Food touring in Barcelona: Devour Food Tours
I got the opportunity to try out one of the food tours in the city: Devour Food Tours. I had heard good things about them, and when I was invited to a tour in my neighbourhood Gracia I thought it was a great opportunity to get to know my hoods better.
Our guide on this tour was lovely Fiona, who during 4 hours took us around interesting places, several of which I hadn't visited even though I've lived in Gracia for almost 7 years now.
We met up on Paseo de Gracia where Fiona told us a bit about the history of Gracia. Then we headed towards the first stop, the Baluard Bakery on Provença. This place is iconic and their almond croissants are to die for. And lucky us, we got to try them! They really are amazing: big, flaky and buttery with a lot of filling (see picture above).
From Baluard we headed up to the narrow streets of Gracia. Our next stop was the Mercat de L'Abaceria, a market where I often go to shop for food. It's very much worth a visit, it feels like it's frozen in time. I love that authentic feeling! First we headed to a stand with olives (my favourite olive guy!), where we tasted salted cod with sun-dried tomato and olives. I'm not a fan of cod but this was so tasty!
The next stop in the market was a butcher, and we got to try two different kinds of ham, of which one was jamón ibérico de bellota, a delicacy when it comes to cured ham. The pigs are fed only acorn during their last months, and you can really taste the difference.
Our last stop in the market was my favourite cheese stand. This is where I go to buy great cheeses, they have a huge selection of both Spanish and foreign cheeses and it's perfect if you're planning a cheese board or similar. You can also get foie gras, paté, fuet, chorizo and such. Here we tasted three different cheeses, all delicious!
From the market we headed to Oli Sal, a wonderful shop on Travessera de Gracia that's filled with delicacies, mostly different kinds of oils, but you can find wonderful salts, vinegars and chocolate here too. We had an olive oil tasting, and Fiona told us about how a good quality olive oil is made in comparison to a cheap oil sold in the supermarket.
Next stop was L'Anxoveta. I hadn't visited this place for a few years, and now I learned that the place had changed owners. We were met by one of the lovely owners who showed us how to make pan con tomate, and we all got to taste a spicy, delicious bomba.
Once we had finished every last crumb of the tasty tomato bread we continued to a little Syrian pastry shop called Patisserie Principle. I have to admit that I wasn't aware of this place, but I'm very happy I've got to know it now. The shop was filled with baklava-style pastries, each more delicious-looking than the other. I had a delicate one with pistachio and rose, it was very rich and very, very good.
We continued from there to Cal Pep, a very authentic, old-school bar on Carrer Verdi. I've passed by this place many times and I always thought I needed to go there, but I never did. Finally I had the opportunity! Here not much has changed in the last...hmmmm..... MANY years, but that's what so charming with this place. Big barrels on the walls shows its history as a bodega. We had some vermut as one should on a Saturday before lunchtime, boquerones and fuet.
The last stop of the tour was in El Glop. This is a neighbourhood favourite particularly during the calçot season, unfortunately we just missed it with a week or so, but we got to try tasty charcoal grilled botifarra with escalivada, cold bubbly cava and the classic crema catalana for dessert.
Our guide Fiona was really great, funny and very knowledgeable. Throughout the tour she explained the local food culture, history, anecdotes and local customs. All in all a very recommendable tour!
If you'd like to book a tour, check the Devour webpage here!