Paella Cooking Experience

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Paella Cooking Experience
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Your quest for tasty local Tapas, fresh seafood Paella and delicious Sangria in Barcelona ends here. Join us for our world famous Spanish Cooking Experience and learn the art of preparing, creating and of course enjoying the traditional culinary delights of the Catalan coast. Commencing each evening at 6.00pm (18.00) at a central meeting spot just off Las Ramblas, your Spanish cooking odyssey begins with a guided tour through the amazing La Boqueria market with your very own local chef and host. Here your Chef will haggle with the fish mongers for a range of fresh seafood ingredients and introduce you to the many delights this market has to offer all your senses. After the market your group will be lead to our beautiful cooking school in the very foodie El Born district, a short walk away. Inside this charming venue you'll find a fully equipped open kitchen, Sangria bar and comfortable restaurant style seating for your whole group. First up it's time for some Tapas and Sangria! Meet and mingle with your group while you create your own Pintxos Espanolas and enjoy a tasty range of the classic Spanish finger foods such as Patatas Bravas, Pimientos de Padron, Spanish Tortilla, Chorizo, Manchego cheese, grilled sea foods and the famous dry-cured ham, El Jamon. Accompanied, of course with plenty of delicious red sangria. Then it's time to hit the kitchen. Aprons on: it's your turn! Your enormous traditional paella needs to be made from scratch. Under the guidance of your chef, help to prepare the many ingredients involved and then fire up the gas. This interactive, informative and extremely appetising process will teach you everything you need to know about cooking the perfect Spanish Paella! Take hold of the magic wooden spoon and get some classic photos behind the enormous Paellera (cooking pan) to make all your friends hungry back home! While your main dish is simmering away in the pan, your chef will lastly host a Sangria making workshop, allowing you to mix your own fresh and fruity jugs of the classic Spanish refreshment to enjoy with your meal. Then low and behold the Paella is ready, it's time to regroup on your table for a lovely sit down dinner and drinks experience to savour the unique tastes of your hard work and cooperation. An absolute winner for travellers of all ages and backgrounds, this activity is the perfect way to spend your evening amongst new friends, great food and cultural fun in Barcelona. Your chef speaks English and Spanish and will cater to any food allergies or special requirements. For those who do not eat seafood, an alternative main meal is cooked by the chef and served with the Paella. Recipes and cooking tips will be handed out to group at the end.
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Address
Neighborhood: El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighborhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 2 min walk
  • Urquinaona • 8 min walk
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Carolynne
Haslemere, UK3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
My daughter and I went for a little break in Barcelona in February to celebrate her 14th Birthday. We both found the paella cooking experience so much fun and the experience will certainly not be forgotten!! The chef and the barmaid were both very entertaining and they kept everyone engaged and enthusiastic to help prepare the paella and the sangria! The paella was delicious and we have since come back to the u.k and bought our own paella pan and burning ring to try and remake the unforgettable meal we had in barcelona!! We have followed the receipe which was given to us after or experience. It is a definite must do when visiting Barcelona. You certainly won't forget it!!
Written July 25, 2020
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Myriam A
4 contributions
Jan 2020
You know when someone just enjoys what they do and it shows? The chef made this an incredible experience for my husband, the group of people we were with and I. We started at the Boqueria market to shop for the items for the paella and walked the cobblestone road to the cooking school where we were greeted with tapas and sangrias. Once we were in the kitchen, it was game on where she made it an interactive experience with history, trivia, and competition. It was a great bonding experience with strangers over food, booze, and camaraderie. Would definitely recommend when you're in Barcelona!
Written January 26, 2020
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MeganLlew
Taunton, UK1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Couples
