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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

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24/10/2014

Cook like a local in Barcelona

 

Ok, admittedly it might not be for everyone as you are on holiday after all but there is something in meeting new people and going home with a new recipe for that next dinner party. Barcelona boasts the city, sea and mountains, giving you lots of wonderful local produce and types of dishes that you can rustle up.

Let’s face it, the city is quite a magnet when it comes to gastronomy too, so why not visit a local market (stallholders are often super friendly), stock up on ingredients and learn something new. There are a variety of schools that offer cooking classes, each have their own style of cooking, interiors and flair. In this post we are going to share a few favourites.

Barcelona Cooking is located on Las Ramblas, right in the center, making it a prime location for newbies. It’s also quite convenient that La Boqueria market is close by too! When we visited paella was on the menu, and also we prepared a soup and tasty dessert. Our chef Candido, spoke Spanish and English and was great fun. He encourages people to get involved, so no hiding or just peeling spuds in this class. During the class you get to sample some local cheeses and wine, all of which help you get in the spirit. The best part of course was eating what you have spent time preparing, smelling, and cooking for the duration of 2 hours. We were rather pleased with the outcome!
La Rambla 58 ppal 2
08002 Barcelona
0034-931191986
www.barcelonacooking.net

Cook and Taste is in the Gotico, just by Plaça Jaume – the heart of the historical centre. The space is pretty nice, a secluded gem with exposed brick walls, low ceilings, an intimate low-lit dining area at the back and efficient space in the kitchen for a class. Here we sampled olive oil, wines and learnt about calçots and the tradition of eating them in the region. Paella was on the menu again, but we also made gazpacho and a delicious almond cake. The class was full of people from different walks of life, all food enthusiasts, simply keen to learn all about Spanish cuisine.
CarrerParadís 3
08002 Barcelona
0034-933021320
www.cookandtaste.net

Just by some of our favourite eateries in Born, Llamber and Saboc is bcnKitchen. Not only is this school in a pedestrian little nook, but it is by the iconic market, El Mercat del Born. This place is kitted with everything you need, a nice big window, bathroom, nice dining area, cook books galore and of course a fully equipped kitchen! We quite like the fact that you get to go to a local food market, as opposed to La Boqueria -which is can be quite hectic. You can cook a variety of dishes and we like the fact that at the end they give you a list of amazing places to eat in the city that are slightly off the beaten track.
Carrer de la Fusina 15
08003 Barcelona
www.bcnkitchen.com

Fancy doing a cooking class and attempting to make dishes in a fully equipped central Barcelona apartment? If so, contact us.

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