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Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona

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Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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
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Starter
Tapas
Freshly prepared Spanish 'Pinchos' made with traditional hams and cheeses.
Main
Paella
A delicious traditional Seafood paella, prepared with fresh ingredients from the local market.
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)
Travellers Nest Bar , Carrer de la Boqueria, 27, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
  • 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 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Travel Brilliant
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 travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona.

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  • "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!" See review
  • "Well worth it to take the time out and meet new friends in a very cozy environment." See review

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763 reviews

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star-2
Inauthentic, Crowded
Eliott_B
, May 2022
There were 20 people which was too many. It did not feel like an authentic experience. The guide was not interested in getting to know the participants. He was there to pump you through the program. He even left us early to meet up with another group to do the same thing. I have participated in much, much better tours in Barcelona.
star-5
Great
steve_m
, May 2022
Friendliness of the leader of the presentation and taste of the food we made. Thanks so much for havingbit
star-3
This was a great...
Gwen_G
, May 2022
This was a great experience- but the title is deceiving. Thus is a demonstration cooking class- not hands on. Chef was great- food great.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great Family Evening
Bridget_S
, May 2022
The market was amazing. The sites and sounds of the vendors were amazing. The "test kitchen" was so clean and user friendly. We were able to really get in there and learn. The final product was the best seafood paella. We enjoyed this from start to finish.
star-5
Great experience but a lot of attendees
James_R
, May 2022
Giving this 5 stars. The chef was nice but the overall experience could have been better. Felt there were too many people in this class. There we’re close to 20 people in a fairly small area. I know this is their livelihood but felt class should have been no more than 10 people. Loved visiting the market though it was amazing. And had a great time. Met some nice people. Authentic sangria and paella.
star-5
Great class!
Anna_N
, May 2022
Great cooking with Kako. He explained everything really well and it was a great experience with tapas and sangria. Highly recommended
star-2
Not what you think, not worth it.
Amanda_H
, May 2022
I am going to start off by saying if you think you will be doing any cooking in this class, you absolutely will not be. That was one of the biggest disappointments. Almost our entire class was under the impression we would be doing some cooking, or be the ones making sangrias, and none of that happened. The class was also so large which was a disappointing surprise. We had almost 30 people and most of us couldn’t get close enough to watch the demonstration. The chef was a typical chef with quite an attitude, and when we brought up our dietary concerns he didn’t hesitate to show his annoyance and make us feel stupid for booking the class with any allergies. The experience was cool but definitely not worth it and I wish we had booked a different one. The good parts were the paella tasted good and we met really nice people. Despite that, I have half a mind to request a refund.
star-5
Great way to meet people
Manna_K
, May 2022
Was a great experience and met some amazing people. The class was in abeautiful building very intimate and nice. Would definitely recommend this to anyone coming to Barcelona.
star-5
Had a fun time visiting...
Virginia_R
, May 2022
Had a fun time visiting the market with our chef and participating in the cooking of paella for a party of 16.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great couples date
Gladys_D
, May 2022
Great class , learned a lot about techniques . I have made it numerous times and learned some new things. Great instructor
star-5
The best!
Danny_B
, May 2022
The best paella we had in Barcelona! The chef was very friendly and including! Thank you for this experience!
star-5
Kako and Fabulous Paella
Robert_C
, May 2022
Chef Kako took us to a local fish market & a wonderful lesson in making Castilian Paella. The Chef and experience were wonderful. Did I mention Sangria? So good.
star-2
Very disappointed.
Charles_F
, May 2022
Very disappointed. There was nothing free at a local bar. We had to pay for the bottle of water we got at the bar used as the meeting place. There was no tapas as we had come to understand them, unless you count potato chips and small pieces of cheese and slices of salami as tapas. Tapas are ham croquettes,, bahmbas, potatoes, squid, etc. Would not recommend. Manuel was good, but it was not as described.
star-5
This was the highlight of...
fndpgntm8s
, May 2022
This was the highlight of our trip. Our guide and chef Gérard Lorente was generous with his recipes and very knowledgable with the history of Barcelona. This was a fun and relaxed evening with an interesting group of people from different areas of the world. Thanks to Gerard, I can truly say this event was beyond our expectation. Lina Richer and Roland Doré from Québec, Canada.
star-4
Great
Natasja_E
, May 2022
It was great. Good food and a nice chef. Only it was very busy for him to help 18 people. MAybe he should need a helper
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful experience.
Paul_W
, May 2022
A great adventure to La Boqueria market then off to the kitchen to prepare paella and sangria. Chef Manuel gave us insight on the preparation of both paella and sangria. We took turns preparing the paella and then enjoyed sangria while the paella simmered. What a delightful evening and a wonderful meal that we helped prepare. You need to do this!
star-5
Delicious and unique
Laura_G
, May 2022
We made a delicious seafood paella in a traditional Barcelona style and learned how to select, clean, and prepare squid, clams, mussels, and prawns. Because we visited on Sunday, we weren’t able to visit la Boqueria market, but we had a wonderful time talking with the other participants and the chef. Come hungry, because there’s a lot of food and tasty sangria.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great instructor and fun group
Rachel_B
, May 2022
We wanted to do a cooking class and found this one to be affordable and centrally located. Unsure what to expect, we were pleased with the instructor manual and his assistant. The demo kitchen where the majority of class was held was intimate and beautiful, like you were at a friends dinner party. We didn’t actually prepare the dish but the instructor walked us through each step to the process and answered many questions. It was fun to be in a group as we bonded with all their travelers - the sangria made for a lively evening!
star-4
A fun experience
JV_K
, May 2022
This was a fun experience and we learnt how to make paella which was the most important part for us. I would have given it 5 stars if they hadn’t said we would make tapas when in fact they just put chorizo and cheese on a plate. However, we did take part in preparing the paella and were shown how to make sangria and we had a fun time with the other people on the course. As this experience was half the price of many other paella experiences, we thought it was good value for money.
star-5
Paella and Sangria-Great Combination
Joanne_I
, Apr. 2022
This was a really fun and informative class, the chef was great!! I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn to make paella. Also, as a bonus we learned to make sangria too!

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