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Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona
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Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona

By Paella Cooking Class Experience
About
Rather than ordering tapas and paella at Barcelona’s restaurants, cook them for yourself with a local chef. Learn about local produce at La Boqueria market before visiting a teaching kitchen to prep tapas, mix sangria, and cook a paella. Sit down to eat them with your fellow cooks and opt to enjoy a “chupito” shot at a bar to cap your experience. A choice of time slots provides handy flexibility.
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Ages 5-99, max of 28 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Learn to make tapas, paella, and sangria at a Barcelona cooking experience
  • Don’t just order three classic dishes: discover how to make them
  • Visit La Boqueria market, enjoy a cooking class, and savor what you’ve made
  • Choice of time slots, with “chupito” shot at a nearby bar to finish

  • Your chef’s recipes and local Spanish cooking and dining tips
  • Local chef
  • Tapas, paella, & sangria
  • Interactive seafood paella making workshop
  • Tour of Boqueria market (subject to opening times)
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Market visit on Sunday's and national holidays (market it closed)
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • Travellers Nest Bar, C/ de la Boqueria, 27, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16637P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    How much is Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona?
    Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona price starts from C$102.45. Discover and book Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona on Tripadvisor
    What is the Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona cancellation policy?
    Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona?
    Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona is hosted by Paella Cooking Class Experience. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Paella Cooking Class Experience on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16637P1

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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
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      Nice cocktail class we had a lot of fun and the guy is really great! He explained everything very clear and with a why and good english
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      Sofia rocks....
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent food and beverages!
      Our tour was excellent. There was a ton of food and beverages. All different and unique. If you are looking for a history tour, this is not your tour but if looking for authentic food and beverages, then this is it!
      Written May 13, 2024
    • Sophia B
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not fun ruined a whole day of trip
      We should not have been out on the water in my opinion. The waves were way too choppy for novice kayakers. At one point we lost the people Infront of us and our guide behind us. This was not relaxing at all we were not able to enjoy ourselves at all. When we finally got to the cove areas it wasnt even worth snorkeling we were so tired from paddling the waves and trying not to tip. The snorkeling was poor nothing to see and the reef area was dead. Made for a nice break to catch our breath from the extreme kayaking. Instructor yelled at a pair of foreigners who got swept up in the waves and almost hit their heads against the rocky cliffs. Scary and stressful tour would not do again.
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      Interesting and entertaining
      Sophia was lovely , very interring and animated . She made the stories very real , some scary some sad and some just bizarre
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tapas, drinks, guide and value! Highly recommend!
      This was booked very last minute and it was so enjoyable! It was the perfect amount of eating, drinking, walking and history. The tour price was quite a deal based on the amount of food and drink we received. We went to four great locations in the gothic area and Alex was a great tour guide/host. Would highly recommend!!
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      Great evening
      We had a fabulous evening of tapas, drinks and good company. Everything was delicious and we got to try pairings we could not have managed ourselves. Johnny did an excellent job which was not easy, trying to keep 16 people on track. He made the tour fun and informative with just the right amount of history at each stop.
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      An exciting tapas tour with a nice tour guide.
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      Fun night with guide Joni
      Great value strolling the Gothic area. Generous delish tapas. They accommodated my vegetarian request. Nice pace/not rushed. Great company with fellow tourists. Guide Joni was friendly & engaging.
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      Go hungry!!!
      Agreed with all positive reviews for Alex. We had a great time and enjoyed the food and wine. We were pleasantly surprised by the delicious food prepared by the Test Kitchen chef. Would highly recommend this tour with Alex!
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      Historical walk - No ghosts
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    • William K
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    • Kimberly W
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    4.5
    4.5 of 5 bubbles682 reviews
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    Sha L
    5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Solo
    Well, how should I put it? The paella was so mediocre, nothing special or I would eat again. But the experience was somewhat fun. The chef had a good personality, so made the experience a bit easy. The food needs much more improvement for how much it charges. This event is Purely for tourists, if you think you want to learn the real way, you would be as disappointed as me. >_<.
    Written January 16, 2020
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    Alexote
    Zurich, Switzerland2 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    I expected a class where everyone have their own cooking station but it was nothing like that. First we took a trip to the local market to buy the fresh ingredients for the paella. The market was crowded and we kept losing people in the crowd. We finally made it back to the restaurant where we all gathered around the table to make a Picho (slice of bread with a slice of cheese and ham and a pickle held together by a toothpick). That was very basic and I wouldn't necessarily classify that as a signature tapas dish. Then the group was split in 3 where group 1 cleaned the seafood, group 2 cooked the paella and group 3 learned how to make sangria. I didn’t feel I learned anything and to be honest the paella didn’t taste particularly special, (nor the sangria), as it lacked flavor and seafood (way too much rice). The whole experience was punctuated by a few subtle “sell” pitches from the chef and local business owners offering “discounts” and “best local tips” to extract a few more euros from you and enrich your experience... I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this class.
    Written February 10, 2020
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    Brooke
    40 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    I can’t rate this experience any lower than 1, but it was a zero. We arrived 15 minutes early for our event at the specified meeting point. Someone who worked at the Traveller’s nest bar confirmed we were in the right spot. We waited over an hour for our guide to show up and out tour to start. No one ever explained what the delay was and any time we asked where our guide was, we were told he was “running a little late”. We were offered free warm cava while we waited and we left after waiting 1 hour. Hopefully Trip Advisor/Viator does the right thing and refunds our money because this sure felt like a scam.
    Written April 21, 2022
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    14sbd
    Roseville3 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    I paid for this class with the expectation of being able to prepare tapas and paella, neither of those things happened. The tapas were pre sliced (sweaty) cheese and salami with potato chips. The cook did not allow anyone to prepare anything only two people were given spoons to sample the broth. Everything was already pre cut and he just made it while we all stood around a very small hot kitchen. The usual place they use was already booked so we walked quite a distance to a very small restaurant and that is where he prepared the food. There was not enough room for everyone to even be in the kitchen to watch him cook. And the AC was not working so they had two fans blowing air around. It was a very disappointing experience.
    Written June 13, 2022
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    Jolene A
    Indianapolis, IN12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    We had a great time learning to make paella, sangria, and our favorite tapas and, more importantly, eating and drinking them. The experience was very full including a stop at the famous Boqueria Market to pick out the seafood for our paella. Our guide explained how to choose the right items and how much to buy per person. We even stopped at a market stand for the saffron.
    He showed us how to prep all the seafood, cut onions without crying, and chop garlic so the scent doesn't linger on you all day. Everyone had an opportunity to participate in the preparation and cooking of the paella. The chef/tour guide was very knowledgeable about food and nutrition.
    We then made sangria, with a great explanation of all the fruits that should be included and the ones to avoid. It was great. Even the teenagers in our group enjoyed it.
    Finally, we learned to make Pan Con Tomate, which had become our favorite tapas during our time in Spain.
    Great experience at a great value. Highly recommend this.

