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Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Learn to make Spanish tapas, traditional paella, and sangria with a Barcelona chef, then share a hearty dinner of classic local cuisine that you've made yourself. All great Spanish food starts with super fresh ingredients, and you begin this cooking class with a guided trip through La Boqueria market before heading to a professional teaching kitchen. This hands-on Spanish cooking class includes snacks, drinks, and dinner, and you finish the night with recipes to take back to your home kitchen.
  • Visit La Boqueria market with a local chef
  • Cook and eat a hearty seafood paella
  • Make your own Spanish tapas
  • Enjoy sangria throughout the night

Sample Menu



A delicious traditional Seafood paella, prepared with fresh ingredients from the local market.



Freshly prepared Spanish 'Pinchos' made with traditional hams and cheeses.

What's Included

  • Your chef’s recipes and local Spanish cooking and dining tips
  • An invitation to join us for a free chupito at nearby bar
  • Local chef
  • Tapas, paella, and drinks
  • Interactive seafood paella making workshop
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Market visit on Sunday's and national holidays (market it closed)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Travellers Nest Bar, Carrer de la Boqueria, 27, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Meet the chef at a central Barcelona location, then start with the fresh basics of Spanish cuisine, collecting fresh seafood from the local vendors and producers at La Boqueria, one of Barcelona’s most famous markets.

From the market, continue to a cooking school in El Born district, where you find an open kitchen, bar, and restaurant-style seating. Pour your first glass of sangria for the evening, then start preparing a range of tapas, or pintxos, classic Spanish small plates that are perfectly paired with wine.

With a chef cooking alongside you, start preparing the traditional paella, then as the rice dish simmers on a low flame, you can learn to mix your own sangria at a short drinks-making workshop. When the paella is done, sit down to the meal you’ve prepared, savoring the rich flavor of the rice and seafood (a non-seafood meal option is served by the chef for those who don’t eat seafood).

And if you’re not ready to finish the night, you're invited to a nearby bar, where you’ll be treated to a free "chupito," or shot, and enjoy drink specials throughout the evening.

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

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Traveler Tips

Also for those of us who arrive timely, it's not fair to have to wait for people who can't seem to get anywhere at the required time!
Well worth it to take the time out and meet new friends in a very cozy environment.
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Poor group management leaves bad taste
Kelly_H, Jun 2022
We had so looked forward to this cooking experience, however, we were disappointed by the lack of group management displayed when part of the group was laggng far behind the tour chef in a very busy area of La Rambla, and again while the paella was cooking, leaving the majority of the group to sit in a very hot room (A/C was broke) for 30 min with nothing to do but drink sub-par Sangria. The experience description stated we were supposed to learn how to make sangria, which didn't not happen.
We had so much fun at...
Anonymous, Jun 2022
We had so much fun at Kako's cooking class! Went with a group of friends and we loved the market he took us to pick out our food with time to explore on our own. The whole class was super laid back and casual. It was also in a great area to walk around after for night life.
Paella Cooking in Barcelona
winiferm, Jun 2022
This was a very fun and educational experience. The paella was delicious as was the sangria. We met amazing people - wonderful time!!
Seafood Paella Cooking Class
Nancy_B, Jun 2022
The experience was such fun. Meeting new people was fabulous. Excellent instruction and chef. Highly recommend.
Katia_Z, Jun 2022
Fantastic Experience! Gerard was knowledgeable, talented, and charismatic. Everyone in the group got along very well and collaborated throughout the entire evening. The test kitchen was the perfect setting for the cooking class and we walked away with immense knowledge on Paella and Sangria, plus so much more!
Great Experience!
Judy_O, Jun 2022
Enjoyed the trip to the open market to select the ingredients, learned how to clean the various fish, and the result was delicious!
Wonderful experience and...
Althea_B, Jun 2022
Wonderful experience and a great host!! The food that we made was delicious and the paella was the best that I’ve had.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Chef Manny was awesome.
Jake_K, Jun 2022
Fun and informative, very laid back atmosphere. Met some fun people on the tour and class. Class was the perfect size.
Foodie lover
Yvette_C, Jun 2022
This was so much fun. I had a great time learning about paella and how to make it. I wish there was air conditioning and maybe water available for everyone since the kitchen was hot. It still was a unique experience that I’ll never forget and I feel like now when I go back home to make the dish I can say I learned in Spain.
Could have been great but tunred around to kind of boring.
Claire_B, Jun 2022
We did not really get the participate in cooking. The market was closed so also nop tour or extra info on the ingredients. Sangria was good but we had to ask for more. Fingerfood was a small plate of charcuterie and chips. It was a very basic paëlla and the cook started cleaning with heavy smelling products while we were eating. Also not very friendly when we were eating and we had to take water ourselfs. The location was great. It all started very great but then turned around during cooking.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Rip off
Brian_K, Jun 2022 canceled then charged us. A few day or two before the activity we got a txt that the event was canceled.
Perfect evening
janice_m, Jun 2022
Paella was incredible. Kako was excellent. He was thoroughly organized with food prep sangria mixture and cheese and salami and chips. His presentation was done so well would highly recommend this to anyone wishing to experience authentic paella
Great fun!
Timothy_B, Jun 2022
What fun! The group experience was a joy, from going to the market to the prep to the cooking to the eating! Bring friends if you can—it makes the experience so much more enjoyable.
Can’t miss opportunity!
Lara_K, Jun 2022
This was a once in a life time experience! The kitchen was beautiful, our group was so friendly, and the food was absolutely delicious!!
A truly great experience!
Katie_S, Jun 2022
We met so many cool people and learned so much about Catalan cuisine! It was great and Manuel was awesome!!
First Day in Barcelona
Debbie_Q, Jun 2022
Chef Manuel was AMAZING and informative throughout the entire experience. Definitely would recommend this excursion.
Don’t Do It.
Ashley_B, May 2022
The cooking class didn’t actually allow you to cook your meal. It was really pass the spoon around. I recommend a personal 1 on 1 course instead. And to top it off the cook when asked for a beverage without alcohol insisted we go buy our own outside.
Fun experience!
William_W, May 2022
The sangria and seafood paella were outstanding and our chef was a great guide and cook! He took us to the market to get the seafood and then we all took turns helping in the cooking process. We even made our own pitchers of sangria.
Cooking for Fun
beth_w, May 2022
We had a great afternoon shopping in the market, learning the techniques for cooking Catalan paella and enjoying sangria. Manuel did a nice job instructing and engaging us all, while Ernesto kept the kitchen moving.
The tour through part of...
Michael_N, May 2022
The tour through part of the boqueria and the explanation of why certain fish and vegetables products were chosen was enlightening. Seeing the cooking technique was interesting and added to the confidence in being able to replicate the paella.
1 traveler found this review helpful


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