Really loved our Paella cooking class, learnt so much about preparing the food but also the history of Paella. Our host, Gabriel, was amazing and really good at engaging all the guests. Excellent value for money and can’t wait to do it again on my next trip to Barcelona.
Written January 25, 2022
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948cheryl
Cape Town Central, South Africa3 contributions
May 2022
Gabriel offered us a fantastic Paella cooking experience! His premises, his ingredients and his gentle manner made for a perfect experience. He also taught us how to make his sangria and he was so generous with the food ingredients and the tapas served whilst we waited for our paella to cook. I would highly recommend a visit to his kitchen and his paella lesson.
Written May 22, 2022
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llbaker16
El Dorado28 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
I must say I'm surprised to see so few reviews -- I am fairly certain that I read way more than the 7 shown here before I booked. We attended the session on the Friday between Christmas and New Year's last year -- December 29th. Perhaps the date was the kiss of death for this misadventure. The meeting place, The Travel Bar, was a great spot. Lively, casual, and fun. That was the last fun part. The group convened at 6PM to go to the Market. Seemed like a really large group of people to me, but I had no frame of reference. We got to the Market, and I am only grateful that we had already gone on our own earlier in the week. If you've been there at 6:15PM on a Friday night of a holiday week, try and picture a large group of people moving from booth to booth, trying to stay together, trying (without success) to hear what your guide is saying to you, while being asked by the owners of the booth you're blocking to please move out of the way so their own customers could approach. Our group of 4 managed to stay together to be herded from one booth to the next to hear absolutely nothing our guide said and to learn absolutely nothing since we could hear nothing given the distance our guide was from us. We then headed off towards the kitchen classroom. Upon arriving the first thing I noticed was that there were 4 tables seating 8 people at each table and one kitchen work area. There were a total of 31 people attending; the chef began the instruction by saying he needed 12 volunteers to help prep the meal and that when that was complete he'd have those 12 trade places with others for the cooking. That began what I refer to as the running of the bulls experience, part 1. People literally got out of their chairs and began rushing to the front to be part of the 12 volunteers. When they were done prepping and it was time to trade places, each of the original 12 traded with someone else in their own travel group. So 24 people had an interactive, hands on experience and 7 of us (our group of 4 and another group of 3) got to look at peoples' backs for the entire evening. I will say that had any of us been inclined to rush to the front, pushing and shoving our way forward, we could have participated at the expense of someone else. To further make this such an awful experience, there was one group of 7 traveling together who seemed determined to dominate pretty much everything and they succeeded. And the coup de grace was 2 younger couples (mid to late 20s - early 30s) who were not traveling together but became great friends during the evening. The girls were both keenly interested in taking unlimited selfies all evening while they were prepping and/or cooking -- heads thrown back, hair artfully arranged so that it streamed just above the food each was handling. The boys were keenly interested in moving to the open tables and pouring whatever sangria was on the table into a pitcher that they then took back to their positions in the kitchen. I could go on and on, but I'll close by saying that this was supposed to be one of the highlights of our trip and instead it was a TOTAL waste of the $151.80 I paid for the 4 of us. It was nothing as described or advertised and it met none of our expectations. Had it not been grossly overbooked, or if the guide had shown some leadership in managing the group, it could have been a lovely experience.
Written April 30, 2018
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Hannah K
1 contribution
Feb 2019 • Friends
I am having a difficult time connecting the director of this activity. If someone could please get back to me with an email to follow up with that would be great.
Written February 27, 2019
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John O
Adelaide, Australia120 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The going rate for a quality cooking class in Barcelona is 65-70 Euro. This one was 35 Euro, but was very poor. Maybe the chef had an off day, but it amounted to false advertising.

