In Barcelona, the trends of food trucks, brunch spots, and hip restaurants with Instagram-ready neon signs don’t seem to be dying off anytime soon. While these modern hot spots are all fine and good, nothing compares to eating at a local family-run restaurant that’s outlived all the latest crazes. You know, those restaurants that serve food for the soul. Well, those are the types of restaurants that Eye on Food Tours selects. More accurately, I’m talking about their Sips, Sites, and Bites Food Tour, to which I was invited. Read on to know more…
Adrian, the owner and tour guide of Eye on Food Tours, is a self-proclaimed history buff. He is a natural gift for turning boring history lessons into exciting tales of bravery! Romance! And passion! While he does know his facts and figures by heart, he’s nailed the how in giving an unboring walking tour. Read on to see if this tour is for you…
Sips, Sites, and Bites is a 3.5-hour walking food tour in Barcelona. You’ll roam Barcelona’s ancient streets and taste Catalan and Spanish tapas and drinks at family-owned restaurants in the Ciutat Vella.
Our first stop on the tapas train was a
Our eats and drinks included jamon serrano (a MUST if you come to Spain) and a sparkling rose wine. We learned about the process of these spirits and the history of this no-frills local joint. After we left, I realized I had to pace my consumption for the rest of the tour.
Next stop: An iconic Barcelona cellar and restaurant. Like
As we digested and walked from hot spot to hot spot, we learned about overlooked but interesting details about Barcelona’s streets. For example, below, these plaques scattered throughout the Old City mark that an establishment has historical importance.
It’s Christmastime in Barcelona. So we stopped at the Christmas market at the Santa Llúcia fair, laugh at the
Stop #3: A traditional restaurant with
Next stop: A long-standing corner bar in Barcelona. This beloved family-owned restaurant only serves a few dishes, and it’s still going strong. Adrian passed around a mini porrón, a wine pitcher that pours a thin stream of wine. You get to practice the festive way to drink wine: tilt the
That was our last stop on the “we’re-stuffed-with-delicious-food” train. We said our goodbyes, and Adrian told us to contact him if we had any more questions about Barcelona, needed help, or had questions about the sites that we visited. Afterward, Eye on Food Tours even sent me via email a list of places, food, and drinks that we had! (They do this for everyone.) I’m sure for first-time visitors, they’ll find that comforting. Sometimes, you need a little hand-holding when you’re in a foreign country, and Eye on Foods just does that.
At the end of the food tour, I was over-satiated by so much food. Perhaps if I were to do it again, I would have paced myself more with the amount of meat I consumed
Sites, Sips, and Bites is a fun, soul-filling, and tummy-filling tour. It’s a fantastic way to get to know Barcelona’s history, gastronomy, and restaurant culture. Also, Adrian, your tour guide, has a great rapport with the bars and shop owners, where first-time visitors will feel comfortable and taken care of. (Tour guests have even invited him for drinks afterward.)
If you want to see a visual
Adrian says he changes up the tour every few months, so if you do take this tour, your stops might be different. It’s conducted in English and Spanish if needed.
Eye on Food Tours website
Opinions of this tour are my own. Take it for yourself and see.
Have you ever taken a food tour? Do you think you’d take this one?
California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).
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