    Written July 21, 2022
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    Jeff W
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021
    This was the highlight of our trip. Chef Fernando was an absolute joy - he brought energy, humor, enthusiasm, along with teaching our group everything we'd ever know to prepare paella the right way (and sangria too)! There is a bit of walking involved - we met at a common spot, walked to the market to purchase our ingredients, then to the actual cooking location. It helped that our group all spoke English, even though it was made of of people from Morocco, Germany, and the United States. It was a great way to meet other travelers as well as see other parts of the Gothic Quarter. And of course the meal was delicious! We would definitely do this again on a future visit.
    Written October 25, 2021
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    bdbakken
    Minneapolis, MN23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    We attended the Spanish cooking experience and had a great time. The chef and helper were fantastic and the cooking class was both educational and very fun.

    I would highly recommend if you are interested in cooking or just want to have a great time.
    Written January 26, 2020
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    Joe K
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Couples
    Philip was an excellent guide and chef for us for this cooking experience! We had a large session, and he was more than able to successfully accommodate. Our introduction to the market was helpful and it was good to see more of the city. This is not a private event (and doesn't claim to be), so expect social interaction with other guests as you drink and watch and cook (if you want to help). The paella was well-done, and Philip's personality and insights into the cooking process, with bits of history sprinkled in, were just as good. The event listing says 2-3 hours; budget at least 4 when you plan; we started at 1830hs and the paella had only just been served at 2230hs. A five-star experience otherwise, with one star deducted only because of the difference in time expectations.
    Written June 16, 2023
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    Benjamin C
    11 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2024 • Couples
    This is not our first cooking class but it was the worst.
    There were 14 in our group, in our opinion 6-8 would have been better served.
    We were marched to the market to buy ingredients, which we were told were the best seafood.
    We were left to wander, unaccompanied in the emptying market for 20 minutes before being marched (15 minutes) to the kitchen.
    The kitchen was nothing like the one shown in the pictures, much smaller, with no room to stand next to the food preparation for all of us and very run down.
    We were given Sangria and waited a long time while our host prepared in the kitchen.
    There were a lot of instructions on preparation, most of which could be heard but not seen as there was no room around the food preparation area.
    Six of us were asked to help, by stirring the paellas, preparing prawns, or chopping peppers but no other hands-on experience for any of us.
    A few meagre tapas dishes were offered on one corner of the food preparation area. No explanation on preparation was offered.
    Yet another wait, and more Sangria, (beer and lemonade were also on offer), and the paellas were served. Mine was so salty as to be inedible. The mussels were tiny and shrivelled. Only the prawns were good. Our host was enthusiastic but the group's spirits waned as the evening progressed.
    The whole evening was very disappointing, and it was not worth it for €69 per person. In my opinion, this was not a satisfactory “Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience”.
    Written May 4, 2024
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    EckersleyTravels
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2021
    Gabriel was an amazing host! We first went to the market for fresh seafood, then to the restaurant where he showed us how to prepare the seafood paella. Everything was explained as to how and why it is prepared, and everyone helped. The paella was amazing, highly recommend this tour when you are in Barcelona.
    Written January 4, 2022
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