Firstly, the event lasted only 2 hrs, not 2.5 to 3 hrs as advertised, at least a half hour of which was walking from the meeting place to the market, 5 mins in the market (with no description of the food being purchased), then walking to the kitchen. We were at the kitchen for only 1.5 hrs.

Secondly, we did not “learn to make Spanish tapas” as advertised. We were served slices of buttered baguette, plus slices of cheese and chorizo sausage, while we waited for the “chef” to finalise preparation for the paella cooking class.

Thirdly we did not “learn to make Sangria” as advertised. We were served pre-made sangria, with no idea as to what the content was or how to make it.

The only activity which we participated in, namely preparation of seafood paella, was okay, although my wife was concerned about lack of cleanliness in the kitchen.

This experience should be avoided at all cost!
Written May 21, 2019
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SuzieQLoveland
Loveland, Ohio144 contributions
Mar 2018
We took this class on a Saturday night. There were 12 of us and we all had a great time. Mara was wonderful and the food was delicious! There were pitchers of sangria and tapas ready for us when we got there. We relaxed and ate and drank for a while. We then all got to help make the paella, and learned a great deal while doing so. Then we got to eat the paella, which was amazing! We then learned how to make the sangria, and several of us made a pitcher. We also got the recipes, which was a bonus.
Written March 5, 2018
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thejetsetters2015
Miami Beach, FL100 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
I was so excited to go to this cooking class, having heard about it after a walking tour that met at Travel Bar. Having been to two other cooking classes in Barcelona with different companies (and others around the world), I can confidently say that this was the WORST cooking experience I've ever had. We arrived early at Travel Bar then had to wait 15 minutes past the agreed upon time to leave so our cook could get everyone signed in. She NEVER introduced herself, seemed flustered and was disorganized. Prior to booking I was told we would have a walking tour of the market. Our cook told us as we left the bar that this wasn't going to happen as it was a Sunday. We did, however get to watch her rush into a mini mart and buy bread that she forgot along the 15 minute walk to the cooking school. Once we got there, she told us that we had to only use two of the three tables there, so we had to cram 19 people into two tables. She told us to have some Sangria while she prepped. We got 2 pitchers of pink liquid that had no resemblance to Sangria. No water, no soda, etc. After a half an hour, one of us got up and went to ask if we could watch her cook and she told that person she would be out to see us soon. The entire group was already disappointed, hungry and thirsty. She finally came out with 1 tapas that we got to try and she went back to the kitchen while we sat and ate. A few people got up to make some new drinks and she came rushing out and yelled at them. The she called everyone over to watch her make the paella. She offered a few people the option to help (without asking them to wash their hands!!) and the rest of us tried to cram in the area to see what she was doing. Things were going fine until she had to leave to go to the store again because she FORGOT THE SAFFRON. That's pretty much the most important ingredient. So, we waited while she did that and the when she came back she said that we could sit down and wait for the paella to finish cooking. We all got some and it was bland and undercooked. Thankfully, the group of people who were there were wonderful and fun, which was the highlight of the night. After 3.5 hours of disappointment and hunger, we went with some others to have a proper drink and some food. Do not waste your money on this experience.
Written June 7, 2017
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travelswjenny
Turin, Italy1 contribution
Apr 2019 • Solo
The experience starts off at The Travel Bar as a meeting point. The tour was suppose to start at 6:00pm and they ask you to come 15 minutes before, but we didn't end up leaving the bar until 6:15pm.

As a group we walk over to the local market, this is a nice touch as you get to see the hustle and bustle of Barcelona! The problem with this is what we were a big group, maybe 30-35 people, and sticking together was hard. Though if you get lost the chef/tour leader tells you to meet back in the bar in 20 minutes. When we stopped to buy the seafood, if you weren't right beside the chef it was impossible to hear his explanations on his choices of seafood. That was kinda disappointing. As we leave the market, we stop by a juice bar and he recommends we buy something because, "its the best stop in town". It honestly looked the same as all the other stands, clearly it was his friend and he was trying to make him business, so beware of that.

After the market we walked back to the bar, then to the restaurant we would be cooking at. It was about a 10-15 minute walk. The space itself was small, but nice. There were 4 separate tables and the chef sat you according to the size of the group you were with. BEWARE: THE WASHROOMS WERE SMELLED AWFUL. so plug your nose when you go in there to wash your hands.

At first he served us a platter of cheese, chorizo, and prosciutto with bread, olive oil, tomatoes, peppers and salt to accompany it. It was basic, but good. We also got unlimited sangria throughout the night, and I was disappointed in the taste, definitely one of the worst sangrias I have ever had.

We then began the interactive part of the tour. He asked for 7 people to wash the seafood and 3 to cut the cheese, chorizo, and prosciutto platter (clearly setting up for the next class). I didn't participate in the first part, but it kinda sucked because the kitchen is small and hard to watch what is going on, much less listen. The next 10 people, myself included got to cook the paella, but really it just involved throwing all the ingredients into the pan. While we let the paella cook, the rest who didn't get a chance to participate got to learn how to make the sangria (I think these people got ripped off because they didn't get to participate in the actual paella class)

Then we ate, the food was pretty good, and shortly a tip jar was put in the middle of the table asking for a 10% tip.

My recommendation for the company is to make it more intimate so we gain a better experience.
Written April 7, 2019
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  • Mon - Mon 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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