualificada) reds which give Rioja a run for its money; a lesser-known but respectable wine region of EmpordГ . There are tons and tons of opportunities for vineyard visits and tastings in all three regions, suitable for every budget and even for free. You can read more about Priorat and EmpordГ here.
When it comes to cooking classes, Barcelona has even more to offer to an interested party. There are numerous cooking schools, from small private enterprises that offer tailor-made cooking classes that take place in the client's residence, to grand enterprises that have various seminars, courses, and one-day themed cooking classes in English, Spanish and Catalan. If you are in Barcelona for several days and have a few hours to expand your cooking repertoire, learn to make Spanish tapas or Catalan desserts, taking one class is a great way to enjoy a less common touristic experience and learn an invaluable skill that will delight your friends and family at home. You can find a class that teaches basics of wine pairing along with cooking, or you may consider signing up for a series of classes, if you have more time to spend in Barcelona.
One of the best cooking schools for English-speaking out-of-towners, Barcelona Cooking, is found in the center of Barcelona, right on Las Ramblas, 50 meters away from La Boqueria market (of which they offer guided tours). No cooking class in Barcelona Cooking is ever the same, as every session is tailored to participants' skills and interests, not to mention that chefs guiding the class decide on different dishes to be prepared every time. Want to master the art of Spanish tapas? The school offers a weekly specialty Tapas Class, usually on Saturday evenings. For more information about the school and to book your class, click here. Barcelona Cooking is happy to offer a discount to clients of Sweet Home Abroad, so please contact us prior to booking your class!
No matter what you are in the mood for to please your palate, there are countless ways to enrich your foodie experience in Barcelona. From learning to cook something new to having dinner in a Michelin-rated restaurant, from participating in a truly Spanish custom of local market shopping to visiting a winery in the area - Barcelona has so much to offer to food lovers you simply cannot leave without appreciating its splendid food, wine and hospitality scene.