Barcelona Eat Local Food Tour, Sant Antoni Poble Sec
Last week I was invited by Barcelona Eat Local to join them on their Sant Antoni & Poble Sec food tour.
Marina, one of the owners contacted me back in March, but I had no possibility to go do to work and travels. So now when we finally managed to set a date I got super excited!
Barcelona Eat Local is a rather new company owned by Marina and her partner Andre, they run the food tour in the area of Sant Antoni and Poble Sec. These areas have so far been unexplored food tour districts, but not unknown to the Barcelona crowd.
If you been to the street Parlament on a weekend you know what I mean, it´s where the Vermut and brunch scene exploded a couple of years ago. Not to be left out the world famous chefs Ferran and Albert Adriá, that opened up various restaurants in the neighbourhood – Pakta, Bodega 1900, Tickets, Hoja Santa and Viejo Niño.
Our Barcelona Eat Local food tour started out in front of the Sant Antoni food market, which also is the first stop on the tour. We are a group of 9 included our tour guide Andre, a good mix of people greeting each other from the UK, the States, Germany and myself from Sweden all of us with two things in common; the love for food and travel.
The temporary Sant Antoni food market – part of the Barcelona Eat Local food tour
We enter the temporary market and stroll along the aisle with all the beautiful and fresh products. André invites us to stop at a fish shop that´s been in the same family for over 150 years and specialise in Icelandic salted cod.
Here Andre points and explains about the process from fishing the cod to the final salted product, an ancient way of conserving the fish that dates back 500 years.
We get handed a plate with typical Catalan Esqueixada – cod salad, cod croquette and a bunyol –codfish cake, Andre welcomes us to step out in the sunshine, and as we dig into the plate (delicious btw!) he explains about the old market that at the moment is been rehabilitated. Its history is fascinating, from its actual location to the bat on the coat of arms of Barcelona.
As we sauntered through the streets of Sant Antoni towards our next waterhole, our food tour guide told us about Catalan architecture, Barcelona has some really beautiful buildings that can be seen just by gazing up towards the sky.
The next stop on Barcelona Eat Local food tour is a small family owned wine and cava shop with its own vineyard located outside of Barcelona in the Penedés region, which is famous for producing the sparkling Cava.
As we savour a glass of cava we get an introduction to the festive drink and its distinctive grapes, colours and ranges of sweetness.
Slightly happier we left the wine shop towards the neighbourhood Poble Sec, we stop on narrow streets where André fills us in with more curiosa on the history of Barcelona and to witness one of the few still family owned Catalan Modernist buildings, which is very rare he comments.
As we enter a lush plaza our food tour guide Andre asks us if we are getting hungry and he led us to a tapas bar, where we get introduced to the art of making the traditional tapa Pan con Tomate – tomato bread. With the tomato bread, we also get to savour an excellent Jamón and one of the best Patatas Bravas in town, the secret is the sauce!
During the weekend an old tradition has bloomed once again, yes I´m talking about the Vermouth. When we talk about the Vermouth it could be the drink itself or the social gastronomic act to do the Vermouth.
As we sip the cold Vermouth at the fourth stop we get to know the Catalan history of this drink with a base of wine and herbs.
At the beginning of the tour, Andre tells us that because of a public holiday the last stop on the tour had been changed, which I didn´t mind at all since the last stop involved the Tigernut drink Horchata at one of the best establishments in town.
As we sipped on this cold milk-like summer drink Andre wrapped up the tour and I felt he loves and takes pride in showing Barcelona Eat Local groups around the areas Sant Antoni and Poble Sec, to show off another more unexplored part of town.
I felt I got to see a different side and learning new exciting facts about Barcelona even though I have been living in this beautiful city for 16 years. And not to be left out, the food was exquisite!
Barcelona Eat Local´s operating hours:
Saturday and Sunday, starting time 11.45
Length of tour:
3hours 15 minutes.
5 + insider tips
Website and to buy tickets online:
+34 662 435 273
If calling from abroad:
North America: +1 800 656 0713
Mexico: +52 55 4170 7517
Europe: +44 203 514 2639
New Zealand: +64 98 010 365
Australia: +61 280 152 111
International: +883 510 008 273 389
*I was invited as a guest to Barcelona Eat Local food tour, however, all the word and opinions are of course mine.