The streets of Barcelona are jam-packed with mouthwatering restaurants, cafes and tapas bars — if you only know where to look. Avoid tourist traps and second-rate spots by letting a private foodie guide show you where locals go for a great meal. Meet your guide in the city center in the early evening, and set off on a walking tour to four different eateries renowned for their authentic flavors, fresh ingredients and careful preparation.
Whet your appetite with the first stop at ancient bodega for a sampling of traditional Spanish tapas that might include Iberian ham, goat cheeses, chorizo sausage, potato wedges with hot sauce, stuffed olives and bread with tomatoes. Next up is a bar known by locals to serve some of the best pintxos in town. Sample several of these bite-sized delicacies, which have origins in northern Spain and often include a savory sliver of meat, cheese or vegetable skewered by toothpick atop a toasted baguette.
Soak up the lively atmosphere at another popular tapas bar for more helpings of traditional and innovative appetizer-style plates along with regional wines. Be sure to save room for the final stop, a top-rated restaurant, for tastings of traditional meat-based Spanish and Catalonian dishes (vegetarian options also available upon request).
Throughout the evening, enjoy the personalized attention of your guide and get recommendations on where to eat and drink around town, plus tips on navigating tapas menus and local dining etiquette so you can order and eat confidently wherever you go.